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A person accused of possession of marijuana is facing a misdemeanor if the amount is one ounce or less, and a felony if the amount is more than an ounce.
In some cases, they can be charged with possession with intent to distribute, which is a felony in Georgia.
Depending on the facts of the case in question, a person can still be charged with a felony even if the amount of marijuana was less than an ounce. If there any other factors that indicate possession of the marijuana with intent to distribute, then a prosecutor may treat the case as a felony.
In any case, if a person is convicted of possession of any amount of marijuana, they will have it on their record the rest of their lives.
There are several defenses to a possession of marijuana charge, such as, the "equal access rule," problems with the testing of the evidence, and other factors. Many people don't know it, but the Georgia Bureau of Investigation ("GBI") doesn't routinely test for marijuana under an ounce -- those cases are tested by the local police agency by someone who has had very minimal training. In many cases, Attorney Robert Speer, The Magic Lawyer® has gotten marijuana cases DISMISSED and his client's record cleared. Mr. Speer and his staff are waiting to help you with your legal problems and can offer you reliable & affordable solutions.
Punishment for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana is a fine up to $1,000.00 and a jail sentence up to one year.
Don't just plead guilty to possession of marijuana. You may have several defenses to this charge. Through a thorough and sifting investigation of your case, and aggressive defense strategies, Attorney Robert Speer may be able to get your charges DISMISSED and keep this off your record.