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Q. Will I go to Prison for a Class A Misdemeanor, Falsfying a Police Report?

A: Unfortunately, society has interchangeably used the word Prison and Jail to mean the same thing, when they are two different institutions. Prison is considered an institution for confinement of persons convicted of serious crimes; such as felonies and the sentences imposed are usually beyond a year. Jail is considered an institution for smaller crimes;  such as repeated traffic violations or misdemeanors. In Alabama, every misdemeanor can carry one year or less in jail. Falsifying a police report is considered a misdemeanor and the offense “alone” does not make itself eligible for a prison sentence. However, tt is eligible for a jail sentence.

Q. When charged with loitering and posession, is it considered Double Jeapardy?

A: In a practical sense, Double Jeopardy arises when someone is being prosecuted more than once for the same crime. The primary focus is “same crime.” While some crimes are a lesser offense of the other, a person can be charged with a different crime if that crime is not included in the other. For example, a man was convicted of Larceny. Later, the government charged him with Robbery, which consists of Larceny. To prove Larceny , a prosecutor wouldn't have had to prove anything more than what was required to prove a Robbery. (Larceny was a "lesser included" offense of the Robbery.) Thus, Larceny and Robbery therefore represented the same offense, and the Robbery prosecution violated the double jeopardy principle. However, the crimes of Loitering and Possession require different elements to be proven. For the purpose of the question, Loitering, under Section 13A-11-9, is when a person remains in any place with one or more persons for the purpose of unlawfully using or possessing a dangerous drug. A person can commit the crime of Loitering by being idle too long in an suspicious drug-related area without possessing any illegal substances. Possession, however, is “actually” possessing the illegal substance; which is not included as a requirement in the crime of Loitering. A person can commit one without the other during the same commission. In practical terms, Loitering is not a lesser offense of Possession because not everyone who possesses drugs are Loiters. However, with the previous example above, everyone who “robs” does actually commit Larceny; thus Larceny merges into Robbery to avoid double jeopardy issues .

Q. What is the time period for which a license shall get suspended after been convicted for a drug offense?

A: Anyone charged and convicted of a crime specified in Section 13A-12-291, which includes drug possession or drug use related offenses, will have their driver's license suspended, revoked or cancelled by the Alabama Dept of Public Safety once it is reported to them. Depending on the charge and the nature of the charges, the minimum time period of a license suspension is 6 months. While there is no specified time frame as to when the Alabama Dept of Public Safety will be notified of the conviction, usually upon receipt of notification by the clerk of court where the conviction is entered, the suspension will immediately go into effect.

Criminal Matters 

Here at Elizabeth Hunter, we represent those dealing with all types of criminal legal issues, such as (DUI) driving under the influence, traffic offenses, domestic violence, assault, battery property-related crimes, drug crimes, parole/probation violation, homicides, , sex crimes, municipal violations, etc..

 

Like every State, Alabama divides its offenses by degree; Traffic, Misdemeanor, and Felony Offense. Often times, sentencing may consist of  Jail time, Probation, imposed fines, or all of the above. 

 

In Alabama, fines usually consist of the following:

  1. Class A misdemeanor (theft of property or services worth $500 or less, cruel treatment of a dog or cat, dog fighting, possession of marijuana for personal use, third-degree assault or assault with bodily fluids (including saliva), third-degree domestic violence or violation of a domestic violence protection order: one year and/or $6,000,

  2. Class B misdemeanor (resisting arrest, second-degree stalking, theft of cable TV service, menacing someone: six months and/or $3,000, and

  3. Class C misdemeanor (directing abusive language at someone, harassment, trespassing on property, taking a shopping cart from a store premises, misconduct: three months and/or $500.

 

Finally, the maximum sentence for each offense are as follows Class A misdemeanor, one year or less, but more than six months; Class B misdemeanor, six months or less, but more than thirty days; or Class C misdemeanor, thirty days or less, but more than five days.

 

 

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ALABAMA COUNTY COURTHOUSE LOCATIONS

Autauga County
134 North Court Street, Suite 101
Prattville, AL 36067
(334) 361-3701

 

Houston County
P.O. Box 6406
Dothan, AL 36302-6406
(334) 677-4741

 

Baldwin County
1 Courthouse Square
Bay Minette, AL 36507
(251) 580-1695

 

Jackson County
P.O. Box 128
Scottsboro, AL 35768-0128
(256) 574-9280

 

Barbour County
P.O. Box 398
Clayton, AL 36016-0398
(334) 775-3203

 

Jefferson County
716 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd North
Birmingham, AL 35203-0100
(205) 325-5301

Bibb County
103 Davidson Drive
Centreville, AL 35042
(205) 926-3114

 

Lamar County
P.O. Box 338
Vernon, AL 35592-0338
(205) 695-7333

Blount County
220 Second Avenue East, Room 106
Oneonta, AL 35121
(256) 625-4160

 

Lauderdale County
P.O. Box 1059
Florence, AL 35631-1059
(256) 760-5750

Bullock County
P.O. Box 472
Union Springs, AL 36089-0472
(334) 738-3883

 

Lawrence County
750 Main Street
Moulton, AL 35650-1537
(256) 974-0663

 

Butler County
PO Box 756
Greenville, AL 36037-0756
(334) 382-3612

 

