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“If you want someone who is going to get stuff done, I highly recommend Cohen and Hirsch. Not only did I beat my case, I even got my record cleaned.”
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“Hired Matt Hirsch at a distance to take on a traffic case with a missed mandatory court appearance (or two). Even as the case dragged on longer than anticipated (not the fault in any way of the lawyer), and indeed went a couple rounds, Mr. Hirsch remained engaged, positive, and proactive. I firmly believe he and his firm resolved my case with the best outcome for me. Would recommend Cohen & Hirsch for cases of my type without reservation, and his working for me at a fairly great distance, without my ever appearing back in state, deserves particular note”
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“Matt was great. The day I called him he jumped right in and a week later charges were dropped! He’s my guy here on out. Not to mention he saved me 3k from the first firm I called.”
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“Matt was a great treasure! Always kept calm and let me be the same. Looking at his fb feed, I was convinced he’s the right person for me. Helped get through a difficult situation. His fees were also comparable to the others given the amount of personal attention he paid to the case. Never had the trouble of dealing with the paralegals(as we all know what happens). He was always available on text. Great experience!!”
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“I write to recommend Matt A. Hirsch, Esq. for those in need of legal representation and guidance. He is highly competent and experienced, conscientious, organized and responsive. Attorney Hirsch is someone you want in your corner if you need help.”
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When is a drug crime a felony in Georgia?

On Behalf of | Nov 16, 2021 | Felonies |

In general, misdemeanor offenses in Georgia carry less than a year in jail at the county level. In contrast, felony offenses can result in a year or more of incarceration at a state prison.

Review the factors that influence whether a drug-related charge is a felony or misdemeanor in Georgia.

Type of substance

Georgia categorizes illegal drugs based on medical use and ability to cause harm. Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous while Schedule V drugs carry the lowest risk of harm. While the state can impose felony charges for any scheduled illegal substances, courts generally assign stricter penalties for possession of Schedule I drugs such as heroin, ecstasy or LSD and Schedule II drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine and hydrocodone.

Intended use

The state will also consider the person’s intended use of the substance in question. He or she does not necessarily have to be holding the drugs at the time of the arrest. Possession only requires that the person have the substance under their control (stored at home or in a vehicle, for example).

Drug distribution or sale constitutes a felony in Georgia, but the amount of prison type will vary based on the specific substance and the amount. The court will also consider evidence of intent to sell or distribute such as packaging, customer lists or cash.

Individuals charged with drug possession or distribution in Georgia may qualify for diversion programs. For example, probationary drug court provides treatment for diagnosed substance use disorder in lieu of jail time.

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