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Coping with Divorce During the Holidays

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Statistics show that more people file for divorce after the holidays than any other time of year, indicating that during the holidays, couples may be weighing the issue of whether or not they want to leave their spouse. Whether you have recently been divorced and will be spending the holidays on your own for… Read More »

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What Constitutes Aggravated Child Abuse in Alabama?

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A conviction for child abuse can carry very serious consequences. For individuals who are not the full-time custodians of their child and share custody with an ex, a child abuse conviction could threaten their right to spend time alone with their child. Courts might even impose a restraining order, barring a parent from being… Read More »


What Are the Consequences of Being the Subject of an Alabama Protective Order?

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Recently, we posted some information on what constitutes stalking in the State of Alabama, and the possible criminal penalties that you can face if you’re convicted of misdemeanor or felony stalking. Becoming the subject of a protective order, also referred to as a restraining order, is another possible consequence for those facing stalking accusations… Read More »


What Constitutes Stalking, and How Is It Punished in Alabama?

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When relationships turn sour or end, sometimes we all do things that we’re not proud of in an effort to get back at, or get back together with, the person we once loved. When contact with someone crosses the line into harassment, then the accused harasser could be charged with stalking, and could face… Read More »


Who Is Barred from Owning a Firearm in The State of Alabama?

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A criminal conviction can have wide-ranging consequences. Criminal convictions will appear in background checks conducted by potential employers and landlords. They can prevent you from maintaining a professional license that allows you to do your job. They can even prevent you from owning certain firearms. You can read more about when federal and state… Read More »

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What are the Consequences of Being a Registered Sex Offender?

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As we described in a recent post, there are a large number of sex offenses with which Alabama citizens can be charged where the punishment includes being forced to register as a sex offender. The consequences to those who are forced to register are very severe, and could even result in loss of contact… Read More »

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Who Has to Register as a Sex Offender in Alabama?

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Conviction of any crime in Alabama comes with serious consequences. However, few crimes come with more long-lasting and public consequences than sex offenses that require convicted persons to register on the Alabama Sex Offender Registry. Read on for a list of some of the crimes that can land a convicted offender on the Sex… Read More »

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What are Potential Defenses to Drug Crimes?

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If you’ve been accused of a drug crime, such as possession of a controlled dangerous substance for personal use, possession of marijuana in the first degree, or drug distribution, you’re probably worried about your prospects for succeeding in beating the case against you. Don’t let a public defender pressure you to plead guilty to… Read More »

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Does jail time actually help kids?

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When juvenile offenders are given jail terms, the goal often seems to be correcting their behavior by making them never want to go to jail again. If they know time behind bars is waiting for them, they’ll make better decisions to avoid it, the theory says. But does this actually work? According to some… Read More »

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What knives are legal in Alabama?

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There is often a fair amount of confusion when it comes to knife laws, with people making incorrect assumptions both about what is legal and what is illegal. It’s important to note that the laws do differ from one state to the next. Below are a few types of knives that are legal to… Read More »