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VGCSA stands for Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act. Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) are regulated under federal law and by all states, but each state differs in its definition of CDS and how related crimes are classified. In Georgia, possession of a controlled substance can be classified as either a felony or misdemeanor, depending on type and amount of controlled substance. Under Georgia law, CDS are classified into five different ‘schedules’ or categories.
Drug Schedules in Georgia
- Schedule I: These are drugs that have the highest potential for abuse and dependency, and have no recognized medical use.
- Schedule II: Drugs with a high potential for abuse and dependency but have an accepted medical use with severe restrictions.
- Schedule III: Drugs with a moderate risk for abuse and dependency, and have an accepted medical use.
- Schedule IV: Drugs with a very low risk for abuse.
- Schedule V: Drugs with the lowest risk for abuse of dependency.
Penalties for Possession in Georgia
The penalties for drug offenses can range in severity and most come with a minimum requirement for sentencing. Punishment can include significant jail time and a broad range of fines, fees, community service, and addiction counseling. In addition, individuals convicted could lose their license, job, and/or property seized as a result of the violation.
If you or someone you know was convicted of a drug offense and/or have had their property seized, it could mean life-changing consequences. Contact The Usry Firm for your initial consultation, free of charge.