Drug trafficking is a serious felony in Georgia, and one that can be prosecuted by either state or federal authorities. Basically, drug trafficking consists of selling, importing or transporting a large quantity of illegal or prescription drugs. However, even a small amount of drugs that is intended for personal consumption can lead to a drug trafficking charge if you are caught crossing state lines or international borders. Drug trafficking is the most serious drug crime, and a conviction can carry a lengthy prison sentence as well as a hefty fine.
What is drug trafficking?
Drug trafficking is generally charged according to the quantity of drugs in your possession at the time of your arrest. The quantities are set by Georgia law, and they vary depending upon the drug. Additionally, you can be charged with drug trafficking if the prosecution has sufficient evidence to prove that you intended to sell or distribute the drugs. The federal government also prosecutes drug trafficking. If you’re caught across state lines or attempting to cross an international border with a large amount of illegal drugs in your possession, you can be charged with a federal drug crime.
What is the punishment for drug trafficking?
Drug trafficking is punished according to your criminal history as well as the specific facts and circumstances of your case including the seriousness of the drug that is involved. Generally speaking, drug trafficking convictions carry lengthy prison sentences and hefty fines. In fact, prisons are filled with people convicted of drug trafficking, and often times these people wind up serving longer sentences than people who are convicted of violent crimes.
The already hefty penalties for drug trafficking can be enhanced in certain instances. If you were caught selling or distributing drugs to minors, you can be facing additional penalties. The same is true if you were caught selling or distributing drugs in a school zone.
Additionally, a drug trafficking conviction carries a huge stigma and can severely impact your future. Having a drug trafficking conviction on your permanent criminal record can disqualify you from certain jobs, schools, loans and housing. Don’t let a drug trafficking conviction destroy your future! Call the experienced criminal defense attorneys at The Turner Firm today for a free consultation.