A southern suburb of Birmingham, Alabaster is a city in Shelby County with a population of 28,000. Highway 31 was at one time the main artery between Birmingham and Montgomery and played an important role in the growth of the community. Alabaster has been named to Money Magazine’s list of 100 best places to live.
Our Alabaster Criminal Defense Attorneys believe everyone who is charged with a crime deserves immediate access to experienced legal representation. Each member of the team at Alabama Criminal Lawyers is dedicated to getting you the help you need and to protecting your rights in the wake of criminal charges.
Alabaster Criminal Charges
Car Theft: 184
Source: Alabama Criminal Justice information center, 2010 report.
As juvenile criminal defense lawyers, we understand the importance of protecting the rights of our teens in the criminal justice system. Many kids make mistakes. Other kids have had a rough start. Still, others are wrongly accused of committing a crime. But, as the criminal justice system turns more punitive and less rehabilitative, the trend has been to punish teens for criminal offenses – even if that means charging them as adults. Even if it means hurting their chances to overcome a mistake made as a juvenile and go on to become productive adults.
Make no mistake about it, juvenile charges are serious charges. An attorney must be every bit as diligent in preparing a defense. We believe an Alabaster juvenile defense attorney must do everything within his power to see to it that a young defendant receives every benefit of the doubt afforded by the system.
Theft charges in Alabaster are the most common charges filed in Shelby County and throughout the state of Alabama. An Alabama defense lawyer understands there are many ways a theft charge can be filed and many ways to defend a client against such a charge. The value of the items stolen can have an impact on what charges are filed and what penalties a defendant faces. Whether or not a weapon was used or force or the threat of force was used during the commission of a theft crime can also have a major impact on the ultimate outcome of a case. The statements made by witnesses and by law enforcement must be thoroughly reviewed and challenged whenever possible. And challenges to search warrants can result in a reduction or dismissal of the charges.
Drug charges can result in a permanent criminal record that can make it difficult to obtain certain jobs or even rent an apartment in certain areas. In some cases, Alabama drug laws come with mandatory minimums, which can result in lengthy prison sentences upon conviction.
The weight and type of drug can influence charges, as can whether a juvenile was involved and whether the alleged drug activity occurred near a school or other sensitive area. Consulting an attorney as early as possible in the process can provide you with the best chance of alternative sentencing or a reduction or dismissal of the charges, any of which can keep you from having a drug offense on your permanent criminal record.
Alabama Criminal Lawyers represent clients facing all types of misdemeanor and felony charges in Alabaster, including DUI charges, domestic violence, assault and battery, burglary, robbery, homicide and manslaughter, sex crimes, computer crimes, fraud and crimes that allege a defendant engaged in white-collar criminal activity, including embezzlement from an employer. If you are facing charges, call today for a confidential consultation to discuss your rights.