Alabama Expungement Law Expands

Alabama Expungement Law Expands to Include Cases with Not Guilty Verdicts Even on Violent Offenses As of May 25, 2017, the Alabama Expungement Law has been expanded to allow expungement of cases where there was a not guilty verdict.  The new expansion of the expungement law includes expungement of violent offenses where there is a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 ____ […]

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 […]

ALABAMA EXPUNGEMENT GRANTED

Petition For Alabama Expungement Granted Bradford Ladner LLP is happy to say that we have been successful in obtaining relief for our client under the Alabama Expungement Law.  Our client was charged a number of years ago with a misdemeanor theft charge in a local municipal court.  The client successfully completed a deferred prosecution program […]

MOUNTAIN BROOK CITY COURT

Information On Mountain Brook Municipal Court  Mountain Brook City Court handles violations of city ordinances and misdemeanor criminal cases that occur within the police jurisdiction of the Mountain Brook Police Department.  fines in City Court can be up to $6,000.00 and jail sentences may be up to one year depending on the Class of Misdemeanor […]

ALABAMA EXPUNGEMENT BILL UPDATE

Alabama Expungement Bill Waiting For Governors Signature The Alabama expungement bill has passed both the house and senate and is awaiting the Governor’s signature.  The bill would allow the expungement of misdemeanor and some felony criminal records where the person involved was acquitted or the case was dismissed or nol prossed. If signed, the new […]

Bradford Speaks On Alabama Sentencing Guidelines

William K. “Chip’ Bradford speaks at ACDLA “4 Corners” Seminar on Alabama Sentencing Guidelines Bradford was a featured speaker at this years ACDLA “4 Corners” Seminar in Enterprise, Alabama, speaking on issues with the Alabama Sentencing Guidelines.  Bradford presented area criminal defense attorneys with an overview of the sentencing guidelines, which were recently made presumptively […]

CRIMINAL LAW LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – DECEMBER 4, 2013

The Alabama Criminal Law Legislative Update Includes The Following Pre-filed House Bills   HOUSE BILL 27 – CHANGING DEFINITION OF BURGLARY SECOND DEGREE Pre-filed on 10/18/13 by Rep. Wood Under the existing statute, a person commits burglary in the second degree if the person unlawfully enters a lawfully occupied dwelling-house with intent to commit a […]

Death Penalty Judicial Override Criticized

U. S. Supreme Court Dissent Critical Of Alabama Death Penalty Judicial Override In a November 18, 2013 dissent to the denial of certiorari, Justice Sonia Sotomayor was highly critical of Alabama’s death penalty judicial override.  In the case of  Mario Dion Woodward v. Alabama, the United States Supreme Court declined to review a death penalty […]

Alabama Sentencing Guidelines – Presumption of Correctness Coming For Some Offenses

Soon Sentences Under Alabama Sentencing Guidelines To Be Presumed Correct For Non-Violent Cases The Alabama Legislature has instructed the Alabama Sentencing Commission to implement a plan to make the Alabama Sentencing Guidelines presumptively correct in most non-violent cases.  During the 2012 Regular Session, the Alabama Legislature passed a law that directs the Alabama Sentencing Commission […]

Federal Criminal Law – Congress Holding Hearings On Overcriminalization

House Judiciary Committee Holds Hearings On Overcriminalization In Federal Criminal Law Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) is chairing hearings on federal criminal law overcriminalization.   The Committee hearings are a recognition that the scope of federal criminal law has grown at an alarming rate over the last 50 years.  According to the official press release from […]