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United States v. Gadson: Issue When Dealing with Co-Defendants in a Drug Case

Posted in Alabama Drug Laws, Possession of Controlled Substance

United States v. Gadson, a case from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, involved two defendants (“Defendant 1” and “Defendant 2”) who appealed their respective convictions for possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, and possession of controlled substances.  Defendant 2 was also appealing his conviction for retaliation against a witness.

Our Birmingham, Alabama drug defense attorneys understand that convictions involving possession of a controlled substance can carry significant penalties and proper defense requires a detailed understanding of these types of cases. In Alabama, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, such as a derivative of coca leaves (cocaine), can result in over 20 years in prison, depending on the Defendant’s prior criminal history.

In Gadson, Defendant 1 and Defendant 2 were alleged to be members of a group whose intent was to engage in the sale of large quantities of cocaine.   When authorities became aware of their activities, they had a confidential informant (CI) execute two controlled buys of cocaine at the house in which this group was operating. One of these buys took place in the driveway.

After these controlled buys, officers obtained a search warrant and raided the house.  No one was home at the time of the raid, but officers claim to have seen footprints in the snow leading away from an open window.  The police investigation led them to conclude that footprints belonged to Defendant 1.  They believed that he had jumped out of the widow and ran barefoot  to his friend’s house.

During their search of the house, officers found one kilogram of cocaine in a shoe box and another shoebox containing another kilogram of cocaine and just under $30,000 in cash. Defendant 2’s fingerprints were on the second shoebox. The officers also found a loaded shotgun, bulletproof vests, crack, ecstasy, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and other illegal items. Members of the group returned to the town a few weeks later, after things had cooled off, and began selling drugs again until they were arrested shortly thereafter.

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Police Officer Charged: Domestic Sexual Assault and Strangulation

Posted in Alabama Criminal Law

Sexual assault allegations and charges can impact victims and alleged offenders of all walks of life. Those who are accused of sexual assault or abuse include professionals, politicians, and athletes, as well as low-income defendants. In a recent case, a Tuscaloosa police officer was arrested for allegedly assaulting and strangling his wife. If convicted, the officer could face severe penalties, including jail time, fines, and a criminal record. The case is a reminder that even police officers are not above the law.

According to reports
, defendant worked as a patrol officer with the Tuscaloosa police department and has since been placed on administrative leave. For professionals, including police officers, getting accused of a violent crime, domestic abuse, or sexual assault can have serious and long-term repercussions. Our Birmingham criminal defense attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of the accused and in ensuring that every defendant gets a fair trial. In domestic abuse and cases involving violent crime, competing facts can make it difficult to determine what happened and who was at fault. Every defendant should consult with an experienced attorney who can sort through facts and allegations to ensure they are not over-charged or over-penalized.

Authorities reported that the investigation and arrest were handled by the homicide unit in Tuscaloosa, which is responsible for handling the most violent criminal cases in the area. The unit was assigned to the case after reports of domestic violence in the police officer’s family home. According to the 37-year-old victim, her husband threw her into a chair, held her there and tried to strangle her from behind. Prior to the attack, the victim also alleges that her husband sexually assaulted her. While the case is still under investigation, it is unknown whether the victim had a motive to falsely accuse her husband or whether there was a history of abuse in the relationship.

The homicide unit investigated the case and presented the facts to a magistrate, who approved the warrant for the officer’s arrest. The Tuscaloosa officer was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree sodomy and one count of domestic violence strangulation. He was booked at the Tuscaloosa County jail with a bond set at $65,000, which was paid days after the arrest. According to court records, the couple were married in 2000 and have two children. They are also separated and filed for divorce in 2012.

In addition to criminal penalties, domestic assault and sexual abuse cases involving a spouse or family member can also impact your rights as a parent or in a divorce matter. In some cases involving divorce, one spouse may falsely allege domestic assault or abuse to gain the upper hand in a custody matter. For individuals facing divorce who have been accused of a crime, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Building a strategic and sound defense from the outset can improve your opportunities to defeat charges and reduce penalties.

