Drug Cases

At Bixon Law, LLC, we handle all types of drug cases that you might be facing. Our expertise in this area has led to reduced sentences, lessened fines, and justice for our innocent clients. If you want to have solid representation by an attorney who truly cares about your future, contact Michael Bixon today. We oversee and represent all types of drug cases including, but not limited to:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Heroin
  • Prescription drugs, etc.

Drug Trafficking

If you have been arrested or are facing drug trafficking charges, you will need to retain our help immediately. There is nothing more important when facing stiff sentences and fines than a polished and experienced defense attorney who can help you. Here are the facts you need to consider before you make your decision:

Marijuana Trafficking

Any person who knowingly sells, manufactures, grows, delivers, brings into this state, or has possession of a quantity of marijuana exceeding 10 pounds commits the offense of trafficking in marijuana and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished as follows:

(1) If the quantity of marijuana involved is in excess of 10 pounds, but less than 2,000 pounds, the person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and shall pay a fine of $100,000.00;

(2) If the quantity of marijuana involved is 2,000 pounds or more, but less than 10,000 pounds, the person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of seven years and shall pay a fine of $250,000.00; and

(3) If the quantity of marijuana involved is 10,000 pounds or more, the person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years and shall pay a fine of $1 million.

Cocaine Trafficking

Any person who knowingly sells, manufactures, delivers, or brings into this state or who is knowingly in possession of 28 grams or more of cocaine or of any mixture with a purity of 10 percent or more of cocaine, as described in Schedule II, in violation of this article commits the felony offense of trafficking in cocaine and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished as follows:

(A) If the quantity of the cocaine or the mixture involved is 28 grams or more, but less than 200 grams, the person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of ten years and shall pay a fine of $200,000.00;

(B) If the quantity of the cocaine or the mixture involved is 200 grams or more, but less than 400 grams, the person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years and shall pay a fine of $300,000.00; and

(C) If the quantity of the cocaine or the mixture involved is 400 grams or more, the person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 25 years and shall pay a fine of $1 million.

Any person who knowingly sells, manufactures, delivers, or brings into this state or who is knowingly in possession of any mixture with a purity of less than 10 percent of cocaine, as described in Schedule II, in violation of this article commits the felony offense of trafficking in cocaine if the total weight of the mixture multiplied by the percentage of cocaine contained in the mixture exceeds any of the quantities of cocaine specified in paragraph (1) of this subsection. Upon conviction thereof, such person shall be punished as provided in paragraph (1) of this subsection depending upon the quantity of cocaine such person is charged with knowingly selling, manufacturing, delivering, or bringing into this state or knowingly possessing.

Morphine and Opium Trafficking

Any person who knowingly sells, manufactures, delivers, brings into this state, or has possession of 4 grams or more of any morphine or opium or any salt, isomer, or salt of an isomer thereof, including heroin, as described in Schedules I and II, or 4 grams or more of any mixture containing any such substance in violation of this article commits the felony offense of trafficking in illegal drugs and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished as follows:

(1) If the quantity of such substances involved is 4 grams or more, but less than 14 grams, the person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and shall pay a fine of $50,000.00;

(2) If the quantity of such substances involved is 14 grams or more, but less than 28 grams, the person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of ten years and shall pay a fine of $100,000.00; and

(3) If the quantity of such substances involved is 28 grams or more, the person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 25 years and shall pay a fine of $500,000.00.

Methamphetamine Trafficking

Any person who knowingly sells, delivers, or brings into this state or has possession of 28 grams or more of methamphetamine, amphetamine, or any mixture containing either methamphetamine or amphetamine, as described in Schedule II, in violation of this article commits the felony offense of trafficking in methamphetamine or amphetamine and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished as follows:

(1) If the quantity of methamphetamine, amphetamine, or a mixture containing either substance involved is 28 grams or more, but less than 200 grams, the person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of ten years and shall pay a fine of $200,000.00;

(2) If the quantity of methamphetamine, amphetamine, or a mixture containing either substance involved is 200 grams or more, but less than 400 grams, the person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years and shall pay a fine of $300,000.00; and

(3) If the quantity of methamphetamine, amphetamine, or a mixture containing either substance involved is 400 grams or more, the person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 25 years and shall pay a fine of $1 million.

If the quantity of methamphetamine, amphetamine, or a mixture containing either substance involved is less than 200 grams, the person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of ten years and shall pay a fine of $200,000.00;

If the quantity of methamphetamine, amphetamine, or a mixture containing either substance involved is 200 grams or more, but less than 400 grams, the person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years and shall pay a fine of $300,000.00; and

If the quantity of methamphetamine, amphetamine, or a mixture containing either substance involved is 400 grams or more, the person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 25 years and shall pay a fine of $1 million.

The following is the actual case law regarding trafficking illegal drugs in Georgia.

§ 16-13-31. Trafficking in cocaine, illegal drugs, marijuana, or methamphetamine; penalties

(a)(1) Any person who knowingly sells, manufactures, delivers, or brings into this state or who is knowingly in
possession of 28 grams or more of cocaine or of any mixture with a purity of 10 percent or more of cocaine, as
described in Schedule II, in violation of this article commits the felony offense of trafficking in cocaine and, upon
conviction thereof, shall be punished as follows:
(A) If the quantity of the cocaine or the mixture involved is 28 grams or more, but less than 200 grams, the
person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of ten years and shall pay a fine of
$200,000.00;
(B) If the quantity of the cocaine or the mixture involved is 200 grams or more, but less than 400 grams, the
person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years and shall pay a fine of
$300,000.00; and
(C) If the quantity of the cocaine or the mixture involved is 400 grams or more, the person shall be sentenced to
a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 25 years and shall pay a fine of $1 million.
(2) Any person who knowingly sells, manufactures, delivers, or brings into this state or who is knowingly in
possession of any mixture with a purity of less than 10 percent of cocaine, as described in Schedule II, in violation of
this article commits the felony offense of trafficking in cocaine if the total weight of the mixture multiplied by the
percentage of cocaine contained in the mixture exceeds any of the quantities of cocaine specified in paragraph (1) of this
subsection. Upon conviction thereof, such person shall be punished as provided in paragraph (1) of this subsection
depending upon the quantity of cocaine such person is charged with knowingly selling, manufacturing, delivering, or
bringing into this state or knowingly possessing.
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(b) Any person who knowingly sells, manufactures, delivers, brings into this state, or has possession of 4 grams or
more of any morphine or opium or any salt, isomer, or salt of an isomer thereof, including heroin, as described in
Schedules I and II, or 4 grams or more of any mixture containing any such substance in violation of this article commits
the felony offense of trafficking in illegal drugs and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished as follows:
(1) If the quantity of such substances involved is 4 grams or more, but less than 14 grams, the person shall be
sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and shall pay a fine of $50,000.00;

