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I didn’t have a lawyer when I pled guilty and now they are trying to revoke my probation and make me serve my previously suspended sentence. Can they?

Posted by Andrew Segal | May 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

The United States Supreme Court said in the case of Alabama vs. Shelton, a court cannot impose a suspended sentence that will result in a person actually going to jail unless that person was represented by an attorney when he was prosecuted for the original case. The Supreme Court's reasoning wa...

Wacky Alabama Laws?

Posted by Andrew Segal | May 01, 2017 | 0 Comments

In Alabama is it illegal to wear a fake beard in church? Under Alabama law, if someone (without lawful authority) disturbs any lawful assembly or meeting of persons they have committed the crime of disorderly conduct. A person who is convicted of this crime faces up to three months in jail and ...

Can a woman commit the crime of rape in Alabama?

Posted by Andrew Segal | Nov 02, 2016 | 0 Comments

Years back I had a case where a woman was with a drunken male friend. She was the driver of a car and they stopped late one night at a Wal-Mart. The man got out of the car and attempted to kidnap and rape a woman. My client was also charged with attempted kidnapping and attempted rape. I will tel...

Expungement in Alabama

Posted by Andrew Segal | Oct 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

1. What is expungement? Expungement is the process by which an arrest record can be sealed or “wiped clean” from one's record. 2. If my records are expunged, what does it mean? It means the information pertaining to the case, is no longer available to the public.Information maintained by the s...

Can you chainsaw a zombie in Huntsville, Alabama?

Posted by Andrew Segal | Oct 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Why you might go to jail if you chainsaw a Zombie in Huntsville, Alabama. I'm shooting this video right before Halloween. Today's question is “Could you go to jail if you chainsaw a zombie in Huntsville, Alabama? Of course, we have to assume zombies are real for this question, but, if you if the...

What can a police officer pull you over for?

Posted by Andrew Segal | Oct 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

For an officer to pull you over you must either have at least reasonable suspicion that a crime has been, is being or is about to be committed. Reasonable suspicion means that there are articulable facts or circumstances on which the officer bases his belief it can't be just a mere hunch....

Should I Work as an Informant?

Posted by Andrew Segal | Mar 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

I represented a client who had just finished serving a seven-year prison sentence for trafficking cocaine. Three weeks after his release he was trafficking again. This time he made the mistake of hitting his girlfriend. She called the police on him. When the police came to his apartment, she sho...

I Missed My Court Date in Alabama. Now What?

Posted by Andrew Segal | Nov 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

What do you do if you have been charged with a crime and you missed your court date? This is commonly referred to as Failure to Appear or FTA. The first thing you need to do is contact your lawyer. If you don't have one, you need to get one right away. This is critical because a person who miss...

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