The Dedicated Legal Advocacy You Need When Facing Criminal Charges
Alabama has some of the harshest criminal laws in the nation, including being a death penalty state for certain offenses. No matter what you’ve been charged with, you need a skilled attorney you can trust. In Huntsville and surrounding areas, attorney Erin Atkins is that attorney. She is known for her good working relationships with each of her clients and a strong track record of success.
Whether you committed the charged crime or not, you have constitutionally protected rights that Ms. Atkins fights to preserve. You have a right to be informed of the charge against you. You have a right to due process. You have a right to be free from illegal searches. You have a right to stand on your presumption of innocence, and you have a right to a competent lawyer. Ms. Atkins is that lawyer.
Defense Against A Wide Array Of Charges
Ms. Atkins represents people in municipal, state, and federal courts charged with misdemeanors and/or felonies. She can help you challenge or otherwise resolve charges related to:
- Assault, manslaughter, homicide and other violent offenses
- Burglary and robbery
- Nonviolent theft offenses
- Computer crimes
- Domestic violence
- Drug crimes, including possession, distribution, manufacturing and trafficking
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Drunk driving (DUI)
- Weapons offenses
- Sex crimes
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Obstruction of justice
- Probation revocation
- Receiving stolen property
- Juvenile offenses
In addition to defense work, Ms. Atkins can also help you appeal a conviction or petition to expunge an old criminal record.
The Dangers Of Being Labeled A ‘Habitual Offender’
Alabama’s Habitual Felony Offender Act (HFOA) is a harsh measure modeled on similar “three-strikes” laws. Under the HFOA, prison sentences increase for each felony conviction regardless of how long ago prior offenses were. Someone can be sentenced to life in prison without parole if they have three previous felonies and one of their convictions is for a Class A felony.
In practice, this is even more extreme than it sounds. For instance, someone with several prior drug convictions could be put away for life if they also commit a single burglary (possibly to support their addiction). There are hundreds of prisoners currently serving life sentences because of the HFOA.
The bottom line is simple: There is even more at stake if you have previous convictions on your record. As such, you need the help of a highly skilled defense attorney like Ms. Atkins.
Contact The Firm To Get Started On Your Defense
The Atkins Firm, P.C., is based in Huntsville and serves clients throughout the surrounding area. To discuss your charges and your legal options with attorney Erin Atkins, call the office at 256-858-7768 or email the firm.