As an Alabama criminal lawyer practicing in Birmingham, I have represented numerous clients accused of various crimes, including assault, manslaughter, theft,criminal sexual behavior, and drug possession and sales. Many of these people believed themselves to be innocent of the charges, but the authorities and the prosecution could not accept their explanation. Since there are always two sides to every story, I have dedicated myself to the aggressive defense of people like the Montgomery, AL, woman who recently was arrested for first degree assault with a hand gun.
It apparently all started in the early evening as a dispute between some neighbors regarding a parking situation at one of the houses on Courtland Street in Montgomery. According to police reports, a 51-year-old woman was looking to back her car out of a shared driveway, but found that her car was blocked in by another vehicle. News reports say that as the argument escalated, Annie Mae Smith allegedly pulled out a gun and began to wave it in the air. Sadly, during her display, a 16-year-old who was also involved in the dispute was accidentally shot, however not fatally.
When police arrived, the boy's mother told the officers that her son had stepped between the two women when the gun went off. Smith claimed that the gun discharged as she was raising it into the air and that she had no intention to shoot the boy. The teenager was apparently hit in the back of the neck — X-rays showed that the bullet exited through the left side of his jaw. He lost three teeth and may require surgery to repair his jaw, but fortunately he was not killed.
This is a perfect example of how a simple argument can ratchet up to an explosive point. While Smith says that she only meant to fire the gun into the air, Montgomery police charged her with 1st degree assault. She posted bond the very next day.
Smith's neighbors say that the woman isn't the kind of person who would shoot someone. In fact, a number of them told reporters that Smith is a wonderful person who goes to work everyday and minds her own business. The other side of the story is bound to come out in court. Already there is some discussion that the woman may have felt cornered and physically in danger, which may explain her actions — all the more reason to choose a qualified and experienced criminal lawyer for a case such as this.
Driveway dispute turns violent, WSFA.com, July 17, 2009