Former Alabama police officer pleads guilty in federal drug case

Many criminal cases are resolved through plea bargains. As we've discussed before on this blog, those accused of serious crimes may choose to plead guilty to lesser charges in exchange for a reduced sentence.

A former Alabama police officer recently pleaded guilty in a criminal case against him. He faced federal drug charges for his involvement in a marijuana trafficking operation.

At one point, the former police officer was reportedly found delivering a large amount of marijuana. He was also believed to have been involved in a large growing operation. The man resigned from the police force after authorities began investigating his potential involvement in the trafficking operation. He was eventually arrested late last year.

People who are convicted of serious drug crimes often face hefty penalties. In this instance, the former police officer could face up to five years in prison.

The authorities take drug crimes very seriously. They are often eager to arrest and convict those who are involved in large drug operations.

The criminal justice system is very complex. People who face criminal charges of any kind may feel overwhelmed. It can be particularly overwhelming when people are facing federal charges.

In nearly all criminal cases, it is best to rely on an experienced criminal defense attorney. After reviewing a case, an attorney can help determine what steps the accused should take going forward. Depending on the circumstances, an attorney may find it best for the accused to plead guilty to the charges. However, there may be instances when it is wise to proceed forward with a jury trial.

Source: WNCF TV, "Ex-Montgomery Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges," April 18, 2013

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