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  • NO SEARCH WARRANT NEEDED FOR ABANDONED PROPERTY IN ALABAMA
    NO SEARCH WARRANT NEEDED FOR ABANDONED PROPERTY IN ALABAMA

    One of the biggest questions in criminal law today is whether police officers can search your cell phone without a warrant. Of course, you have an expectation of privacy in the contents of your cell ...

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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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