As a Birmingham criminal defense lawyer, I know that a percentage of people arrested for various non-violent crimes were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. In the eyes of law enforcement, however, there is no justification for breaking any Alabama law. But as a defense lawyer for individuals who have been accused of crimes, I know that a person's motivations and actions can often fall into a gray area. This is why we have trials that allow defendants a chance to explain themselves.
Regardless of where you live or work — Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, Auburn or Prichard, or anywhere across the state for that matter — illegal gambling can and does lure many otherwise law abiding folks, which then makes a possible arrest and conviction something that can adversely impact a person's life. Not long ago, Alabama's Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced a number of raids on and continuing investigations of gambling dens in Macon and Houston counties.
According to reports, DPS and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board took part in law enforcement operations at VictoryLand and Country Crossing, and has ongoing operations in these areas.
Part of the Governor's Task Force on Illegal Gambling, DPS officials say that the conducting of these raids on other law enforcement operations are usually held without notice, which is standard protocol. Usually police and other agencies will perform early-morning raids of suspected illicit gambling locations, catching the operators and their clients in the act.
The element of surprise is particularly important, according to police, because any evidence found as a result can contribute to the prosecution of other more serious crimes, such as theft, fraud, financial and tax crimes, not to mention public corruption.
Editorial: Ala. Dept of Public Safety & Gaming Raids, WSFA.com, February 02, 2010