Birmingham Personal Injury And Criminal Defense Law Blog

A conviction for drug possession can put your education at risk

According to The Princeton Review, the University of Alabama is the number two party college in the nation. If you’re a ‘Bama student, this might make you want to put a feather in your Crimson Tide hat and say, “party on dude.” However, if you are one of the 43% of college students who smokes marijuana, know that a drug-related arrest can change your life overnight.

State laws governing marijuana use differ significantly. Whether you’ve come from a state where pot is legal or not, federal regulations require institutes of higher education to enforce the ban of illicit drug use. Don’t extinguish your Crimson spirit by getting arrested for marijuana use, possession or distribution. Whether on or off campus, students are expected to follow the university’s Code of Student Conduct.

Here's why it helps to hire an attorney after a truck accident

When a semitruck and a passenger vehicle collide, the passenger vehicle usually takes the brunt of the damage. The semi's sheer size and weight, plus its longer braking distance, make it a force that will usually tear through an ordinary car.

Unfortunately, the number of fatal truck accidents has been steadily climbing since 2009. In 2017, the last year for which figures are available, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says that there were 30% more fatalities involving large trucks than there were back in 2009.

Trucker sentenced to 99 years for fatal crash

Does falling asleep at the wheel of your truck and causing an accident -- even a fatal one -- deserve 99 years in prison?

That's the sentence a 19-year-old long-haul trucker received after killing a 29-year-old nurse. The accident was heavily reported under lurid headlines that incorrectly described the truck driver as an "illegal immigrant" and a drunk driver without a shred of remorse for his actions.

What does University of Alabama's 'party school' ranking mean?

Parents who have kids going off to the University of Alabama this fall might not be thrilled to learn that it came in second behind Syracuse University in The Princeton Review's latest list of the top 20 party schools in the country.

The annual ranking is part of their yearly publication, The Best 385 Colleges. It's based on a survey of 140,000 students at these colleges on various aspects of college life, including:

  • Academics
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Town life
  • Social scene

Alabama boating deaths spike in 2019

Authorities, families, the recreation industry and many other Alabamans are alarmed at a dramatic rise in deaths on Alabama’s lakes and rivers and along its Gulf Coast.

As officials and researchers seek reasons for the overall trend, the incidents often involve careless, reckless or negligent behavior, and the tragedies have led to arrests and lawsuits. Alabamans and visitors should take extreme care and be aware of your responsibilities and rights on and near the water.

When can you hold a property owner liable for a poolside fall?

As kids, we were constantly cautioned, "Don't run!" as we raced around the slippery tile or cement surrounding the pool at a park, country club, hotel or a neighbor's house. As adults, we find ourselves yelling that same admonition to our kids, grandkids and even children we don't know.

Falls on slippery surfaces are just one kind of injury that people of all ages can suffer in and around swimming pools. However, it may be more difficult to hold a property owner liable for a slip-and-fall accident than for something like a dangerous mix of chemicals in the pool or the failure to cover a drain.

Why you never contact the victim in your domestic violence case

If you've been charged with domestic violence, there's at least one critical mistake you do not want to make: Contacting the victim.

Many defendants fail to understand exactly how serious this particular point really is -- especially when the incident that led to an arrest was overblown, two-sided or outright fictitious. They think that if they give their accuser time to cool down, he or she will start to regret the whole situation.

Alabama's new drunk driving laws add pressure

As of July 1, Alabama law enforcement officers have new weapons at their disposal in the form of additional penalties for charges of driving under the influence (DUI). A DUI charge can be brought against anyone that an officer reasonably believes is driving while intoxicated on drugs or alcohol.

Now, anyone arrested for drunk driving has to agree to have an ignition interlock device on their car -- even before conviction -- if they want to keep their license. The ignition lock must stay in place for a minimum of six months if an individual enters a pretrial diversion program. While many states make use of ignition locks to keep repeat drunk drivers off the road, most don't require first-time offenders to have them. Alabama officials, however, take the view that the interlock devices are most effective when used on first-time offenders.

Why is it important to post bail for your loved ones?

"If you get arrested, don't call me for bail money!"

Those are the words of many parents who are trying to impress on their young adult children the importance of staying out of trouble with the law. However, it's time to rethink that tactic. If your son or daughter is arrested on a drug charge (or for anything else) in Alabama, paying their bail may be the most important way you can protect their future.

When can police legally search my vehicle?

The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives all Americans protection “against unreasonable searches and seizures.” That means law enforcement officers cannot search your property – including your vehicle - simply because they feel like it.

So, what are the rules for a police officer going through your car’s back seat, glove compartment or trunk?

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