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Marks v. State – Prior Bad Acts Under Rule 404

Posted in Sex Crimes
In any criminal case, Alabama courts must be careful not to allow prejudicial evidence lacking in probative value to be considered. One example of this is evidence of a defendant’s prior crimes, wrongs or bad acts. Under Alabama Rule of Evidence 404,courts must be especially careful in the admission of crimes, wrongs or acts intended… Continue Reading

Alabama Student Fabricated Sexual Assault and Kidnapping

Posted in Alabama Criminal Law, Sex Crimes
False accusations can severely impact the lives of the accused and tie up valuable resources. In a recent and highly publicized Alabama case, a University of Alabama student falsified a report that she was kidnapped and sexually assaulted. Since the initial reports of the abduction,  university police have updated their press release stating that the… Continue Reading

Timing of Sex Crimes Allegations Against Pastor Raise Doubt for Defense

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Communities impacted by sexual investigations and charges can take years or even decades to recover. For those who are under investigation, the allegations, interrogation, criminal charges, and subsequent penalties upon conviction can be a lifetime struggle. In a recent Alabama case, a former pastor charged with sex crimes appeared at a hearing this month. The… Continue Reading

Alabama Woman Gets 22-Years for Child Pornography

Posted in Sex Crimes
Allegations of pornography possession can result in serious charges and penalties. In a recent Alabama case, a woman has been sentenced to prison for 22 years after pleading guilty to 44 counts of child pornography possession. This is a stiff penalty, but not uncommon for individuals charged with possessing or distributing child pornography. According to… Continue Reading

High School Soccer Coach Charged With Sexual Abuse

Posted in Sex Crimes
Student-teacher, coach-player, and other adult-child relationships are often the target of sexual misconduct investigations. Though many of these allegations are legitimate, it is also not uncommon for teachers to face damaging false accusations that can result in criminal penalties, a sabotaged reputation, and the end of a teaching career. In a recent case, a Guntersville… Continue Reading

Rise in Female Teacher Sex Crimes Charges

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Nationwide there has been a rise in the number of arrests and charges made against female teachers. Criminal charges involving sex crimes can have very complicated scenarios and any defendant will likely face severe penalties, including lifetime registry as a sex offender. Even in cases of consenting adults, sex crimes offenders can face a lifetime… Continue Reading

Jefferson County Sex Crime Charges Dismissed

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A man who has been imprisoned on conviction of Birmingham sex crimes has had additional charges  against him dismissed. Birmingham sex crimes defense attorneys understand that that the 77-year-old, who is already serving a 20-year sentence, was reportedly preparing to face another trial for sex abuse alleged by two girls who attended a day care… Continue Reading

Three in Shelby County Charged with Trafficking and Prostitution Crimes

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Two women and a man were recently charged in Shelby County in a case of prostitution that involves allegations of human trafficking, The Birmingham News reports. Birmingham sex crimes are rarely taken lightly by police officers and prosecutors, which is why hiring Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyers could mean the difference between significant jail or prison… Continue Reading

Andalusia Teacher Pleads Guilty in Sex Case With Student

Posted in Sex Crimes
An Andalusia middle school teacher recently pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree sodomy for performing oral sex on several students, The Andalusia Star-News reports. While it appears there is a nationwide increase in sex cases involving students and teachers, what’s important to understand is that everyone is considered innocent until proven guilty (or enters… Continue Reading

Opelika Rape Cold Case Arrest Could Have Legal Problems

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Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange recently announced the arrest of an Opelika man in connection with a 1995 rape and kidnapping, the Ledger-Enquirer reports. The newspaper reports that the 34-year-old man, who would have been around 18 at the time, was indicted by a grand jury and charged with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree rape and first-degree… Continue Reading

Phenix City Woman Avoids Jail Time in Sex Exploitation Case

Posted in Alabama Criminal Law, Sex Crimes, White Collar Crime
A Phenix City woman recently received a sentence of probation and community service in a case where she tried to extort cash from a man who allegedly paid to have sex with her daughter, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports. Montgomery defense attorneys understand that people sometimes get desperate and make mistakes. That’s when they need an… Continue Reading

Human Trafficking, Child Sex Abuse Alleged in Alabama

Posted in Sex Crimes
Two suspects are facing charges of sexual abuse in Homewood involving a child under the age of 12, The Birmingham News reported. A Birmingham child abuse defense lawyer understands the challenges inherent in such cases. Public sentiment may be against a client before any evidence is presented. Parents must often defend themselves in the court… Continue Reading

Priest Faces Sex Crime Charges in Birmingham

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Police have arrested a minister of the Christian Life Church of Montgomery and have charged him with sexual torture and aggravated child abuse, according to The Republic. Birmingham sex crimes attorneys understand that such allegations can be devastating and have the potential to negatively affect every aspect of a defendant’s life. Certainly a substantial number… Continue Reading

Alabama Criminal Court Sentences Morgan County Teacher to Prison for Sex Crimes against Teenage Girl

Posted in Alabama Criminal Law, Sex Crimes
These days our criminal courts are filled with cases ranging from petty theft and vandalism to drug sales, grand larceny and first-degree murder. While society holds little affection for those convicted of most any crime, it holds particular disdain for offenses involving criminal sexual behavior. As a Birmingham criminal defense lawyer, I know first-hand the lengths… Continue Reading