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Man facing felony assault charge in alleged DUI accident

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A night of tragedy last week is now affecting several Oklahoma residents in terrible ways. News sources report that a Columbia man left the roadway last Wednesday night and struck two teenage boys, leaving one of them with critical injuries. The 37-year-old driver has since been charged with a first-degree felony assault as well… Read More »

Federal criminal case steps and procedures

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There are few things more frightening than facing a federal criminal trial in Alabama or elsewhere. For many, just the word “federal” ups the ante, inspiring fear, stress and lots of anxiety. It is true that federal cases are serious and could result in stiff penalties upon conviction, but an attorney looking after your… Read More »

Defenses for assault and battery in Alabama

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In Alabama, possible defenses against assault and battery charges can be complicated. However, certain types of defenses may be more effective depending on the defendant’s situation. In some cases, a defendant may use a defense claim when consent was involved in the altercation. Typically, this defensive argument is used in cases involving sexual assault…. Read More »

A look at the legal consequences of juvenile crimes

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Alabama residents may be interested in some information about certain crimes that specifically affect minors. While these are often punished only informally, there is a potential for more serious penalties for both the parent and child involved. Courts have determined that one of their roles is to protect minors from certain activities that they… Read More »

Woman recants abuse allegations against former Alabama player

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The woman who accused a former Alabama Crimson Tide football player of domestic violence in March has recanted her allegations. The player was given two different domestic violence charges and dismissed from the team after the alleged incident. The accuser, age 24, told Tuscaloosa police that the defendant, who is 6-foot-4 and 335 pounds,… Read More »

Juvenile charges in Alabama

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When people who are considered to be minors commit crimes, they go through juvenile rather than adult criminal proceedings. In most states, minors are considered to be those between the ages of 10 and 18, but in Alabama, the age of majority is 19. Due to the fact that juveniles do not have as… Read More »

Alabama meth bust results in 7 arrests

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According to law enforcement personnel with the Morgan County Drug Task Force, seven people were detained on March 11 for allegations of manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine. The seven were taken into custody following an eight-month investigation. Reportedly, officers learned that group members were purchasing cold medications and then bringing it to a home in… Read More »

Alabama man sentenced to 15 years for stealing credit cards

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A judge sentenced a 37-year-old Dothan man to 15 years in prison after he entered a guilty plea to multiple felony theft crimes in Westgate Park. He was originally taken into custody in August 2014. Dothan police said the defendant broke into several cars in order to steal credit cards from purses. He then… Read More »

Woman arrested, given more charges while in booking

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According to authorities with the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office, a 24-year-old woman who was being booked into jail on charges related to writing a bad check is now facing more charges. Detention deputies allege that the woman failed to tell them she had a needle when they asked if she had anything that could… Read More »

False memory study could change law enforcement interrogations

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Individuals in Alabama may have heard of cases in which people confessed to crimes and later attempted to withdraw their confession. Sometimes, the accused person claims that police interrogation methods pushed them to confess. A recent study appears to support the idea that false memories of crimes never committed can be implanted in people’s… Read More »