Drug Crime Defense Lawyer North East Alabama
Drug Crime laws in Alabama carry very heavy jail sentences and large fines. If you are facing a possible conviction due to a drug charge in Clay County or anywhere in Alabama then that conviction can stay on your criminal record for life. This can affect multiple aspects of your life. Getting a job, a loan, or housing can be much more difficult and restricted. Applying for university or scholarships can also be harder to do. For these reasons, it’s important to consult a criminal defense attorney with a history of successfully fighting for their clients when it comes to drug charges. A criminal defense attorney like Warren Freeman can guide you during your case and give you a clear understanding of your charges and your rights.
Our law office can help put you in the best position possible to reduce possible damaging repercussions related to your charge. We work faithfully to help you move on with your life after facing a drug crime charge.
Call Warren Freeman Attorney at Law on (256) 253-3169 today for advice on your case.
Being charged with a drug crime can be a stressful situation for most people. Many people quickly notice the complicated relationship between state and federal drug crime laws. Alabama has its own state criminal laws and depending on the charge the federal government can also be involved. In Alabama, illicit substances are known as ‘Controlled Dangerous Substances” (CDS) and they are categorized into schedules based on legally defined levels of addictiveness and dangerousness. Below are a few common drug offense charges.
- Marijuana: this is the only drug offense charge which is a Class A Misdemeanor. If you are found in possession of Marijuana that is perceived as ‘personal use’ then you can be charged with this offense. The specific amount, i.e. ‘personal use’ amount, is not defined by Alabama law. This charge can come with up to $6,000 in fines and a year in jail. If you are found with an amount deemed larger than for ‘personal use’ then it is a Class C Felony.
- Cocaine: possession of cocaine is a Class C Felony. Conviction might mean up to 10 years in jail and a $15,000 fine.
- Heroin: as with Cocaine, the possession of heroin is also a Class C Felony with the same consequences.
- Methamphetamine: possession is also a Class C Felony.
What are more severe CDS Felonies?
- Class B Felonies: 2 to 20 years in prison and up to $30,000 in fines.
- Class A Felonies: Up to life in prison depending on the amount in possession.
- Class A and Class B Felonies have differing levels of severity (prison and fines) depending on the amount found and intent of selling.
What to do if you have been arrested for a Drug Offense:
Contact Us today if you have been charged. Time is essential when it comes to this matter. The sooner you have an attorney by your side the better your chances of a proper defense are.