So you got charged with possession of marijuana. What are the possible outcomes?
Across the nation this past Election Day several states passed laws legalizing the use of recreational marijuana. Georgia was not one of them. In recent years the attitude toward marijuana and drugs in general has relaxed slightly. A conviction for possession of marijuana a few years ago meant $1,000 fine, up to a year in jail, and the loss of your driver’s license. Recently, the law has changed so that a conviction for possession of marijuana in Marietta or Cobb County doesn’t mean that your driver’s license will automatically be suspended. There are still consequences and this post is to help you better understand the possible outcomes for your Cobb County possession of marijuana case.
1. Pre-trial diversion
Pre-trial Diversion is a program designed by the prosecutor’s office or court to help people keep from getting a conviction for possession of marijuana. Pretrial diversion programs vary widely but usually involve a fine, community service, drug screens, and a drug evaluation. Some programs may require you to have an attorney to qualify.
The best part is that if you successfully complete the program your case will be dismissed and you won’t have to worry about it on a background check.
If you were arrested or given a ticket for possession of marijuana you need an attorney. Contact Block Law today at (770) 824-3030 for a free case consultation and to see if you may be eligible for a pre-trial program for your case.
2. Conditional Discharge
Conditional Discharge is a program where you enter a guilty plea to the possession of marijuana charge and the judge agrees to hold off on entering a conviction until after you have an opportunity to complete probation. Conditional discharge is only available if you have never been convicted for a possession of marijuana in the past.
If you successfully complete all the requirements of your probation (including any fines, community service, evaluation, or any other requirement) then the judge will dismiss the case against you. Because this eventually is dismissed, if someone runs a background check after you are off probation then you won’t have to worry about it showing up.
3. Maximum Penalty for possession of marijuana:
The maximum penalty for a Marietta or Cobb County possession of marijuana is 1 year in jail, $1,000 fine plus any surcharges. The sentence will probably not include any jail but instead 12 months of probation. The judge is also authorized to order community service, drug evaluations or treatment, and a fine up to $1,000.