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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 »

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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 »

Mandatory sentence sends disabled man to jail for marijuana

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Laws pertaining to drugs in Alabama are very serious. Some carry the possibility of mandatory sentences that are sometimes viewed as too harsh for the crime. When there is the possibility of a mandatory sentence, a defense strategy that fights the charge is crucial. A recent story highlights the problem with mandatory sentences. A… Read More »

Classification of criminal charges is very important

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Most criminal acts in Alabama fall under the classification of misdemeanors or felonies. Very minor issues, such as simple traffic violations, might be considered infractions. When you are facing any charge in the criminal justice system, learning its classification can help you understand the possible implications of a conviction. A misdemeanor charge is one… Read More »

Domestic violence charges have unique points to consider

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Domestic violence cases have penalties and consequences that can go far beyond having to spend time in prison or paying fines. These cases rock the core of a family in a way that other cases aren’t likely to do. If you are facing domestic violence charges, your defense is one possible way that you… Read More »