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Man facing felony assault charge in alleged DUI accident

By Smith & McGhee, PC |

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 »

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 »

Criminal defense strategy in Alabama theft cases

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An arrest based upon allegations of criminal wrongdoing is not the equivalent of a criminal conviction. Prosecutors must present evidence at the criminal trial to prove each element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt to obtain a criminal conviction. For example, taking property that belongs to another person might not be a crime… Read More »

Bill to expunge criminal records passes Alabama Senate

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The Alabama Senate passed a bill this year that permits crimes to be expunged in some cases in whcih a person was charged but not convicted. A senator backing the bill explained that he has heard from a number of people whose lives are still affected by prior incidents for which they were never… Read More »