A Georgia man who owns a chain of taco restaurants recently turned himself in for distributing methamphetamine. Adolfo Mitchell had been indicted for conspiracy and drug trafficking turned himself in. Officials say he was having methamphetamines shipped to him and was distributing the drugs throughout the Savannah area. He was also having other people transport the drug to other states.
Drug trafficking is a serious crime in Georgia, and if you or a loved one is facing these charges, it is important to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible so they can put their experience to work for you.
Methamphetamine is a Schedule II drug in Georgia which means it falls into the same class of controlled substances as morphine, cocaine, methadone, and opium. Trafficking is when a person delivers, sells, or brings drugs into the state or if they are found to be in possession of at least 28 grams of amphetamine or methamphetamine.
Methamphetamine Trafficking Penalties
Methamphetamine trafficking is a serious crime in Georgia and the penalty for the crime is dependent on the amount of methamphetamines found at the time of the charge. If there is over 28 grams of methamphetamines found, but less than 200 grams, the penalty includes a mandatory prison sentence of at least 10 years and a fine up to $200,000. If the amount seized is between 200 and 400 grams, the prison sentence increases to 15 years and the fine to $350,000. If the amount of methamphetamine seized is over 400 grams, the penalty goes up even further to 25 years in prison and a fine up to $1 million. The crimes, regardless of amount, are always considered felony crimes.
It is always possible that you may receive less than the mandatory minimum penalties if your attorney is able to prove the following:
- You were not the leader of the conduct that took place
- You did not possess a dangerous weapon, firearm, or hazardous object when the crime was committed.
- You did not have a prior felony conviction.
- A mandatory minimum would not serve justice.
- The conduct did not result in serious bodily injuries or death to a person.
You may also be able to have a reduced sentence if you agree to help convict other people of the same crime. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you decide if this is a good option for you or not.
Contact an Experienced Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney Today
If you are facing charges of methamphetamine trafficking or other drug charges in Georgia, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side. The attorneys at Lankford & Moore Law understand how important a strong defense strategy. There are several possible defenses to methamphetamine trafficking that may apply to your case. These include illegal search and seizure, insufficient evidence, and more. We will work with you to ensure the best possible outcome for your charges. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.