Arrested for a Drug Offense charge in Auburn, AL, Lee County or one of the surrounding areas?
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To get the best outcome for any case you need to hire an attorney who knows the Alabama legal system the best and works with the local courts to get the best outcome. Our criminal defense attorneys at McCollum & Wilson are experienced in dealing with charges related to illegal drugs or a controlled substance. With our knowledge and connections we help each client achieve the best results for their case.
Variety of Drug charges:
Possession of marijuana
A person can be charged with the possession of marijuana in the first or second degree. To have a charge of first-degree possession of marijuana a person either must possess marijuana for personal use or possesses marijuana for personal use after having been previously charged with marijuana in the second degree – both of which are considered either a Class C or Class D felony. The most common charge is possession of marijuana in the second degree, which is considered a Class A misdemeanor. Any Possession of Marijuana charge, whether it be a felony or misdemeanor will have court costs and possible jail time. An individual charged with first degree possession of marijuana could possibly be fined up to $7,500 and face prison time of 1-10 years. A second degree charge can result in fines in upwards of $6,000 and up to 1 year in jail.
Possession of drug paraphernalia
If a person is charged with a drug possession or possession or marijuana, more often times than not, he or she will likely be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Possession of drug paraphernalia is a Class A misdemeanor. A person is charged when he or she have items intended to use with drug paraphernalia. The items that are usually used with the connection of a controlled substance include, pipes, bongs, syringes, needles, etc.
Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance
A person commits the crime of possession of a controlled substance when he or she possesses a controlled substance or when a person obtains a controlled substance by fraud or misrepresentation. Alabama law divides different substances into different “schedules”- the substances are divided by their potential of abuse. Some of the substances divided by Alabama Law are mescaline, LSD, peyote, cocaine codeine, as well as other substances. (class D)
Unlawful possession with an intent to distribute (class B)
Under Alabama Code-Section 13A-12-211 a person commits the crime of unlawful possession with an intent to distribute if that person gives delivers, gives away, furnishes or distributes a controlled substance. The controlled substances that a person can be found unlawfully distributing can be found in Schedules I-V. Some of those substances are marijuana, opium, amphetamines and other substances that have high potential for abuse. Unlawful possession of drugs can be considered a class B felony, which can result in 20 years max prison time and up to $30,000 in fines.
Click on the link below to find out more about the five different categories of controlled substances (“schedules”) regulated by the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA). https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/pharmacy/controlled-substances.html
In Alabama, there are a variety of drug charges that fall into different classifications. The table below shows what can be the result of Misdemeanor and Felony charges.
|Class A Misdemeanor||Up to 1 year in prison||Fines up to $6,000|
|Class A Felony||Up to 10-99 years or life in prison||Fines up to $60,000|
|Class B Felony||Up to 2-20 years in prison||Fines up to $30,000|
|Class C Felony||Up to 1-10 years in prison||Fines up to $15,000|
|Class D Felony||Up to 1-5 years in prison||Fines up to $7,500|
If an individual is charged with possession of an illegal drugs or substance he or she might be eligible to avoid a conviction by being entering into a drug court or pretrial program.
Why Hire an Attorney and Choose McCollum and Wilson?
If you have been charged with a drug crime in Alabama, hiring an attorney that knows criminal law is the best course of action to assure the best result for your case. Being charged with a drug crime can be a serious offense in the state of Alabama and those charges. A individual that is charged with a felony or misdemeanor can face serious consequences.
Our criminal defense attorneys have experience with drug crimes including, possession and distribution of drugs, for over 40 years. We work with the different courts in Auburn, AL and the greater Lee county to ensure that every case is efficiently.
If you or someone you know has been charged with drug charges or a criminal offense call one of our experienced attorneys at 334-821-7799 or email email@example.com To find out more information on drug crimes or a criminal charge give one of our attorneys a call today.
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