What to do When There is a Warrant for Your Arrest

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Some people know when they have broken the law as well as the consequences that goes along with committing that crime. However, there are others who may not know that they have broken the law, that is, until they are being issued or told that there is a warrant for their arrest. Though being informed that you have or may have a warrant for your arrest can be overwhelming, there are actions that you can take to help you in your situation.

If you or a loved one have been informed that you have a warrant for your arrest, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced Birmingham criminal law attorney so that we can strategize about the best possible outcomes for your situation.

What to Do?

In Dothan, a warrant for your arrest can be issued in two different cases. You can have an arrest warrant issued, … Read the rest

Drug Distribution

There is a debate within American society as to whether the use of controlled substances such as drugs should be banned. Some claim that drug crimes are victimless crimes and not much different than alcohol; others cite their effects, both short and long term, as reason to ban them. Regardless, under both Alabama state law and federal law, illegal drug distribution and use are illegal, and the penalties for violating anti-drug statutes are harsh.

Statistics reveal that law enforcement, particularly drug enforcement, focuses on those who distribute drugs. It seems that law enforcement does not look to enforce the law against end users. They seek to enforce the law against distributors, manufacturers, and those involved in transporting the drugs.

Alabama Law

The Alabama statute criminalizing drug distribution makes it unlawful for a person to sell, furnish, give away, deliver, or distribute a controlled substance. A controlled substance is defined in … Read the rest

Can An Employer Use a Potential Employee’s Bankruptcy Against Him?

can-a-bankruptcy-be-used-against-you-by-an-employerBesides the social stigma of filing for bankruptcy, bankrupt debtors, both those who are enduring and have completed the bankruptcy process, will need to contend with potential employment discrimination. Current and potential employers may have concerns about the debtor’s character, thereby hurting a debtor’s chances of continuing or securing employment.

Congressional Response

In response to post-bankruptcy employment discrimination, Congress enacted section 525 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Specifically, the Code in section 525(a) provides that “a governmental unit may not…deny employment to, terminate the employment of, or discriminate with respect to employment against, a person that is or has been a debtor under this title or a bankrupt or a debtor under the Bankruptcy Act.” In section 525(b) the Code provides that “[n]o private employer may terminate the employment of, or discriminate with respect to employment against, an individual who is or has been a debtor under this title, a … Read the rest

Man Arrested for Theft of Electronic Walmart Shopping Cart

Curtis Wymes, 25, has been arrested by Dothan police and charged with stealing a motorized scooter filled with alcohol from a local Walmart shopping center.  Records show that police charged Wymes with stealing two 18-packs of Corona beer, three 12-packs of “Strawberita” beer, and a motorized shopping cart that is typically used by handicapped customers.  The determined value of the property stolen was a combined $5,069.85.  Wymes is currently being held at the Houston County Jail on $5,000 bail.

Officers arrived to the scene in response to a theft in progress complaint at the Northside Walmart Supercenter where they learned that a man had left the store on an electronic scooter without paying for a large amount of alcoholic beverages. Officers found a suspect matching the description in the 3000 block of Flynn Road where they took Wymes into custody and charged him with felony first-degree theft of property.… Read the rest

Headland Man Facing Felony Criminal Charges

Kennon O’Bryan Hester, of Headland, has been charged with enticing a child for immoral purposes in connection to a July 21st incident involving two teenage girls.  Hester, who is currently out on bail for drug trafficking charges, was taken to the Houston County Jail where he is being held without bail.

Police arrested Hester after they received a complaint of a man chasing two juvenile girls from the 1300 block of Alexander Drive to a home in the 1200 block of Judson Street. Hester, 35, was taken into custody shortly after at the Alexander Court Apartment Complex. Dothan Police Lieutenant Will Benny has announced that neither victim, ages 13 and 14, were injured in this alleged crime.

