Under Georgia law, a person commits the offense of trafficking in illegal drugs when he knowingly sells, manufactures, delivers, or brings into Georgia, illegal drugs including cocaine, marijuana, or methamphetamine. Trafficking offenses constitute those with a large amount of contraband. For example, there must be at least 28 grams of cocaine and more than 50 pounds of marijuana for a possession charge to rise to the level of trafficking. Additionally, where a controlled substance is moved across state lines, federal jurisdiction may apply as well. Punishment for trafficking varies based on the following factors: type of drug, quantity, and past criminal history of trafficking, if any. Regardless of these factors, trafficking convictions result in serious punishments. Minimum sentences begin with five years and fines can reach as high as one million dollars.
When an individual is charged with trafficking, it can be a daunting experience. The charges are extremely serious and involve complex legal work and courtroom procedure. At Miller & Brown, P.C., we strive to provide the best possible representation so that you may receive fair and honest treatment in court. As with any criminal charge, it is important to discuss your charge with an attorney to determine your rights, options, and potential defenses. If you would like to have a consultation with one of our criminal defense attorneys regarding a trafficking offense, please call our office at (770) 461-2025.