Drug cases involve a wide variety of charges ranging from simple possession to more serious drug offenses such as sale and transportation. Drug charges in Georgia are harshly prosecuted, so you need to hire a serious and aggressive criminal defense attorney to combat the charges against you. At Crawford & Boyle, we defend clients accused of committing drug offenses and can handle any kind of case from simple possession to trafficking. Drug crimes can have an immediate effect upon your life.
Convictions can cause you to lose your job, your family and even your kids. It is only with the skillful help of a qualified and experienced attorney that you can avoid the many pitfalls that can severely impact your life and career. Any drug conviction in Georgia, including misdemeanor possession can result in your driver’s license being suspended.
Federal and state legislators have worked very hard to “crack down” on drug offenses, and as a result, people convicted of drug crimes in Georgia receive some of the harshest punishments possible, and those punishments tend to be rather extreme. Due to the severe penalties involved with Georgia drug crimes, it is of utmost importance to try to avoid conviction at all costs. The only way to do this is to have a local criminal defense lawyer on your side fighting for you, defending your rights and freedom at all costs.
As former prosecutors for Georgia, Attorneys Eric Crawford and David Boyle have spent a lot of time dealing with drug and narcotics offenses. Their experience as prosecutors has proven to be extremely valuable to the clients they represent because it has widened their vantage point of the Georgia criminal justice system. They are better equipped to handle drug cases because they can see them from all angles and can construct effective defense strategies because he knows what types of arguments the prosecution will come up with.
Unfortunately, the police often conduct an illegal search without a warrant and later try to justify it so they can charge you with whatever marijuana or methamphetamine they found in your possession. If you are charged with a drug crime, it is critical that you have an experienced criminal attorney working on your case that will perform a thorough defense investigation and challenge any potential police misconduct. Eric Crawford and David Boyle are a former prosecutor with over 20 years of experience who have the experience and passion for aggressively fighting for your constitutional rights and confronting any unlawful tactics used by the police in your drug case.
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Possession – it is a violation of Georgia law to knowingly possess marijuana or controlled substances, with the exception of less than one ounce of marijuana all drug possession charges are felonies that have a range of punishment from 1-15 years depending upon the drug. It is not uncommon for all the occupants of a vehicle to be charged with possession even if only one person has the drugs on them.
Possession with the intent to distribute – More serious than possession the punishment range for possession with the intent to distribute is from 1-30 years for a first conviction. These generally involve situations in which the police determine the amount possessed is above a typical user amount and suggest the suspect is a dealer.
Sale of a controlled substance – involves being charged with selling controlled substances to another person, quite often an undercover police officer or a confidential informant. The penalties for sale are all felonies and can range up to 40 years to life.
Trafficking/Manufacturing – is the top tier of drug crimes and can involve as little as one ounce of cocaine or 200 lbs or more of marijuana and other drugs. Trafficking crimes have mandatory punishments that involve many years in prison, for example, one ounce of cocaine can mean a 10-year mandatory minimum prison sentence.
If you were arrested for any drug crime you need a qualified competent attorney who can zealously defend your case and your life. Contact Crawford & Boyle to schedule an appointment to meet with one of our attorneys.
Prescription Forgery – With prescription drugs such as Xanax, Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin, Hydrocodone, and Codeine quickly becoming one of the most sought after types of drugs in Georgia, it is no wonder that more and more people are getting charged with Prescription Forgery and enlisting the help of drug crime attorneys. At Crawford & Boyle, our vast knowledge of prescription drug laws could be key to helping you overcome the charges against you. By hiring a qualified prescription forgery lawyer to handle your case, you significantly improve the odds of your prescription forgery case ending positively.
Prescription forgery is typically charged when a person uses or presents a forged prescription at a pharmacy in an attempt to illegally acquire drugs for either personal use or resale. There are many different ways forgery can occur. Prescription pads can be stolen and used to obtain drugs, legitimate prescriptions can be altered to increase the amount prescribed, or a person can go to multiple doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions that can be sold or obtained for personal use. It is important to understand that if you are arrested in a prescription forgery case in you can be charged with both a forgery offense and the underlying drug possession offense, such as possession of a controlled substance or possession of a dangerous drug.
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