Man will spend decades behind bars after fleeing from authorities

Although a Birmingham man attempted to flee from authorities, and was successful for some time, he will now spend three decades behind bars.

The man was indicted on various drug charges in 2008. However, he fled from authorities until August of last year. He was later convicted of various drug charges including conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.

Another man involved in the case pleaded guilty to the charges in 2008. He was sentenced to 15 years behind bars. The man who fled from authorities will spend much more time behind bars. He was recently sentenced to 30 years in prison.

It is clear from this case that authorities in Alabama and others elsewhere are eager to convict and punish those accused of drug crimes.

However, Alabama residents who are charged with drug crimes should not feel that their case is hopeless. Just because a person is charged with a crime does not mean with total certainty that they will be convicted.

In some instances, defense attorneys can question how evidence was obtained by law enforcement. A person who is charged with a crime remains a citizen of the United States, and therefore is entitled to certain rights. In certain cases, evidence may be thrown out if it is determined that it was obtained illegally by law enforcement.

Facing criminal charges of any kind can be overwhelming. Because authorities in many jurisdictions are determined to punish those accused of drug crimes to the fullest extent of the law, facing drug charges can be particularly unnerving.For that reason, it is often a wise choice to reach out to an experienced attorney when serious charges have been handed down.

Source: AL.com, "Birmingham man, a fugitive for four years, gets 30 years in prison for drug distribution," Kent Faulk, March 14, 2013

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