When there is a drug arrest in Birmingham and throughout Alabama, it is common for the charges to go beyond the alleged drug violations. It could be that the person was driving under the influence of drugs and faces charges of possession and DUI, there may be a situation where the person possessed a weapon in addition to the drugs, or there might be outstanding warrants. When the charges are added up, there can be severe penalties that can negatively impact a person’s life. Crafting a strong defense is imperative.
Man, 41, arrested for drugs and weapons
A 41-year-old man who already had drug charges against him was arrested again for possessing a handgun when he was forbidden to do so, drug possession, and intent to distribute. Officers executed a search warrant to find the items and make the arrest. Officers found almost 20 grams of marijuana, 10 grams of ecstasy and other drug-related items. The man is said to have had the drugs for distribution. He has bonds for the ongoing and new drug and weapons charges for more than $91,000.
Drug and weapons charges can result in severe consequences
Despite the growing movement to reduce the penalties for drugs that are considered low-level like marijuana, it is still illegal for people to possess it in Alabama. The penalties for those who are accused of selling and distributing it can be harsh. When adding illegal weapons charges to the mix, the person can be incarcerated, fined and have a criminal record that will hinder them as they seek to get certain jobs and advance in life. Regardless of the situation and the drugs, the person is said to have been in possession of, there are avenues of defense that may be effective. This is true for marijuana, ecstasy, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, Fentanyl and more.
Consulting with experienced legal professionals is key
The man in this case already had drug charges against him at the time of this new arrest. It is important to assess the case and consider what steps can be taken to cobble together a viable defense. Perhaps there were issues with the search and the evidence can be called into question. A plea bargain could be available to reduce the charges and the severity of the penalties. An outright acquittal might even be possible. Calling a firm with experience in helping people with criminal defense and drug violations is key to dealing with these charges.