For more information or to speak with an experienced Birmingham defense lawyer, contact Steven Eversole at (866) 831-5292.

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California v. Quinones: On the Complexities of Sentencing in Criminal Cases

Posted in Alabama Drug Laws, Possession of Controlled Substance

California v. Quinones, a case from the Court of Appeals of the State of California, involved a defendant (“Defendant”) who was convicted on one count of transporting a controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a drug offense. Defendant had two prior “strike” convictions under the state three strikes law.

In Alabama, the state code provides for one of the most severe habitual offender statutes in the nation. Your Birmingham criminal defense lawyer will be able to review your criminal history and explain if this law applies to your situation.

In Quinones, Defendant was arrested with 80 doses of heroin and a handgun on his person.  A later search of his home turned up 1,500 more doses.   Based upon his record, the Defendant was sentenced to 75 years in a state prison under the repeat offender statute. However, the sentencing judge struck the “while armed” element of the crime, because he felt that it was unnecessary due to the felon in possession conviction.

Courts often use the term “enhancement” when discussing a potential sentencing. There are certain elements that, if proved, will increase the penalty for certain criminal offenses.  Basically, if someone commits an offense “while armed,” that may add years to the potential sentence.  If someone commits a rape “of a minor,” that can add years to the penalty.
Based upon the fact that the trial judge struck the “while armed” enhancement, Defendant appealed his sentence, because his prior felony was not violent in nature.  Defendant argued that the trial judge did not strike the armed element of the offense with regard to potential punishment, but rather struck the offense entirely.
The government opposed this appeal, as would be expected, and argued that the arming element had been found as a matter of fact by the jury and, therefore, could not be stricken by the judge entirely but only as a sentencing enhancement.
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Guilmette v. State: On Motions to Suppress DNA Evidence

Posted in Alabama Violent Crimes

Our Birmingham murder defense attorneys understand the importance of filing a motion to suppress evidence in many cases.

testtubesIn Guilmette v. State, an appeal from the Indiana Supreme Court, Defendant and his co-worker were visiting with their boss at his home.  Just after midnight, their boss took a sleeping pill and went to bed in another room.  His door was closed, and his ceiling fan was on the highest setting.

Thereafter, Defendant’s co-worker went to sleep in a guest bedroom.  While both men were sleeping, court records reflect that Defendant stole his co-worker’s car keys and around $300 in cash.  Defendant is also alleged to have taken the stolen car to two big discount stores, where he stole various items from the stores. He then returned the car to his boss’ home, left the car there, and went back to his home.

Later that day, Defendant’s boss discovered the dead body of the co-worker.  The autopsy revealed that the decedent had suffered numerous blows to his head from a blunt object approximate to the size and shape of a baseball bat.

That same day, police went to question Defendant about the murder of his co-worker.  Defendant denied that he had anything to do with the murder, and claimed that he had ridden a bicycle to the stores from which he was accused of stealing merchandise.
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Unclassified Synthetic Drug Seized in Alabama

Posted in Alabama Drug Laws, Possession of Controlled Substance

Designer drugs, also known as synthetic drugs, have been growing in popularity in Alabama and nationwide. According to local reports, authorities have arrested and charged two suspects and recovered $100,000 worth of a specific designer drug that has not yet been classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Designer drugs are often packaged and sold as other products, including “bath salts” and are trafficked from Asia and internationally. Those who are arrested and charged with trafficking classified synthetic drugs can face serious consequences and penalties, including an extended sentence in an Alabama prison.

Any drug crime can result in serious penalties and charges and should be reviewed by an experienced attorney. Charges involving synthetic drugs can be especially complex due to the nature of their packaging and new classifications. Our Birmingham drug defense attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of clients facing criminal charges. We will take the time to review your case, identify your legal options, and pursue the best possible course of action to minimize charges and penalties. When charged with a drug crime, it is best to involve an attorney at the outset to improve your defense opportunities.

