A drug related arrest is usually a confusing experience and anyone involved in a drug related offense will be worried as it is hard to know what to do and who to call. Like most other crimes, a drug related offense is also considered a serious offense, and one that needs a strong defense to minimize the damages. Some of the questions you must be worried about if you have been arrested for possession or use of drugs include how serious the charge is, and what effect it will have on your freedom and reputation. You will also be worried if you will have to pay fines or face jail time. A drug related offense will also affect your school or job, and will be added to your public record which can affect your future. It will also affect your driving privileges as well as your relation with your friends, family and relatives.
Whatever the severity of the offense, you need to make sure that it has as little damage on your life as possible. For that, you will need to get in touch with an experienced lawyer from Alabama who has knowledge of handling drug related offenses and will work for a dismissal, a lesser plea, a deferred judgment or an alternative sentence depending on the facts and circumstance of your case. For example, you could be facing a drug possession and distribution charge, drug trafficking and manufacturing or possession of marijuana. A drug crime can also involve possession and distribution of a wide range of illegal drugs such as marijuana, crack, cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamines, heroin and other prescription drugs including Lortab, Vicodin, Xanax, Klonopin, Adderall, Oxycodone or OxyContin.
Other charges that can be faced in a drug related crime include drug trafficking, unlawful possession and/or distribution of controlled substances, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, prescription drug fraud, driving under the influence of a drug or controlled substance, manufacturing of illegal substances, conspiracy to sell drugs, sale of illegal and controlled substances in a school zone, possession of drug parapheralia and similar offenses.
The penalties for these offenses vary and depend on the level of possession of the drug and how much the person possesses. Factors like how the drug is packaged and if the drug has been divided into smaller packages with intent to distribute all contribute to the severity of the offense. The kind of drug possessed and the amount possessed affects the level of punishment. For example, the most lenient punishment can be a ticketed petty offense, but severe punishments can involve mandatory prison time.
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