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  • When is a Third Party Denied from Challenging Paternity?
    When is a Third Party Denied from Challenging Paternity?

    When a family member has died without a will, it can be stressful to decide how that person’s property should be divided. Mix in the fact that the person was killed by another family member, ...

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  • Specific Intent not Needed for Capital Murder
    Specific Intent not Needed for Capital Murder

    The death penalty is the most serious punishment you can receive for a crime. It is reserved for the crimes that society views as most dangerous. In a recent case that the Alabama Supreme Court ...

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  • Parent Must Show Irreparable Injury Under the Alabama Relocation Act
    Parent Must Show Irreparable Injury Under the Alabama Relocation Act

    If you are divorced or about to file for divorce and you have children, the Court will require language of the Alabama Relocation Act. After 15 years of practice, I believe that the Alabama Relocation ...

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  • Did You Plead Guilty Before a Magistrate or  a Judge in Municipal Court?
    Did You Plead Guilty Before a Magistrate or a Judge in Municipal Court?

    Almost 95% of people in Alabama will have a speeding ticket or a motor vehicle violation in their lifetime. Sometimes a ticket can be dismissed by providing a copy of insurance, getting a taillight ...

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  • HOW DO PRESUMPTIVE SENTENCING STANDARDS WORK?
    HOW DO PRESUMPTIVE SENTENCING STANDARDS WORK?

    Sentencing guidelines are widely used throughout the country when deciding how long to send a person to jail or prison. In Alabama, presumptive sentencing standards are used to establish what a ...

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  • WITHHOLDING EVIDENCE NOT ENOUGH TO DISMISS CHARGES
    WITHHOLDING EVIDENCE NOT ENOUGH TO DISMISS CHARGES

    In a criminal trial, there are certain rules about what evidence a prosecutor must turn over to defendants. Under Alabama law, if a defendant submits a written request for certain evidence, the ...

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