If you are under investigation for a drug offense or already arrested, the best thing you can do for yourself is to invoke your right to remain silent and contact a drug lawyer. Our Birmingham defense attorneys at Alabama Criminal Lawyers are highly experienced in handling misdemeanor and felony drug charges.
We will thoroughly investigate the allegations and review the police officer’s actions. We will identify the strongest possible defense and aggressively fight to eliminate or mitigate the consequences of a conviction.
Do not hesitate to call us if you are facing:
We are well versed in Alabama drug possession laws, including AL Code Section 13A-12-212, Unlawful Possession of or Receipt of Controlled Substances. When accused of or arrested for actual or constructive possession of a controlled substance, you need to talk with a lawyer about the level of the charge, the potential penalties, and how to defend yourself.
If you allegedly possessed a controlled substance in Schedules I through V, other than marijuana, you will be charged with a Class D felony.
If accused of possessing drugs with the intent to distribute or unlawfully distributing controlled substances, you can be charged under AL Code Section 13A-12-211. Unlawful distribution of a Schedule I through V drug is a Class B felony.
Prosecutors may seek to prove you gave away, furnished, delivered, or distributed drugs, but it is more important for them to prove the amount of the drug. You will be charged with a Class B felony if you have between 8 and 28 grams of cocaine or any mixture; between 2 and 4 grams of morphine, opium, or heroin; or between 8 and 28 grams of amphetamines or methamphetamines.
The difference between a possession and distribution charge can be small, but it is critical. Call a drug lawyer right away to see if the charges can be reduced.
Were you accused of a crime involving drug cultivation? In Alabama, cultivating a drug like marijuana could lead to serious penalties, depending on the amount of the drug in question. For example, the cultivation of 2.2 pounds of marijuana is a felony and could result in 3 years in prison.
The penalties increase up to life in prison for the cultivation of more than 1000 pounds of marijuana.
Under AL Code Sections 13A-12-218 and 217, you can be charged with the unlawful manufacture of controlled substances in the first or second degree. If you unlawfully manufacture any controlled substance in Schedules I through V or possess precursor substances to manufacture drugs, you will be charged with second-degree drug manufacturing and charged with a Class B felony.
First-degree drug manufacturing is a Class A felony and involves an aggravating factor, like possession of a firearm or a clandestine lab.
Drug trafficking is defined under AL Code Section 13A-12-231. Whether or not you will face trafficking drug charges depends on the amount of the drug(s) involved.
You will be charged with trafficking if you have more than 2.2 pounds of cannabis; 28 grams of cocaine or a mixture; 4 grams of heroin, morphine, or opium; 28 grams of amphetamines or methamphetamines; or 4 grams of LSD. If convicted, your sentence depends on the amount as well. The greater the amount, the longer the minimum term of imprisonment and the higher the fines.
If you are accused of trafficking, you need to call a drug defense lawyer as soon as possible. You face harsh minimum penalties.
Whether you were accused of possession of methamphetamines, distribution, or driving under the influence, you should contact us as soon as possible. You could be facing years in jail as well as heavy fines. You need an experienced advocate on your side throughout the entire process.
Did you know that you can be accused of a drug crime for more than just illegal drugs? As the abuse of prescription drugs is on the rise, law enforcement is taking these offenses very seriously. Falsely creating a prescription or “doctor shopping” in order to obtain drugs like Vicodin, Codeine, or OxyContin could lead to felony charges.
Federal drug crimes such as trafficking, distributing, manufacturing, and cultivation could result in federal charges. When the crime involves an operation that crosses state lines and country borders, the offense changes from a state crime to a federal crime.
If you have found yourself in this situation, you could be up against such organizations as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Bureau.
What happens if you were arrested for a drug crime in Alabama but are a resident of another state? If you have found yourself in this situation, you need an attorney from Alabama who understands local laws and courts. No matter how serious you believe your case to be, you can be completely confident that our team can help you.
