Criminal Defense for Drug Charges & Penalties
An individual can be charged with heroin possession even without being in direct physical contact with it. If the drug is found in their vehicle and/or in their home, they may be charged with possession. As long as it is assumed that someone has control over the drugs, they will be the one held responsible for the presence of them—sometimes even if it is found in/on their personal property but they claim that it belongs to someone else.
After being arrested for the possession, use, distribution, or sale of heroin, you could be facing stiff penalties. In fact, a guilty verdict could result in no less than two years in prison, even for first-time offenders. In order to avoid the penalties that come with a conviction, contact Atlanta criminal defense lawyer Andre Sailers. Following are the basic penalties that may be enforced for various drug crimes related to heroin:
Drug Risk Reduction Programs
- First offense: heroin possession - 2 to 15 years in prison
- Second offense: heroin possession - 5 to 30 years in prison
- First offense: heroin distribution / intent to sell - 5 to 30 years in prison
- Second offense: heroin distribution / intent to sell - 10 to 40 years or life in prison
In some cases, a Georgia court will allow a drug offender to enroll in a Drug Risk Reduction Program in place of spending time in jail. These programs are designed as a way to provide treatment for those convicted of drug-related crimes, in the hope that they can be rehabilitated and therefore less likely to repeat the same drug-related crimes. If you have been charged and/or convicted of with a heroin-related offense, you should not hesitate to look into treatment programs in place of serving your sentence in jail.