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Drug charges brought against correctional officer

Alabama residents are likely aware that our nation is in the grips of a substance abuse epidemic. Law enforcement across the country has increased efforts to combat drug use and distribution. Unfortunately, this can sometimes lead to overzealous drug charges.

Recently, an Alabama correctional officer was fired after it was discovered he had contraband on his person while working at the jail. Though there was no proof that he intended to distribute or sell anything to inmates, he received multiple drug charges. Allegedly, a supervisor discovered the controlled substances as the officer arrived to begin his shift. 

Car accidents caused by drunk driving result in criminal charges

Alabama drivers have been educated about the dangers of drinking and driving, a process which likely began before they were even old enough to obtain a license. Being under the influence of drugs and alcohol behind the wheel is a leading cause of car accidents nationwide. When a vehicle is involved in an accident, drivers are required by law to remain on the scene until law enforcement arrives, but sometimes people trying to cover up a crime attempt to ignore this rule. 

Recently, an Alabama driver, reportedly under the influence, was involved in a serious accident. He was traveling the wrong way along a stretch of road and collided with an oncoming vehicle. The vehicle that was struck left the roadway, and its driver was ejected. 

Medical malpractice records difficult to find

Medical patients in the state of Alabama may be concerned that their physician committed medical malpractice. Many people may want to check the doctor's personal record before they make an accusation. Unlike other states, medical malpractice information may be difficult to come by in Alabama. A recent push for more transparency has left many residents confused and concerned. 

While information about previous findings of medical malpractice are public information, it can be tricky to locate. People that have suffered injury as a result of negligence may be considering legal action. If a doctor has prior medical malpractice judgments, victims may feel as if they should have been warned. If a person does not know how to properly research a doctor's professional reputation, the individual may have no way of knowing if his or her life is in careless hands. 

Local police chief fired after drug charges

Alabama residents may be among the many Americans who are confused about the legality of recreational marijuana use. Many states have passed laws lessening or eliminating criminal penalties for using or possessing small amounts of marijuana. There are restaurants, clothing brands, tourist destinations and art galleries that center on legal marijuana use. As prominent as the use of marijuana has become, many states, and notably the federal government, have not yet changed their laws, and possessing even a small amount of marijuana can still result in serious drug charges

Recently, an Alabama police chief lost his job after drug charges were filed against him. Though reports do not mention a reason that may have initiated search warrant proceedings, a warrant was obtained to search his home and police car. Allegedly, the search yielded a small amount of marijuana and two devices that may be used for smoking it. 

Penalties for trafficking heroin in Alabama

About 948,000 Americans have used heroin at least once over the course of a year, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). As this number has risen, so have related charges.

In Alabama, the punishment for trafficking heroin is no small slap on the wrist. Read on to learn the current penalties for trafficking various amounts of heroin.

Alabama man pleas to drug charges after postal investigation

The internet and e-commerce has enabled the sale and distribution of many items online. While many of these transactions are legal, individuals are sometimes accused of using digital channels to arrange for the purchase and delivery of drugs and illegal items. Recently, an Alabama man was accused of federal drug charges following an investigation involving the online sale of methamphetamine, Alprazolam and fentanyl.

As part of a plea, the accused individual reportedly admitted to using encrypted internet chats as part of a drug selling business, although the shipments did not go far. The man, who lives in Madison, is accused of distributing substances in Madison and Cullman counties. The charge and was announced by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service Inspector along with the U.S. Attorney.

Alabama ranks 3rd in fatal car accidents due to speeding

Cars driving over the speed limit is a serious issue across the United States, but recent figures show that some states have a particular problem with injuries and fatalities from speeding. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Highway Traffic Safety, South Carolina, New Mexico and Alabama had the highest number of speeding-related deaths per capita. Police are warning that speeding is a top contributor to car accidents along with driving under the influence of alcohol.

The Department of Highway Traffic Safety reported that in 2016, there were 317 speed-related deaths in Alabama. This equates to 6.52 speeding-related deaths per 100,000 residents. The only two states with a higher per capita rate were South Carolina with 7.68 and New Mexico with 6.97 speeding-related deaths per 100,000 residents.

Alabama remains near the bottom in hospital safety

Hospital safety is a very important issue. It impacts many aspects of patient health, including the likelihood of hospital patients facing harmful medical mistakes. Injuries from such errors can have many lasting ramifications for patients and can raise impactful legal issues related to compensation.

Unfortunately for patients here in Alabama, the state hasn’t been a stranger to poor rankings in hospital safety. For fall of 2017, it was ranked in the bottom 10 for such safety in a Leapfrog report. Specifically, it was ranked No. 42.

Consequences of a criminal conviction

Facing a criminal charge is a frustrating and complex situation. The outcome has many possibilities. An arrest record can hang over a person's head and prevent them from moving forward. Criminal allegations may impact you and your family in the future. A criminal case is no small matter, with the possibility of prison time and penalties. Criminal charges might lead to conviction depending on the situation. Misdemeanor convictions can result in fees and jail time, while felony convictions can result in life-altering consequences.

Potential long-term consequences of a criminal conviction

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