2017 SENATE BILL SEEKS TO INCREASE AMOUNT NEEDED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING MARIJUANA

Senate Bill 7 Increases Amount of Marijuana Needed For Drug Trafficking A bill has been introduced in the 2017 Alabama Legislative Session that would increase the amount needed in order to be charged with drug trafficking in marijuana.  Currently the law requires that the person possess or sell more than 1 kilo or 2.2 pounds […]

ALABAMA EXPUNGEMENT LAW UPDATE 2017

Legislature Proposes Expanding Alabama Expungement Law To Include Some Convictions House Bill 28, which seeks to expand the Alabama Expungement law, was introduced in the 2017 Alabama Legislature by Representative Chris England of Tuscaloosa.  House bill 28 would expand the Alabama Expungement law to include convictions for misdemeanor offenses, traffic violations, municipal ordinance violations, and certain […]

SUCCESS IN APPEAL OF FEDERAL DRUG CHARGE IN MOBILE ALABAMA

Government’s Appeal of Federal Drug Charge Dismissed On Bradford Ladner’s Motion A motion to dismiss filed by William K. Bradford ended a Federal drug charge appeal by the Government, and led to the dismissal of all drug charges against the client.  The client’s trial counsel had successfully argued a motion to suppress the evidence found […]

APPELLATE REVIEW OF EXPUNGEMENT PETITION

New Decision From Court of Criminal Appeals Clarifies Appeals of Expungement Petitions On April 29, 2016, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals issued an ruling regarding the appeal of an expungement petition.  The ruling holds that the only avenue for appellate review where an expungement petition is denied is by Writ of Certiorari.  In Bell v. […]

BRADFORD AMONG BIRMINGHAM TOP LAWYERS

B Metro Magazine Names Bradford Among Birmingham Top Lawyers The March 2016 edition of B Metro Magazine  compiled a list of Birmingham Top Lawyers for 2016 based on a survey of local attorneys as well as a review of attorney listings and rankings according to AVVO.  William K. “Chip” Bradford was named among those chosen as a Birmingham […]

Appeal Decided On Timeliness Of Mechanics Lien

Opinion In Mechanics Lien Appeal Speaks to Filing Deadline In the recently decided appeal of Massey Asphalt Paving, Inc. v. Lee Land Development, Inc., the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals more clearly defined the deadline for filing an Mechanics Lien in Alabama. Alabama Code § 35-11- 215 requires a contractor to file a statement of […]

OPINION ON USE OF MILITARY DISABILITY BENEFITS IN DIVORCE CASE

The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals has released an opinion on the use of VA military disability benefits to calculate alimony, child support, and for determining the amount of alimony arrearage payments.  In Goldman v. Goldman # 2140488, the Court of Civil Appeals upheld current Alabama law holding that a veteran’s military disability benefits cannot […]

Federal Gun Case Reversed On Appeal

11th Circuit Sends Federal Gun Case Back For New Trial Based On Prosecutor’s Improper Comments A recent unpublished opinion from the United States Circuit Court for the Eleventh Circuit regarding  a federal gun case shows that the 5th Amendment and its protections must be taken seriously.   The defendant was facing a 10 year sentence […]

AWARD OF INSURANCE ANNUITY MONEY REVERSED IN ALABAMA CIVIL APPEALS COURT

Alabama Civil Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Bradford Ladner LLP Client in Civil Appeal over Insurance Annuity Proceeds The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals issued an opinion in Kowalski v. Upchurch on July 17, 2015 in which the Alabama Civil Appeals Court reversed the Jefferson County Circuit Court’s ruling awarding the surviving son the […]

SUPREME COURT RELEASES SAME SEX MARRIAGE DECISION

The United States Released its Landmark Same Sex Marriage Decision June 26, 2015 – Same Sex Marriage Decision released but the United States Supreme Court today.  Read the full decision below.   14-556_3204 Same Sex Marriage Decision