You can be charged with trafficking if you bring enough of a controlled substance into the city of Atlanta from another state or country. If you are charged with trafficking in the Atlanta Metro area, no doubt about it, you will need an Atlanta Criminal Defense Lawyer
How much of a drug is enough for a trafficking charge?
The answer to this question is difficult because the State of Georgia sets different limits for different drugs. They are not always applied the same throughout the schedules.
To be charged with trafficking when the controlled substance is cocaine, it depends on the purity of the cocaine you were transporting. For cocaine that has a purity of 10% or more, you would need to have at least 28 grams to constitute a trafficking charge.
If the cocaine was less than 10% pure, the Court would take the percentage of purity and multiply it by the weight you were carrying. If that amount was greater than 28 grams, you could be charged with trafficking.
This is just one example of how difficult it is to wade through the laws surrounding trafficking in a controlled substance.
Atlanta Drug Trafficking Penalties: Potential Sentence
Trafficking sentences often include a mandatory minimum of 25 years depending on the type of drug and quantity you were transporting. A trafficking charge can also carry a fine of one million dollars.
Mandatory minimum sentences refer to situations where the judge has limited discretion in imposing a sentence. It means, he cannot sentence you to less than the mandatory minimum if you are convicted, despite any circumstances that would compel him to.
Trafficking law can be quite confusing, call us for more information and a consultation on your case.
If you or someone you know has been charged in Atlanta on a Drug Trafficking Charge, contact the Howard Law Group ASAP. This is not a charge to take lightly.