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Federal criminal cases require a strategic defense

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Being charged with a criminal charge is difficult. When that charge is being placed on the federal level instead of the state level, the intensity of the case is upped considerably. The fact of the matter is that federal prosecutors are highly skilled, which makes them a formidable opponent in the courtroom. If you… Read More »

Violent crimes charges need to be addressed appropriately

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Violent crime convictions carry very harsh penalties, both criminal and social, in Alabama. These convictions can mean that you aren’t eligible to hold certain jobs, live in certain places or use certain privileges that are part of the freedom of living in the United States. We know that violent crimes are sometimes the result… Read More »

When is self-defense a possible defense option?

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There are several options that a person who is facing a violent crime has for a defense strategy. One of the options that might be suitable in some cases is self-defense. In order to present a self-defense strategy, there are some basic elements that must be met. If the elements for self-defense aren’t present,… Read More »

Woman faces upgraded charge in 2015 fatal shooting of boyfriend

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When people are charged with criminal charges, there is a chance that those charges might be changed. In some cases, they are changed in favor of the defendant. In other cases, the charges might be upgraded. One Alabama woman is facing upgraded charges in the death of her boyfriend. The 26-year-old woman was originally… 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 »

Violent crimes of all sorts require an aggressive defense

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Violent crime charges can greatly affect someone’s life if a conviction on those charges occurs. While it is true that any criminal conviction can affect someone’s life, violent crime convictions might bar a person from being able to hold certain jobs. These types of convictions can also stop people from being able to move… Read More »

Defense options vary for first-degree murder

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In our previous post, we discussed the accusations that have been placed against a convicted killer’s son. If you recall, that man is accused of killing his estranged girlfriend’s sister and kidnapping the estranged girlfriend. That story brings up an important point — defense options for people who are facing first-degree or capital murder… Read More »

Exercising your right to an attorney

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The category of violent crime covers many different offenses from robbery to rape, and each case is unique. Assault cases often include two parties who know each other, and many of these cases can stem from tempers getting out of hand during a heated disagreement. When the circumstances surrounding the case seem pretty cut… Read More »

Factors in deciding a voluntary manslaughter sentence

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Voluntary manslaughter is a conviction that may occur in Alabama, as well as other parts of the country. The laws governing the sentence that is handed down by the judge following a conviction vary from state to state. Some states have one sentence for all circumstances of voluntary manslaughter whereas others give the judge… Read More »