Vic Wiegand has defended clients against a variety of drug offenses, including marijuana-related crimes including simple possession of marijuana. His client-centered approach helps clients feel supported during what can often be a frightening and uncertain time.
Marijuana-related offenses in Georgia encompass possession, selling, and distribution of marijuana (O.C.G.A. § 16-13-30). The state has strict laws regarding the use, possession, selling, and distribution of marijuana, regardless of whether it is for recreational or medicinal purposes. Though some states have made it legal to use marijuana, Georgia is not one of them.
Simply possessing any amount of marijuana is illegal and can result in misdemeanor charges for first-time offenders.
Selling or distributing marijuana is considered a felony offense with penalties varying based on the quantity of marijuana involved and other factors.
Georgia has a limited medical marijuana program that allows registered patients to possess low-THC oil, but cultivation, sale, and distribution of medical marijuana are still prohibited.
Remember, possession of marijuana includes having the drug in one’s possession for personal use or consumption. In Georgia, possession of any amount of marijuana is illegal. This includes edibles and vapes. Under Georgia law, the state does not allow for the production or sale of food products infused with low-THC oil or use of these products nor the ingestion of low-THC oil through vapor or dab pens.
• Penalties for Possession of Marijuana – First Offenders: For a first-time possession offense, the penalty is considered a misdemeanor. The potential penalties include a fine of up to $1,000 and imprisonment for up to 12 months. Sometimes first-time offenders may be able to enter a pre-trial diversion program, which may result in the charges being dropped upon successful completion of the program. Attorney Wiegand can possibly negotiate this option for you if you are a first-time offender.
• Penalties for Selling or Distributing Marijuana: Selling or distributing marijuana is considered a felony offense in Georgia. The penalties for this crime vary depending on the amount of marijuana involved and other aggravating factors. For larger quantities or distribution near certain locations like schools or public housing, the penalties can be significantly more severe. Convictions for marijuana distribution can result in substantial fines and imprisonment for several years to decades.
In Georgia, misdemeanors are less serious offenses than felonies. Misdemeanors are typically punishable by fines, probation, community service, or short-term imprisonment (up to 12 months). Felonies, on the other hand, are more serious crimes with potential penalties ranging from long-term imprisonment to life in prison or even the death penalty for capital felonies.
While Georgia has strict laws regarding recreational use, it does allow limited legal use of medical marijuana. The state has a medical marijuana program that allows registered patients with qualifying conditions to possess low-THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) oil, which contains less than 5% THC. However, this program does not permit the cultivation, sale, or distribution of medical marijuana, and it is still subject to federal law restrictions. Abuse of the use of medical marijuana products can also result in criminal charges.
1. Expertise in Drug Crime Defense: Vic Wiegand is a criminal defense attorney with extensive experience in handling drug-related cases, including marijuana offenses. He possesses a deep understanding of Georgia’s drug laws, the legal process, and defense strategies specifically tailored to drug crime cases. With over 25 years of experience, he is well-prepared to handle your defense.
2. Negotiation and Courtroom Skills: In some cases, negotiation with the prosecution can lead to reduced charges or alternative sentencing options. Vic Wiegand is a skilled negotiator who can advocate on behalf of the defendant to achieve the best possible outcome. He is also a courtroom-tested trial lawyer with a proven record of achieving excellent results.
3. Understanding of Georgia’s Marijuana Laws: For individuals facing charges related to marijuana possession, selling, or distribution, Vic Wiegand’s knowledge of the state and federal laws that may apply regarding marijuana is invaluable when crafting a strong defense.
4. Protection of Rights: When facing criminal charges, protecting one’s constitutional rights is crucial. Vic Wiegand is committed to ensuring that his client’s rights are upheld throughout the legal process and that they receive fair treatment under the law. A violation of rights is often the cornerstone of a good defense.
5. Client-Centered: Vic Wiegand believes in providing personalized attention to his clients, keeping them informed and engaged throughout the legal proceedings. His focus is on providing client-centered quality representation, and that everyone is entitled to respect, discretion, and an expert defense.
We are a full-service criminal defense law practice located in Cumming, GA, committed to protecting our client’s interests. No matter what charges you are facing, almost all cases have the potential for a reduction in punishment or an acquittal. Our goal is always to defend you rigorously and obtain the best possible outcome.
Contact our office as soon as possible at (770) 886-4646 so we can review the circumstances surrounding your case and look at devising a strategy for your defense.
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– Thomas Jefferson
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