Alabama law is very tough on anyone accused of a crime related to street drugs, setting long prison sentences even for nonviolent crimes. And because many people feel that drugs are a serious threat, judges and juries are often hasty to convict people accused of drug crimes. If you're facing narcotics charges in Alabama, it pays to get help from a smart criminal defense attorney.
Steven D. Eversole, the founder and manager of the Eversole Law Offices, understands that drug laws frequently punish nonviolent drug users far out of proportion to their crimes. That's why he's a member of NORML and the National College for DUI Defense, as well as the Alabama Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and the Alabama State Bar.
Birmingham Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer
Steven D. Eversole handles all types of narcotics charges, in Alabama state courts as well as in federal courts. That's important, because the law allows authorities to choose whether to charge a drug crime as a state crime or a federal narcotics crime. While state and federal law are similar, the federal government is most likely to step in when the case involves large amounts of drugs, border crossings, the military or substantial publicity.
Our office handles all types of drug charges, including:
- Charges related to marijuana or methamphetamine
- Juvenile drug charges
- Unlawful possession of prescription drugs
- Drug-related DUI
- Possession of drug ingredients or paraphernalia
- Simple narcotics possession
- Manufacturing or cultivation
- Selling drugs, either on a small scale or as part of a trafficking or importation enterprise
Unlawful possession or receipt of a controlled substance is the most frequently charged narcotics violation in the state of Alabama. Any substance on the federal or state lists of controlled substances may qualify, including drugs that are legal with a valid prescription, if you don't have a valid prescription. The penalties change considerably depending on how much of the drug you have, and how serious the drug is considered; marijuana possession will draw less severe punishment than heroin possession.
Aggressive Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer
Depending on the crime, a narcotics charge can draw you anything from a fine to decades in prison. But no matter what the charge is, drug crimes are considered very serious in Alabama, with laws requiring prison time even for possession and harsh mandatory minimums for more serious crimes.
At the Eversole Law Offices, we promise to work our hardest to minimize the penalties for drug crimes under Alabama law. We can protect your rights by challenging illegally obtained evidence or pointing to evidence that raises reasonable doubt about the evidence. For example, possession cases frequently turn on "constructive possession," the idea that something found in your home or vehicle belongs to you -- which isn't always true. If it's appropriate in your case, we will negotiate aggressively with prosecutors to get you the fairest possible sentence. For nonviolent offenders and especially first offenders, we always fight for drug diversion programs (Drug Court) rather than jail.
If you or someone you care about is facing drug-related charges in Alabama, contact Steven D. Eversole today for a free evaluation of your case.