Violation of Georgia Controlled Substances Act
If you were caught possessing an illegal drug in Georgia, you will be charged with a violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act (VGCSA). This law can be found in Title 16, Chapter 13 of the Official Code of Georgia, Annotated (O.C.G.A. § 16-13-1 et. seq.) The Act contains numerous statutes, some of which deal with definitions of terms, different drug schedules, punishments for certain offenses, drug related objects, counterfeit drugs, compounds used to manufacture drugs, civil asset forfeiture (where they try to take your vehicle, cash or other property away from you), the conditional discharge (a type of deferred adjudication) as well as the State Board of Pharmacy, prescriptions, medical research, registration requirements, and administrative sanctions for businesses engaged in handling controlled substances. Most criminal charges will arise out of O.C.G.A.§ 16-13-30 or O.C.G.A. § 16-13-31. If you had a large enough quantity of drugs in your possession, government prosecutors might indict you with violation of federal law, which would transfer your case to U.S. District Court rather than the Superior Court in the county in which you were arrested. The Georgia attorneys at Kunes Law Office stand ready to help with your Georgia drug charges by offering a free consult to discuss your rights and options.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigations has a program to train police officers to identify marijuana, so that these samples don’t have to be sent to the crime lab. In fact, the GBI has recieved an award for this cost cutting program: https://dofs-gbi.georgia.gov/gbi-receives-national-award-marijuana-testing-100509
They are proud that marijuana testing by the crime lab has been reduced by 98%. What they don’t tell you is that they have replaced the scientific Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) testing with a series of tests that are superficial and prone to false positives. Drug defense attorney Patrick Kunes knows about the Duquenois-Levine Reagent, Microscopy, and Fast Blue B testing. He understands that these tests are not selective, in that they do not exclude all other possible substances. Patrick knows how to expose these tests as flawed according to GBI’s own protocol. If you have not verbally identified the leafy green substance as marijuana, then he knows how to attack the alleged identification by the State at trial.
It is important to discuss your case with a qualified drug defense attorney who can explain the law as well as local prosecutors’ and judges’ attitudes towards drug offenders. Call Patrick Kunes today at (229) 382-4900 for a free consultation.