There are many reasons to appeal felony drug convictions in Alabama – incarceration, excessive fines, invasive drug screen monitoring, deportation (for immigrants), loss of student loans for college (in some situations), and the list goes on and on. Another consequence many people are unaware of is that a felony drug conviction will prevent you from being able to obtain food stamps in the future.
Attached to this article is a copy of the Alabama Food Stamps Application for the State of Alabama. As you can see in paragraph 16, one of the grounds for being ineligible to receive food stamps is if you have a conviction for possession or for distribution of a controlled substance. This is not just a temporary prohibition on receiving food stamp assistance, a felony drug conviction makes you permanently ineligible to receive food assistance from the government. If your conviction was for murder, rape, child molestation robbery, burglary, theft, or any other property crime, sex crime, or crime of violence, the government will be glad to help feed your family. But get a conviction for a drug-related felony and you permanently disqualified from assistance. While the people convicted of other crimes certainly face stigma and many unexpected consequences from their convictions (especially convicted sex offenders), singling out drug convictions as a special category ineligible for food assistance is not a problem most drug court defendants would expect.
I will save the discussion of the insane politics and profit motives of the “war on drugs” for another day. For now, understand that a felony conviction in Alabama can have far-reaching consequences, impacting your life in more ways than you can imagine. If you need to appeal a felony conviction in Alabama, please call us at (800) 737-3702 Ext, 1 or simply fill out our online Contact form to schedule a free telephone consultation.
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