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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 »

Assault charges in Alabama

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If you have been charged with assault in Alabama, the penalties you will face depend on the level of the offense charged. Assault charges can originate from a physical fight, incidents involving motor vehicles or incidents involving firearms. You may be facing anywhere from misdemeanor to major felony charges with the potential of jail… 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 »

2 men charged with car break-ins on Alabama campus

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Two men were apprehended by police for allegedly breaking into several parked vehicles on the morning of Jan. 7 near a University of South Alabama residence hall in Mobile. Both men are facing various charges for the alleged incident. According to sources, university police officers responded to a call regarding a vehicle break-in near… Read More »

Alabama police take teen into custody in murder case

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Police in Birmingham announced on Dec. 30 that a 17-year-old male was taken into custody and charged with the murder of a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver. Authorities say that the 63-year-old male driver was killed while making a delivery to District at the Summit apartments. The teen taken into custody in this case was… Read More »

2 in custody after Alabama robbery

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Officials detained two men shortly after an armed robbery in Baldwin County on Nov. 17. The 12:30 p.m. incident involved a store near Highways 181 and 98. Reports indicate that a man used a firearm to rob the store, leaving on foot afterward. Pursuit of the individual followed as a perimeter for the area… Read More »

Alabama minor in possession laws

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In Alabama, minors who possess, consume or transport alcoholic beverages may face criminal prosecution under the state’s minor in possession laws. People who are between the ages of 18 and 21 who are charged will face penalties in adult court, while people who are juveniles are not subject to incarceration in adult jails. Alabama’s… Read More »

Man convicted of murder in Auburn shooting

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A jury in Alabama convicted a 24-year-old man of capital murder Oct. 6. The verdict rejected the man’s claim that he fatally shot two former university football players and a third man in self-defense. The man was found guilty of murdering two former members of the Auburn Tigers football team and another man at… 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 »