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Alabama PSE Restrictions and the War on Meth

Posted in Alabama Drug Laws, Possession of Controlled Substance
The war on drugs has shifted in past decades from aggressive prosecution of marijuana crimes to an increasing focus on other drugs, including methamphetamine, also known simply as “meth.” Law enforcement officials and safety advocates say meth is one of the most dangerous drugs on the street—and the investigation and prosecution of meth-related drugs is… Continue Reading

United States v. Marks: Departure from Federal Sentencing Guidelines

Posted in Possession of Controlled Substance
United States v. Marks, an appeal heard in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit, involved a defendant who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and to launder money. Seven years after pleading guilty, his attorney contacted the Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) assigned to the case and told her that… Continue Reading

United States v. Gadson: Issue When Dealing with Co-Defendants in a Drug Case

Posted in Alabama Drug Laws, Possession of Controlled Substance
United States v. Gadson, a case from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, involved two defendants (“Defendant 1” and “Defendant 2”) who appealed their respective convictions for possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, and possession of controlled substances.  Defendant… Continue Reading

California v. Quinones: On the Complexities of Sentencing in Criminal Cases

Posted in Alabama Drug Laws, Possession of Controlled Substance
California v. Quinones, a case from the Court of Appeals of the State of California, involved a defendant (“Defendant”) who was convicted on one count of transporting a controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a drug offense. Defendant had two prior “strike”… Continue Reading

Unclassified Synthetic Drug Seized in Alabama

Posted in Alabama Drug Laws, Possession of Controlled Substance
Designer drugs, also known as synthetic drugs, have been growing in popularity in Alabama and nationwide. According to local reports, authorities have arrested and charged two suspects and recovered $100,000 worth of a specific designer drug that has not yet been classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Designer drugs are often packaged and sold… Continue Reading

Alabama Prison Overcrowding Solutions Sought

Posted in Alabama Criminal Law, Alabama Drug Laws
Alabama is notorious for overcrowded prisons and, in some instances, deplorable prison conditions. In addition to incarcerating non-violent offenders and turning to “lock-ups” as a solution to all alleged crimes, the state is relying on a prison system that is on the verge of a bankruptcy. Currently, there are over 26,000 inmates, twice the number… Continue Reading

Alabama Leading Nation in Addictive Painkiller Prescriptions

Posted in Possession of Controlled Substance
Prescription painkillers and addiction are driving an underground market that can leave doctors, patients, as well as illegal users susceptible to criminal charges. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Alabama has the highest rate of painkiller prescriptions in the country with 143 prescriptions per 100 people. Other medical and public health officials… Continue Reading

United States v. Rojas: The Rules of Evidence and Closing Arguments

Posted in Possession of Controlled Substance
Our Birmingham drug crimes defense lawyers know that thorough understanding of the rules of evidence is essential to proper defense at trial. United States v. Rojas, a United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit case, involves a defendant who was indicted for distributing cocaine on multiple occasions.  The drug buys were made by… Continue Reading

Drug Cases Backlogged Throughout the Alabama

Posted in Alabama Drug Laws
In the event of a drug arrest, officers will likely seize drugs, paraphernalia, and other items as evidence. Recently, drug cases have been piling up in Birmingham and throughout Alabama as the jurisdictions await reports from the Department of Forensic Sciences. According to reports, the backlog has been accumulating for five years. District Attorneys are… Continue Reading

Summer Music Festivals and Drug Crimes Defense

Posted in Alabama Drug Laws, Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana
Music festivals in Alabama and nationwide are a convenient and fun way for young people to listen to their favorite bands over a few days or an entire week. Some of these festivals will also involve camping or overnight parties that include alcohol and drug use. While concert-goers should make safety a priority, they should… Continue Reading

