According to reports out of Douglas County, officers had to arrest one of their colleagues after an incident where police were called to a domestic scene.
Authorities discovered that David Gibson, an officer with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office for the past three years, had allegedly purchased alcohol for three people under the age of 21. He was also found to be in possession of marijuana as well as possession of drug related objects.
As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I will outline the offense of marijuana possession in today's post.
Marijuana Possession in Georgia
Georgia Law lays out the criminal offense of possession of marijuana in Georgia in O.C.G.A. §16-13-30 as:
It is unlawful for any person to possess, have under his or her control, manufacture, deliver, distribute, dispense, administer, purchase, sell, or possess with intent to distribute marijuana.
The penalty for being caught with less than one ounce of marijuana is up to $1,000 in fines and a prison term of up to one year. The crime is classified as a misdemeanor. However, the penalty for being caught with greater than one ounce of marijuana will be classified as a felony, and the consequences will include fines and possible confinement between one and ten years in prison.
Many people are under the impression that marijuana criminalization is decreasing in the state of Georgia. This is very incorrect. Marijuana is still an illegal substance in our state - regardless of its status in other states. If caught in possession of marijuana, you are facing legal penalties.
If you or a loved one has been arrested, contact our offices now. We can help you with your case as well as determine the best defense for your case. Call today.