Court records show that Hester was arrested earlier this month by Dothan police and charged with drug trafficking, drug manufacturing, and unlawful possession of meth.  He also has a … Read the rest

Two Dothan Women Arrested on Theft Charges

Connie Collins, 54, and Charlotte King, 53, have been arrested in connection to the theft of over $500 worth of merchandise from two local businesses.  Each woman has been charged with two felony counts of second degree theft of property and both were transported to the Houston County Jail where they are being held on bail totaling $5,000.

Officers responded to a theft complaint at Kohl’s department store on Friday July 11th and were told that two women had taken several items from the store without paying. The suspects fled the scene of the crime in a maroon Dodge car, but were stopped by officers and taken into custody a short time later.  Collins and King were found to be in possession of merchandise stolen from Kohl’s department store and Academy Sports store.

In the state of Alabama, theft of property in the second degree is a Class C felonyRead the rest

Former Bail Bondsman Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft

Roderick Dewayne Neal, 49, pleaded guilty to felony charges of aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to make false claims in federal court in Montgomery on Thursday afternoon. The former bail bondsman at A-Advantage Bonding now faces a mandatory sentence of two years in prison for the aggravated identity theft charge and a maximum sentence of 10 years for the conspiracy charge.

Neal and two women, Ivory Minnette Bolen and Nina McKinnie Macena, have been charged with conspiring to defraud the government by filing false federal income tax returns in the names of third parties without their knowledge or consent. The scheme is believed to have lasted from January 2012 to December 2013 and caused the IRS to pay out $209,243 through the false tax returns.

According to the indictment, Neal obtained identification information of the victims and provided it to Macena, who then gave it to Bolen. Bolen used the … Read the rest

AAA to Offer Free Towing Service to Impaired Drivers for July 4th Holiday

In an effort to help drivers celebrate the nation’s birthday safely, AAA-Alabama will again be offering “Tow-for-Life” services this year across the state. “Tow-for-Life” utilizes AAA-Alabama contracted wrecker services and will be able to tow impaired drivers up to 10 miles for free between 6:00 p.m. Thursday night and 11:59 p.m. on Friday.  The program is in it’s 24th year of operation and this will be the third time it is offered for the Fourth of July holiday.

“This is a very dangerous time of year to be on the roads,” AAA-Alabama spokesman Clay Ingram said. “We want to do everything possible to prevent people from drinking and driving, and this service should certainly help keep impaired drivers off the roads.”

The service is available to people regardless of whether they are current AAA members but vehicles must be operational to quality for free towing. Charges may be assessed … Read the rest

Man Arrested for Employee Theft in Dothan

John Floyd Denson, 52, of East Smithville Road, was arrested on Tuesday after an internal investigation revealed that he stole more than $6,000 worth of merchandise from his employer. He has been charged with two counts of first-degree theft of property and is currently being held on a $30,000 bond.

The investigation was conducted by the company’s security division after they received evidence showing that Denson was potentially stealing from the plant. It was discovered that Denson stole over $3,500 worth of tools and equipment during his employment at Waynes Farms in Dothan. The investigation also determined that Denson ordered nearly $3,000 worth of chain link fencing for a family member, which he used the company’s account to purchase.

Police are asking for anyone that has purchased tools from Denson within the last year to contact authorities at 334-615-3000.

In the state of Alabama, theft of property in the first … Read the rest

Bail Bondsman Arrested for Handcuffing Men to Courtroom Door

Ricky Stokes, the bail bondsman who handcuffed two men to the door of the city courtroom, turned himself into police on Tuesday night and was booked on two counts of second-degree unlawful imprisonment.  He has since been released after posting two $300 bonds.

The charges stem from an incident on June 4th when two men turned themselves in to Stokes after missing their court dates earlier in the week.  Police allegedly refused to take the men into custody because arrest warrants hadn’t been issued, and court was not in session.  Stokes, who had bonded the men out of jail on their original charges, handcuffed them both to the Dothan Municipal Courthouse door and left the premises.  The men remained chained to the door for nearly 25 minutes before being released.

Stokes says that he have handcuffed the two men to prove a point that the Dothan City court was … Read the rest