Criminal Defense Attorney Assisting Residents of Birmingham and Surrounding Areas
Joseph A. Ingram is a Birmingham drug crime lawyer who represents Alabama residents charged with possession, distribution, and other offenses related to controlled substances. Criminal charges are serious matters that can lead to lasting and significant consequences. These may include potential jail time and fines, as well as a record that may make it difficult to find a job. Mr. Ingram is an experienced criminal defense lawyer who works aggressively to get charges dropped or reduced whenever possible.
Penalties for Drug Possession and Distribution
As the terms suggest, drug possession charges usually apply to a person who is found carrying, holding, or otherwise possessing a controlled substance, while distribution charges involve the alleged sale of a drug. Sometimes, however, a person may be holding a large enough quantity of the drug that the law assumes that he or she intends to sell or distribute it to others.
The potential penalties in either case depend on the type of drug involved. A first-time conviction for possession of marijuana, for example, is considered a misdemeanor in Alabama. It is punishable by fines of up to $6,000 and as much as one year in jail. People who are caught with a kilogram or more of weed, on the other hand, may face trafficking charges. These mean a mandatory minimum penalty of a $25,000 fine and three years behind bars under state law. The penalties continue to increase for people caught with more than 100 pounds of the drug.
Similar laws apply to the possession and distribution of cocaine. The possession of cocaine is a felony that carries potential penalties of up to $15,000 in fines and one to 10 years behind bars. A person charged with possessing 28 grams or more of the drug is looking at mandatory minimums of $50,000 in fines and at least three years in jail.
Protect Your Rights When Facing Prosecution
The good news for a person charged with a drug crime in Alabama is that the law offers you a number of potential protections. These include defenses related to the manner in which the police came to find the drugs that you are alleged to have possessed or distributed.
Drug cases often come down to questions about whether the police were authorized under the law to search you, your car, or your home. That authorization depends on whether they get a warrant, whether other evidence gave them a reasonable suspicion or probable cause to believe a crime was being committed, or whether other exigent circumstances were involved. The bottom line is that a person facing a drug charge in Alabama should seek the counsel of a seasoned criminal defense lawyer to explore these and other issues.
Consult an Experienced Drug Crime Lawyer in Birmingham and Surrounding Areas
With more than a decade of experience fighting for people charged with drug possession and distribution, Birmingham drug crime attorney Joseph A. Ingram guides the people whom he represents through the legal process with compassion and care. He is dedicated to keeping clients informed of their rights and options at every step of the way. Mr. Ingram proudly serves people in many areas of Alabama, including in Montgomery, Mobile, Huntsville, Florence, Clanton, Scottsboro, Anniston, Ashville, Alabaster, and other communities throughout Jefferson, Calhoun, Chilton, Jackson, Lauderdale, Madison, Mobile, Montgomery, Saint Clair, and Shelby Counties. We offer assistance 24 hours a day. Contact us online or at 205-438-6666 to set up a consultation. We also can be reached after hours at 205-335-2640.