According to reports, the confiscated drug consisted of a white powder known as AB-Pinaca. This is a chemical compound identified by law enforcement officials to make synthetic drugs known as “spice.” Allegedly, four pounds of the product were shipped from China to a home in Etowah County. Local law enforcement officers collaborated with the U.S. Postal Service, the FBI and other federal agencies to seize the package after a two-week investigation. Local officials reported that it was the first time the drug had been seized in Alabama; however, law enforcement authorities suspect that synthetic drug crimes are on the rise, replacing methamphetamine.

AB-Pinaca is a new synthetic drug on the market that can lead to injury of the circulatory system, lung failure, as well as kidney damage. Authorities also report that the drug can cause permanent injuries after just one use. Typically, the chemical compound is mixed with other chemicals, sprayed on tree leaves, packaged and sold. The drug has also been seized in other Southeastern states and Colorado. The DEA is still reviewing additional substances, including AB-Pinaca for classification.

Defendants in this synthetic drug case could face severe penalties if they are convicted. The suspects were charged under state law with possession of drugs and trafficking. No federal charges have been filed because the drug is not yet considered a controlled substance under federal law. According to reports, the defendants have been additionally charged with marijuana possession and possession of “salvia,” a better-known synthetic drug. Authorities have reported that the defendants are being held on $150,000 bond.

In the event of a drug charge, any defendant should consult immediately with an experienced attorney. The facts of your case should be reviewed and questioned by a drug defense attorney. Evidence can be suppressed if it was illegally obtained and law enforcement officials should use lab tests to prove that the evidence seized was in fact, a controlled substance.

For more information or to speak with an experienced Birmingham defense lawyer, contact Steven Eversole at (866) 831-5292.

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Alabama Prison Overcrowding Solutions Sought

Posted in Alabama Criminal Law, Alabama Drug Laws

Alabama is notorious for overcrowded prisons and, in some instances, deplorable prison conditions. In addition to incarcerating non-violent offenders and turning to “lock-ups” as a solution to all alleged crimes, the state is relying on a prison system that is on the verge of a bankruptcy.

Currently, there are over 26,000 inmates, twice the number of inmates that prisons were intended to house. The massively overcrowded prison system is one of the biggest strains on the state General Fund budget, costing nearly $395 million for the 2015 fiscal year. Prisons also cannot keep up with the demand for corrections officers. The ratio of inmates to officers is currently twice the national average.

prisonwireSome have suggested that the solution to overcrowding is to build more prisons. While this may seem like an easy way to address criminal activity in Alabama, it ignores the fiscal reality that building more prisons is enormously costly to tax payers and does not actually help to reduce crime in the long-run. Our Birmingham criminal defense attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals who have been arrested and charged with crimes in the state of Alabama. We understand that even individuals accused of non-violent crimes could face lengthy prison sentences. We believe in providing aggressive defense to reduce charges and penalties, including incarceration.

According to the Council of State Governments’ Justice Center, it would cost Alabama taxpayers $840 million to end the overcrowding in the prisons. This does not include the additional costs of staffing and operation. In one year, analysts project that it would cost over $1 billion to erect the prisons and put them into operation for only one year. The inevitable costs of incarceration are not realistic in dealing with offenders in the state, especially those who have been locked up for non-violent crimes. While effective criminal defense is one option to help keep defendants out of jail, other policy changes are necessary to stop overcrowding and maintain a manageable prison system.

One viable solution for dealing with the overcrowding is slowing the rates of imprisonment. Some advocates of this solution have proposed alternative sentencing and treatment options, community corrections programs and other housing options that could give non-violent offenders the ability to work and get back on track after a criminal conviction, rather than cost taxpayers locked-up. While some offenders may be better off behind bars if they pose an actual physical threat to others, these offenders are the minority. Most don’t deserve an extensive amount of time behind bars, and taxpayers can’t afford to foot the bill for such a damaging, ineffective approach.

