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

John Furman

John Furman

Saturday, 23 June 2012 00:15

Assault Charges

If you have been charged with assault or any assault related crime, contact the law firm of Furman and Furman who are very familiar with the assault laws in Alabama and will fight to make sure that your interests are protected against an assault charge.

Assault in the first degree

(a) A person commits the crime of assault in the first degree if:

(1) With intent to cause serious physical injury to another person, he causes serious physical injury to any person by means of a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument; or

(2) With intent to disfigure another person seriously and permanently, or to destroy, amputate or disable permanently a member or organ of his body, he causes such an injury to any person; or

(3) Under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, he recklessly engages in conduct which creates a grave risk of death to another person, and thereby causes serious physical injury to any person; or

(4) In the course of and in furtherance of the commission or attempted commission of arson in the first degree, burglary in the first or second degree, escape in the first degree, kidnapping in the first degree, rape in the first degree, robbery in any degree, sodomy in the first degree or any other felony clearly dangerous to human life, or of immediate flight therefrom, he causes a serious physical injury to another person; or

(5) While driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance or any combination thereof in violation of Section 32-5A-191 he causes serious bodily injury to the person of another with a motor vehicle.

(b) Assault in the first degree is a Class B felony.


Assault in the second degree

(a) A person commits the crime of assault in the second degree if the person does any of the following:

(1) With intent to cause serious physical injury to another person, he or she causes serious physical injury to any person.

(2) With intent to cause physical injury to another person, he or she causes physical injury to any person by means of a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument.

(3) He or she recklessly causes serious physical injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument.

(4) With intent to prevent a peace officer, as defined in Section 36-21-60, or emergency medical personnel or a firefighter from performing a lawful duty, he or she intends to cause physical injury and he or she causes physical injury to any person.

(5) With intent to cause physical injury to a teacher or to an employee of a public educational institution during or as a result of the performance of his or her duty, he or she causes physical injury to any person.

(6) With intent to cause physical injury to a health care worker, including a nurse, physician, technician, or any other person employed by or practicing at a hospital as defined in Section 22-21-20; a county or district health department; a long-term care facility; or a physician's office, clinic, or outpatient treatment facility during the course of or as a result of the performance of the duties of the health care worker or other person employed by or practicing at the hospital; the county or district health department; any health care facility owned or operated by the State of Alabama; the long-term care facility; or the physician's office, clinic, or outpatient treatment facility; he or she causes physical injury to any person. This subdivision shall not apply to assaults by patients who are impaired by medication or to assaults on home health care workers while they are in private residences.

(7) For a purpose other than lawful medical or therapeutic treatment, he or she intentionally causes stupor, unconsciousness, or other physical or mental impairment or injury to another person by administering to him or her, without his or her consent, a drug, substance or preparation capable of producing the intended harm.

(b) Assault in the second degree is a Class C felony.


Assault in the third degree

(a) A person commits the crime of assault in the third degree if:

(1) With intent to cause physical injury to another person, he causes physical injury to any person; or

(2) He recklessly causes physical injury to another person; or

(3) With criminal negligence he causes physical injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument; or

(4) With intent to prevent a peace officer from performing a lawful duty, he causes physical injury to any person.

(b) Assault in the third degree is a Class A misdemeanor.

If you have been charged or are being questioned for any of the above crimes, contact the law firm of Furman and Furman immediately.

Baldwin County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Saturday, 07 April 2012 21:34

Juvenile Defense

Mobile and Baldwin County Juvenile Defense Attorney

At the Law Offices of Furman and Furman in Daphne and Mobile, Alabama, we handle juvenile cases involving shoplifting, underage drinking, vandalism, property damage and more serious offenses such as DUI and violent crimes. Juveniles can be charged with the same crimes as adults, but with juveniles, the charges may negatively affect their chances of getting into the college they desire, restrict the type of employment they are able to obtain or cause other unanticipated consequences.

Alabama Drug Possession and DUI Lawyer

Mobile juvenile crimes defense lawyer John Furman understands the juvenile justice system and how serious a conviction can be for a juvenile. He knows how to best defend against juvenile charges such as drug possession and driving under the influence (DUI). It is very important to seek the advice of an experienced, knowledgeable juvenile defense attorney as soon as possible.

