Category Archives: FELONIES & MISDEMEANORS

What is Pretrial Diversion in Etowah County?

The pretrial diversion program was created over a year ago as a means to deal with the high volume of non-violent offenders pouring through the system. Similar to drug court, pretrial diversion allows first-time offenders who do not exhibit signs of substance abuse or the accompanying charges an opportunity to put their past behind them.Continue Reading

Can I Get Probation for a Felony?

 In certain circumstances you can get probation. It comes down to a case by case scenario. For example, if you’ve been charged with theft of property  and have no prior criminal record, you’re likely to receive an offer of probation. On the other hand, if you have several prior felony convictions, you’re probably not gettingContinue Reading

What is Youthful Offender?

Youthful Offender is a term given to any person convicted of a crime for which they could receive prison. Youthful offender is designed to protect a young adult’s future from difficulties such as criminal background checks that come with a conviction.    A youthful offender or Y.O. record is sealed under lock and key, andContinue Reading

What If the Drugs Aren’t Mine?

Many times a possession case is made after a traffic stop. Be it a busted tail light or an expired tag, or even rolling through a four-way stop, there are several ways a cop can justify pulling over a vehicle. In most of the possession cases I have handled there is a carload of passengers.Continue Reading

I Got Stopped at a Roadblock

It’s fourth of July weekend and the police will be out full force. They’ll be looking for drunk drivers, and you can’t afford to get a DUI. So you should dodge that checkpoint right? WRONG! So many times a checkpoint turns into a chase and arrest when a guilty party sees the checkpoint and turnsContinue Reading

I Got Caught Shoplifting

Shoplifting in Alabama is also known as Theft of Property in the 3rd Degree, a class A misdemeanor. If you are charged with Shoplifting you will be brought before a city judge in Alabama. Shoplifting or Theft 3rd is defined as the taking of property from a store (the statute says “not taken from theContinue Reading

What is a Felony?

A felony in Alabama can be any number of charges. Felonies are placed in classes (A,B, or C), and many factors determine what class felony you could be convicted of. For example, a Class C felony is defined as any charge that carries with it a sentence of one year and one day up toContinue Reading

Should I Sign a Statement for the Cops?

NO!!! That statement deserves more exclamation points. There is never a good reason to sign anything the investigators hand you in the police station. They will tell you that “they just want the truth,” and “they know you want to get something off your chest,” or my favorite “we can put in a good wordContinue Reading

What is a Class A,B, or C Felony?

A felony in Alabama can be any number of charges. Felonies are placed in classes (A,B, or C), and many factors determine what class felony you could be convicted of. For example, a Class C felony is defined as any charge that carries with it a sentence of one year and one day up toContinue Reading

Should I Agree to a Probation Revocation?

Occasionally in my practice I have a client who is facing probation revocation. While many times I’m successful in getting them a sanction or revoked to Community Corrections where they remain out of prison, sometimes that’s not in their best interest. Read on for the deciding factor in when to agree to be revoked toContinue Reading