Marijuana Defense

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jun 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

If you are arrested for possession of marijuana and it is less than one ounce, you are charged by prosecutors with a misdemeanor. If it is greater than an ounce, or there are allegations of dealing or distribution, then it will be a felony violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act (VGCSA). You can also be charged with possession of drug related objects (like pipes).

In addition, you can be charged with driving under the influence of marijuana, or DUI - drugs. Even though marijuana is not closely akin to impaired driving the way that alcohol intoxication is, if the officer pulls you over for a traffic violation, and then thinks he smells some marijuana, there is a good chance he will arrest he for some type of marijuana offense.

While a breathalyzer or intoxilizer test is used for most DUI - alcohol offenses, a blood test is generally ordered by the officer if you are arrested for DUI - marijuana or some other drug. This test often takes months to come back from the Georgia law enforcement crime lab, but when it does, even if there are trace amounts (and even though there is no indication of on what date and time that marijuana was consumed) the prosecuting attorney will use that as evidence against you.

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Richard Lawson

Richard S. Lawson is passionate about intoxicated driving defense. Unlike some attorneys, Mr. Lawson devotes 100% of his legal practice to helping people stand up for their rights against DUI charges. For more than 20 years, Mr. Lawson has dutifully fought for his clients' freedom, resolving more 4,900 impaired driving cases during the course of his career. Today, Mr. Lawson has developed a reputation as a skilled negotiator and continues to help clients by fighting to keep them out of jail.


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