What is the likely punishment for distribution of a controlled substance, first offense? 3 Answers as of June 24, 2011

I was arrested on a warrant for distribution of controlled substance (hydrocodone). This is the first time I have ever been in trouble. There was a date on the statement. Please help, I don't know what to expect or what I should do.

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Michael Anthony Wing, P.C.
Michael Anthony Wing, P.C. | Michael Anthony Wing
Being a first offense, you may be able to avoid the conviction altogether by multiple avenues. One would be a deferred prosecution. Some jurisdictions have programs to assist with addiction, then dismissal of the charges. You need to get a lawyer to assist you. You can probably get probation since it is your first offense, however, that's a serious charge that you should try to avoid. If you can't afford your own lawyer, tell the court and it will appoint one for you. Stay well.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 6/24/2011
Law Office of Richard Williams
Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
The range of punishment can vary widely depending on where you were arrested. You could be facing anything from up to twenty (20) years in prison to probation. Distribution within three miles of a school zone or housing area carries a minimum penalty of five (5) years. In some jurisdictions courts are not likely to grant probation for drug distribution, in others, the charge may be amended to possession and you may even qualify for drug court where, if you successfully complete the program, the charge can be dismissed.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 6/17/2011
Ferguson & Ferguson
Ferguson & Ferguson | Randy W. Ferguson
It is a class B felony. 2-20 years. Get an attorney.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 6/14/2011
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