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I've been arrested for drug possession: What now?

Being pulled over by police is one of the most nerve-racking events you may experience. However, worse than being stopped by Alabama authorities is being arrested on suspicion of drug possession. During your arrest, your natural inclination may be to try to fight back either physically or verbally, but that will likely make your situation even worse. A few tips may help you to avoid making mistakes that could end up hurting your case down the road.

I've been arrested for drug possession: What now?

Being pulled over by police is one of the most nerve-racking events you may experience. However, worse than being stopped by Alabama authorities is being arrested on suspicion of drug possession. During your arrest, your natural inclination may be to try to fight back either physically or verbally, but that will likely make your situation even worse. A few tips may help you to avoid making mistakes that could end up hurting your case down the road.

Drug charges: Is it possible to avoid prison in Alabama?

There are many things about so-called "street" drugs that may surprise you. For instance, did you know data suggests that more than 10 percent of people in Alabama and all other states over the age of 12 have tried illicit drugs in the past month?

It might also surprise you to learn the average amount of time you may spend in prison for conviction of drug possession in this country is more than two years.

How do I choose a criminal defense lawyer? 3 things to look for

Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or serious felony, hiring a criminal defense attorney can mean the difference between paying serious penalties and spending time behind bars, or regaining your life and freedom. But you don't just want any criminal defense attorney. Hiring one that will build the strongest defense for you is important.

When shopping for a criminal defense lawyer, here are three things you should look for:

Conviction based on faulty evidence? Happens more than you think

Imagine the following nightmare. The police pull you over for a broken tail light or another reason. The officer finds a substance in your car that he or she is sure, because of a field test, is an illicit drug. The officer places you under arrest and takes you to jail.

The prosecutor offers you a plea deal that will allow you a minimum prison term to avoid a trial that could result in a much longer, harsher punishment. Even though you are entirely innocent, the prosecutor browbeats you into taking the deal. You wind up being labeled as a convicted felon with dire and long-lasting consequences, especially for your likelihood of gaining employment.

D.U.I. / D.W.I.: How To Ruin A Christmas Party

A D.U.I. / D.W.I. charge can ruin an otherwise wonderful evening. Office Christmas parties, or "Holiday Parties" for more progressive companies, generate almost as many D.U.I. / D.W.I. arrests as embarrassing stories and gossip. Every year, employees look forward to the Christmas/Holiday Party and the accompanying year-end bonus. Of course, getting a D.U.I. / D.W.I. can cost more than your year-end bonus. Recent studies show that a D.U.I. / D.W.I. conviction can cost upwards of $20,000. There goes the year-end bonus in one fell swoop.

D.U.I. . / D.W.I. Field Sobriety Tests: NHTSA Manual Updated

D.U.I. Defense is an artform. It involves a combination of legal knowledge, scientific knowledge, case specific research, and experience. The law seems to change annually, and the science develops continually. Law enforcement screening tools were recently updated, although the science behind the changes remains questionable.

Expungement in Alabama

Alabama recently passed a new expungement law, which permits some criminal records to be sealed. Expungement seals arrest records as well as court records for criminal cases. It is important to know what expungement is, what it is not, and under what circumstances expungement may be right for you.

D.U.I. - Introduction

Driving Under the Influence (D.U.I.) causes tremendous losses every year in the United States. As a response, legislatures have steadily increased penalties for convictions. In 2011, Money Magazine estimated that a D.U.I. conviction costs the motorist approximately $10,000 on average. In 2014, Bankrate.com increased the D.U.I. cost estimate to $20,000. Facing such penalties, some people try to minimize the damage by handling their case themselves, without the benefit of an attorney. To paraphrase Henry Kett, people who represent themselves have a fool for a client.

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