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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 »

What knives are legal in Alabama - Smith & McGhee

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 »

What are the domestic violence classifications in Alabama?

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Domestic violence charges in Alabama are serious charges that carry the possibility of very serious penalties. There are three classifications of domestic violence. These are domestic violence in the first degree, domestic violence in the second degree, and domestic violence in the first degree. Each charge has different points that must be considered. What… Read More »

Your criminal defense has to answer the prosecution’s accusations

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The old saying notes that every story has two sides. When you are facing criminal charges, the prosecution has one version of events to show and you have another. It is crucial that your criminal defense strategy provide an answer or rebuttal to every point that is made by the prosecution. We know that… Read More »

Status offenses only apply to juvenile justice cases

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When a person who is still a minor runs afoul of the laws that apply to minors, it’s possible that he or she might find him or herself in the juvenile justice system. This system is very different from the adult criminal justice system in a variety of ways. One way is the presence… Read More »

Federal criminal cases require a strategic defense

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Being charged with a criminal charge is difficult. When that charge is being placed on the federal level instead of the state level, the intensity of the case is upped considerably. The fact of the matter is that federal prosecutors are highly skilled, which makes them a formidable opponent in the courtroom. If you… Read More »

Preliminary hearings occur in some criminal cases

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When you are facing a criminal charge, there are several steps in the criminal justice process. Essentially, you won’t move straight from being arraigned to standing trial. Instead, there are other hearings and other steps that you will have to go through as you work your way through the criminal justice system. One of… Read More »