Drug Possession

Despite relaxation of drug possession laws in some states, the offense is still taken very seriously in Georgia. This can be a surprise to parents and young people, who find themselves fighting a serious misdemeanor or even felony charge. Conviction can cost people their driving privileges, and will be on their criminal record the rest of their lives.

Possession Of Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroin, Methamphetamines, Pills

In Georgia, individual controlled substances are classified by schedules, according to their potential for misuse. Schedule 1 drugs are the most serious, have no accepted medical uses and usually result in the harshest penalties. Schedule 5 drugs are considered to have the least potential for abuse. If you are charged with possessing a specific drug, your case will depend on how the drug has been classified.

Schedule 1Includes heroin, marijuana and LSD
Schedule 2Includes cocaine, opium, morphine, methadone and oxycodone
Schedule 3Includes anabolic steroids, ketamine and pentobarbital
Schedule 4Includes benzodiazepines like diazepam and tramadol
Schedule 5Includes codeine cough suppressants

Because laws are complex and involve a great deal of science, possession defense is seldom simple. You will want a lawyer who takes your case personally, and leaves no stone unturned in protecting your freedoms. Our goal at The Law Offices of Eric J. Tatum, LLC, is to spare you from long-term harm.

When conviction occurs, Buford attorney Eric J. Tatum works to keep you out of jail by getting you enrolled in a diversion program. Once your diversion commitment is fulfilled, your conviction can be expunged from your permanent record.


Our job at The Law Offices of Eric J. Tatum, LLC, is helping clients with thorough, cost-effective and strategic solutions to their legal problems. Clients come to us from Buford and throughout Gwinnett, Forsyth and Hall counties.

Call Eric J. Tatum at 770-648-2789, or toll free at 800-494-1577.

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