Q. What is a violent crime under Alabama law?
A. Alabama defines violent offenses. here in Section 12 – 25 – 32 (15) Code of Alabama. This list is not exhaustive and other crimes may be added in the future.
Q: What are the consequences of being convicted of a violent crime?
A. Violent crimes are treated more seriously than non-violent offenses in most circumstances. The risk of a prison sentence increases exponentially the more violent the crime. Additionally, a conviction for a violent crime will affect many of your other rights such as your right to possess a firearm, and can impact your ability to maintain or secure employment. These connections also can affect you and other unanticipated ways such as your ability to borrow money and they may hinder your ability and issues such as child custody or may adversely affect you should you need to testify in a legal matter.
Q. Can a violent crime charge be expunged?
A. If a person was charged with a violent crime and they were found not guilty they may petition for an expungement, however, under current Alabama law if the charge was dismissed expungement is not available. A conviction for a violent crime may not be expunged.
Q. Can you help me if I'm charged with a violent crime?
A. Yes.your lawyer will evaluate your case and determine your best options. It may be possible to avoid a conviction or to minimize your consequences. If you charged with a crime you should speak with competent legal counsel as quickly as you possibly can. If you can speak with an attorney prior to speaking with the police, this may make a significant difference not only in whether or not your charged but what you are charged with or how your case will proceed.
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