Bradford Ladner Handles Alabama Drug Charges
Alabama Drug Charges, whether they are felony or misdemeanor Alabama drug charges are a serious matter and requires the assistance of an experienced Alabama criminal defense attorney.
An Alabama drug charge conviction can lead to jail time, fines, court costs, mandatory drug treatment and the stigma of a criminal record that could follow you the rest of your life.
Alabama drug charges may be filed against you in either State or Federal court, depending on the amount of drugs involved and the specific facts of your case. Many times, local law enforcement make an arrest, then turn the case over to Federal authorities, such as the DEA, for prosecution by the United States Attorney’s Office. Alabama drug charges are also regularly prosecuted in State Court. The State prosecution typically starts in your local District Court when Alabama drug charges are brought against you by the arresting officer. Your Alabama drug charge case may then proceed through the Grand Jury, and eventually the case may reach a Circuit Court for trial.
Alabama drug charges may stem from the possession illegal substances such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, crack cocaine, or LSD. Alabama drug charges may also come from illegal possession of otherwise legal pharmaceuticals such as Lortab, Oxycontin, Xanax, Klonopin, or Adderall.
Your Alabama drug charge may be for simple possession: Possessing a small amount of drugs which appear to be for personal use only. Even though the amount is small, the possession of any illegal drug, other than marijuana, can be charged as a felony in Alabama. For example, the possession of any amount of methamphetamine will result in a felony Alabama drug charge. Where the amount of drugs involved are over certain set amounts, you may be charged with Alabama drug trafficking charges.
Possession of a personal use amount of marijuana typically results in misdemeanor Alabama drug charges. However, your Alabama drug charges will be felonies if you have a prior misdemeanor charge for marijuana possession, or you have a large quantity of marijuana, or there are circumstances in your case that tend to show that you may be dealing in marijuana. The presence of digital scales, baggies, and large sums of money may lead law enforcement to believe that you are selling marijuana as opposed to simply possessing it for your own personal use. Regardless of whether your Alabama drug charges are misdemeanor or felony charges, the serious repercussions require quality legal representation from an Alabama criminal defense lawyer.
At Bradford Ladner, LLP. we are experienced in handling Alabama drug charges. If you need assistance with an Alabama drug charges, please contact us today.