Our Alabama criminal defense attorneys understand that the overcrowding in state prisons is not only a problem for taxpayers and prison operators, it is also a problem for defendants and convicted offenders. Whether you have been arrested and charged with a drug crime, facing penalties for white collar offenses, computer crimes, sex crimes, or other criminal charges, we can aggressively protect your rights and interests. Our priority is to defeat your charges. We will pursue every available legal strategy to keep you out of prison.

If you have been arrested in Birmingham, call Defense Lawyer Steven Eversole at (866) 831-5292.

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Alabama Federal Judge Arrested for Domestic Assault

Posted in Assault Charges

Criminal charges, including domestic assault or battery, often involve those who might seem unlikely suspects. The fact is, no one is immune from the law. In fact, high profile suspects often tend to receive harsher penalties, as police and prosecutors are eager to “make an example” or prove a point. They know the public is watching closely.

Business executives, professional athletes, celebrities, and most recently, a federal judge, have all been charged with domestic abuse. Cases involving domestic abuse or assault tend to involve complex fact scenarios and “he-said, she-said” claims. For any defendant, consulting with a legal advocate as soon as possible is key to protecting your rights. A conviction can result in serious penalties as well as a damaging criminal record and loss of reputation.

In a recent case, an Alabama federal judge was arrested and charged with battery after accusations that he assaulted his wife in Atlanta. According to reports, police responded to reports of an altercation at the Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta. The case sheds light on the complexity of domestic abuse allegations, as well as the lasting consequences of a criminal charge. Our Birmingham domestic assault defense attorneys understand the complex nature of these cases and treat all clients with dignity and respect. We understand the damaging outcome of a criminal conviction and will explore every defense opportunity to minimize charges and penalties.

Police reports allege the 55-year-old U.S. District Court Judge for the Middle District of Alabama in Montgomery was arrested and accused of domestic battery. A woman on the scene was treated for injuries, but declined transport to the hospital. Records indicated the defendant was being held in jail without bond.

He is well-known and respected in the legal community, and could face additional disciplinary action if convicted. The case is a reminder that anyone can end up under the scrutiny of the law and face criminal charges. Experienced advocacy and defense is critical to ensure that you are not over-charged or over-penalized for your crimes.

Domestic abuse charges can carry stiff and immediate penalties. Some examples include restraining orders, a long-term jail sentence, hefty fines, and professional penalties. Upon conviction, you may not be able to enter your home or see your children. You could lose child custody or have your visitation rights severely curtailed.

One way to prevent the damaging consequences of a domestic abuse allegation is to defeat the underlying charges. An experienced attorney can review the facts of your case, talk with witnesses and the victim and look at ways to argue for reduced charges. In some cases, the underlying domestic abuse or battery charges can be dismissed or defeated before the case ever advances to the trial phase.

This case is a reminder that criminal defendants come from all walks of life. The defendant-judge presided over the bribery trial of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy in 2006. The jury found both defendants guilty on the charges that the governor solicited a $500,000 donation in return for a seat on the hospital regulatory board. The judge ordered jurors to continue deliberating even after they said they reached an impasse. A appeal for a new trial after alleged juror misconduct was denied. A second appeal alleging that the judge should have stepped down was also denied.

Now, the judge will find the roles reversed.

For more information or to speak with an experienced Birmingham defense lawyer, contact Steven Eversole at (866) 831-5292.

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Seven Arrested in Mobile Meth Lab Raid

Posted in Alabama Criminal Law

Drug raids and arrest often involve multiple defendants, potential conspiracy charges and charges ranging from possession to trafficking.

In a recent case, the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office arrested seven people after raiding a methamphetamine lab. The raid resulted in the arrest of five defendants who were on the premises as well as two other alleged buyers, who the officers located by using a cell phone on the property.