It is a well-known fact that driving under the influence of alcohol can result in a DUI, but many forget that driving while impaired by drugs could also constitute a DUI conviction. If you were pulled over and accused of driving with an illegal drug or prescription drug in your bloodstream, your first step should be to contact a member of our legal team.
You can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor for the use of possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia under AL Code Section 13A-12-260. If you deliver, sell, intend to sell, or manufacturer with the intent to sell drug paraphernalia, you can be charged with a Class C felony. If there is an aggravating factor involved in your drug case, you may face a Class B felony.
When you are facing drug charges in Alabama, it is important to talk with a drug lawyer about the state’s schedule of controlled substances, found in AL Code Sections 20-2-20 through 20-2-31. Where the drug is organized into the schedule can influence the level of the offense against you as well as the potential penalty.
Our Alabama drug defense attorneys can help you with any controlled substance charges, including:
Marijuana is technically a Schedule I controlled substance, although Alabama uses a different charge and sentencing schedule for it. You can be charged with possession of marijuana in the first or second degree.
A second-degree offense is a Class A misdemeanor while first-degree marijuana possession is a Class D felony. If you are accused of possessing marijuana for something other than personal use, you face a Class C felony.
If you have large quantities of marijuana, you may be charged with intent to distribute or trafficking.
Cocaine and cocaine base (crack) are Schedule II drugs. If you are found to have any cocaine or crack on your person or in your property, then you may be charged with possession, distribution, intent to distribute, or trafficking. The level of the charge depends on the amount.
Amphetamines and methamphetamines are Schedule III substances in Alabama. You should contact a drug crime lawyer if you are accused of possessing, manufacturing, distributing, or selling crystal meth or any other form of the drug.
Narcotics are drugs that relieve pain and dull the senses. This refers to opium, heroin, opium derivatives, and synthetic opioids. This category includes Vicodin, OxyContin, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and methadone, most of which are Schedule II drugs. If you are allegedly caught with narcotics, call drug lawyer immediately.
Due to the opioid epidemic raging across the country, opioid drug charges are taken very seriously.
It is unlawful to possess, manufacture, or distribute prescription drugs unless you have a valid prescription or a license to do so. If you are caught with one or more prescription drugs, which are Schedule III or IV drugs, without a lawful reason, you can be charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense.
If you believe your constitutional rights were violated, it is best to contact an experienced Alabama drug crime defense attorney who can search for flaws with the prosecution’s case and/or a violation of your rights. The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects all American citizens from unlawful searches and seizure of person or property.
Under the terms of the 14th Amendment, law enforcement officials cannot conduct a search of you or your property or seize anything unless they have a valid court-issued search warrant or they have just probable cause.
If the police violate your constitutional rights by conducting an unlawful search and seizure, an Alabama drug crime attorney at Alabama Criminal Lawyers can bring this fact to the attention of the judge and motion to have any evidence found suppressed or dismissed from the court record.
Drug possession in Alabama is a Class D felony, unless you are accused of possessing a small amount of marijuana. You can be sentenced between one year and one day and five years in prison, and your penalty is subject to Alabama’s sentencing guidelines. Depending on mitigating or aggravating factors, you may face a lower or greater penalty
You can be charged with felony drug possession if you have actual or constructive possession of any controlled substance. Actual possession means the drugs are on your person or in your immediate vicinity. Constructive possession means you were aware of the drugs, could access them, and had control over them.
Yes, you can be charged with a crime if you possess a prescription medication without a valid prescription. In a majority of cases, these offenses include opioid painkillers, non-opioid painkillers, anti-anxiety medications, and ADD medications.
You may face a harsher charge and penalty if you have one or more aggravating factors present in your case. Aggravating factors include the type of drug, the amount, any previous drug or felony convictions, whether you were on probation or bond at the time, another drug-related offense(s), possession or use of a firearm, the location of the drug offense, and whether anyone was injured or killed.