Drug Crime Lawyer in Macon, GA
Skilled Defense Team at Cooper, Barton & Cooper
Drug crimes can result in a misdemeanor or felony charge, depending on the specifics of the situation. The Macon drug crime lawyers at Cooper, Barton & Cooper represent clients facing drug charges that range from simple possession to more serious criminal charges, such as drug trafficking. We offer a personalized approach and set out to find the most effective defense strategy for each client.
The penalties for drug crimes vary widely, depending on the particular drug charge. Georgia law classifies drug crimes as a misdemeanor for a small amount of marijuana and felony charges for possession of other drugs or a larger amount of any drug.
Types of Georgia Drug Crimes
- Possession with intent to sell
- Drug Trafficking
Possible Defense Strategies
There are a few potential strategies for defending clients against charges of drug crimes. Our Macon drug crime defense attorneys your unique situation and evidence regarding the type and amount of drug. Charges of possession may be dismissed due to lack of evidence. For example, there are two types of possession, including actual possession of the drugs, such as in a bag or pockets and constructive possession, such as drugs found stored in the home, but the person is not at home.
Some possible defense strategies for constructive possession include inferences and equal access. The state may suggest that the drugs belong to the person and use the assumption that they belong to you because they are in your house. Our Macon criminal defense attorneys may be able to dispute this evidence if we can demonstrate that other people have access to the home or car, casting doubt on to whom the drugs belonged.
Entrapment is sometimes used as a defense when there are facts that show that law enforcement coerced the defendant. In this situation, the deal wasn’t the defendant’s idea, but the informant or agent came up with the plan. What did they do to convince the defendant to commit the crime? In some situations, the agents may have used undue persuasion or pressure.
Other strategies include motions to suppress evidence, or questioning if law enforcement officials had probable cause or consent. Something may be wrong with the warrant, or they may have searched your home without a warrant when they did not have probable cause. These should be filed early to get the case dismissed.
Contact Cooper, Barton & Cooper at (478) 202-7050 for a free consultation with a Macon drug crime defense lawyer.