(2) If the quantity of such substances involved is 14 grams or more, but less than 28 grams, the person shall be
sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of ten years and shall pay a fine of $100,000.00; and
(3) If the quantity of such substances involved is 28 grams or more, the person shall be sentenced to a mandatory
minimum term of imprisonment of 25 years and shall pay a fine of $500,000.00.
(c) Any person who knowingly sells, manufactures, grows, delivers, brings into this state, or has possession of a
quantity of marijuana exceeding 10 pounds commits the offense of trafficking in marijuana and, upon conviction
thereof, shall be punished as follows:
(1) If the quantity of marijuana involved is in excess of 10 pounds, but less than 2,000 pounds, the person shall be
sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and shall pay a fine of $100,000.00;
(2) If the quantity of marijuana involved is 2,000 pounds or more, but less than 10,000 pounds, the person shall
be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of seven years and shall pay a fine of $250,000.00; and
(3) If the quantity of marijuana involved is 10,000 pounds or more, the person shall be sentenced to a mandatory
minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years and shall pay a fine of $1 million.
(d) Any person who knowingly sells, manufactures, delivers, or brings into this state 200 grams or more of
methaqualone or of any mixture containing methaqualone, as described in paragraph (6) of Code Section 16-13-25, in
violation of this article commits the felony offense of trafficking in methaqualone and, upon conviction thereof, shall be
punished as follows:
(1) If the quantity of the methaqualone or the mixture involved is 200 grams or more, but less than 400 grams, the
person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and shall pay a fine of
$50,000.00; and
(2) If the quantity of the methaqualone or the mixture involved is 400 grams or more, the person shall be
sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years and shall pay a fine of $250,000.00.
(e) Any person who knowingly sells, delivers, or brings into this state or has possession of 28 grams or more of
methamphetamine, amphetamine, or any mixture containing either methamphetamine or amphetamine, as described in
Schedule II, in violation of this article commits the felony offense of trafficking in methamphetamine or amphetamine
and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished as follows:
(1) If the quantity of methamphetamine, amphetamine, or a mixture containing either substance involved is 28
grams or more, but less than 200 grams, the person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment
of ten years and shall pay a fine of $200,000.00;
(2) If the quantity of methamphetamine, amphetamine, or a mixture containing either substance involved is 200
grams or more, but less than 400 grams, the person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment
of 15 years and shall pay a fine of $300,000.00; and
(3) If the quantity of methamphetamine, amphetamine, or a mixture containing either substance involved is 400
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grams or more, the person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 25 years and shall pay
a fine of $1 million.
(f) Any person who knowingly manufactures methamphetamine, amphetamine, or any mixture containing either
methamphetamine or amphetamine, as described in Schedule II, in violation of this article commits the felony offense
of trafficking methamphetamine or amphetamine and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished as follows:
(1) If the quantity of methamphetamine, amphetamine, or a mixture containing either substance involved is less
than 200 grams, the person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of ten years and shall pay
a fine of $200,000.00;
(2) If the quantity of methamphetamine, amphetamine, or a mixture containing either substance involved is 200
grams or more, but less than 400 grams, the person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment
of 15 years and shall pay a fine of $300,000.00; and
(3) If the quantity of methamphetamine, amphetamine, or a mixture containing either substance involved is 400
grams or more, the person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 25 years and shall pay
a fine of $1 million.
(g) (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection and notwithstanding Code Section 16-13-2, with
respect to any person who is found to have violated this Code section, adjudication of guilt or imposition of sentence
shall not be suspended, probated, deferred, or withheld prior to serving the mandatory minimum term of imprisonment
prescribed by this Code section.
(2) The district attorney may move the sentencing court to impose a reduced or suspended sentence upon any
person who is convicted of a violation of this Code section and who provides substantial assistance in the identification,
arrest, or conviction of any of his accomplices, accessories, coconspirators, or principals. Upon good cause shown, the
motion may be filed and heard in camera. The judge hearing the motion may impose a reduced or suspended sentence if
he finds that the defendant has rendered such substantial assistance.
(h) Any person who violates any provision of this Code section shall be punished as provided for in the applicable
mandatory minimum punishment and for not more than 30 years of imprisonment and by a fine not to exceed $1
million.

If you want to avoid serving this amount of time and paying these hefty, life-altering fines and have your rights protected, you need Michael Bixon. At Bixon Law, LLC we serve all of the metro Atlanta counties including Fulton, Cobb, Dekalb, Clayton, Gwinnett as well as others. Call today for your free consultation!

Drug Distribution

The state of Georgia works to actively convict people arrested for drug distribution. Whether you’re arrested with marijuana or prescription drugs, if they can make a case that you had the intent to sell or distribute drugs, you may be facing the harshest judgment of the law and fines that can ruin your life for years to come. Michael Bixon takes this area of seriously because he understands the bureaucracy that goes on behind the courtroom. He works to help you present a renewed image to the court and to demonstrate your innocence and commitment to the community. When you’ve been arrested for any kind of drug possession, make sure you have Michael Bixon on your side, all the way. Your future will be brighter when you work with him.

Marijuana–Specific Offenses

Mr. Bixon has provided some basic facts about drug possession and sentencing in Georgia:

  • If you possess less than one ounce of marijuana, that’s a misdemeanor which can be punished by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. However, if you are convicted of your first conviction, you may only be placed on probation. Upon successful completion, the charges may be discharged.
  • If you possess one ounce or more, that is a felony and is punishable by 1 – 10 years in prison.
  • If you are arrested for cultivation, manufacturing or distribution, you will be facing felony charges, which can be punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
  • If you are arrested for possession, manufacturing or distribution of over 50 pounds, you will then be arrested for trafficking and all trafficking offenses carry mandatory minimum sentences:
    • Greater than 50 pound but less that 2,000 pounds, the sentence is a minimum of 5 years in prison and a $100,000 fine
    • 2,000 pounds to less than 10,000 pounds, the minimum prison sentence is 7 years and a fine of $250,000
    • 10,000 pounds or more, the minimum sentence is 15 years and a $1,000,000 fine

Other Details

If you use any communication facility, such as a telephone, cell phone, or radio, during any offense, the judge may add up to four years to the sentence and a fine of $30,000. If you are arrested for distribution and/or possession within 1,000 feet of any school, park, playground, recreational center or drug free commercial zone, you may face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000—for the first conviction. A second conviction is punishable by five to 40 years in prison and a fine up to $40,000. If this has become your reality, you need to contact Michael Bixon immediately. He will help you every step of the way.

By Michael Bixon