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Grandparents Rights

Grandparents play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren and can be part of a strong lifetime connection. Unfortunately, there are no automatic rights for grandparents in Virginia. This doesn’t mean that a grandparent can’t see or visit their grandchildren. It means that they must have the approval of the parents unless they obtain a court order that gives them separate rights.

Today, every U.S. state has some type of grandparent visitation law. There may also be instances in which grandparents win custody of minor children. Either of these cases requires a petition with the courts, which must show that the arrangement is in the child’s best interests.

If you are a grandparent struggling to see your grandchildren or believe that they would be better off in your care, you should consult with an experienced Virginia family law attorney. [Name], Attorney at Law, has been helping families resolve these types of issues for more than X years.

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Expungement

Many people who have been charged with a crime struggle for the rest of their lives with a criminal record when it may not be necessary. It’s a safe guess that a majority of people would prefer to keep their legal troubles as private as possible, but this can be difficult in today’s information age. Fortunately, some records in Alabama are eligible for a process called expungement, which allows you to put your past behind you and move on with your life.

Until recently, anyone charged with a crime in Alabama had to face the fact that those official records would exist indefinitely. The good news is that the state passed a law several years ago that allows those records to be expunged under certain circumstances.

In 2014, Alabama Governor Robert J. Bentley signed a law enabling Alabamians who have been charged with certain crimes to seek expungement of those records, provided they meet the listed requirements. To find out whether or not you are eligible for this process, the Alabama expungement lawyers at [Name] Law Firm will be happy to review your case and guide you through the complex process of requesting expungement from the state.

Get Help With Your Alabama Expungement Request

Whether you are unsure about your qualifications for the expungement process or want assistance filing your request, the experienced criminal law attorneys at [Name] Law Firm can help.  Getting your criminal record cleared is a unique opportunity, but the process is complicated, can be lengthy, and the courts have sole discretion over approvals.

Working with a qualified Alabama expungement lawyer will give you the best chance of completing the process in the least amount of time and with the highest likelihood of getting your records expunged. Our attorneys have nearly three decades of experience protecting the rights and liberty of our clients throughout Alabama and Georgia. Contact us today at [number] or online to schedule a free legal consultation.

Avoiding a Marijuana Possession Conviction in Alabama

Fortunately, an arrest involving marijuana is not the same thing as a conviction. When we represent clients in these cases, there are several ways that we may be able to defend against a marijuana possession charge.

  • Proof of “Knowing” Possession. To be found guilty of marijuana possession in Alabama, the prosecution must show that you were in “knowing” possession of the drug. In a case where multiple people are in a vehicle, if you didn’t “know” that marijuana was in the car, you may have a defense.
  • Violation of Rights. In some cases, the police make a mistake with procedures and violate the rights of the accused. In others, the violation was gross and intentional. If your attorney can prove that the police acted without authority or violated your rights in any way, your case could be dismissed.
  • Substance Identification. Alabama law used to require a lab test to confirm that the drug was, in fact, marijuana. This is no longer the case. Now, the law enforcement officer can testify that the drug was marijuana if they are “sufficiently qualified” to give this testimony. Your defense attorney may be able to challenge those qualifications in a legal setting.
  • Diversion Programs. While not necessarily a defense, this negotiated resolution is often one of the best ways to avoid a drug possession conviction if the evidence against you is sufficiently strong. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be offered the opportunity to participate in a diversion program that will allow you to avoid a conviction. You will likely be required to attend counseling and check in with the courts until your program is complete. Once you successfully complete the program, the charges against you will be dismissed. Admittance into a diversion program is not automatic, so you should ask your defense attorney about your options.

Recreational Use of Horses in Maryland

If you own horses, you may be reluctant to allow others to enjoy them as you’d like due to the potential liability issues involved. The state of Maryland recognizes this and has created a law which lowers the standard of care due in these circumstances. The law is called the Maryland Recreational Use Statute (RUS) and can be found at Nat. Res. § 5-1101.

This law provides certain immunities to landowners if they can show several things. The activity must be for educational purposes. If not for education, it can be for recreational purposes as long as no collection of money is made. To keep the protections of this law, landowners may be able to charge for parking but should avoid selling any other products or services on the site.

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