If you are facing a criminal charge, your future is on the line. This is not a matter to be taken lightly. Do you need a lawyer, even if it’s a misdemeanor? Absolutely.
Besides the risk to your reputation, you face a number of penalties depending on the severity of the crime: fines, jail or prison time, probation, restitution and community service.
The Powell Law Firm PC has represented local individuals, vacationers to the Gulf Shores area and college students in many types of cases, including the following and more:
Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance is when a person sells, furnishes, gives away or furnishes any controlled substance enumerated in Schedules I through V. Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance is a class B felony.
Unlawful Manufacturing of Controlled Substance in the Second Degree is when a person produces a controlled substance, or possesses "precursor substances" with the intent to manufacture. Unlawful Manufacturing of Controlled Substance in the Second Degree is a Class B felony.
Trafficking Controlled Substance is when a person distributes or possesses a certain amount of a controlled substance. The amount or weight record differs for each substance. However, regardless of the substance, Trafficking Controlled Substance is a Class A felony.
Murder is when he/she intentionally or with reckless disregard for human life causes the death of another person. Murder is a Class A felony.
Criminally Negligent Homicide is when he/she causes the death of another person through criminal negligence. Criminally Negligent Homicide is a Class A Misdemeanor unless it is the result of a Driving Under the Influence (often referred to as vehicular homicide) which elevates the crime to a Class C Felony.
Manslaughter is when he/she recklessly causes the death of another person OR if a person commits murder ‘in the heat of the passion.” Heat of the passion is when a person reacts out of anger or surprise to a situation or action that occurred or was discovered immediately before. Manslaughter is a Class B felony.
Reckless Endangerment is when he/she recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury to another person. Reckless endangerment is a Class A Misdemeanor.
Child Abuse or Willful Torture of a child is when a parent or any other person legally responsible for a child torture, willfully abuses, cruelly beats, or otherwise willfully maltreats any child under the age of 18 years. Child abuse is a Class C Felony.
Aggravated Child Abuse is when a parent or any other person legally responsible for a child torture, willfully abuses, cruelly beats, or otherwise willfully maltreats any child under the age of 18 years and in doing so causes serious physical injury, does so in violation of a protective order, or does so on more than one occasion. Aggravated child abuse is a Class B felony.
Public Intoxication is when he/she appears in a public place under the influence of alcohol, narcotics or other drug to the degree that he endangers himself or another person or property, or by boisterous and offensive conduct annoys another person in his vicinity. Public intoxication is a violation, which is less than a Class C Misdemeanor.
Arson in the second degree if he intentionally damages a building by starting or maintaining a fire or causing an explosion. Arson in the second degree is a Class B felony. Defenses include if the fire or explosion include if the person is the sole owner of the property or if it is to damage or destroy the structure for a lawful purpose.
Sodomy in the first degree if:
(1) He engages in deviate sexual intercourse with another person by forcible compulsion; or
(2) He engages in deviate sexual intercourse with a person who is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless or mentally incapacitated; or
(3) He, being 16 years old or older, engages in deviate sexual intercourse with a person who is less than 12 years old.
Deviate sexual intercourse is defined as any act of sexual gratification between persons not married to each other involving the sex organs of one person and the mouth or anus of another.
Illegal Possession of a Prescription Drug is when a person found in possession of a drug or medicine limited by law to dispensation by a prescription, unless such drug or medicine was lawfully dispensed. Illegal possession of a prescription drug is a Class A Misdemeanor.