Criminal Defense

Alabama Death Penalty Sentencing in Jeopardy

On January 12, 2016, the United States Supreme Court in the case of Hurst v. Florida ruled that Florida’s existing death penalty sentencing structure is unconstitutional. The reason for this ruling is Florida allows judges to override a jury’s determination of the appropriate sentence in a capital murder case. In other words, even if a…

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Operation T-Bone: Alabama’s Crackdown on Food Stamps Fraud

Teams of Alabama law enforcement officials this morning executed 242 search warrants and made 17 arrests as part of “Operation T-Bone,” an extensive, multi-agency crackdown on food stamps fraud. Investigators filed for forfeiture and condemnation of 11 stores alleged to be involved in the fraud, totaling over $1 million in assets. The Jefferson County District…

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Zohydro, the new Oxy?

Criminal defense attorneys historically accustomed to dealing with clients charged with illegal possession of oxycodone, Xanax, methadone, and dihydrocodeine will soon become familiar with the a recently approved pain medication called Zohydro. For years, drug abusers raided medicine cabinets looking for OxyContin, with many hard core abusers freebasing it. However, drug manufacturers modified the oxycontin…

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Defense to Prostitution Charges

Recent events in Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, and Montgomery highlight the importance of strong criminal defense. In all three cases, the police busted what they claim are prostitution rings and arrested several people. In fact, the police arrested 17 people in Tuscaloosa and 10 in Montgomery. Reports state that undercover police contacted the defendants via the internet…

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Second Suspect Arrested in Birmingham Homicide Investigation

Aronde Samuels, 22, has been arrested by Birmingham police and becomes the second suspect taken into custody in connection to a June homicide incident that took place in the 1800 Block of 3rd Place Southwest.  Samuels was finally located after a witness came forward and identified him in conjunction with the murder of 53-year-old Arthur…

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Forkland Mayor Surrenders to Face Felony Charges

Derrick Biggs, the mayor of Forkland, Alabama, has surrendered to Greene County authorities and will now face charges of first-degree theft and tampering with government records. Biggs had been sought by police since it was discovered that more than $6,000 was missing from the Forkland’s water department. If convicted, Biggs would have to vacate the office of mayor of…

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Alabama Expungement Law Takes Effect

Have you ever filled out a job application? If you have, you’ve probably been asked, “Have you ever been arrested?” It’s a pretty loaded question. What if you were arrested, but prosecutors dropped the charges? What should you say then? If you say no, you’re lying. If you say yes, the person reading the application…

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Man Arrested and Charged with Sexual Abuse in Tuscaloosa

James Robert Burns, 62, has been arrested and accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in Tuscaloosa.  The charges of sexual abuse and sodomy stem from an incident that took place around 6:00 p.m. on Monday evening near the 15000 block of Beacon Point Drive.  When investigators arrived on the scene in reference to a sexual assault,…

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Birmingham Police Arrest 15 in Operation Recoil

A total of 15 individuals have been arrested in an ongoing attempt by law enforcement to crack down on the illegal sales of firearms and drugs.  United States Marshals and ATF agents teamed up with Birmingham Police Department’s Crime Reduction and Neighborhood Enforcement teams to apprehend the suspects in a round-up that is part of…

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