People make mistakes. For one Alabama man, a simple mistake led to criminal charges and a legal battle that has now gone on for five years.
Earlier this year, Alabama passed a bill that put the ingredients found in Kratom on the list of controlled substances. Now, according to a piece from Alabama Public Radio, the Drug Enforcement Agency has stated that it intends to classify Kratom as a Schedule 1 drug, the same category that contains heroin and LSD.
Birmingham residents might not be surprised to learn that the city placed last in a list of best cities for marijuana users compiled by the real estate website Movoto. While other states have legalized or decriminalized marijuana, Alabama's laws still call for harsh consequences for those caught with any amount of the drug.
What do you do if your child is accused of a crime? Do you demonstrate tough love and let your child face the charges alone, suffer the consequences and hopefully learn from the mistake? Or do you come to your child's rescue and hire an attorney to fight the charges? Before you make your decision, it is important to understand a little bit about how the Alabama juvenile justice system works.