Aggressive Defenders for the Accused
Alabama carries harsh laws for all activities involving its controlled substances. Whether you are caught with marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or unauthorized prescription drugs, you will face a difficult criminal process. Due to the synthetic drug and opioid crisis in this country, Alabama prosecutors and courts vigorously seek convictions for drug offenses.
Whether you are a student or faculty member at the University of Alabama or an individual in Jefferson, Blount, Bibb, Pickens, or Tuscaloosa County facing a drug charge, you will need the assistance of a skilled attorney as soon as possible. At The Glasscox Law Firm LLC, you will find legal representation of the highest caliber from a proven team of seasoned trial lawyers. Our Tuscaloosa drug crimes defense attorneys have 50 years of combined legal experience to put to work on your behalf. We know how prosecutors work in the local courts and can develop a legal strategy to fight back with a hard-hitting defense.
Reach out to us at (205) 345-9537 to schedule your complimentary consultation today.
Drug Crimes in Alabama
Alabama categorizes illegal drugs into five Schedules, based on the drug's degree of addictiveness and danger. These Schedules include such drugs as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, opium, marijuana, Ecstasy, and prescription drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, Xanax, Adderall, and more. Schedule I drugs are considered the most dangerous with a high potential for abuse. The charges you face will depend on the type of drug involved, how much of it was found in your possession, your prior criminal history, and other pertinent facts such as whether you possessed the substance with the intent to distribute.
The Glasscox Law Firm LLC can represent you in any drug crime case, such as:
- Simple possession
- Possession with the intent to sell/distribute
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Drug cultivation
- Drug manufacturing
- Drug trafficking
Most drug charges in Alabama are felonies. These can include prescription drug forgery or the attempt to procure prescription medicines through fraud, misrepresentation, or other forms of deceit. You can be charged with drug possession merely by being found with a single tablet of a prescription medicine that was illegally obtained.
Drug Possession Charges
Under Title 13A Chapter 12 Article 5 of Alabama Code, possession of an illegal drug or unauthorized prescription drug is charged as a Class D felony. Possession involves drugs being found on your person, in your home, vehicle, or at your workplace. These offenses carry penalties of 1 to 5 years in prison, fines of up to $7,500, driver's license suspension, community service, and probation for months or years.
Drug Distribution Charges
Drug distribution is a more serious offense, which is defined as selling, furnishing, giving away, distributing, or delivering controlled substances. If you are found with specific quantities of various drugs, such as more than 8 but less than 28 grams of cocaine, you will be charged with intent to distribute which is a Class B felony. A conviction for these offenses carries up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $30,000.
Class A Felony Drug Charges
More serious drug offenses, such as drug manufacturing and trafficking will lead to Class A felony charges. It is also a Class A felony to sell or distribute controlled substances to anyone under the age of 18. These crimes are punishable by 10 to up to 99 years or life in prison and fines of up to $60,000.
Our legal team works to help those who are eligible get alternative sentencing programs for drug crimes. If your offense was nonviolent and/or you are a first offender, you may be eligible. These programs include drug court and drug diversion programs which are meant to rehabilitate rather than punish. We use trusted local resources who are experts in alcohol and drug rehabilitation.
Learn Your Options
Having proven legal representation in your corner when facing any type of drug crime is critical. No matter how serious your charges, you can count on the diligence, commitment, and legal skills you will find with our team. It is never too early to reach out to our firm, especially at the outset of a drug investigation. Learn more about your charges, your legal options, and how we can aggressively defend you by contacting us today.