Felonies are the most serious crimes. Hire me and let the Judge & Prosecutor know how serious the defense of your case is to you.

 

new web header copyBy: Michael J. Upton

If you have been arrested for a Felony, or are under investigation for a Felony charge, or possibly several Felonies, you need to understand that these are the most serious criminal charges under Alabama law.

In Alabama, there are three classes of Felony cases, each with a significant “range of punishment”:

Class A Felony:  Minimum Sentence: 10 Years in the State Penitentiary  (e.g. Murder, Trafficking, Robbery I)

Maximum Sentence:  Life in the State Penitentiary (with or possibly without the chance of parole)

CAPITAL MURDER IS A MURDER THAT INCLUDES AN ‘AGGRAVATING CIRCUMSTANCE’  SUCH AS MURDER ‘DURING A ROBBERY’.  IF CONVICTED, THERE ARE ONLY TWO POSSIBLE SENTENCES:  

                                               1.   LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT ANY POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE

                                               2.  DEATH BY LETHAL INJECTION


Class B Felony:   Minimum Sentence:  2 Years in the State Penitentiary (e.g. Drug Distribution, Theft 1st degree)

Maximum Sentence: 20 Years in the State Penitentiary

Class C Felony:  Minimum Sentence:  1 Year in the State Penitentiary  (e.g. Drug Possession, Credit Card Fraud)

Maximum Sentence:  10 Years in the State Penitentiary

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Imagine how your life could be impacted by hiring the wrong attorney to defend your Felony case.  Make no mistake, the Criminal Defense Lawyer you hire to represent you will be one of the most important choices you will ever face.

Your future is on the line.  Shopping around for the cheapest lawyer to defend your felony case brings the old adage to life:

“YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR.”

I give each and every potential client the same advice: “This is your case, not the attorney’s.  Make sure you hire someone that you are comfortable with, and make sure your lawyer specializes in Criminal Defense”.

If you came to me with a bankruptcy case, I’d send you to any number of bankruptcy specialists.  Likewise, you shouldn’t even consider an attorney that doesn’t specialize in Criminal Defense and makes Criminal Defense the primary focus of his or her practice.

Criminal Defense has been the primary focus of my law practice since 1998.

If someone makes a mistake preparing a deed or a contract, those can be fixed.  Mistakes in criminal cases can rarely be fixed, and can result in a lifetime of negative consequences:

-PRISON

-LOSS OF FAMILY & FRIENDS

-LOSS OF PROPERTY & INCOME

-LOSS OF REPUTATION
I tell every client charged with a crime the same thing…’if your case were a game of poker, you would be the only one with any money on the table’.  In other words, the government can prosecute you with nothing to gain and more importantly, nothing to lose.

Don’t gamble your future away by hiring the wrong lawyer.

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