A 21 year-old man from Woodstock was arrested after a traffic stop and charged with a felony count of having “drug-related objects” and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.
Deion Aaron Thomas was driving along Windward Parkway around 10:15 PM in Alpharetta on January 11, 2014 in a car with a strange drive-out tag. The officer noted in his incident report that he smelled a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the car. When asked if he had been smoking marijuana, Mr. Thomas said he had smoked some earlier on his break from his Costco job. He denied possessing any drugs in his car.
The officer searched the car and found the suspected marijuana, a glass smoking pipe with marijuana residue in it under the spare tire in the trunk. The officer also found a bag of what was suspected to be marijuana in-between the air filter and the car body.
Mr. Thomas' car was impounded and he was taken to jail. If he were to plead guilty, he would lose his driver's license for six months and have a permanent conviction on his record.
But with effective counsel by an Atlanta DUI Drugs lawyer, a more favorable outcome would be a drug diversion program that would lead to dismissal of the charges upon successful completion of the program. Another option would be a conditional discharge that could lead to a dismissal of charges as well. Both of those options save the save the driver's driving privilege and result in a dismissal of charges.
A third and less-favored option is to pleas nolo contendere or “no contest.” With a nolo plea there will be a criminal record. To save the driver's license, participation in a DUI School would be needed within 120 days even though it is a marijuana charge and not DUI.
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, call the Law Offices of Richard S Lawson. Put his experience and dedication to work for you.