Tuscaloosa Prescription Drug Charges Lawyer
A Proactive Approach to Drug Charges — It Works
A routine traffic stop can turn into a drug crime nightmare if you are in possession of a prescription drug without a prescription. Even one Adderall pill can be a felony if you do not have a prescription. My name is Joel Sogol, and I am a Tuscaloosa prescription drug charges attorney with experience and a track record of success defending against drug crime charges.
Alabama’s Demand Reduction Assessment Act states that “every person convicted of a violation of any offense defined in the sections set forth above, shall be assessed for each offense an additional penalty fixed at one thousand dollars ($1,000) for a first offense and two thousand dollars ($2,000) for a second or subsequent offense.”
One approach to fighting a prescription drug charge is to battle it every step of the way. Challenge the seizure. Fight the possession. Attack the evidence.
Another way to have a drug charge reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor or to receive probation only is to take a proactive approach. A proactive approach could include:
- Chemical dependency assessment as soon as possible
- Drug treatment before being ordered by the court
- Diversion program
I have found that if we are proactive, the judge is more inclined to waive the mandatory Demand Reduction Assessment fee of $1,000. If you have already been through treatment, a judge could shorten or eliminate incarceration time if you are found guilty.
West Central Alabama Prescription Drug Possession Lawyer
If you can stay drug free, the Alabama deferred prosecution program or drug court may be an option. If it is successfully completed, there is no jail time and no criminal record received for the drug charge. It is a time-consuming process, and if you cannot successfully stay off drugs, the court could treat you harshly with jail time and other consequences if you fail drug court.
As with any criminal charge, I am fully capable and willing to fight the prosecution every step of the way. The goals we seek in court are typically dropped charges, reduced charges or a not-guilty verdict. We have experience with the following prescription narcotics and other drug charges:
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I am available during business hours and by appointment on the weekends. I always provide the initial consultation at no charge. Call (205) 345-0966 to schedule an appointment. You may also contact my law firm via e-mail.
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Joel L. Sogol, Attorney at Law
811 21st Avenue
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401