Police often conduct investigations. During that process, they may request search warrants, which grant law enforcement the ability to enter places, and search and seize property. Anything they find can result in criminal charges, and a recent search, conducted by police near Auburn University, is a reminder of the importance of defending your rights, if you find yourself with Alabama criminal charges.
Recent alleged crimes
According to WBTW, authorities charged a student with several drug-related offenses, after serving a search warrant at her home. They seized cash and other various items. Often, in cases like this one, where a person allegedly committed a criminal act, like drug trafficking, the possibility of harsher sentences (and additional charges) is likely.
Consequences to conviction
Alabama criminal code has varying penalties for drug-based convictions These include fines for certain drug types and amounts ranging from $50,000 – $250,000, in addition to jail sentences ranging from a few years to life. If these penalties sound harsh, it is because they are. After all, what Alabama resident wants to spend the rest of their life in jail?
Defend your rights
If you find yourself facing drug charges (possession or trafficking), or any other type of criminal charges, remember that you are innocent until proven guilty. An experienced Mobile criminal defense attorney can help vigorously defend your rights. They can also review how the police conducted searches and the search warrants themselves to make sure that your rights were not being violated.
Remember, you do not have to give any statements to police, even if they say otherwise. The police can and will lie to you, and anything you say to them can be used against you in court. You have the right to request an attorney. Use your rights because the police always try to get the upper hand.