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Statutory Rape (Dismissed) :: Murder (Reversed on Appeal, Mistrial, Client Freed on Time Served) :: Murder (Client Exonerated) :: Fraud by Public Official (Client Exonerated) :: Rape (Charge Reduced to Misdemeanor; Probation) :: Assault with Intent to Murder (Dismissed at Trial) :: Medicare Fraud and Abuse (Dismissed) :: Child Abuse Charge v. Police Official (Dismissed Before Trial) :: DUI Murder Charge (Reduced to Misdemeanor; Probation) :: Federal Indictment of Sheriff (Dismissed with Prejudice at Trial) :: Truck/Car Wreck Causing Quadriplegia (Multi-Million Dollar Settlement) :: Medicare Fraud and Abuse Investigation (Dismissed) :: Illegal Gambling Charges and Criminal Forfeiture (Dismissed and Property Returned) :: Theft of Property, 1st Degree (Dismissed) :: Assault (Dismissed) :: Capital Murder (Reduced to Manslaughter) :: Domestic Violence (Dismissed) :: Unlawful Possession of Marijuana; Public Intoxication (Dismissed) :: Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (Dismissed) :: Domestic Violence (Dismissed) :: Domestic Violence; Harassment; Criminal Coercion (Dismissed) :: Driving Under the Influence (Dismissed) :: Criminal Trespassing; Disorderly Conduct (Dismissed) :: Trafficking Marijuana; Traffic Cocaine (Cases Dismissed) :: Failure to Register (Dismissed) :: Federal Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance; 3 Counts (Acquittal-Dismissed with Prejudice) :: Federal Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance-Crack Cocaine (Dismissed) :: Rape, 1st Degree (Dismissed) :: Public Intoxication (Dismissed) :: Theft of Property (Dismissed) :: Time Restrictions Employment; Minor Employed/Alcoholic Beverages Sold (Dismissed) :: Minor in Possession (Dismissed) :: Assault, 2nd Degree (Dismissed) :: Theft of Property (Dismissed) :: Driving Under the Influence (Dismissed) :: Sexual Abuse, 1st Degree (Amended to Misdemeanor Harassment) :: Attempted Rape 1st Degree, Sodomy 1st Degree, Attempted Burglary (Attempted Rape amended to Assault 3rd, Remaining cases Dismissed) :: Assault (Dismissed) :: Driving Under the Influence, 2nd Offense (Dismissed) :: Domestic Violence (Dismissed) :: Gambling Possession; Gambling Promoting; Criminal Forfeiture; Unlawful Possession of Firearm; Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and Unlawful Possession of Paraphernalia (All Felony Charges Dismissed; Unsupervised Probation on Misdemeanor Charges; Forfeiture Property Returned) :: Domestic Violence/Harassment (Dismissed) :: Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (Dismissed) :: Theft of Property, 1st (Amended to the Misdemeanor charge of Theft of Property, 3rd) :: Interfering with Custody (Amended to the Misdemeanor charge of Obstruction of Government Operations) :: Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance (Unsupervised Probation Granted; Dismissal of Unlawful Distribution of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia) :: Theft of Property (Dismissed) :: Sexual Abuse of a Minor (Dismissed) :: Harassing Communications (Dismissed) :: Sexual Abuse, 1st Degree (Amended to Misdemeanor Harassment) :: Unlawful Possession of Marijuana (Dismissed) :: Capital Murder (Acquittal) :: Making Terrorist Threat; Domestic Violence 3rd (Dismissed on Plea to Public Intoxication) :: Child Abuse 1st Degree (No Billed) :: Harassment (Dismissed)

Criminal Law Process

Criminal Law Process Defense Attorney AL

What Happens Next?

While each case is different, the general sequence of events in the criminal law process is as follows:

The arrest — The police make an arrest when they have probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed. The arrest may be made on the police officer's initiative at the time of the alleged crime, or after a warrant has been issued and the subject of the arrest surrenders to the police. In the latter case, you may wish to have the attorneys at The Bloomston Firm negotiate the terms of your surrender, and assist you in securing your release on bond.

The arraignment — This is a hearing in which you learn of the charges against you. It provides an opportunity for the prosecutor and your defense attorney to discuss a possible negotiated plea, if that is your desire. If you are in jail, attorney Brett M. Bloomston can argue that you should be released on bail or to reduce your bail.

Grand jury hearing — If you have been charged with a felony, your case may be sent to a grand jury that will decide if you should be indicted. You may wish to testify in this hearing, although this is usually not advisable.

Plea bargaining — If, after discussions with your defense attorney, you wish to seek a plea bargain, The attorneys at The Bloomston Firm can initiate discussions with the prosecutor. This is never an easy decision, but in some cases, it can be a better alternative than risking a trial and the possibility of a harsher sentence. Attorney Brett M. Bloomston can explain your options and help you make the right decision. Attorneys at the firm have a very good reputation with the state and federal prosecutors, and often are able to negotiate favorable pleas.

Pre-trial motions — the attorneys at the law firm of The Bloomston Firm can use pre-trial motions to learn more about the government's evidence against you and uncover potential weaknesses in its case. They can also use these to suppress evidence or to seek a dismissal of the charge.

TrialBrett M. Bloomston will work to prepare a strong and effective defense for you. Whenever possible, Mr. Bloomston will seek to undermine or refute the prosecutor's case and present evidence in your favor. The goal will be to obtain a dismissal of the charge or a not-guilty verdict.

What Happens if You are Convicted?

Post-trial motions — Prior to sentencing, Mr. Bloomston may make a motion to set aside the verdict. If the judge grants the motion, the judge may then set aside the verdict or modify it. These motions are rarely granted.

Sentencing — If you are convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, the judge will issue a sentence. The sentence depends on many factors, including your background, the severity of the crime, the circumstances of the crime and the victim's attitude.

Attorneys at The Bloomston Firm will work energetically at all stages of the criminal law process to protect your rights, preserve your freedom and obtain the best outcome possible based on the facts of your case.

Contact a Criminal Defense Lawyer

For a free initial consultation with an attorney at The Bloomston Firm about a case in the Birmingham, Alabama area or throughout the state of Alabama, call 205-212-9700 or send an e-mail.

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2151 Highland Avenue South Suite 310
Birmingham, AL 35205

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