One thing that our laws are there for is to protect us and our loved ones against violence. It's understandable, then, that the laws surrounding any kind of violent crime are strict, and that punishments are harsh. People are very concerned about their safety, their health, and their lives, and that's why each state has harsh laws against violent acts. That's acceptable. What's not acceptable, however, is when an innocent person faces charges of violent crime based on either false accusations or justifiable force, like self defense. It's also unacceptable when charges are trumped up due to exaggerated claims or overzealous prosecutors. Any time someone is charged with a violent crime, his or her best bet is to have an experienced criminal defense attorney as an advocate, seeking to have charges reduced or dismissed, and fighting the charges in court.
Huntsville Violent Crime Defense Lawyer
Our attorneys at Law Offices Of Segal & Segal are experienced in fighting for the rights of people accused of these serious offenses. The principles behind “innocent until proven guilty” are what guide us, as attorneys, and we zealously fight for justice for our clients. We seek to get trumped up charges reduced or dismissed, and we'll fight the charges in court if you plead “not guilty.” Whether you seek justice or mercy, our job is to protect and defend our clients to the utmost of our ability. Call our defense lawyers in Huntsville today at (256) 533-4529 or send an online message to schedule a free consultation where we can discuss your charges with you.
Andrew Segal and Sandra Segal understand the criminal courtrooms. Both have served as prosecutors and defense attorneys advocating for their clients in courtrooms throughout North Alabama. Sandra Segal served as a Municipal Court prosecutor in Huntsville and Andrew Segal served as a prosecutor with the attorney general's office as well as the Madison County District Attorney's Office. Law Offices Of Segal & Segal practices with integrity, in a way that honors the legal profession — something that jurors, judges and even prosecutors notice. If you are charged with any kind of violent crime in the Huntsville-Decatur area, including Madison County, Morgan County, Marshall County, Limestone County or Jackson County, let us represent you.
Alabama Violent Crime Information Center
- Different Types of Violent Crimes in Alabama
- Punishments for Madison County Violent Crimes
- Huntsville Violent Crime Resources
- Defending Clients Accused of Violent Crimes in Huntsville
There are several types of crimes of violence in the Huntsville area. They include: Assault always involves an actual physical injury. The accused must either intend to cause the injury or cause it by recklessness, criminal negligence, or in furtherance of a criminal act. There are three different “degrees” of assault, with differing severity of punishment, relating to the seriousness of the injury and the circumstances surrounding how it occurred (Alabama Code Sections 13A-6-20, 13A-6-21 and 13A-6-22). Menacing means the accused allegedly intentionally places another person in fear of imminent serious injury. No actual physical injury is required for this charge (Alabama Code Section 13A-6-23). Reckless endangerment charges mean the accused allegedly engaged in reckless conduct creating a “substantial risk” or serious injury to another person. No actual physical injury needs to happen (Alabama Code Section 13A-6-24). Kidnapping involves one person abducting another with intent to use or threats to use deadly force. There are two “degrees” of kidnapping depending on circumstances, such as whether ransom was demanded and whether the kidnapping was to aid any other felony (Alabama Code Sections 13A-6-43 and 13A-6-44). False imprisonment is when a person is unlawfully restrained. There are two “degrees” — if the person restrained was at risk of serious physical injury, it is first degree false imprisonment (Alabama Code Sections 13A-6-41 and 13A-6-42). Murder charges are when a person causes the death of another either with intent to kill, with reckless conduct under extreme indifference to human life, or during the act of another serious crime (Alabama Code Section 13A-6-2). Manslaughter involves one person killing another either with reckless behavior, or if provoked and in the heat of passion (Alabama Code Section 13A-6-3). Criminally negligent homicide is when the accused allegedly kills a person due to his or her criminal negligence (Alabama Code Section 13A-6-4). Child abuse is domestic violence involving a child (multiple Alabama sections).
Legal penalties for violent crimes depend on the specific crime, whether it is a felony or misdemeanor, and what class of felony or misdemeanor it is. The punishments can also depend upon where the case is prosecuted; for example, most misdemeanor crimes prosecuted in the Municipal Court's carry a sentence of up to 180 days in jail. Below is a chart that should give you some idea of the potential range of punishment pending on the classification of the charged crime:
|Classification||Prison Time (Years)||Fines (Up to)|
|Class A Felony||10-99, or Life||$60,000|
|Class B Felony||2-20||$30,000|
|Class C Felony||1-10||$15,000|
|Class A Misdemeanor||Up to 1||$6,000|
|Class B Misdemeanor||Up to 6 Months||$3,000|
|Class C Misdemeanor||Up to 3 Months||$500|
If you've been convicted of prior felonies, however, the punishments could go up substantially. In addition, a conviction for a violent crime may have other consequences, since it is something that could remain on your criminal record for life. Alabama does not allow for the expungement of a criminal record. Whatever is on your record stays on your record. A potential employer could see the conviction on your record and wonder whether he or she can trust someone he or she is afraid of. Your relationship with friends and family could change as they see you in a different light. Nothing's really the same after a violent crimes conviction. With so much at stake, your best bet is to put your defense in the hands of experienced Huntsville-area defense attorneys.
Alabama Crime Victims' Compensation Commission: This is a governmental entity from whom the victims of violent crimes can seek compensation. Madison County District Attorney Victim Services: If you've been the victim of a sex crime in Madison County, this office can help you find counseling and assistance. Alabama Code, Title 13A, Chapter 6: This contains statutes in Alabama for crimes against the person.
An experienced defense attorney could mean the difference between a clean record and being marked as a violent criminal. Let our team help you with your case. We'll fight for your rights if you've been charged in Decatur, Madison, Athens, Albertville or anywhere in the Huntsville area. Call (256) 533-4529 or send an online message and let the attorneys at Law Offices Of Segal & Segal set up a free consultation today.