Lee County
215 South Ninth Street
Opelika, AL 36803-0666
(334) 745-9767

Calhoun County
1702 Noble Street
Anniston, AL 36201-3889
(256) 241-2800

 

Limestone County
310 West Washington Street
Athens, AL 35611-2561
(256) 233-6400

Chambers County
18 Alabama Avenue
LaFayette, AL 36862
(334) 864-4341

 

Lowndes County
P.O. Box 65
Haynesville, AL 36040-0065
(334) 548-2331

Cherokee County
Main Street
Centre, AL 35960
(256) 927-3668

 

Macon County
101 East Northside Street
Tuskegee, AL 36083-1757
(334) 727-5120

 

Chilton County
P.O. Box 1948
Clanton, AL 35046
(205) 755-1551

 

Madison County
100 Northside Square
Huntsville, AL 35801-4820
(256) 532-3438

Choctaw County
117 South Mulberry Avenue
Butler, AL 36904-2557
(205) 459-2100

 

Marengo County
P.O. Box 480715
Linden, AL 36748-0715
(334) 295-2200

 

Clarke County
P.O. Box 548
Grove Hill, AL 36451-0548
(334) 275-3507

 

Marion County
PO Box 460
Hamilton, AL 35570
(205) 921-3172

 

Clay County
P.O. Box 187
Ashland, AL 36251-0187
(256) 354-7888

 

Marshall County
424 Blount Avenue
Guntersville, AL 35976-1108
(256) 571-7701

 

Cleburne County
120 Vickery Street
Heflin, AL 36264
(256) 463-5655

 

Mobile County
PO Box 1443
Mobile, AL 36633-1443
(251) 574-5077

 

Coffee County
2 County Complex
New Brockton, AL 36351-9791
(334) 894-5556

 

Monroe County
PO Box 8
Monroeville, AL 36461-0008
(334) 743-4107

Colbert County
201 North Main Street
Tuscumbia, AL 35674-2042
(256) 386-8500

 

Montgomery County
P.O. Box 1667
Montgomery, AL 36102-1667
(334) 832-4950

Conecuh County
P.O. Box 347
Evergreen, AL 36401-0347
(334) 578-2095

 

Escambia County
P.O. Box 848
Brewton, AL 36427-0848
(251) 867-0300

 

Talladega County
P.O. Box 755
Talladega, AL 35161-0755
(256) 362-1357

Etowah County
800 Forrest Avenue
Gadsden, AL 35901-3641
(256) 549-5300

 

Tallapoosa County
125 North Broadnax Street, Room 131
Dadeville, AL 36853
(256) 825-4268

Fayette County
103 First Avenue, NW – Suite 2
Fayette, AL 35555
(205) 932-4510

 

Tuscaloosa County
714 Greensboro Avenue
Tuscaloosa , AL 35401-1885
(205) 349-3870

 

Franklin County
P.O. Box 1028
Russellville, AL 35653
(256) 332-8850

 

Walker County
P.O. Box 1447
Jasper, AL 35502-1447
(205) 384-7268

Geneva County
P.O. Box 430
Geneva, AL 36340-0430
(334) 684-5610

 

Washington County
P.O. Box 146
Chatom, AL 36518-0146
(334) 847-2208

Greene County
P.O. Box 656
Eutaw, AL 35462-0656
(205) 372-3349

 

Wilcox County
P.O. Box 488, 12 Water Street
Camden, AL 36726-0488
(334) 682-9112

Hale County
1000 Main Street
Greensboro, AL 36744
(334) 624-8740

 

Winston County
P.O. Box 147
Double Springs, AL 35553-0147
(205) 489-5026

Henry County
101 Court Square, Suite A
Abbeville, AL 36310
(334) 585-3257

Morgan County
P.O. Box 668
Decatur, AL 35602-0668
(256) 351-4737

Coosa County
P.O. Box 218
Rockford, AL 35136-0218
(205) 377-2420

 

Perry County
P.O. Box 478
Marion, AL 36756-0478
(334) 683-2200

Covington County
260 Hillcrest Drive, PO Box 188
Andalusia, AL 36420
(334) 428-2610

 

Pickens County
P.O. Box 460
Carrollton, AL 35447-0460
(205) 367-2020

Crenshaw County
P.O. Box 227
Luverne, AL 36049-0227
(334) 335-6568

 

Pike County
P.O. Box 1008
Troy, AL 36081-1008
(334) 566-6374

Cullman County
500 Second Avenue SW, Room 202
Cullman, AL 35055-4136
(256) 739-3530

 

Randolph County
P.O. Box 249
Wedowee, AL 36278-0249
(256) 357-4933

Dale County
1702 Hwy 123 South, Suite C
Ozark, AL 36360-0819
(334) 774-6025

 

Russell County
P.O. Box 969
Phenix City, AL 36868-0969
(334) 298-6426

Dallas County
P.O. Box 997
Selma, AL 36702-0997
(334) 874-2560

 

Shelby County
PO Box 467
Columbiana, AL 35051
(205) 669-3740

DeKalb County
111 Grand Avenue, SW Suite 200
Fort Payne, AL 35967
(256) 845-8500

 

St. Clair County
P.O. Box 397
Ashville, AL 35953-0397
(256) 594-2100

Elmore County
P.O. Box B
Wetumpka, AL 36092
(334) 567-1159

 

Sumter County
P.O. Box 70
Livingston, AL 35470-0070
(205) 652-2731