Possession of marijuana is one of the most common criminal charges in the Savannah area. Marijuana is being legalized in many states across the country, but it is still illegal in Georgia. If you have marijuana in your possession and you are pulled over, it is highly likely that the police officer will find it, as marijuana has a distinct odor and is easily detectible.
If you are charged with possession of marijuana, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney who will attack the circumstances surrounding your arrest. In marijuana cases, I almost always challenge the charges with a Motion to Suppress the Evidence. Basically, I use this tool to argue that the way in which the officer discovered the marijuana was unlawful.
If you were pulled over for speeding and the officer subsequently found marijuana, I would argue that the officer had no right to search or question you about marijuana (since the reason for the stop was only speeding). If an officer asked to search your vehicle and you consented, I would argue that your consent was not knowing and voluntary because you did not know that you had the right to refuse the search. These are only a handful of issues that I commonly bring up to beat marijuana charges.
Possession of marijuana is a serious charge, and it can ruin your record. Give us a call to discuss how to keep your record clean.