Drug Crimes in Alabama
Being charged with a drug crime in Alabama can be devastating. In addition to carrying stiff sentences, drug crimes can involve huge fines, often in the thousands of dollars. Their nature raises a number of unique legal issues. The following is a summary of some of the most commonly charged drug crimes.
Alabama Possession of Marijuana
A person is guilty of Possession of Marijuana in the Second Degree, a Class A misdemeanor, if she possesses marijuana for her personal use. Ala. Code 13A-12-214. If she possesses marijuana for reasons other than her personal use, or if she has been previously convicted of POM-2nd, then she is guilty of Possession of Marijuana in the First Degree, which is a Class C felony. Ala. Code 13A-12-213.
Alabama Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
A person is guilty of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor, if she uses or possesses with intent to use drug paraphernalia, which is generally defined as items intended for use in connection with controlled substances. Ala. Code 13A-12-260.
Alabama Possession of a Controlled Substance
Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance is committed when a person possesses any of the substances listed in the state's controlled substances schedules (including, for example, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine). Ala. Code 13A-12-212. Possession of a Controlled Substance is a Class C felony.
Alabama Distribution of a Controlled Susbtance
One is guilty of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance, a Class B felony, if she "sells, furnishes, gives away, delivers or distributes a controlled substance..." Ala. Code 13A-12-211.
Alabama Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance
If one produces a controlled substance, or possesses "precursor substances" with the intent to manufacture, she is guilty of Unlawful Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, a Class B felony. Ala. Code 13A-12-217. "Precursor substances" are defined according to a list which can be found here.
The crime is elevated to Unlawful Manufacture of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree if one commits the acts required for Manufacture in the Second Degree, and at least two of the following conditions are present:
- Possession of a firearm.
- Use of a booby trap.
- Illegal possession, transportation, or disposal of hazardous or dangerous materials or while transporting or causing to be transported materials in furtherance of a clandestine laboratory operation, there was created a substantial risk to human health or safety or a danger to the environment.
- A clandestine laboratory operation was to take place or did take place within 500 feet of a residence, place of business, church, or school.
- A clandestine laboratory operation actually produced any amount of a specified controlled substance.
- A clandestine laboratory operation was for the production of controlled substances listed in Schedule I or Schedule II.
- A person under the age of 17 was present during the manufacturing process.
Unlawful Manufacture in the First Degree is a Class A felony. Ala. Code 13A-12-218.
Alabama Trafficking in a Controlled Substance
Trafficking, a very serious crime, is defined as distributing or possessing a large amount of controlled substances. The particular amount which triggers Trafficking varies by the substance. For marijuana, the minimum amount is 2.2 pounds. Ala. Code 13A-12-231. The more of the substance, the stiffer the penalties.
A Trafficking conviction requires mandatory minimum terms of day-for-day imprisonment beginning at three years, and fines of at least $25,000.00.
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