Meth crimes, including manufacture, sale and possession, can carry serious penalties.

In this case, the five defendants arrested in the lab will be charged with first-degree manufacturing, possession of narcotic paraphernalia, use of drug paraphernalia and trafficking methamphetamine. Our Birmingham criminal defense attorneys are experienced in defending clients against serious drug charges. In these cases, we will review the facts of the arrest and protect the rights of any defendant from interrogation through criminal trial.

According to authorities, the officers arrived at a defendant’s address to execute an arrest warrant for the possession of drug paraphernalia. When the officer’s arrived at the door, they reportedly smelled meth. Inside the home, officers claim to have uncovered an active meth lab. The five suspects found in the meth lab were arrested on the scene. Two other defendants were arrested after deputies arranged a meeting using a cell phone belonging to one of the alleged traffickers. Undoubtedly, prosecutors will attempt to use evidence of this buy not only in the case against the buyers, but also against the owner of the phone.

These accused buyers were charged with attempting to commit a controlled substances crime. One of them had five outstanding arrest warrants for crimes that included trafficking methamphetamine and possession of narcotic paraphernalia.

Any arrest involving a prior history or aggravated offenses can compound the charges and penalties. In this case, one defendant is facing additional charges for carrying a pistol without a permit. All seven arrestees were booked at the Mobile County Metro Jail. Only one of the defendants was released on bond.

Search and seizure laws limit and circumscribe the legal procedures for officers to conduct a search of a person, vehicle, home, office or other property. In most cases, officers are required to have a search warrant in hand. Even then, authorities must be specific about how the search is conducted and the target of the search.

In the event of an arrest, defendants should consult with an experienced advocate who can analyze police records and reports. Any illegally-performed search and seizure of property can result in the suppression of evidence. If the drug and paraphernalia evidence is suppressed, many times the prosecution cannot sustain a case.

Meth crimes are fast becoming some of the most heavily-investigated and prosecuted in the United States. Individuals who are arrested and charged with meth possession, sales, manufacture or trafficking will likely face severe charges and penalties. Our legal team is experienced in the investigation of meth lab manufacturing busts and raids, as well as the defense against sales and possession crimes. From investigating the search and seizure operation through interrogation and trial, our priority is to make sure that the defendant’s rights are protected in the criminal process.

If you have been arrested in Birmingham, call Criminal Defense Lawyer Steven Eversole at (866) 831-5292.

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Alabama Criminal Expungement Law Takes Effect

Posted in Record Expungements

A new law has taken effect in Alabama permitting those who have been living under the cloud of a prior criminal arrest to finally be freed of those burdens. erasure

For the first time ever in this state, those previously charged with non-violent felonies and non-violent misdemeanors or traffic violations will be allowed to petition the court for a clean slate, assuming they meet certain criteria. Our Birmingham expungement lawyers are available to help clients expunge their records.

The bill, AL SB 108, formally went into effect July 6. The terms and conditions under which individuals can apply are extensive. Basically, though, here’s what the law says:

If you were arrested for non-violent felony charges, non-violent misdemeanor charges or traffic infractions, you can petition the court to have your record expunged if the case resulted in a Grand Jury no-bill, a dismissal of the charge with prejudice, a finding of not guilty or you completed a mandated diversion program a full year ago or more. Additionally, individuals whose charges were dismissed without prejudice can apply to have the arrest record expunged, so long as the case hasn’t been refiled and there have been no other convictions for felonies, misdemeanors or traffic violations in the interim.

The benefits to having a record expunged are numerous. First, there is the benefit to your employment situation. The new law allows job applicants with expunged records to legally answer “no” in response to employment application questions concerning arrests.

Additionally, persons wishing to get a loan for a car or a house or education may be unable to do so with a prior criminal record, which is readily accessible to lenders. It’s also important for anyone seeking to obtain custody of a child or adopt. Family courts will take your prior criminal record into close consideration. However, if the record is expunged under the terms of this law, it won’t be a factor in the case.

