There are many confusing nuances to criminal law regarding drug possession and use both in Georgia and across the country. Many people rightfully find the laws that currently exist to be confusing and hard to understand. This can lead to people making mistakes that have legal and criminal consequences.
Experts say the rampant abuse of prescription drugs has reached epidemic proportions. Across Georgia and the nation as a whole, law enforcement is on high alert, trying to stop drug crimes before illegal prescription drugs hit the black markets, often sold by drug dealers peddling other controlled substances. Many people think that, because a certain drug is available with a prescription, it is safe to consume, but if a person has not been prescribed medication by a doctor, they can be dangerous and are against the law, like other illegal street drugs.
Most Georgia parents would probably agree that when it comes to the health and well-being of their children, they would do all they could to prevent inflicting injury or causing illness. Sometimes, parents accidentally expose children to substances or medications that can harm them. This was the case in a recent story in which a father realized he may be to blame for the mysterious symptoms his infant was suffering, and he wound up charged with drug crimes.
Georgia has quickly become a hot spot for the hip hop music industry. No longer divided into East Coast and West Coast, the rap community has branched out to sub-genres, chief among them the phenomenon that is southern rap. Several hip hop artists from Georgia, such as T.I., 2 Chainz, and Soulja Boy have achieved world-wide fame, and Georgia is now a top destination for artists and fans alike. Unfortunately, in an attempt to curb a nationwide problem with prescription drug abuse, Georgia law enforcement sometimes file prescription drug charges even if a person has a valid prescription.
Georgia residents would likely agree that when it comes to criminal accusations, police officers are usually not the people on the receiving end. Law enforcement across the county is ramping up efforts to combat drug crimes. Usually, it is the police who first investigate potential drug activity, but in a strange set of circumstances, one officer finds herself accused of serious drug charges.
In Georgia, facing drug charges can be a difficult and scary experience for anyone involved. Nearly all types of drug crimes can have life-altering consequences if the person charged is found guilty. However, simply being charged with drug-related offenses is not a conviction in a court of law. The accused are always presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt.
Facing charges for any criminal offense can be one of the most challenging and frightening times in one's life. Those in Georgia who are facing these unfortunate circumstances can take some comfort, however, that a charge for any crime, including drug possession, is still far from a conviction. It is the responsibility of the prosecution to prove these individuals are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, as they are always presumed innocent in the eyes of the law unless and until that actually occurs. A recent drug bust in Cherokee County now has four individuals facing serious prescription drug charges.
Drugs are a major concern for law enforcement in every state. There are several illegal substances that many people think about when drugs are mentioned in conversation. Some of these drugs include marijuana, heroin or cocaine, but prescription drugs are also being used more and more for recreational purposes. Georgia authorities recently arrested eight people for drug crimes, specifically crimes involving opioid painkillers.
Thousands of individuals across the nation take prescription drugs every day for a wide variety of reasons. Many of these drugs can be highly addictive and are therefore more carefully monitored. Two women in Georgia have recently been accused of drug crimes related to prescription drugs. They have been accused of stealing the drugs from the clinics where they work.
When it comes to issues of possession of legal pharmaceuticals, an arrest is often a symptom of a much larger problem. Many Georgia residents who are in possession of prescription drugs are no longer taking them for the purpose for which they were prescribed. In fact, the drugs may not even be for that individual. By the time he or she faces prescription drug charges, that person could be in crisis.