Tuscaloosa Drug Distribution Lawyer
In Alabama, the act of selling, furnishing, giving away, delivering, or distributing a controlled substance to another person is considered drug distribution. Defending against such a charge requires the expertise and familiarity with the Alabama drug distribution defense attorney. A drug distribution case in Alabama may present several constitutional issues, including due process, confrontation clause, and search and seizure issues, which require an experienced attorney to handle effectively.
Some common controlled substances which could cause someone to face drug distribution charges are:
Possible Defenses to Drug Distribution Charges
Our justice system is founded on an important principle: the presumption of innocence. Meaning, you are supposed to be treated as an innocent person until the government presents evidence that proves your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The prosecution needs to prove that each element of a charge occurred and broke the defined law beyond a reasonable doubt. For drug distribution charges, the prosecution must demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was intentionally involved in the sale, distribution, delivery, or gifting of a controlled substance.
If you have been arrested for drug charges it is imperative that you protect yourself. The first line of defense is not make any statements. You have a right to remain silent and the right to have an attorney present during any questioning; you should use those rights. Also, you have the right to refuse to give consent to a search of you or your property including your phone, car, and house. Refusing to consent may not stop a search from happening, but giving consent stops your attorney from raising many search and seizure issues that are commonly present in drug distribution cases.
The largest piece of evidence in most distribution cases will be audio and video recordings of the transaction. In most cases, the video is recorded by a drug purchaser in exchange for leniency in their own criminal matters or money paid by law enforcement. And a significant number of the videos will not capture anything identifying about the “seller.” It is extremely important to watch the video and listen to the recordings before making in major decisions about what the appropriate approach for the case should be. A skilled and experienced attorney can help you reach the best decision about how to handel a drug distribution charge.
Drug Distribution - Enhanced/Aggravating Factors
A drug distribution charge in Alabama is a severe offense classified as a Class B Felony, which carries a potential punishment of 2 to 20 years. Nevertheless, if an individual above 18 years old provides, sells, or donates a controlled substance to someone under 18, the distribution charge is automatically elevated to a Class A Felony. Furthermore, the sentence cannot be suspended.
Tuscaloosa Drug Distribution Criminal Defense Attorney
If someone in Alabama is seeking a drug charge attorney to defend them against drug distribution charges, it’s crucial to consider the lawyer’s experience in handling such cases. It’s important to find an Alabama drug distribution lawyer who is willing to take the case to trial, and individuals seeking legal representation should inquire about the lawyer’s experience in handling drug distribution cases and specifically how many trials they have participated in.
Travis Juneau has a wide range of experience defending drug crimes from misdemeanors all the way to serious felonies. Travis has both private criminal defense experience and prosecutorial experience. Give our firm a call today if you or a loved one is facing drug charges.