Being charged with a drug offense involves many different types of repercussions that most people are not aware of. If you are charged with a drug offense, that means you are charged with a Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act (VGCSA). Being charged with a VGCSA means that you may be subject to jail time, base fines that double after surcharges, and substance abuse treatment. [Much harsher punishments are required if you are charged with something more than simple possession…like possession with intent or trafficking] However, most people don’t know that if you are convicted of a drug offense, there are two issues that can have a tremendous impact on your life:
First, your license will likely be suspended: Most people are not aware that they will lose their license and cannot get a permit to drive for work, school or medical related purposes. You will suffer what we call a “hard” suspension and will not be able to get your license back until the required time has passed and you have taken a Drug Risk Reduction Course.
Second, you will likely not be eligible for any program that is government supported: If you are currently receiving student loans, the HOPE Grant, or other government backed financial aid, the government reserves the right to decline you ability to receive those funds. Further, there is also a likelihood that you will have a hard time qualifying for a loan if you plan on using monies that are obtained through government programs like FHA. The reason for this is clear; the government assumes that if you have money to buy drugs, you don’t need their assistance to create a better quality of life for yourself.
If you are charged with a drug offense, don’t try to “do it yourself.” Call our office immediately so that we can help ensure that the effect this has on your life is managed.