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Penalties for Drug Convictions - Alabama Attorney Barclay Knows the Law

Detail-oriented, results-driven drug offense lawyer in Alabama fighting for justice

Alabama drug offense attorney John Michael Barclay thoroughly understands the penalties for drug convictions. An experienced Birmingham lawyer, Barclay has successfully handled many complicated drug cases all over Alabama. He has obtained favorable results for clients facing felony drug crimes and misdemeanor drug crimes and stands ready to defend you today.

Don't underestimate the seriousness of your legal problems. Contact Barclay Law, LLC. We will help. We have the experience and knowledge needed to defend those charged with drug crimes in Alabama. This may be your only opportunity for justice. Seize it! Contact us today. Call 866-584-1023 or fill out our online inquiry form and schedule a free consultation today.

Penalties for drug possession in Alabama

Many different State and Federal laws exist governing drug crimes. Trying to figure out all of them and what they mean for your case can be overwhelming. We help clients navigate the legal system and the applicable state and federal laws.

The penalties for possession of illegal drugs in Alabama vary widely. The penalties for possession depend on the type of drug, quantity, age of the offender and whether this is the person's first offense. For first-time drug possession offenders over 18 years old in Alabama, for example, the penalties include:

  • Possession of marijuana (less than 2.2 pounds) - Misdemeanor, up to one year in jail, up to $6,000 fine
  • Possession of marijuana (more than 2.2 pounds) - Class C Felony, 1-10 years in jail, up to $15,000 fine
  • Possession of cocaine (less than 28 grams) - Class C Felony, 1-10 years in jail, up to $15,000 fine
  • Possession of cocaine (more than 28 grams, less than 500 grams) - Class C Felony, 3 years in jail, up to $50,000 fine
  • Possession of Methamphetamine (less than 28 grams) - Class C Felony, 1-10 years in jail, up to $15,000 fine
  • Possession of Methamphetamine (more than 28 grams, less than 500 grams) - Class C Felony, 3 years in jail, up to $50,000 fine
  • Possession of heroin (less than 4 grams) - Class C Felony, 1-10 years in jail, up to $15,000 fine

Penalties for drug distribution in Alabama

Whether you live in Alabama or are just visiting the state, if you are charged and then convicted of distributing or selling illegal drugs you could face a 10- to 99-year jail sentence and fines of up to $60,000. There is no misdemeanor option for this serious Class A felony drug offense, unlike drug possession charges for certain drugs in Alabama.

Penalties for drug trafficking in Alabama

If you receive a conviction for drug trafficking in Alabama, the following penalties apply to first time offenders. Specific penalties vary widely depending on the quantity of drugs involved, whether such charges occurred near a school (school zone drug violations) and if children under 18 years old were involved.

  • Drug trafficking of marijuana (more than 2.2 pounds, less than 100 pounds) - Class A Felony, minimum 3 years in prison, $25,000 fine
  • Drug trafficking of cocaine (more than 28 grams, less than 500 grams) - Class A Felony, minimum 3 years in prison, $50,000 fine
  • Drug trafficking in Methamphetamine (More than 28 grams, less than 500 grams) - Class A Felony, minimum 3 years in prison, $50,000 fine
  • Drug trafficking in heroin (More than 4 grams, less than 14 grams) - Class A Felony, minimum 3 years in prison, $50,000 fine
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