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Strategic Approaches for Staying Out of Federal Prison

Violate a criminal statute in Alabama, and you can be charged under state or federal law. There are similarities in trying a case, whether state or federal law. Both involve a jury trial, evidence, depositions, and negotiating with the prosecutor for a reduced sentence. Proving the case beyond a reasonable doubt will be the prosecutor’s […]

What are False and Coerced Confessions?

You may have seen this interrogation technique if you have ever watched an episode of television’s Law & Order. The alleged bad guy is in the police station, and cops have almost enough to charge him, but not quite enough.  The subject is promised that he can go home if he reveals his role in […]

Wrongful Arrests Due to Police Report Mistakes

Unfortunately, this happens far too often in the real world. Someone is arrested when information mistakenly names them as a suspect. Police and dispatchers are human, and they make mistakes. In some cases, the suspect’s name is mixed up with the witness’s name who called in the alleged crime.   A police report written by […]

Charges You May Face After a Bar Fight

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The combination of drinking in a bar with a rowdy crowd heightened emotions, and a sporting event can elevate to anger for no reason at all. When that happens, ordinarily peaceful people can be pulled into an altercation, resulting in an assault, injury, or even death. Expect charges to be filed in the aftermath, even […]

What Happens During a Criminal Trial in Alabama?

Before a criminal trial takes place in Alabama, a series of events must first take place. If you have never been charged with a crime, this can be a frightening time that leaves you full of questions. First, you will be investigated. Whether the local sheriff or another state agency, investigations generally include issuing a […]

Situations That Can Lead to Wrongful Convictions

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A wrongful conviction means you may spend years behind bars for a crime you didn’t commit. The justice system is not perfect. According to the Equal Justice Initiative, more innocent people are in our prisons today than ever. Since 1989, the group says there have been 3,175 exonerations, absolving someone from blame through more reliable […]

Is it Legal for Police to Briefly Detain Me?

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The police pull you over, and you can’t believe it. Why is this happening? What have you done wrong? In Alabama, police can search your person or vehicle if they reasonably suspect you may be involved in a crime or are about to do something criminal. This is highly subjective based on the officer’s perceptions […]

Understanding The Search Warrant

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Unlike other countries, the U.S. Constitution contains specific language protecting all U.S. citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures. A law enforcement officer must first obtain a search warrant, signed by a judge or magistrate, before entering your property to look for evidence of a crime. The officer can then search any personal property, homes, papers, […]

What is a Brady Violation?

In a criminal case, the defendant has the right to see all of the evidence used by the other side to prosecute the accused. In some instances, prosecutors fail to turn over that evidence, hurting the defendant’s ability to defend himself in a criminal trial.    A Brady Violation describes a violation of the constitutional […]

Your Miranda Rights and the 5th Amendment

More than 233 years ago, the founding fathers thoughtfully crafted the kind of government they thought would work best for the public good. Since then, the U.S. Constitution has been amended 27 times. The first ten amendments, known as the Bill of Rights, codified a foundation for a government that serves the people by protecting […]

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