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Are penalties for marijuana possession unfair?

Georgia residents may be frustrated when they look at neighboring states’ relaxing marijuana laws. For Georgia residents who use marijuana, the fear of being caught and charged with marijuana possession can cause serious stress. In the state of Georgia, being convicted of marijuana possession can result in penalties like fines, probation or even jail time. 

Some lawmakers are now speaking out, attesting that, in many cases, the punishment does not fit the crime. People who are otherwise law-abiding, hard-working citizens can face legal troubles if they are caught with even a small amount of marijuana. People convicted of possession could potentially lose their job and custody of children, and face other serious consequences. 

A new bill, which has not yet been assigned to a committee, looks to lessen the penalties for simple possession of marijuana. The proposal includes ideas like a fine not to exceed $300 and the option to perform community service in place of serving jail time. Until the laws change, however, the current strict penalties remain in effect. 

When a Georgia resident is charged with marijuana possession, he or she may have reason to worry, as being charged with a drug crime is a stressful situation. In many cases, persons accused choose to enlist the aid of an experienced attorney. An attorney can help a client ensure that the burden of proof is placed squarely on the prosecution as prescribed by law, and maintain innocence throughout the legal process. All persons accused are innocent unless the prosecution is able to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. With a knowledgeable attorney on one’s side, a person can feel confident that he or she will not have to suffer consequences for a crime not committed.