Marijuana Possession, VGCSA, and Drug Trafficking
Drug laws in Georgia are a complex web and the consequences of a conviction vary widely depending on many factors, including the drug possessed, the quantity of the drug, the type of packaging, and where a person is prosecuted. If you are charged with any drug crime in Georgia, you need an attorney who will work with you to achieve the best possible outcome in your case, with your specific goals in mind. Will Kelbaugh will discuss your goals with you and thoroughly dissect every aspect of your case, using every legal method, such as motions to suppress physical evidence and motions to exclude statements, to protect your rights.
In Georgia, most crimes involving possession of drugs are detailed in the Georgia Controlled Substances Act. Except for misdemeanor marijuana possession, that is possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, a person charged with drug possession will usually see "VGCSA" on their warrant, accusation, or indictment. "VGCSA" is an acronym for "Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act." A VGCSA charge will usually include the specific drug that a person is accused of possessing. For example, a person charged with possessing methamphetamine will usually be charged with "VGCSA-methamphetamine." Other than misdemeanor marijuana possession, possession of any illegal drug will be charged as a felony. This includes possession of THC that has been processed into foods, oils, or waxes.
A person charged with PWID, possessing an illegal drug with intent to distribute, faces a higher maximum prison sentence than a person charged only with possession under VGCSA. Drug trafficking generally carries even higher maximum sentences, usually up to 30 years, and mandatory minimum sentences. Drug trafficking can be charged when a person is accused of possessing more than certain quantities of drugs, depending on the drug. Trafficking can be charged if a person is accused of possessing more than 28 grams of cocaine, more than 4 grams of heroine, more than 10 pounds of marijuana, more than 28 grams of meth, and different quantities for other drugs.
A person who has been charged with a drug crime, such as VGCSA, should speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney such as Will Kelbaugh as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one are charged with any type of drug charge, such as misdemeanor possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute ("PWID"), VGCSA, or drug trafficking, call the Kelbaugh Firm to discuss your options.