Pelham, Alabama is a Birmingham suburb located in Shelby County Alabama. With a population of 20,000 it is a fast-growing city of nearly 40 square miles that is also home to Oak Mountain State Park, the largest state park in Alabama.
Our Pelham criminal defense attorneys represent clients facing all types of misdemeanor and felony charges in Pelham and the surrounding areas, including DUI/Drug charges, assault charges, burglary, robbery and theft charges, sex crimes, and serious misdemeanor charges, including solicitation of prostitution and shoplifting.
Pelham C riminal Charges
Auto Theft: 18
Source: Alabama Criminal Justice information center, 2010 report.
Theft charges are the most common felony charges filed in Pelham and often include allegations of robbery or burglary. Burglary is theft from a structure while robbery alleges that you stole from a person by force or threat of force. As such, robbery is the more serious of the two charges, although both frequently lead to prison time and/or lengthy periods of probation. An experienced Pelham theft defense lawyer can often succeed in having the charges reduced or dismissed, by challenging evidence, including the results of search warrants, or by working with prosecutors to obtain a deal in a client’s best interests.
Drug charges in Pelham are also quite common. The seriousness of the charges can depend on the type and quantity of drugs involved, whether you are accused of possession or of drug sales, and of whether the alleged drug activity occurred near a school or other sensitive area. The selling of drugs or drug paraphernalia to juveniles can be particularly serious and can trigger Alabama’s mandatory minimum sentencing, which may leave a defendant facing a mandatory prison sentence of 10 years to life in prison if convicted. Common drug charges include illegal possession of prescription drugs, marijuana charges, grow houses, manufacturing and cultivation, possession and methamphetamine charges.
Domestic violence and assault charges are an area of law that sees plenty of activity; too often, a defendant is unfairly charged. A domestic violence defense lawyer in Pelham must be particularly vigilant; false accusations made during contentious breakups or during divorce or child custody battles can be particularly devastating to a defendant. In some cases, a protection order may even prevent you from returning home or seeing your children. These laws are among the most abused laws on the books and being unfairly convicted can have life-long penalties, including an inability to own firearms.
As Juvenile Defense Attorneys, we believe special care must be taken in representing teenagers charged with a crime. Too often, the courts and prosecutors look upon sentencing as being punitive, rather than rehabilitative, which is what the law intends when dealing with youthful offenders. Being convicted of a crime as a teenager can have a lasting impact. Consulting an experienced Pelham juvenile defense lawyer should always be the first priority when it comes to protecting your child’s rights.
If you are facing criminal charges in Pelham, don’t wait, contact us for a confidential consultation to discuss your rights.