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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • TECHNICAL PROBATION VIOLATION RESULTS IN REVOCATION
    TECHNICAL PROBATION VIOLATION RESULTS IN REVOCATION

    If you have been convicted of a crime and are ordered to serve supervised probation, there are strict guidelines you must follow. Even admitting to a technical violation could result in you having to ...

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  • PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS CAN BE USED AGAINST YOU
    PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS CAN BE USED AGAINST YOU

    Fairness would dictate that once you have served your time for a conviction, you should not continue to be punished for that crime. Unfortunately, under the American legal system, fairness does not ...

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