Police arrest 5 men in Birmingham on drug charges

When people in Birmingham are arrested for alleged drug crimes they may feel overwhelmed and defeated. However, people who are charged with a crime must remember that they are entitled to a vigorous defense.

Five Birmingham men are likely planning their criminal defense after they were arrested on various drug charges. The five men, ranging in age from 18 to 31, were arrested around 1 p.m. at the Hood Convenience Store along Dugan Avenue on Oct. 24.

Police say they were told by members of the general public that drugs were being sold at the convenience store. Police claim they saw the men attempting to sell drugs before they were arrested.

Some of the charges against the men include unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, violation of state firearms act and loitering for drugs.

These men, and others who face similar charges, would be wise to begin working with an experienced criminal defense attorney. An attorney will look into the details of the case to determine whether or not an individual's rights have been violated. Although law enforcement officers promise to protect and serve the public, they cannot do so by violating the rights of Birmingham citizens.

An attorney can also help determine the kind of defense the accused should pursue. For some, that may mean vigorously fighting the charges. For others, that may mean working with prosecutors to secure a plea agreement in which the accused pleads guilty to reduced charges. By pleading guilty, the accused could face less severe penalties.

Source: al.com, "5 men arrested on drug, gun charges at west Birmingham convenience store," Jeremy Gray, Oct. 24, 2012

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