Were You Charged with Drugs Not in Original Container Georgia? Yeargan & Kert, LLC Lawyers Will Help You Fight
Drugs not in original container refers to drugs, generally prescription medication, being outside its original container. For instance, if you are taking oxycodone. Instead of leaving the oxycodone in its original pill bottle, you place it in another container along with other pills that you take daily.
If you are stopped by police and the container of oxycodone is found, you may be in serious legal trouble.
It is Illegal to Possess Drugs in Georgia That Are Not in Their Original Container
Many people in Atlanta may not know that it is also illegal to possess drugs not in original container. This means all medications a person possesses must be in the original container. Drugs in a pill organizer or any other container are considered an illegal possession. A person may face a misdemeanor charge.
Is it Illegal for Me to Carry a Relative’s Medication in Atlanta without it being in a Container?
Yes, it is illegal for a person to carry anyone’s medication in an open container. Police tend to assume the person in control of the medication intends to consume, sell or distribute it.
Will The Police Arrest Me for DUI if I have if My Prescription Drugs Are Not in Their Original Container?
Police may arrest a driver they suspect has used drugs prior to operating a motor vehicle. It depends on the facts of the case. A person in Atlanta can be in arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.
Are Drugs Not In Original Container the same as Drug Possession?
Drugs kept in an open container is not a form of drug possession, nor is it as serious. Drug possession involves having control over the drug. Having control of the drug includes having actual or constructive possession. Actual possession means a person has the drugs on their body. Constructive possession involves the drugs being in a person’s control, but another place like a car, plant or duffle bag.
What is the Penalty in Georgia for Drugs Not In Original Container?
This is a misdemeanor offense punishable by about 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Contact Yeargan & Kert, LLC Attorneys for Help with Your Georgia Drugs Not In Original Container Charge
You should have the right to place your medication in whatever container you want. Unfortunately, in Georgia, there are strict laws about how and where you keep your medication. If it is outside its original container, you face a misdemeanor. It could mean the difference between freedom and up to 12 months in county jail.
Do not let this happen to you. If you are facing a misdemeanor drugs not in original container charge, seek legal counsel immediately. Contact Yeargan & Kert, LLC for help. We will fight the charge by getting it dropped or reduced. If we have to go to trial, we will show jurors or the judge why you are innocent. Let us help you. Contact Yeargan & Kert, LLC immediately for a free consultation.