Possession Of Marijuana Is A Crime
Were You Arrested For Carrying Less Than An Ounce of Marijuana?
The good news is that instead of facing 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine, people will now face no jail time and a $75 fine if they are convicted for possession of less than an ounce marijuana.
This only applies to city of Atlanta. The arresting officer will still have the option to charge defendants under the traditional state law which remains unchanged.
The New Penalties Apply Only In Atlanta
This legislation only applies in Atlanta. Other Georgia counties such as Dekalb, Cobb, Gwinnett, Clayton, Rockdale, Douglas and surrounding areas still heavily penalize possession of marijuana.
If you are arrested for possession of over an ounce of marijuana, the charge is upgraded to intent and is now a felony. Additionally, it is not a requirement that the amount of marijuana be above an ounce for this charge to be mad.
Other evidence can be used to determine intent, such as the client’s possession of a scale, small baggies and large amounts of cash. Recently, police officers have been using text messages as evidence to determine if the person in possession of marijuana is a distributor or a simple user.
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