The Penalties for Drug Crimes in Alabama

Authorities encountered a new form of marijuana when they arrested a Kansas State University student on Spring Break in Alabama for possession of Cheba Chews. The chocolate candy contains THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. The student now faces possession charges, the same as if the drug was in its traditional form.

What can happen if you are facing drug charges in Alabama?

If you are facing marijuana possession charges for the first time, the crime is a Class A misdemeanor if quantities are small. Penalties can include:

  • Up to a year in jail
  • A fine of $2,000
  • Up to 90 days suspension of your drivers license
  • Probation that requires random drug screening and regular visits with your probation officer

These requirements can often make it hard to get and hold down a job and can disrupt your social life

A second conviction for marijuana possession becomes a felony, in which case the consequences are more severe:

  • A fine of up to $5,000
  • One to ten years in jail

If you have been caught with possessing a large quantity of marijuana, you may face trafficking charges with much higher fines and a lengthier prison term. Possession of other types of drugs usually results in a felony possession charge, with all of the serious consequences that result.

If you are facing drug charges, contact a criminal defense lawyer at our office immediately. We will review your case and help set up a vigorous defense to protect your rights and your future.