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Victims can’t drop criminal domestic violence charges

By Smith & McGhee, PC |

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

By Smith & McGhee, PC |

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 »

Felony firearm conviction statistics show interesting trends

By Smith & McGhee, PC |

Anyone who has been convicted of a felony knows that their right to have firearms is jeopardized. In fact, most felons aren’t allowed to have any firearms under a federal law. A felon who is in possession of a firearm is said to have committed a 922(g) offense. The Northern District of Alabama has… Read More »

Homicide defenses might include self-defense

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For anyone who is being charged with a violent crime, there are often several factors that can affect the defense options. In some cases, the person who was charged with murder or manslaughter might have been defending themselves from the person who was killed. A self-defense defense strategy is only appropriate when certain elements… Read More »

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 »