Drug charges in Georgia can be severe, and the consequences can be life-altering. It is critical to have a skilled and experienced attorney who can defend your rights and fight for the best possible outcome. The Sherman Law Group has a team of experienced drug defense lawyers who understand the complexities of Georgia drug laws and have a proven track record of success.
If you or a loved one is facing drug charges in Georgia, several common defenses may be used to fight the charges. Here are some of the most effective strategies for success in drug defense cases:
Unlawful Search and Seizure
The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures by the government. If the police did not have a warrant, probable cause, or your consent to search your property or person, any evidence found during the search may be inadmissible in court. This is known as the exclusionary rule.
For example, if the police searched your car without a warrant or probable cause and found drugs, your attorney could argue that the evidence should be excluded from trial because the search was unlawful. If successful, this could result in the dismissal of your case.
Lack of Possession or Knowledge
One of the most common drug charges is possession, which means having drugs on your person or property. However, to be convicted of possession, the prosecution must prove that you had both knowledge of the drugs and the ability to control them.
If you were unaware that drugs were in your possession or had no control over them, your attorney could argue that you cannot be convicted of possession. For example, if you borrowed a friend's car and drugs were found in the car, you may not have known they were there and could not control them.
Lack of Intent to Distribute
Another common drug charge is possession with intent to distribute, which means having drugs in your possession with the intent to sell or distribute them. However, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you intended to distribute.
If you had drugs but did not intend to sell or distribute them, your attorney could argue that you cannot be convicted of possession with intent to distribute. For example, if you had drugs for personal use but not for sale, your attorney could argue that there was no intent to distribute.
Sometimes, innocent people are falsely accused of drug crimes. False accusations can come from many sources, including mistaken identity, malicious intent, or entrapment by law enforcement.
If you have been falsely accused of drug crimes, your attorney can use various strategies to prove your innocence. For example, your attorney may use witness testimony, surveillance footage, or other evidence to demonstrate that you were not involved in the alleged drug activity.
Drug charges in Georgia can be severe, but several common defenses can be used to fight the charges. The Sherman Law Group has a team of experienced drug defense attorneys who can help you build a strong defense and fight for the best possible outcome.
Contact The Sherman Law Group today for a free consultation if you or a loved one is facing drug charges in Georgia!