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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 »

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 »

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 »

What is the arraignment in a criminal case?

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There are many steps in the criminal justice process that a person will go through. One step that some people might not fully understand is the arraignment hearing. This hearing is a crucial step in the criminal justice process because of the elements that are present in this hearing. What happens at the arraignment?… Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »