Drug Possession Lawyers in Dothan Alabama
Alabama Drug Crime Lawyer
If you or a family member has been arrested for, has been charged with or is under investigation for a drug crime, you have an important choice to make. Getting convicted of a criminal offense can result in very harsh consequences, and with so much at stake, you cannot afford to leave your defense to chance. You need to choose a Dothan drug crimes lawyer who can build the best possible defense on your behalf.
At Smith & McGhee, PC, we are highly skilled Houston County marijuana possession defense lawyers. We can build a strong defense on your behalf to protect your rights, freedoms and future. With jail time and other serious penalties on the line, it is crucial that you do not hesitate to speak with one of our skilled attorneys.
Houston County Marijuana Possession Defense Attorneys
Our Houston County marijuana possession defense attorneys can handle your case in state, federal or city court. Whether you are facing a misdemeanor or felony drug crimes charge, our attorneys can immediately begin analyzing the evidence pertaining to your case. Talk to us today about:
- Drug Possession Defense: The mere possession of a controlled substance in Alabama can result in a Class C felony charge. This could include possession of illegal drugs, as well as the illegal possession of legal prescription medications.
- Drug Trafficking Defense: If you are found to be in possession of more than 2.2 pounds of marijuana, 4 grams of opium, heroin, morphine, or LSD, or 28 grams of cocaine, amphetamines, or methamphetamines, you will face drug trafficking charges. The penalties for conviction of a charge like this will depend on the quantity and the type of drugs found.
- Drug Manufacturing Defense: Manufacturing is creating an illegal drug or controlled substance through the use of a chemical process. Closely related to this is drug cultivation, which means planting, growing, or harvesting marijuana or any part of a cannabis plant. Drug manufacturing can be a state or federal offense with severe penalties for conviction.
Our Alabama attorneys are knowledgeable about the options available to help you avoid a drug charges conviction. These options include dismissal of the charges (best-case scenario), deferred prosecution and pretrial diversion. We will thoroughly examine your case and the charges against you, so we can identify and pursue the most advisable option for you.
We handle drug crimes involving:
- Prescription drugs: illegal use, illegal possession and illegal prescriptions of Oxycodone, Lortab, Xanax
- Many others
Penalties for Alabama Drug Crimes
As we touched on earlier, the penalties for drug charges in Alabama vary widely depending on the type of substance you are found to be in possession of, the quantity you possess, and whether or not your charge could be upgraded from simple possession to trafficking and/or manufacturing.
Among the least serious drug crimes is a first-time charge for possession of less than 2.2 grams of marijuana. This would be charged as a Class A misdemeanor with fines of up to $6,000 and up to one year in the county jail. Possession of drug paraphernalia or sale to an adult is also a misdemeanor charge, with fines of up to $2,000 and up to a year in jail.
A second conviction for marijuana possession would be a felony charge, punishable with fines of up to $15,000 and between one and 10 years in prison. Most other drug crimes are also charged as felonies, with fines starting at $15,000 and the possibility of spending several years in prison.
The criminal penalties for drug crime convictions are bad enough, but the consequences do not stop there. A conviction for driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can also cost you your driving privileges for an extended period of time.
Having a criminal history can negatively impact your life in numerous other ways as well. For example, having an arrest or conviction in your background can inhibit your ability to:
- Secure housing.
- Obtain financing.
- Get admitted to the college you want to go to.
- Purchase a firearm.
- Obtain, maintain or renew a professional license.
Are you Under Investigation for a Drug Crime in Alabama?
It is a scary thing to find out that you might be under investigation for a drug-related offense. In this situation, it is tempting to ignore what is happening and hope it all goes away. Unfortunately, investigations usually do not go away on their own; and if you do nothing, it will only make the situation worse.
Even if you have done nothing wrong, you cannot trust that the government’s investigation will be fair. When they decide to investigate someone, they are putting a lot of resources into the case, so they already have a vested interest in eventually obtaining a conviction. To accomplish this goal, it is not unusual for investigators to bend the rules and violate your constitutional rights in order to build the case they want against you.
As soon you become aware that you might be the target of a drug crime investigation, contact our office right away. We know the common tactics the government frequently uses to go after someone on a drug charge, and we know how to defend effectively against these types of charges.
During an investigation by the government, we will work closely with you to perform an investigation of our own, compile favorable evidence and friendly witnesses to help strengthen your case, and put together the strongest possible defense. We can also be present with you if law enforcement brings you in for questioning.
Always remember that you have the right to remain silent, and anything that you tell law enforcement can be used against you. Anything you say to people you know can be used against you as well, so be careful what you tell your family members, friends, and associates. Be especially careful what you say on social media and in other forms of electronic communication. With all this in mind, do not talk to anyone other than your attorney about an investigation or anything else related to a drug charge you might be facing.
Was your Child Charged with a Drug Crime?
We provide defense for college students and others on Spring Break who have been charged with drug crimes. Often, these crimes involve marijuana possession while traveling on U.S. Highway 431, U.S. Highway 231, U.S. Highway 84 and U.S. Highway 167. If you are a parent or guardian of a young adult who has been charged with a crime or who has had their assets seized, please do not hesitate to call us.
Contact our Experienced Dothan, AL Drug Crimes Attorneys
If you are facing criminal charges for drug possession, trafficking, manufacturing, or any other type of drug crime in Alabama, Smith and McGhee is here to help! Contact us at 334-702-1744 or message us online for a discreet and confidential consultation to discuss your case.