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DUI CHARGES

Our concentration on DUI charges means that our clients benefit from focused, sophisticated, and confident representation.

In an effort to resolve their case quickly, many people plead guilty prior to being advised by a defense attorney. Unfortunately, after learning of the costs and consequences associated with a guilty plea, many of those same people ultimately regret their decision.

Often, individuals charged with DUI have a range of defenses at their disposal. For example, the traffic stop may have been improper or the toxicology reports could be defective.  In addition, many courts offer pretrial diversion programs, which often lead to the charge being dismissed completely.

We can evaluate your situation in an effort to find a way to protect you from the consequences of a drunk driving conviction. Consider that a DUI conviction, even a first offense, can result in thousands of dollars in court costs, fines, increased insurance premiums, costs associated with chemical testing and monitoring, and license reinstatement fees. In the end, a single flat fee for your defense might turn out to be a great investment.

We will review your case to determine if there are any weaknesses.  If so, we will exploit those weaknesses to benefit you.  You will get personal attention from your first consultation until your case is settled.
 


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CRIMINAL DEFENSE


The Waddell Law Firm has successfully defended clients against criminal charges throughout Alabama.  Our firm offers rigorous defense against criminal charges.


We will provide exceptional defense against all criminal charges, including:
   


  • Domestic violence including harassment and violations of restraining orders/injunctions;

  • Drug crimes including charges related to controlled substances and marijuana;

  • Property crimes such as larceny, embezzlement, and theft; and

  • Violent crimes like assault and battery.

Whatever criminal charges have been brought against you, our firm is skilled at defending your rights.

Our firm will prepare your case for court and will offer you an exceptionally aggressive and rigorous defense if your case goes to trial. Of course, the ultimate goal is to have the charges against you dropped. We will tenaciously defend your rights against your accusers. 




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EXPUNGEMENT


Getting your criminal history cleared is much easier in Alabama following the passage of an expungement law. This new law affects people who had their misdemeanor cases dismissed, which often occurs upon the completion of a pretrial diversion program. The expungement law also applies to certain non-violent felonies.

Without an expungement, employers performing a background check on an individual can see past transgressions, even if the person was ultimately found not guilty of the charge. However, under the expungement law, you may apply for an expungement, which is a petition to remove certain charges from your criminal history.  You can take advantage of this law at any time so long as the criteria are met.  This means that even if a person was arrested many years ago, that individual may still apply for expungement.  There is no time limitation.

Once expunged, in the eyes of the law, it’s as if the incident never happened. Further, it is a Class B misdemeanor to willfully disclose information that has been expunged.  Once your charge(s) have been expunged, you will be legally allowed to say you have never been arrested. Arrests, booking or arrest photos, index references, documentation, forms, charges and data can all be expunged.


It is important to note that there are a few exceptions. Certain organizations still require you to disclose the expunged information. This includes, but is not limited to, professional organizations (such as those for doctors and lawyers) and any governmental agencies.