Furman and Furman Attorneys LLP

Highly Specialized Criminal Defense, Fire Arms and Self Defense, Personal Injury and Adoption Law Firm
serving clients in Florida and Alabama

The story of Hangout starts with founders Lilly and Shaul Zislin, who expanded the festival out from their Hangout restaurant in Gulf Shores. The couple has had O'Connell pushing buttons from behind the curtain since the event's inception. In 2013, he left a festival consulting company he started to dig into Hangout full-time.

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In 2016, crackdowns on Spring Break partying, by young people, in the Florida Panhandle, led to many choosing to flock to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, in Baldwin County, Alabama, near the port city of Mobile. This year, local law enforcement officials have issued official warnings, in the local press, that young people engaging in underage drinking, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and general rowdiness, will face a zero tolerance policy. The area has long attempted to cultivate a “family friendly” atmosphere, and the local climate is no longer favorable for young people who come to the beautiful local beaches to cut loose.

Wednesday, 07 October 2015 09:39

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Right to Bail and Pre-trial Release Procedures:

The most critical difference between Federal and State Court when it comes to bond, is that the procedure is very different than that in State Court.  Many persons charged in Federal Court have been arrested before by State authorities.  In most states, including Alabama, there is a Constitutional right to reasonable bail, based upon the charge and other factors, except in Capital Cases.

The right to bail has been abolished in Federal Criminal Cases.  Defendants are either released, pending trial, or detained until the case is finished.  The Courts look at the nature of the charge, the Criminal Record of the accused, ties to the community, likelihood of flight and other factors, in making that judgement.  


In State Court, most Defendant’s find that, because of the overcrowded Criminal Dockets, that their case may be set, and reset, a number of times, before they are required to go to trial or work out a Plea Bargain.  Being represented by an experienced, skilled Attorney generally guarantees that the case will be pending for a number of months, if not a year or more.  This gives the Criminal Defense Lawyer time to closely examine the State’s case, and witnesses, and gives the accused time to make the crucial decision as to whether to go to trial, or negotiate a Plea Agreement (Plea Bargain).  In Federal Criminal Cases, the Defendant is required to Plead Guilty or  Strike A Jury, within 60 days of being arrested.  All Federal Prosecutions are, by Federal Law, on a fast-track.  Federal Criminal Cases can be continued, or reset, only under certain special circumstances.  This has the result of giving the accused, and his Federal Criminal Attorney, much less time to make critical preparations for the Federal Criminal Trial, and/or Plea Agreement. 

Monday, 07 October 2013 16:08

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hangoutWelcome to beautiful Baldwin County, Alabama, a true paradise on Earth.  However, me being  an old hippie, there are certain things you need to know.  One reason that this area is so cool is that there is very little crime.  The reason for that is  that law enforcement is very severe.  City cops (blue cars, Bay Minette, Loxley, Robertsdale, Summerdale, Foley, Orange Beach and Gulf Shores), Sheriff’s deputy’s (brown cars) and State Troopers (Grey cars) are waiting  bust you for alcohol and drug related offenses.  They will target out of state vehicles, especially if you have long hair, piercings, tattoos, Phish bumper stickers, any sign of psychedelia about you.  Well, you get the idea.  You probably don’t hunt, but the analogy would be that they spread grain in a field, wait  for the birds to come in, then shoot them.  They won’t shoot you, but they will arrest you. I know the Sheriff, and most local cops.  They are not bad people, but they are not hippies, and they will not let you go, if you are caught for drugs or alcohol.  Be Smart.  Be careful.  They will also have shaggy looking guys in the crowd waiting to share a joint with you, or get a tab of X  or Lortab.  Most of them are undercover cops.  Have fun, but cut out the below business card and put it in your wallet or purse.  I answer my phone 24/7. Call me if you are caught up in a Gulf Shores Hang-Out Dragnet.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013 00:00

Stories about adoption

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Earlier this month, I attended a fabulous book launch soiree for one of my favorite authors and friend, Patti Callahan Henry.

As luck would have it, Henry, the best-selling author of nine novels, relocated to Birmingham a few years ago. There's no doubt about it: our community has greatly benefited from her dedication and contribution to literacy and libraries.

But that's another story.

Her book party was to celebrate the publication of her brand new novel, "And Then I Found You." Officially released this month, the book tells the story of Kate Vaughn, a young woman who secretly gave up a daughter for adoption 13 years earlier. When her long lost daughter makes contact, Kate is forced to confront her past. As always, Henry creates a genuine, believable and relatable character in Kate, while effectively illustrating how the most important decisions in life are rarely easy or black and white.

Though the book is a work of fiction, the story was inspired by a personal story. In her acknowledgements, Henry thanks her middle sister, Barbi Callahan Burris, for her willingness to share her story with the rest of the world.

I devoured Henry's book, finishing it in two days. It's both poignant and compelling.

If you enjoy Henry's book, there are several other titles about the same subject that you may want to check out.

One of my all-time favorites is "The Bean Trees" by Barbara Kingsolver. In this novel, the free-spirited Taylor Greer inherits a three-year-old American Indian girl named Turtle at a pit stop in Tuscon, Arizona. As she unveils the story, the eloquent Kingsolver touches on themes of motherhood, love, friendship and belonging.

I also really enjoyed the newest title by Atlanta author Emily Giffin. "Where We Belong" sees the successful producer Marian Caldwell's constructed life shaken up when 18-year-old Kirby Rose knocks on her door and announces that she is the baby she gave up for adoption years ago.

Library Director Linda Andrews highly suggests "The Language of Flowers" by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. The story of a young woman who is left without support when she graduates from the foster care system, Diffenbaugh's novel is beautiful and heart-wrenching.

Children's library specialist Polly Edwards recommends two teen books. The first is Chris Crutcher's "Whale Talk," the story of a multiracial, adopted teenager who reluctantly agrees to form a swim team by recruiting some of the less popular students at his high school.

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