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Criminal charge filed for alleged air conditioner theft

Alabama authorities recently arrested a man for allegedly stealing air conditioning units from a preschool. He is facing a first-degree criminal charge for theft of property and was still in police custody at last report. The defendant's wife was arrested a short while later because of an outstanding warrant, but police did not indicate whether she may have been involved in the air conditioning incident.

Police believe that the robbery took place on Aug. 21, 2019 at approximately 3 a.m. The 39-year-old defendant reportedly took several air conditioning units from the preschool facility. The units were then broken down into various parts and taken to scrapyards, where they were sold.

Does meeting with an attorney mean you automatically have a case?

If you have suffered serious injuries in a car accident, you may understandably worry that your life will never be the same. Depending on the exact injuries you suffered, you could face physical hardships, financial struggles and emotional turmoil. As you work to recover, you may be exploring your options for handling all of these repercussions.

Of course, as you recover, you may come to realize that, as your physical and emotional states improve, your financial hardships are only becoming more overwhelming. As a result, you could find yourself looking into filing a personal injury claim against the driver considered at fault for the accident that led to your injuries.

Men are often affected by these family law myths

Staying in an unhappy marriage is not emotionally healthy for anyone involved. Unfortunately, some people choose to stay married because they are worried about the outcomes of divorce. Although some concerns are justified, many are based on myths or only partial truths. Separating the myths from the truth can help those who are hesitant to move forward and take the necessary steps for divorce.

Alimony can be a contentious issue during divorce, but it is important for ensuring the stability of a spouse who earned less or did not work during the marriage. Many men assume they will have to pay alimony even if their wives were the breadwinners, but this is not true. It is not uncommon for women to earn more than men, so while men might have been the primary ones responsible for alimony in the past, women are now paying more frequently. This is because alimony is based on each person's income, not on gender.

Family law: How to handle varying incomes for spousal support

Getting the right amount of spousal support is important for the person paying and the recipient. When the payer has a steady, reliable income, determining the proper amount may not be too difficult. However, when someone has a variable income or earns from multiple sources, this family law matter can become a lot more complicated.

For example, many companies offer bonuses to new hires as well as to current employees who exceed expectations. It is not uncommon for a bonus to come with a clawback provision. Employees who leave a company early or who fail to meet performance criteria may have to repay that bonus. This means that if a person's clawback bonus was divided as marital property and the person has to later repay it, he or she may be solely responsible for repaying the pre-tax amount. Including precise language in a divorce settlement can outline when both parties might need to split the cost of paying back that bonus and when the recipient would be solely responsible.

What can you do if a product you bought caused you harm?

When you go to a store or buy something online, you probably assume, like most Alabama consumers, that it is completely safe to use. You probably also make the same assumptions about medication prescribed to you by your doctor. Unfortunately, not all consumer products are completely safe, and sometimes, they can cause significant harm.

If you suffered harm because of a dangerous consumer product, you may have certain legal options available to you. Your situation may feel overwhelming, and you might not be sure of where you can even begin to pick up the pieces and move forward. Dangerous goods and products are a serious threat to consumer safety, and it is possible to hold liable parties accountable for your pain and suffering.

Criminal law: Officer fired after arrest

An Alabama police officer recently lost his job after he allegedly made a false report regarding a shooting. The officer is charged with discharging a firearm within city limits, false reporting, and criminal mischief. This is apparently not the first time he has been accused of making a false report or mishandling aspects of his job, but it does appear to be the first time he has been charged for violating criminal law.

On July 21, the police officer in question called for assistance near a railroad crossing. He alerted other officers of shots fired at the location but did not complete his message to the dispatcher before going silent. Another police officer located the man's patrol vehicle a short while later, which he noted had bullet holes. The officer who made the call for assistance was found, not at the vehicle, but somewhere down the tracks.

Alabama man faces criminal charges for boating accident

A deadly boating accident on the Fourth of July resulted in police arresting a man who might have been intoxicated at the time. He is facing a number of criminal charges, which are boating under the influence, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and two counts for murder. Two people died and another five were seriously injured in the boating accident he is accused of causing.

According to Alabama police, the 41-year-old man was driving a boat on a lake while under the influence of alcohol. He allegedly struck another boat while operating his boat in a reckless and dangerous manner, causing a serious injury that resulted in five people being transported to the hospital for treatment. One of the injured had to be airlifted.

Family law: Dealing with back to school in high-conflict divorce

Summer break is rapidly coming to an end. All across Alabama, students and their families are buying school supplies and getting ready to head back to school for the fall semester. While this might seem like a straightforward process that happens year after year, it can be difficult for divorced, high-conflict parents. Here are a few ways in which family law might provide further guidance on this strained period of time.

A high-conflict divorce is defined as one in which the divorcing parties engage in ongoing and unrelenting malice. Malicious words and acts continue on even after the divorce is finalized, and there are often recurring court actions regarding both unsubstantiated and valid allegations. 

What Alabama families should know about premises liability

Maintaining a safe environment free from serious safety risks is an important responsibility for property owners. When it is not possible to address or fix a safety risk, property owners should provide adequate warnings or signs that caution visitors.

Unfortunately, many property owners in Alabama do not take this responsibility seriously, and it can lead to severe injuries and even death. Here is what you should know about premises liability following a loved one's death.

Criminal law: Why was I charged with resisting arrest?

A charge for resisting arrest may be confusing for some defendants. This type of charge is commonly associated with violent behavior or actions that are directly resisting an officer's orders. However, an individual may be accused of resisting arrest for a wide variety of seemingly benign behaviors. Here is what defendants in Alabama should know about criminal law and this type of charge.

In general, resisting arrest means that a person is intentionally preventing a police officer from making what is an otherwise lawful arrest. It may also refer to actions that prevent an officer from carrying out official duties or that put officers or others at risk for bodily injury. In order to secure a conviction, a prosecutor must be able to demonstrate that a defendant should have been reasonably aware that he or she was resisting an officer who was performing lawful duties, and that the defendant was intentionally resisting arrest.

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