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When is self-defense a possible defense option?

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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

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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 »

What are the penalties for illegally carrying guns in Alabama?

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There are many ways to legally carry firearms in Alabama; for example, if you’d like to carry a firearm on your person, you can apply for an Alabama Pistol Permit, which is also known as a Pistol License. However, it’s good to know what can happen if you carry illegally. Concealed Carry Alabama law… Read More »

Domestic violence is a very sensitive matter

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Domestic violence charges often include information that is very sensitive. That makes these cases very trying for everyone involved. Simply knowing that someone you love is accusing you of domestic violence can be a very hurtful fact. We know that you just want your case to be over with so that you can move… Read More »

Young boy won’t face criminal charges for murder

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The recent news of an 8-year-old boy who was accused of killing a 1-year-old girl shocked the entire nation. When the story first broke, people thought that the boy was going to face criminal charges for the baby’s death. It has since come to light that the boy won’t face criminal charges because of… Read More »

Victims can’t drop criminal domestic violence charges

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When you and your significant other get into an argument, things might get heated. In the heat of the moment, your significant other might make claims of domestic abuse against you. Those claims might be only because he or she wants to hurt you in whatever way possible. While that does occur in some… Read More »

Drinking and driving has serious penalties for underage people

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If you are facing a DUI in Alabama and haven’t yet turned 21 years old, you are facing an underage DUI charge. This charge is very serious because of Alabama’s zero tolerance approach to drinking and driving for those who are underage. A conviction on a charge of underage DUI can have serious effects… Read More »

Questions and answers regarding Alabama’s juvenile courts

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All of the courts in Alabama have special divisions that are known as juvenile courts. Generally speaking, these courts deal with people under the age of 18 who have been accused of things that are crimes if adults do them. Here are a few common questions and answers that everyone in Alabama should know… Read More »

24 people named in drug pipeline indictment

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Recent arrests in the Birmingham area have landed 16 out of 24 people named in drug pipeline activity behind bars. The investigation into the activities has been ongoing for three years. All told, 18 teams set out to arrest the individuals who were accused of being part of the drug trafficking and money laundering… Read More »

Any violent or weapons-related charge needs a vigorous defense

By Smith & McGhee, PC |

In our last post, we discussed some of the laws and statistics pertaining to felons who are in possession of a firearm. That post brings up the important point of gun control and violent crimes. One of the reasons for Alabama gun control laws is to try and minimize the chance that a violent… Read More »