Years of Experience in Your Corner
A drug arrest, even for misdemeanor marijuana possession, can have severe negative consequences (click here for my blog post on specifics regarding Georgia's marijuana laws) for your future. For instance, even if you are convicted for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, which is a misdemeanor, you're ineligible for federal student financial aid. But, I'm putting years of experience to work to protect your future.
However, no one can guarantee they will get your case dismissed and don't trust anyone who tells you otherwise. My goal is to get you the best possible outcome for your case. If you are charged with any drug crime, you need to speak with a criminal defense attorney now! Call for a free consultation at (404) 369-0048.
Motions to Suppress
If you are stopped by a cop, searched, and during that search they find drugs on you, you don't want that case doing in front of a jury. I get it, those pants you were wearing belong to your friend and you didn't know the weed was in there - a jury is not going to buy it.
My goal is to keep you case from ever making it that far. Most drug related arrests live or die on motions to suppress. For instance:
That pot found in the ash tray or sitting on the dashboard may be seized and used as evidence against you if the stop was legal.But, drugs found in the trunk of a car after prying it open with a crowbar without a a warrant - assuming you didn't give permission - cannot be entered into evidence. If your Fourth Amendment rights were violated, then the drugs cannot be used at trial and the charges typically are dismissed.
Pre-Trial Diversion / Conditional Discharge / First Offender
Sometimes guilty is guilty and there's nothing even the most high priced lawyer can go about it. Like I said before, my goal is to get you the best possible outcome for your case. Sometimes that means mitigating the impact of a guilty plea.
If this is your first arrest, you may be eligible for pre-trial diversion. This usually includes a drug addiction evaluation, community service, a fine, and various other conditions. Successful completion will enable a dismissal of your case and expungement of your record. Most courts require you to be represented by an attorney to enter this program.
Conditional Discharge and First Offender pleas are entered into at sentencing and you are placed on probation for a period of time with conditions similar to pre-trial diversion. Upon successful completion, the conviction will be expunged from your record.
Call me today for a free consultation and assessment of your case at (404) 369-0048.