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What must be present for an arrest to be legal?

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Getting arrested isn’t anything pleasant, but it is critical that you pay attention to what happens when you are arrested. The actions of the police officers can sometimes clue you into things that aren’t legal. There are several important points that must be considered when you are interacting with police officers. What is the… Read More »

Violent crimes charges need to be addressed appropriately

By Smith & McGhee, PC |

Violent crime convictions carry very harsh penalties, both criminal and social, in Alabama. These convictions can mean that you aren’t eligible to hold certain jobs, live in certain places or use certain privileges that are part of the freedom of living in the United States. We know that violent crimes are sometimes the result… Read More »

What are some of the ammunition laws in Alabama?

By Smith & McGhee, PC |

Many people think of weapons charges as having to do with shotguns, pistols and rifles. There are many other weapons charges that are possible that have nothing to do with the actual firearms. Some of the possible charges have to do with the ammunition used in firearms. Knowing what is illegal in Alabama might… Read More »

Life effects of a domestic violence conviction

By Smith & McGhee, PC |

When a person is accused of domestic violence and ends up facing criminal charges because of that accusation, there are some very important points that he or she must consider about how a conviction can affect him or her. Some people might falsely think that the effects end with the criminal punishments; however, that… Read More »

Criminal defense concerns don’t stop with sentencing

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One Alabama man who was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of murder is facing new charges associated with his Internet activity. The man reportedly accessed several social media networks and conducted business online. This was against the rules of his confinement. If you’re already serving life in prison, you might think… Read More »

Guns aren’t the only weapons that can lead to criminal charges

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Many people who think of weapons charges think about charges that have to do with handguns, rifles and shotguns. While firearms charges do comprise the majority of criminal weapons charges, there are other weapons that are also covered in Alabama laws. It is critical that you understand how other weapons are viewed in this… Read More »

Representation is critical from the first step through the last

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The criminal justice system has a variety of twists and turns that defendants might have to face while they are going through the process. Some of these twists and turns are common, while others are less common. No matter what twists and turns you are facing in your criminal justice case, you should make… Read More »

How do the grand jury and trial jury differ?

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Hearing about a jury might automatically bring up thoughts of a trial jury. That isn’t the only type of jury that is involved in the criminal justice system. In some cases, the grand jury is also involved in a case. Even though the grand jury and the trial jury both have the word ‘jury’… Read More »

When is self-defense a possible defense option?

By Smith & McGhee, PC |

There are several options that a person who is facing a violent crime has for a defense strategy. One of the options that might be suitable in some cases is self-defense. In order to present a self-defense strategy, there are some basic elements that must be met. If the elements for self-defense aren’t present,… Read More »

Woman faces upgraded charge in 2015 fatal shooting of boyfriend

By Smith & McGhee, PC |

When people are charged with criminal charges, there is a chance that those charges might be changed. In some cases, they are changed in favor of the defendant. In other cases, the charges might be upgraded. One Alabama woman is facing upgraded charges in the death of her boyfriend. The 26-year-old woman was originally… Read More »