Marijuana Defense

Some people shrug off marijuana as a harmless drug, and make the same mistake about criminal charges of possession of marijuana. There are serious penalties even for a small amount, and getting caught with an ounce or more is a felony crime.

If you stand accused of marijuana possession, criminal defense lawyer Eric Tatum can advise you of your rights and the possible consequences. He will do everything possible to beat the charges or mitigate the penalties.

Based in Buford, Georgia, Eric J. Tatum, LLC serves Gwinnett County and the North Metro area of Atlanta. For a free consultation, call 770-648-2789 or contact our firm online today.

Misdemeanor Marijuana Possession: Less Than an Ounce

Marijuana is the only illegal drug that is charged as a misdemeanor for small amounts (under 1 ounce). But a conviction can still have harsh penalties which may include:

  • Automatic drivers license suspension
  • Fines, probation and community service
  • Drug evaluation or treatment
  • Possible jail time
  • Loss of HOPE scholarship (free college tuition)

Eric Tatum makes every effort to avoid these consequences. Some clients may qualify for a diversion program to keep the conviction off their record. If not eligible, he will work to mitigate the punishment or take the case to trial.

Felony Marijuana Possession: One Ounce or more

The law assumes that anyone with more than an ounce of pot is selling it. Possession with intent to distribute is a felony crime, punishable by mandatory jail of a year or more. If drugs are found in a car full of people, prosecutors commonly charge all occupants with constructive possession. Without solid representation, they can make this charge stick.

Mr. Tatum is a skilled trial lawyer who will take your case to a jury if necessary. He looks at every facet of the investigation and arrest. Were the traffic stop, search and seizure lawfully conducted? Can authorities connect the drugs specifically to you?

We have been successful in getting felony marijuana charges dismissed or reduced to a misdemeanor, or in softening the penalties.

Free Initial Consultation

If you or your son or daughter was arrested for marijuana, it must be taken very seriously. Call our office at 770-648-2789 or e-mail us today.

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