The Importance of Trial Experience in Juvenile Criminal Defense Cases

The police and prosecutors are not your friends. They have no incentive to help you. Their goal is to obtain a guilty plea or conviction quickly and at minimum expense to the taxpayers and voters. They know you are afraid of the consequences of a criminal arrest, and will use that fear against you. They will try to convince you that the only way to avoid jail is to plead guilty and hope for leniency.

Do not give a statement or plead guilty without first consulting an experienced criminal defense trial lawyer who can and will fight for your rights in court. Knowing that you are represented by an accomplished attorney, they may be more inclined to negotiate a favorable plea.

Alabama Criminal Defense Attorney


Monday, 20 February 2012 16:04

Drug Crime Defense Attorney

Alabama Drug Crime Attorney

Mobile and Baldwin County Drug Defense Lawyer

If you have been charged with a drug crime, it is to your benefit to speak with a skilled drug defense attorney immediately.  Drug charges are taken very seriously in the state of Alabama, and a conviction can easily result in incarceration, thousands of dollars in fines, mandatory drug treatment, probation, and more.  An experienced Mobile and Baldwin County drug crime defense lawyer will be of invaluable assistance in fighting your charges, and can significantly improve your chances of resolving your case successfully!

Experienced Defense Against Drug Crimes & Charges

A drug crime refers to an unlawful act involving an illegal drug, narcotic, or controlled substance.  At Furman and Furman we defend people in Mobile and Baldwin County Alabama against charges involving all types of illegal narcotics, including marijuana, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, Ecstasy, methamphetamine, and more.  Regardless of whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor, such as simple drug possession, or a more serious felony, such as drug trafficking or distribution, we can provide you with the experienced and aggressive defense you need throughout all stages of the criminal process.  Some of the types of cases we handle include:

  • Drug Cultivation
  • Drug Manufacturing
  • Drug Distribution
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Drug Possession
  • Being Under the Influence of Drugs
  • Prescription Drug Charges
  • Out of State Drug Charges
  • Federal Drug Charges

Contact an Mobile and Baldwin County Alabama Drug Crime Lawyer You Can Trust!

If you have been arrested for your involvement in a drug crime in Alabama, I can defend you in court, protect your rights, and aggressively fight your charges in the hopes of minimizing the penalties.  Criminal Defense Attorney John Furman understands that drug crimes are often overly prosecuted and harshly punished.  Let me provide you with the protection and skilled defense you need to improve your chances of overcoming your charges and avoiding a life-changing conviction.

If you would like to set up a free consultation to discuss your case, please contact drug crime defense attorney John Furman today!

Baldwin County Criminal Defense Attorney

Tuesday, 07 February 2012 20:17

Theft Charges

Mobile Escambia and Baldwin County Theft Defense Attorney

Charged with Theft in Mobile or Baldwin County

Being found guilty of any theft offense often carries a heavy stigma and people in your community may judge you for your actions for years to come. Many employers will not want to hire you if they have reason to believe that you may steal from the company and will pass over you when choosing an employee.

There are many forms of theft, from misdemeanors such as shoplifting to felonies like grand theft auto which may involve charges of assault, weapon use or drug charges. If you have been charged with theft it is vital that you get the help of an Mobile and Baldwin County criminal defense attorney who can work with you to gather the evidence that will prove your innocence. If you are guilty, an attorney can still help you reduce the sentencing and get the charges reduced, perhaps even negotiating a plea bargain to avoid charges altogether.

Theft Defense Lawyer

The legal team at Furman and Furman has the legal know-how to put forth a defense to get you the best possible case outcome . This could include seeking out witnesses to testify and support your defense. If you choose to pursue a plea bargain, the defense attorney must be a persuasive negotiator. In either case, lead attorney John Furman will help you get your life back on track and will work with the goal of protecting your future and your freedom.

Contact an Mobile and Baldwin County theft defense attorney immediately if you are charged with a theft crime and are searching for experienced and trust legal counsel to help you avoid a conviction.

