Cultivation of Marijuana Plants in Alabama is Illegal
Regardless of the push for legalized marijuana across the country, in Alabama, cultivation of Marijuana is a criminal offense. This is true even if you grow the plant in your backyard or basement and even if it is for personal use. Although some states may be close to decriminalizing marijuana, Alabama is not one of them. So, remember, if you grow marijuana for yourself on your own property, then you could end up in prison for a minimum of 3 years and fined up to $25,000.
Alabama imposes mandatory sentences
Alabama imposes mandatory minimum sentences for marijuana related offense, which means that if you are convicted, the judge has no choice but to sentence you to the mandatory minimum. The judge can impose a higher sentence, as well. Conviction of a federal offense carrying a mandatory minimum means you are not be eligible for parole.
Cultivation is a felony
Cultivation of marijuana in Alabama is considered a felony. Depending on the amount of marijuana involved, you could be facing anywhere from 3 years in prison to life and fines from $25,000 to $200,000. These mandatory sentences are based on the weight of the raw plants in their entirety. Also, a conviction in Alabama also brings with it the suspension of your driving privileges for six months.
Seek the assistance of a criminal defense attorney
Drug charges are taken extremely seriously in Alabama. So, if you are facing marijuana cultivation charges, you should contact a skilled criminal defense attorney who has experience with handling drug charges of all types. Since the penalties for drug charges in Alabama can be severe, a drug crime defense lawyer can help you work towards the most favorable outcome possible.
If you have questions regarding marijuana related charges, or any other criminal defense matters, please contact Ketcham Law for a consultation by calling us at (205) 296-4233.