Category Archives: Criminal Law Blog

Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer: 6 Things to Know

When you’re facing criminal charges, it’s important to find representation early. The first few weeks after a charge can be critical to building your case. But hiring a criminal defense lawyer can be a confusing process at a time when you’re already likely under a lot of stress. Here are … Read more

Murder Charge Dismissed Against Richard Shahan

The Alabama Attorney General’s Office filed a motion in Jefferson County Circuit Court to dismiss the murder charge against Mr. Shahan, which means the prosecution will not pursue the case.

“We appreciate the Attorney General’s Office thorough and comprehensive review of the case,” Shahan’s attorney John Lentine said to “…in reaching the … Read more

Sheffield and Lentine Lawyers Honored As Best In Birmingham

John Lentine and Christopher Daniel were honored as “Best Lawyers in Birmingham”  in both Criminal Defense and White Collar Criminal Defense by Birmingham Magazine and B-Metro Magazine. These awards are voted on by both the legal community and the citizens of Birmingham. Congratulations to our attorneys.

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New Birmingham Initiatives Target Violent Crime

As prison populations soar and attempts to revitalize downtown are met with crime concerns, new Birmingham initiatives seek to address the problem of the city’s violent crime in new ways. One such initiative is Birmingham’s participation in the Group Violence Intervention, working with the National Network for Safe Communities. The … Read more

Alabama Prison Reform Bill Seeks to Reduce Recidivism and Overcrowding

This May, Governor Robert Bentley signed into law an historic criminal justice bill designed to send fewer nonviolent offenders to Alabama prisons. Funding is expected to follow from the House of Representatives, as Senator Cam Ward (R-Alabaster) has gathered commitments on the funding from legislative leaders.

The bill seeks to … Read more

Birmingham Program Offers Support to Families of Defendants

When a loved one faces criminal charges, it isn’t always easy to know how to give them your support.

A new Birmingham program offered by The Community Law Office now offers resources to families looking to get involved in their loved one’s struggle with the legal process.

Having a good lawyer on … Read more

Mental Health Court Returns as Alternative to Jail

The Birmingham division of Jefferson County’s mental health court resumed this April, four years after funding cuts shut the program down.

The return of the mental health court should help reduce overcrowding in jails and decrease the amount of time unresolved cases remain in the system. About 16 percent of inmates … Read more

Doctors to Report Pregnant Women

Controversy erupted in the Alabama House Committee on Health this week…

…over a bill presented that would require doctors to report their pregnant female patients within 2 hours if they suspect them of using drugs. Under existing Alabama law, doctors are already required to notify authorities after a pregnant woman … Read more

Criminal Record Expungement

New Law Gives Alabama Residents Opportunity to Expunge Criminal Records

Many Alabama residents are now eligible to petition to have their criminal record expunged by the courts. The new law signed by Governor Bentley will allow any person once charged with a misdemeanor criminal offense, traffic violation, or municipal ordinance violation … Read more

Ban the Box Laws

‘Ban the Box’ Laws Gaining Traction Nationwide

Around the country, one question on employment applications is getting a second look by advocates and lawmakers: the question and checkbox regarding an applicant’s criminal history.

“Ban the Box” laws that remove the criminal history question from initial job applications have gained traction around the … Read more