When one is accused of committing a crime, there are choices that can be made that might help improve the overall circumstances. When the accusations concern drug charges, there are resources in Georgia to turn to for assistance. The guidance of an experienced criminal defense attorney is typically crucial to securing a favorable result.
Recently, a man was handed a 72-month prison sentence in federal court for selling cocaine to an undercover agent at a local senior high in addition to possessing two loaded guns in used in connection with the drug sales. The 28-year-old man sold the drugs to an undercover agent in Nov. and Dec. 2015. After his arrest last spring, a search warrant was obtained for his home, and authorities seized a few thousand dollars in cash, two weapons and several pounds of drugs along with other items allegedly used in drug trafficking.The man was initially indicted on seven different charges in April 2016. The government elected to drop the remaining charges after the man entered into a plea agreement.
The man’s grandmother was indicted in a Georgia criminal court for providing assistance in connection with several of the drug transactions. Those charges are apparently still pending and further details were not reported. She was officially charged in the county’s Superior Court.
The man chose to enter a guilty plea in exchange for having other drug charges dropped. Doing so likely allowed him to receive a lesser sentence than would have been imposed if a guilty verdict was returned on all charges. Ultimately, an accused individual who is offered a plea bargain must — alongside legal counsel — weigh the offer from prosecutors against the weight of the proposed evidence in order to decide whether to fight the charges at trial or accept the agreement proffered.
Source: jacksonville.com, “Man gets 6 years for firearms charge and drug sales to police posing as high school student“, Terry Dickson, Jan. 23, 2017