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What are some points I should know about capital punishment?

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People in Alabama who are convicted of capital murder face the death penalty. This very serious penalty associated with this crime is one reason why it is vital that anyone who is facing a murder charge gets started on building a defense right away. In Alabama, there are some very interesting points that some… Read More »

Learning your options for every step in your defense is vital

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When you are charged with any crime, one of the first things that you have to do is to decide on how you are going to answer the charges. You have to do that during your plea. You can choose to plead not guilty, guilty or no contest. That is a big decision that… Read More »

Alabama Supreme Court shoots down unconstitutional gun law

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Weapons crimes, such as carrying a weapon in certain locations, carry harsh penalties if the defendant is convicted of the crime. A recent Alabama Supreme Court ruling might make it a bit easier for people who are facing gun charges to be found innocent of the charges against them. The Alabama Supreme Court found… Read More »

What are some terms associated with juvenile justice?

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Parents and guardians who have a child going through the juvenile justice system often hear a variety of new terms when they are drawn into the process. It is important to understand what different terms mean because these terms sometimes have a considerable impact on the outcome of the case. What is a child… Read More »

Status offenses should be considered serious by parents

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The juvenile justice system varies from the adult criminal justice system in a variety of ways. The inclusion of status offenses are one of these ways. Parents and juveniles who are involved in the juvenile justice system should understand what a status offense is so they can prepare for the proceedings related to the… Read More »

Don’t ignore marijuana charges – They can affect your entire life

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Last week, we discussed some of the laws in Alabama that govern marijuana charges. We know that in light of the changes surrounding marijuana decriminalization around the country, some people in Alabama might be wondering about the laws here. The fact is that marijuana is still illegal here. The criminal charges and penalties haven’t… Read More »

What are the laws governing marijuana in Alabama?

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While some states in the country have legalized marijuana or decriminalized small amounts of the drug, Alabama is not yet one of those states. Possessing any marijuana, even just a small amount for personal use, is a crime in Alabama. Selling any amount of marijuana is also a crime in this state. What are… Read More »

Violent crimes of all sorts require an aggressive defense

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Violent crime charges can greatly affect someone’s life if a conviction on those charges occurs. While it is true that any criminal conviction can affect someone’s life, violent crime convictions might bar a person from being able to hold certain jobs. These types of convictions can also stop people from being able to move… Read More »

Defense options vary for first-degree murder

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In our previous post, we discussed the accusations that have been placed against a convicted killer’s son. If you recall, that man is accused of killing his estranged girlfriend’s sister and kidnapping the estranged girlfriend. That story brings up an important point — defense options for people who are facing first-degree or capital murder… Read More »

Convicted murderer’s son faces capital murder charges

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Facing charges for violent criminal actions is something that is difficult for anyone to handle. In these cases, the defendants must ensure that they understand their rights and their options for presenting a defense in the case. A recent arrest in Centreville, Alabama, is one that shows how important it is to understand the… Read More »