Question: I got arrested for pot possession less than an ounce. I know it's a pretty small amount of weed but I know that a little weed can ruin someone's life because here in Georgia marijuana is illegal and no one really wants to hire someone they think is a druggie even if they just smoke a little pot.
I have friends that have problems getting jobs and scholarships for college and graduate school because they are pot users and got arrested.
I was stopped by a cop for speeding in Roswell, GA, and he smelled pot. I got a possession charge from the Roswell cop. I said I didn't smell anything but I knew it was smelly in the car because the pot was really good and we just smoked and it smelled big time.
I got arrested and now I have a marijuana charge to contend with. I'm looking for jobs now and I want to go to graduate school soon at the University of Georgia, Emory University or at Georgia Tech. I know people who have had been denied admission because of weed charges.
I'm writing to you because my friend used your law firm and she got a great deal at court.
R.L. in Roswell, GA
Answer: We do have many clients who have been charged with marijuana offenses. Georgia has tough marijuana laws and an arrest for pot can certainly have ramifications for employment and educational possibilities. Yes, some employers have a big problem if they believe a potential employee has a drug issue.
If someone possesses more than an ounce of marijuana, it is charged as a felony; if a person has less than an ounce it is a misdemeanor.
But even if someone possesses less than an ounce, they can be charged with a felony if the prosecution can show intent to distribute it.
Punishment for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana is a fine up to $1,000.00 and a jail sentence up to one year.
When you need the best marijuana defense lawyer, call us. Our phone number is 678-215-4106. We're available 24/7.
We understand what it takes to get a great outcome when facing a drug charge. We know how the system works. We've been a Magistrate Judge, an Assistant Attorney General and as a Senior Assistant County Attorney.
Make attorneys William H. Sherman and Valerie W. Sherman your first choice when you need the services of an outstanding legal defense team!