If you have been arrested or are under investigation for state or federal drug charges, there are things you need to know:
- State and federal laws provide for aggressive prosecution of drug trafficking, drug possession and other drug related offenses.
- Criminal penalties related to drug charges have become increasingly severe.
- The Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000 allows assets to be seized or forfeited for drug offenses.
- The Patriot Act has further impacted the court system's tolerance for arresting procedures that had previously not been permitted.
You need strong and experienced Huntsville drug crime defense lawyer to fight the charges against you.
Huntsville drug crime defense attorney protecting the rights of people accused of drug crimes Call: 256-705-0200
Attorney Brian D. Clark has considerable experience representing defendants on all types of drug charges. We defend residents and college students charged with drug crimes.
Our Areas Of Expertise:
- Cocaine Charges
- Drug Paraphernalia
- Drug Sales and Delivery
- Drug Trafficking Drug Trafficking Stings
- Marijuana Charges
- Meth Charges
- Possession of Methamphetamine
- Possession with Intent to Sell
Attorney Brian D. Clark handles all types of drug-related offenses, including possession, drug trafficking, sale and distribution, manufacturing, cultivation, and importation. We fight charges involving all types of controlled substances, such as club drugs, marijuana, crack, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, meth / methamphetamines, hallucinogens, and Rohypnol (date rape drug). We also defend people charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and manufacturing equipment.
Defense Strategies in Drug Crimes Cases
Attorney Brian D. Clark understands the techniques and strategies used to prosecute drug crimes. We examine the facts of your case in great detail. Among the issues we routinely challenge and investigate are:
- The evidence: Is it sufficient to convict?
- The initial contact with law enforcement: Was it legal? Did the police have the right to stop you?
- The arrest: Did the police have probable cause?
- The drugs: Where were they found? Whose drugs were confiscated?
- The prescription: Were the drugs obtained under a valid prescription?
- The location of the drugs: Was it within your ability to reach them?
- The behavior of the police: Was there entrapment?
- Confession: Did the police read you your rights?
NEVER BEEN IN TROUBLE WITH THE LAW?
What is the worst possible scenario for a first time drug possession case? If it's a misdemeanor pot possession, then the maximum penalty of the law for that type of charge is one year in the county jail, one year of probation, or a $6,000.00 fine. If the possession is of a substance other than pot, like cocaine, or heroin, or any kind of prescription pills, then the maximum on that charge, depending on how much is actually found, would be five years in a state prison, five years of probation, or a $15,000.00 fine.
The most important thing about that question, though, is considering if a person is a first time offender. What this tells a lawyer is that they had no prior law enforcement contact, and that's going to greatly help them at the end. Basically, it would be helpful if the person would qualify for the pre-trial diversion program, which, if completed successfully, would ultimately get the charge dropped. At the end of the day, the difference between what the statutory maximum is on the penalty, and what practically is going to happen, are two very different things. Of course, anything can happen.
If you are a first-time offender, you may be eligible for a number of programs in which your charges could be dropped by the State or dismissed by the court.