Drug-related crimes involving heroin are considered very serious in Georgia and all other states. If a person is convicted of any offense involving even small amounts of the drug, they can face harsh penalties. These are Georgia’s heroin laws.
Possession of heroin
Heroin is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance, making it one of the most dangerous drugs. It has a high rate of addiction and offers no medical benefits, making any crimes surrounding it a felony. A person can face stiff penalties for possession of heroin regardless of the amount. For a conviction, it’s possible to be handed a prison sentence of two to 15 years for a first offense. With a second offense, a person could face five to 30 years in prison.
Selling of heroin
Selling heroin is deemed even more serious than possession and is considered a felony regardless of the amount involved. This is due to the highly addictive nature of the drug; a person could become addicted to heroin even after a single use. If a person is convicted of the crime, they can face anywhere from five to 30 years in prison. For a second conviction for selling heroin, a person can be sentenced to 40 years to life.
Trafficking of heroin
Trafficking heroin carries especially harsh consequences and requires a strong criminal defense strategy. If a person possesses even just four grams of heroin, they could be charged with trafficking. A conviction results in five years of prison and a fine of up to $50,000. If the amount involved is up to 28 grams, a conviction results in at least 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $100,000. More than 28 grams results in 25 years in prison and a maximum fine of $500,000.
Drug offenses, including those involving heroin, are often difficult to fight, but a strong defense might help. In some cases, the judge might allow a first-time offender to go to drug court and receive help by being ordered into rehab while avoiding jail time.