Understanding Local Drug Laws

Alabama and Georgia drug laws can be very confusing, especially if you have never been arrested for any type of drug-related crime before. Even for repeat offenders, those who have already been convicted, understanding local drug laws can be impossible without some help from a professional attorney in the area, one who is familiar with Alabama’s and Georgia’s policies regarding drugs. This is true whether your charge has to do with a prescription drug, illegal drugs, or any drug-related offense.

Prescription Drug Charges

There are many different charges that can stem from prescription drugs. You could be facing years in prison for even a first offense with some of these serious charges, so it is in your best interests to have someone on your side fighting to protect your rights and your future. Some of the most common prescription drugs charges include, but are not limited to:

  • Possession
  • Small scale
  • Large scale 
  • Distribution
  • Sale

It does not matter what drug you are dealing with, what matters is how much you have and whether you have a valid prescription for every pill, patch, or droplet. The larger the quantity, the greater your trouble will become, especially if you try to tackle the Alabama or Georgia legal system by yourself.

Illegal Drugs

Illegal drugs are becoming more of an issue with each passing year, and the laws and statutes that regulate illegal drugs are becoming more precise and detailed accordingly. These laws are very complex and involved, and something as simple as the weight of the drugs you were caught with can be the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor charge in these states. It is critical to have someone on your side when you fight drug charges, whether you were caught with marijuana, cocaine, meth, crack cocaine, or something different.

You could face very serious penalties if convicted of selling, trying to sell, possessing, trafficking, or cultivating any type of illegal drug, and prison is not out of the question even for the first conviction on your record. We have experience in dealing with the issues that arise from illegal drug charges, and will fight to get an acquittal, have charges dropped or reduced, or reach a plea agreement when necessary.

Contact Information

Hand and Associates

114 N. 8th St

Opelika, AL 36801



About handlawfirm

Born September 12, 1964, Ben earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree from Auburn University in 1987 and a Juris Doctorate degree from Cumberland School of Law in 1990. Ben has been a practicing attorney since 1990 and spent six years in Central America. He is familiar with customs and conditions of the region and is fluent in Spanish. Ben established and is currently the Vice President of the Legal and Contracting with Emergency Response Training Systems, the only company to run military style software (jcats/acats) for training of civilian law enforcement (ERTS Opelika, Alabama). This also provides homeland security training for the Auburn University Homeland Security department. Ben Hand is the winner of various Who’s-Who Awards, the Republican of the year for 2001, and a Republican Nominee for the U.S. House in 1994. He is licensed to practice law in Alabama and Georgia. Ben founded Hand, Fellows and Associates law firm and is the founding member of the board of directors of Beacon University in Columbus, Georgia. Ben currently represents thirty-two different non-profit organizations in Alabama, Texas, Georgia and Tennessee. He is a business legal adviser to seventy-five different small businesses and corporations. Ben was hired by Chief of police, Terry Sanders, to represent him in a dispute with the Valley City Council in Valley, Alabama and was also hired by Chief of Police, Ben Brown, to represent him in negotiations with the Lanett City Council and the mayor of Lanett, Alabama. The former city attorney for Uniontown, Alabama, Ben is a city prosecutor for cities of Opelika and Roanoke in Alabama. Ben is a family court referee in Lee County, Alabama and was appointed by Governor Bob Riley as an Administrative Law Judge for State Health Planning and Development Agency. He successfully represented the State Republican party in Lee County during Governor Bob Riley’s election challenge 2002. Governor Bob Riley was elected by a narrow margin and the outgoing Governor challenged the election. Ben was asked by Governor Riley to represent him in Lee County. Governor Riley won and the challenge was dropped by the outgoing Governor. Ben was a guest lecturer for the Auburn University Safe House. He instructed the local law enforcement and Domestic Violence counselors on obtaining protection from abuse orders. Ben was a guest lecturer for Auburn University SOAR for lawyers and realtors on construction law. He is an elder at Believers Church in Auburn, AL and on the board of directors for the Spirit of Life Church in Murfreesboro, TN. Ben is a Gideon speaker and member since 1992 and a Municipal Judge in Wedowee, Alabama since 1995. Ben%2
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