Tuesday, 07 February 2012 20:08

Manslaughter

Manslaughter Defense Lawyer

Aggressive Defense Against Manslaughter Charges & Accusations

Mobile Escambia and Baldwin County Alabama

There are two major categories of homicide: murder and manslaughter. The main difference between them is whether or not the perpetrator planned ahead, which is to say, "Was the killing premeditated?" If it can be proven that the killing did not occur in cold blood, a murder charge can be reduced to manslaughter and the next question is what kind of manslaughter will be charged. Voluntary manslaughter is the term used for a killing that was deliberate but not planned.

If the suspect committed the act in the heat of the moment, a "crime of passion," it would be considered voluntary manslaughter. Involuntary manslaughter describes an act of killing that was accidental and it can be further broken down into criminal or non-criminal involuntary manslaughter. The determining factor in this is whether the suspect was carrying out a lawful act or an unlawful act (such as driving drunk or using drugs) at the time of the homicide.

An Mobile and Baldwin County criminal defense attorney from our firm will help defend your against any charges of manslaughter you are facing . If you have been involved in a homicide and have to confront the charges, you are in a dangerous position, liable to lose everything if you are found guilty. It is important to get the best legal help you can to fight for a favorable case outcome and protect your future and freedom .

Manslaughter Defense Attorney

If you or a loved one has been charged with manslaughter, you undoubtedly feel a great deal of concern and worry about the future and want to see the case resolved swiftly and with a good outcome . The attorneys at Furman and Furman will meet with you to explain your situation from the legal point of view and help you understand your options. They will gather all the facts and present a persuasive argument to pursue a favorable verdict or other possible option. You need effective and dedicated legal help, and you will find it with lead attorney John Furman. 

Contact an Mobile and Baldwin County criminal defense attorney at the firm to get help if you or a loved one faces any type of homicide charges.

Saturday, 14 January 2012 00:09

Homicide

Mobile & Baldwin County Homicide and Murder Defense Attorney

If you are involved in a homicide or facing accusations of murder or manslaughter, you obviously require knowledgeable and extremely diligent legal representation. The attorneys at Furman and Furman offer strong criminal defense advocacy to protect the interests of our clients facing homicide, murder and manslaughter charges. We have experience handling even the most challenging, high-profile cases throughout the area and will focus unwaveringly on safeguarding your legal rights and fully promoting your best interests.

No innocent person should go to jail and no one should be charged for a serious offense that he or she did not commit. Let us protect your rights and fight to minimize penalties in your case. Call  (251) 228-1744 or contact us now for an initial consultation.

Immediate investigations to protect your rights

Even before you are arrested, law enforcement officials will be collecting evidence to use against you. We know how to initiate an immediate investigation to collect and preserve all necessary evidence for your case or claim. Most homicide and murder cases will turn on a complex set of facts involving key witnesses, documents, video surveillance or DNA evidence. Our attorneys will take a comprehensive and strategic approach to defeat charges or reduce penalties in your case.

We are experienced in cases involving:

  • First, second and third degree murder
  • Homicide
  • Vehicular homicide cases
  • Accidental deaths owing to cell phone use while driving
  • Violent crimes
  • Domestic violence and domestic abuse
  • Crimes involving weapons

Aggressive advocacy to defeat charges and minimize penalties in your case

Most homicide cases require an attorney who can do more than simply work hard to defeat the charges in your case. It is important to work with an attorney who has a nuanced and in-depth understanding of complex criminal legal standards to ensure that your charges are minimized and penalties reduced according to the crime. If you were involved in an auto accident and are facing vehicular homicide charges, for example, it is important for an attorney to present evidence that distinguishes your case from more intentional cases of reckless homicide.

Saturday, 31 December 2011 18:08

Domestic Violence Attorney

Baldwin County Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys

In Alabama, domestic violence is classified as a violent crime and depending upon the severity it may be charged as a felony offense. Due to the nature and circumstances of a domestic violence crime, a person may be sentenced to a jail or prison sentence, fines, counseling, probation and/or parole.

Domestic violence can be roughly categorized into three types of abuse. Physical abuse, mental abuse, and the final type of abuse is sexual abuse.