“Operation Red Tide” Drug Raids Target Convenience Stores

Posted in Alabama Drug Laws
Increasing attention from state and federal law enforcement is spotlighting the synthetic drug trade and massive raids are taking place in Alabama and nationwide. According to local news reports, an ongoing operation known as “Project Synergy” by the DEA is aggressively targeting individuals and organizations involved in the designer drugs trade. In Alabama, the operation… Continue Reading

Six Under Arrest for Alleged Bible-Drug Smuggling

Posted in Alabama Drug Laws
Drug crimes, including smuggling and trafficking can carry serious penalties, especially for those who are caught dealing in Alabama prisons. In a recent case, 11 defendants have been charged and accused of using Bibles to smuggle drugs into the Shelby County Jail. The arrests have also sparked a larger investigation and warrants for an additional… Continue Reading

Spring Break Drug Crimes Defense in Alabama

Posted in Alabama Drug Laws
Spring break season is well underway for college students in Alabama, Florida, and nationwide. While beaches are thronging with visitors, bars will also remain busy into the early morning hours. Due to the party vibes throughout the state, law enforcement officials will also be making efforts to target and arrest alleged individuals who use, sell… Continue Reading

Drug Possession Defense: Never Black and White

Posted in Alabama Drug Laws
A drug conviction in Alabama is highly consequential and penalties can be severe. For any individual arrested and charged with illegal possession, sale or distribution of marijuana, heroin, cocaine, meth, other street drugs or pharmaceuticals, aggressive defense is necessary to prevent unwarranted penalties. If you were recently charged with a drug crime in Alabama, you… Continue Reading

Alabama Legislature Approves Marijuana Oil Bill

Posted in Alabama Drug Laws
Nationwide, state legislatures have been reducing restrictions for the possession and sale of marijuana. While these laws vary in scope and form, they demonstrate a trend towards legalization. Now the Alabama legislature has followed suit, as the legislature has approved a bill allowing the use of marijuana to control seizures. According to reports, the Senate… Continue Reading

College Dorm Searches in Alabama – Your Legal Rights

Posted in Alabama Drug Laws, Possession of Controlled Substance
When you are in high school and living under your parents’ roof, you understand that your “rights” to privacy from any “searches” your parents wish to conduct are severely limited.  However, as an adult college student living in a dorm, you do have privacy rights that protect you from searches and seizures, most notably from… Continue Reading

Obama Commutes Sentence for Alabama Inmate

Posted in Alabama Drug Laws
The U.S. criminal justice system is constantly criticized for its high rates of incarceration. Recently, we have discussed Alabama’s high rates of imprisonment for non-violent crimes, including drug crimes. Earlier this month, President Obama commuted the sentences of 8 inmates, including one Alabama inmate who had been convicted for drug crimes involving crack cocaine. The… Continue Reading

Prescription Drug Take-Back Effort to Stop Illegal Distribution

Posted in Alabama Drug Laws
In addition to the recent FDA crackdown on prescription drugs, local law enforcement agencies are working aggressively to arrest and prosecute for crimes involving prescription medication. While law enforcement efforts may reduce illegal distribution and sale or prevent driving under the influence, millions of Americans who need prescription medication could be under attack. Recently, law… Continue Reading

Cashing In: How Your Birmingham Drug Arrest Buying Cop Shop Bobbles?

Posted in Alabama Drug Laws
There is no question that cultivating, manufacturing, processing and distributing drugs is profitable. What you may not realize is that so is busting people. Our Birmingham criminal defense attorneys know that law enforcement agencies are making a great deal of money in initiating drug stings, making arrests and then proceeding with civil forfeiture actions. A… Continue Reading

Birmingham Defense Lawyers Weigh New Justice Department Drug Policy

Posted in Alabama Drug Laws
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has made headlines – and perhaps history – with his recent announcement that federal prosecutors must initiate a different approach to pursuing low-level, non-violent drug offenders. In a speech made to the American Bar Association, Holder said too many people are being incarcerated for periods that are far too long… Continue Reading