GA Pretrial Intervention Program PTI

Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer Larry Kohn

The pre-trial intervention program, or PTI, is a supervised program designed to help first-time offenders avoid having their cases go to trial. Involvement in PTI includes submitting to random drug tests, performing community service, completing drug treatment, and possibly paying court fines.

The benefits of PTI include:

  • Avoiding the cost and complication of a trial
  • Avoiding the suspension of your driver’s license
  • A clean criminal record

It is important to understand that you must complete the program in order to avoid a trial and have the charges against you dropped.

PTI Eligibility

Not everyone facing a drug charge in Georgia is eligible to participate in PTI pretrial intervention programs. An eligible participant must:

  • Have no criminal record
  • Be at least 17 years of age

Juveniles and those with prior arrests or convictions will not qualify to participate.

Is PTI Right for You?

The first step in applying for pre-trial intervention is for your defense attorney to file an application on your behalf. To learn more about the PTI program in Georgia and whether it is an option in your case, schedule a free consultation with the attorneys at Kohn & Yager today.

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GA Drug Trafficking Cases

Schedule I Controlled Substances

 Drug Trafficking Laws in Georgia

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Under the law, drug trafficking includes transporting, distributing, making or selling drugs. Trafficking is such a serious offense that the federal government has outlined minimum penalties. Many states, including Georgia, use these as a guideline for sentencing.

Mandatory Minimum Trafficking Penalties

Trafficking charges are triggered by the amount of the substance in question, not necessarily its schedule. For example:

Morphine, opium and heroin:

    • More than four grams but less than 14: five years
    • 14-28 grams: at least 10 years
    • More than 28 grams: 25 years

Methamphetamine and amphetamine:

    • 28-200 grams: 10 years
    • 200-400 grams: 15 years
    • Over 400 grams: 25 years


  • 10 pounds to 2,000 pounds: five years
  • 2,000 to 10,000 pounds: seven years
  • 10,000 pounds or more: 15 years


  • 28 grams to 200 grams: 10 years
  • 200 grams to 400 grams: 15 years
  • Over 400 grams: 25 years

Enhanced Penalties

Penalties for drug trafficking can be enhanced under the following circumstances:

  • Selling or distributing near a school
  • The type of drugs (Schedule I or II may result in higher penalties)
  • Transporting controlled substances across state lines
  • Carrying a controlled substance in any amount on an airplane

Serious Charges Need a Serious Defense

Drug trafficking is the most serious drug-related charge you can face in the state of Georgia. And because it is a felony, this penalties for this offense will follow you for years after you have completed your prison sentence and paid the fines associated with your conviction.

Do not attempt to handle a drug trafficking case on your own.

GA Drug Possession Charges

Under Georgia law, you can be charged with possession of a controlled substance if an illegal or illicit substance is found on your person, in your vehicle or at your residence.

It is important to note that a GA drug possession charge is always a felony in Georgia. However, if you are convicted of possessing less than ounce of marijuana, you will be facing misdemeanor charges.

Penalties for GA Drug Possession

The penalties for drug possession in Georgia vary, depending on a number of factors including:

Penalty Ranges for Drug Possession

  • Marijuana
    • Less than one ounce: misdemeanor; 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fine
    • Over one ounce: felony, fines and 1-10 years in prison
  • Schedule I and II Drugs
    • First offense: fines and 2-15 years in prison
    • Second or subsequent offense: fines, 5-30 years in prison
  • Schedule III, IV, and V
    • First offense: fines and 1-5 years in prison
    • Second or subsequent offense: fines and 1-10 years in prison

Drivers License Suspension Penalties

Perhaps one of the more surprising consequences of a drug charge conviction in Georgia is the fact that you will be subject to a mandatory suspension of your drivers license for up to six months. For a second or subsequent offense, your license will be suspended for at least two years.

Serious Drug Crime Defense

Drug possession charges need to be taken seriously and met with aggressive and immediate legal defense. Contact the firm of Kohn & Yager today to begin fighting your drug case.

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GA Drug Diversion Program

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The GA drug diversion program is designed to reduce recidivism of drug-related crimes and to decrease the number of inmates being sent to Georgia’s overcrowded prisons. Those who qualify for and complete a drug diversion program will be able to avoid the penalties associated with a conviction. If all of the requirements of the program are met, the charges against the accused will be dropped.

Who Qualifies for the Drug Diversion Program?

Drug diversion programs are only available to individuals who meet certain eligibility requirements, including:

  • First offenders with no prior felony or misdemeanor charges or convictions
  • No prior participation in any diversion programs
  • Not be facing any other charges

The defense attorney works with the prosecutor and judge in determining whether or not someone should be accepted into the program.

Program Components

Participation in a drug diversion program can be a long and labor-intensive process. Participants must complete counseling, treatment, community service and may also be required to make restitution. The required duration will vary from person to person, depending on the circumstances of his or her case.

Is Drug Diversion Right for You?

If you are a first-offender facing drug charges in Georgia, the drug diversion program may be a viable option in your case. To learn more and to explore all of your options, schedule a free and confidential case review with the attorneys at Kohn & Yager today.

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Drug Distribution Charges in Georgia

Distribution of Drugs in Georgia

Each drug charge case is unique. The penalties for a drug distribution conviction can be affected by factors such as:

  • Whether it was a first offense
  • Whether you have a criminal record
  • Previous jail time

Drug crimes include simple possession, possession with intent to distribute, and trafficking. Other factors affecting your charges may include transporting drugs to another state, selling drugs at a school, or being arrested at an airport, all of which are felonies. Generally, the greater the quantity of drugs involved, the more severe the penalties.

Penalties for Drug Distribution in Georgia

In Georgia, almost every drug crime is a felony. The penalties for distribution in our state are especially harsh when compared with penalties in other states. Here are a few examples:

  • For distributing cocaine, 28-200 grams gets you 10 years in prison; the years go up every 200 grams from there
  • For opiates, which include heroin, just four grams or more is considered trafficking; up to 14 grams gets you five years in prison, and the sentence goes up from there
  • Marijuana trafficking is possession of over 10 lbs. and less than 2,000 lbs.; five years in prison
  • Methamphetamine or amphetamine trafficking involves 28 to 200 grams, which carries a 10-year sentence

Lower amounts are not without harsh penalties, but may be charged as possession instead of trafficking.

Get Experienced Help When Facing Distribution Drugs Charges

You don’t want your life ruined by drug charges. Without an attorney to negotiate on your behalf, you could be incarcerated, denied employment, or lose your property. Call Kohn & Yager today to schedule a free review of your case or fill out our online form.

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