Domestic Violence Charges

At our firm we offer a free consultation with a criminal defense lawyer to discuss your charges and see how we may help. Not all three types of abuse need to be present in order to face a charge of domestic violence, although in most cases at least some form of physical abuse is typically accused. Since domestic violence may result in serious injury or even escalate into homicide, prosecutors are very determined to build a strong case against an individual facing these types of allegations. Experienced Mobile and Baldwin County domestic violence attorneys John and Melissa Furman may be able to help you when you have been accused of any type of domestic violence crime or are currently the subject of a criminal investigation.

Domestic Abuse Lawyer

At Furman and Furman we strive to provide the best possible criminal defense for your specific case. We have seen a person falsely accused of domestic violence many times. These cases often involved a client acting in self-defense or perhaps false accusations by a jealous or enraged ex-spouse or partner. Even in those cases where a person has been justifiably accused of a domestic violence crime, we have often been successful in avoiding a conviction or reducing charges for our client. It is very important if you are being accused of domestic violence that you do not delay any further in retaining the legal advice, guidance and services that Furman and Furman can provide. John Furman is a former prosecutor and has experience on both sides of these types of cases.

Contact a Mobile and Baldwin County domestic violence lawyer at Furman and Furman today to discuss the unique circumstances that may surround your domestic violence case. As Mobile and Baldwin County defense lawyers, our attorneys begin taking the steps needed in order to protect your legal rights and to safeguard your future.

Mobile and Baldwin County Domestic Violence Lawyer

Wednesday, 30 November 2011 12:02

Robbery Charges

The criminal defense attorneys at Furman and Furman, LLP with offices in Daphne, Alabama and Pensacola, Florida handle Robbery cases throughout Alabama and the Gulf Coast.

Robbery generally means taking something from the person of another through the use or threatened use of force. There are various degrees of Robbery that can lead to charges and differing levels of punishment.

Armed Robbery, often called Robbery I (or Robbery 1st) is the most severe Robbery charge, and is often punishable by up to life in prison. Armed Robbery involves the use, or threatened use, of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument to take property from someone.

Many jurisdictions have accomplice Robbery , often called Robbery II (or Robbery 2nd ), which means two or more people work together without a weapon to take property from another person. While less serious than Robbery I, Robbery II can still have serious consequences and imprisonment.

Finally, the lowest level of Robbery, is often referred to as Strong Arm Robbery, Robbery III (or Robbery 3rd). Robbery III typically involves the use of force (but not deadly force) by one person against another in an effort to obtain property that does not belong to the offender. The most common example of Strong Arm Robbery is when someone is caught shoplifting, and they use force to escape arrest.

Not only do the Baldwin County criminal attorneys know what constitutes the offense of Robbery, they know how to defend someone charged with any form of Robbery.

Contact Mobile and Baldwin County Criminal Defense Attorneys

Whether you need a criminal attorney in Mobile, Baldwin County or even outside of the State of Alabama, call us at (251) 228-1744 or email us today to arrange a free consultation.

Sunday, 27 November 2011 17:08

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Friday, 25 November 2011 20:35

Wrongful Death

Mobile and Baldwin County Wrongful Death Attorney

Losing a loved one is never easy, but it is seldom more difficult than when negligence or carelessness is to blame for your loss. If your family member passed away and someone else is to blame, you may be left feeling frustrated, hurt, and angry. You may be wondering what you can do to redress this horrible miscarriage of justice.

The Mobile & Baldwin County wrongful death attorneys of Furman and Furman, may be able to help. To learn more about how we may be able to help you hold the responsible parties accountable for their inexcusable actions, please contact us today by calling 251.517-0972

How We Can Help with Your Wrongful Death Case

We understand that no lawsuit, no matter how successful, can bring back your loved one. However, it can help bring you the justice your loved one has been denied. At Furman and Furman, we may be able to help you if your loved one’s passing was related to any of the following:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Construction Accidents
  • Work Related Accidents
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Catastrophic Injury

You should not be left struggling with the costs – financial and otherwise – of your loved one’s death. Our compassionate Mobile, Daphne or Pensacola office wrongful death attorneys are ready to help.

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