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Drug Crimes

Birmingham Drug Crime Lawyer

Experienced Defense Against Drug Crimes in Alabama

A conviction for a drug crime can have serious lifelong ramifications. Not only can you lose your freedom for years in prison, but you may also face a range of other consequences. These can include hefty fines, loss of professional licenses, and difficulty finding employment due to a criminal record. In addition, you may face social stigma and damage to your personal relationships.

If you were charged with a drug crime, it's crucial to secure legal representation as soon as possible. Ingram Law, LLC has the legal experience you need to help you defend against drug charges and protect your rights throughout the legal process. Our drug crime lawyer in Birmingham can provide the personalized legal support you need to move forward with confidence.

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Types of Alabama Drug Offenses and Penalties

Drug offenses can have serious legal ramifications and carry harsh penalties in Alabama. From simple drug possession to drug trafficking, individuals charged with these offenses need to understand the intricacies of the state law and potential consequences.

These details can vary by the specific drug, amount, and prior criminal history, but here is a general overview of the most common drug offenses and their potential outcomes.

Possession of a Controlled Substance

In Alabama, possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription is a serious offense. The severity of the charges can depend on the drug schedule (I-V) and the amount in possession.

  • Simple Possession: A first-time offense for simple marijuana possession, where the defendant is in possession of less than one ounce, is classified as a Class A misdemeanor. Penalties for this offense can include a fine and up to a year in jail.
  • Felony Possession: Possession of a controlled substance other than marijuana, or larger amounts of marijuana, can result in a felony charge, with significantly higher penalties, including longer prison sentences and larger fines. This type of offense often carries mandatory minimum sentences under Alabama law.

Drug Trafficking

Alabama law prohibits drug trafficking, which involves the intentional sale, delivery, or importation of a controlled substance. The drugs involved, the amount, and the suspect's prior criminal record can influence the severity of the charge.

  • Penalties Vary by Drug Type: Depending on the type of drug, trafficking can result in penalties ranging from three years to life in prison. Drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin carry the most severe penalties.
  • Mandatory Minimum Sentences: In Alabama, many drug trafficking offenses carry mandatory minimum sentences, meaning that judges have limited discretion in the imposition of penalties.

Drug Manufacturing 

Manufacturing drugs involves the creation or cultivation of controlled substances, either legally or illegally. Growing marijuana or making methamphetamine in illegal labs are common examples.

Drug manufacturing is typically charged as a felony and can result in substantial prison time, especially if the drug is a harder substance or if manufacturing takes place near a specified location, such as a school or church.

Drug Distribution 

The sale or delivery of controlled substances falls under drug distribution. Distributing illegal drugs can result in severe penalties, including significant prison time and hefty fines.

  • Intent to Distribute: If authorities believe there is enough evidence to indicate the drugs were not simply for personal use, but were intended for sale or distribution, the charge can escalate.
  • Degrees of Distribution: Similar to trafficking, the penalties for drug distribution can vary based on the type and amount of the drug, as well as the individual's criminal history.

Contact Our Drug Crime Attorney in Birmingham Today

Navigating the legal system in response to drug offenses can be complex and daunting. It’s crucial for anyone accused of a drug-related crime in Alabama to consult with an experienced drug crime attorney in Birmingham who can provide legal advice, help build a defense, and advocate for the best possible outcome, given the circumstances.

With the appropriate legal representation, individuals charged with drug offenses may be able to minimize the severity of their charges and their associated consequences.

Contact Ingram Law, LLC to learn more about defending against your criminal charges.

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Learn More About Joe Ingram

Birmingham Criminal Defense Attorney Mr. Ingram is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. After earning his Bachelor’s Degree from Samford University, he worked for Alabama Power in Corporate Accounting. Mr. Ingram earned his law degree from Birmingham School of Law in 2002. While attending law school, Mr. Ingram worked as a law clerk in the Office of District Attorney for the Tenth Judicial Circuit in Jefferson County, Alabama. He has also served as an Assistant District Attorney in Baldwin County.

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