Being in willful possession or control of a controlled substance could lead to a drug possession charge. Like all other drug charges, possession is a serious offense, and the outcome of your case could have far-reaching consequences.
If convicted, you might end up in jail, not to mention the collateral damages a conviction could have on your quality of life. Your career and reputation may greatly suffer if you are found guilty, and a criminal record can follow you for a long time.
Drug possession penalties
Alabama laws classify controlled substances into five schedules. Schedule I drugs are those with a high potential for abuse, have no accepted medical use and are generally unsafe, such as heroin, while Schedule V drugs are those with the lowest risk of dependency and are medically useful.
Usually, the amount of the controlled substance in question and its schedule matter in a drug possession charge — the higher the schedule, the more serious the penalties upon a conviction. In addition, a drug possession charge can either be a felony or a misdemeanor, with varying degrees of punishment. It all depends on the facts of your case.
For instance, if you are arrested with a small amount of marijuana for personal use, you might face a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to one year in prison and a $6,000 fine. However, if the amount of marijuana is not for personal use, that’s a felony offense, and you could face up to ten years in jail and a $15,000 fine.
Fighting against a drug possession charge
As the defendant in a drug possession charge, avoiding a conviction is in your best interests. To achieve this, you first need to have an in-depth understanding of how the criminal justice system works and the laws applicable to your case before formulating a defense strategy.
To position yourself for the best possible outcome, consider seeking necessary legal help as soon as possible to protect your rights and interests.