2017 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE ON ALABAMA CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE

2017 Proposed Legislation Regarding Alabama Criminal Law and Procedure  A number of bills have been introduced in the 2017 Alabama Legislative Session that relate to Alabama Criminal Law and Procedure. House Bill 12 – Mandatory Time for Certain Sex Offenses House Bill 12 provides that a person convicted of rape in the first degree, sodomy in […]

PROPOSED BILL EXPANDS ALABAMA EXPUNGEMENT LAW

House Bill 28 Proposes Expansion of Alabama Expungement Law To Include Some Convictions Representative Chris England of Tuscaloosa has introduced legislation to expand the Alabama Expungement law to include convictions for some misdemeanor and felony convictions.  House bill 28 would expand the Alabama Expungement law to include convictions for misdemeanor offenses, traffic violations, municipal ordinance violations, […]

CLIENT FOUND NOT GUILTY OF SEX ABUSE CHARGE

Bradford Ladner Client NOT GUILTY Of Sex Abuse Charge After a hard fought and contentious trial, Bradford Ladner attorneys Amber Ladner and William Bradford won a not guilty verdict on a Sex Abuse charge in the Jefferson County Circuit Court in Birmingham, Alabama. In this case our client was charged with a two count sex […]

FEDERAL DRUG CHARGE DISMISSED IN MOBILE ALABAMA

Federal Drug Charge in Mobile Alabama Federal District Court Dismissed William K. “Chip” Bradford participated in a Federal drug charge appeal that led to the dismissal of all charges.  The client’s trial counsel had successfully argued a motion to suppress the evidence found when an Alabama State Trooper searched the client’s car after a routine […]

MOBILE COUNTY DRUG CHARGES DISMISSED

MOTION TO SUPPRESS GRANTED AND MOBILE COUNTY DRUG CHARGES DISMISSED A client’s Mobile County drug charges were dismissed with prejudice after Bradford Ladner successfully won a motion to suppress evidence illegally seized with a search warrant.  The client faced numerous drug charges and drug paraphrenalia charges after the Mobile City Police Drug Task Force executed […]

BRADFORD NAMED AMONG BIRMINGHAM TOP LAWYERS

B Metro Magazine Names Bradford Among Birmingham Top Lawyers The March 2016 edition of B Metro Magazine  compiled a list of Birmingham Top Lawyers for 2016 based on a survey of local attorneys as well as a review of attorney listings and rankings according to AVVO.  William K. “Chip” Bradford was named among those chosen […]

NEW ALABAMA ATTORNEY – MEREDITH K. MAITREJEAN JOINS FIRM

Bradford Ladner LLP is proud to announce that Meredith K. Maitrejean has joined the firm as our newest Alabama Attorney.  Meredith came to us after taking the Alabama Bar Exam this past July.  She worked with us as a law clerk while she waited on the announcement of the Bar Exam results.  We are thrilled […]

AMBER LADNER NAMED AS ONE OF BIRMINGHAM TOP WOMEN LAWYERS

B-Metro Magazine Lists Ladner On Birmingham Top Women Lawyers List B-Metro has released its 2015 list of Birmingham Top Women Lawyers in a recent publication.  Bradford Ladner LLP is proud to say that Amber Ladner was included in the publication as a top women lawyer in Alabama for 2015.  Ladner is delighted to take her […]

COMMENTS ON ASHLEY MADISON, ADULTERY, AND ALABAMA DIVORCES

Bradford Comments On Impact Of Ashley Madison Info Release On Alabama Divorces The firm was recently contacted by a reporter from The International Business Times in the UK   about Alabama divorces and impact of the release of information hacked from Ashley Madison.    Interestingly enough, Alabama  had the highest rates of credit card use […]

Bradford Ladner LLP Wins Reversal In Civil Appeal Over Divorce Agreement

Circuit Court Reversed in Civil Appeal Concerning Annuity Benefits After Divorce William K. “Chip” Bradford was successful in civil appeal that reversed the circuit court’s judgment awarding insurance annuity benefits to the son of the deceased instead of the ex-spouse who was still listed as beneficiary.  In this civil appeal case, the former wife died two […]

Successful Appeal of Divorce Modification Case

Ruling Declared Void for Lack of Jurisdiction In Divorce Modification Appeal William K. “Chip” Bradford obtained a favorable resolution in a divorce modification appeal, where the appeals court voided a Circuit Court’s decree modifying a prior divorce decree regarding child support.  In this appeal, the parties had originally divorced in Hawaii while they were both stationed there […]

Email Evidence Admissibility

Alabama Court of Civil Appeals Joins Court of Criminal Appeals On Authentification of Email Evidence As posted earlier this year on our Appellate Law Webpage, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals issued an opinion addressing the admission of email evidence at trial.  This  week the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals adopted the holding of the […]

Prison Reform Bill Introduced In Alabama Legislature

Prison Reform Bill Reviewed By Senate Judiciary Committee A prison reform bill was introduced in the Alabama Senate  late last month. A large portion of the proposed legislation is aimed at diverting offenders charged with drug offenses and low level property crimes away from prison and into supervised probation programs and community corrections. The Alabama […]

Not Guilty In Altered Firearm Case

Client Found Not Guilty On Firearm Charge Amber Ladner and William “Chip” Bradford obtained a not guilty verdict last week on an altered firearm case in Jefferson County Circuit Court.   Our client had been charged with being in possession of an altered firearm. The State alleged that the firearm involved in the case was […]

Bradford Receives Alabama Criminal Defense President’s Award

The Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Presents President’s Award William K. “Chip” Bradford was honored by the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (ACDLA) at its recent Death Penalty Seminar.  The Association presented Bradford with its President’s Award for his outstanding contributions to the organization last year.  Bradford is a Birmingham Alabama attorney practicing criminal defense and […]

New Decision Addresses Authentication of Email Evidence

Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals Decision Sets Out Requirements For Authenticating E-mail Evidence In a decision announced November 21, 2014 by the Alabama Court Of Criminal Appeals, the appellate court set out for the first time the evidentiary requirements for the admission of email evidence in an Alabama criminal trial. In Culp v. State ____ […]

Birmingham Municipal Court Amnesty for Tickets

Birmingham Municipal Courts Offers Amnesty For Food As reported on AL.COM, the City of Birmingham and the Birmingham Municipal Court is now offering amnesty for parking tickets for those who donate canned goods.  The donations will be accepted now through Jan. 30, 2015, as part of the court’s new program, “Operation Feed My Friends, Forgive […]

Birmingham Alabama Divorce Rate

The Birmingham Alabama Divorce Rate Earns The City #33 On Top 50 Divorce Cities List As reported by the Daily Beast, the Birmingham Alabama divorce rate is the 33rd on the list of the to 50 cities for divorce in the country.  The report considered two factors; the number of divorces filed and the percent […]

ALABAMA SENTENCING GUIDELINES APPLY TO SENTENCING IN PRE-GUIDELINES CASE

The Alabama Sentencing Guidelines Apply to Any Sentencing After October 1, 2013 In an October 3, 2014 decision from the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, the Court of Appeals held that the Alabama Sentencing Guidelines applied to cases where the offense was committed prior to the effective date of the presumptive guidelines, but where the […]

Alabama Criminal Sentencing – Coterminous Time

Alabama Criminal Appeals Decision Says No Coterminous Time In Alabama Criminal Sentencing The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals held that Alabama criminal sentencing under the Alabama Code does not include a grant of authority to a trial court to run sentences coterminously.  In Carroll V. Alabama Department of Corrections, released October 3, 2014, the Alabama […]