News reports indicates thousands of people in Alabama are lining up for this opportunity. However, not all are securing legal guidance before doing so. This is a mistake. While some people are seeking to avoid the cost of an attorney when they are already required to pay a $300 administrative fee, the fact is that an arrest record is a major impediment when it comes to the job market. Investing in an attorney is well worth it, particularly when you consider the court may not entertain numerous requests from the same individual over the same case. If your request is denied, you may not get another chance.

Assuming a client meets the criteria – which our Alabama expungement attorneys can help determine before beginning the application process – we will guide the petition through the court. This includes a sworn statement attesting to meeting the requirements, and an indication of whether he or she has previously applied for expungement. The application is going to include a record of arrest and the outcome, whether in a disposition or action summary. There is also the certified record from the state’s Criminal Justice Information Center.

Once the petition is filed, the state will have 45 days to make a decision. If for some reason the request is rejected, our attorneys can help you consider whether to file an appeal.

To learn more about Alabama’s new expungement law and how we can help you obtain a fresh start, call our offices today.

If you have been arrested in Birmingham, call Defense Lawyer Steven Eversole at (866) 831-5292.

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Alabama Men Face Sentencing for Bank Robberies in Federal Court

Posted in Federal Criminal Appeals, Your Rights

State and federal courts take on different crimes, depending on the nature of the allegation, jurisdiction where it occurred, and the severity of the offense. One of the most common instances are bank robberies, which are investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and typically prosecuted in federal court.

In a recent case, two Alabama men have been charged with federal crimes for allegedly robbing eight banks in the Southeastern region. According to the FBI and U.S. Attorney, the men were charged in federal court with bank robbery, conspiracy, intimidating a witness, brandishing a firearm during a violent felony, and interstate transport of a stolen vehicle.

The defendants, from Mobile and Pritchard,  were charged in a Mississippi federal court for the alleged crimes, which occurred between 2008 and 2013. According to the prosecution, the crimes occurred in Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi. Our Birmingham criminal defense attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of accused criminals in state and federal court. We understand the serious criminal charges and penalties facing both state and federal defendants. Our priority is to raise the best possible defense to protect the rights and long-term interests of our clients.

According to reports, the defendants were convicted after a two week trial. One defendant was charged with 17 counts of bank robbery, conspiracy, brandishing a firearm during a felony and transportation of a stolen vehicle across state lines. The other defendant was convicted of 11 separate counts of the same crimes. The U.S. District judge will sentence both of the defendants in October.

Law enforcement reports and court documents indicate that the men robbed three separate banks throughout Mississippi. In 2013, the convicted felons robbed banks in Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama. According to prosecutors, there was a four-year gap in the robberies when one of the defendants was incarcerated for another conviction. Two additional defendants were arrested and charged related to the crimes. They pled guilty and were given leniency because they cooperated against the primary defendants. Federal investigators will often use informants to support or prove a larger case against more prominent defendants. Remember that if you are being interrogated for a federal crime, it is likely that the law enforcement officials have been building a case against you for weeks or months, maybe even years.

Federal crimes, especially those of the caliber and severity in this case, can result in serious penalties. The defendants are facing prison sentences of 25 years and a $250,000 fine for each count and potentially 5 years in prison and a $250,000 crime for each count of conspiracy to commit a crime. In addition to stiff penalties and a lengthy prison sentence, the felony charges will bring a host of other penalties, even once are released from prison. In the event that you are being investigated or charged with federal or serious felony crimes, it is important to consult with an experienced advocate as soon as possible. Negotiating a plea bargain for a lesser charge is possible, but before you plead guilty, it is important to understand the long-term consequences of a criminal conviction.

If you have been arrested in Birmingham, call Defense Lawyer Steven Eversole at (866) 831-5292.

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