What are Remedies for Invasions of My Property Rights?

John E. Lawes, Esq This week’s article deals with invasions to real property rights. Real property in the simplest terms means land and structures on that land, as opposed to personal property like vehicles. An ownership interest in real property brings with it certain protections from interference with that interest.The two main areas of the […]

The Criminal Law Process and You, Part 4

  John E. Lawes, Esq Last week I addressed the trial process of a criminal proceeding. If you missed it, previous articles in this series can be found below.   As discussed, the state bears the burden of proof in criminal matters and must prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt. This holds true for all elements […]

The Criminal Law Process and You, Part 3

Last week, I addressed what happens during the preliminary stages of court proceedings. If you missed it, all articles appearing in this column can be found below. If the crime in question is a felony and no plea has been entered during the preliminary process, then the case will proceed to trial. This can be […]

The Criminal Law Process and You, Part 1

No one wants it to happen, but sometimes even the best of us end up on the wrong side of the law. This week’s article will be the first of a series that details the criminal law process.   Usually, a person enters the criminal justice system at the time of arrest. In a typical […]

Can I Sue For A Violation of My Civil Rights?

John E. Lawes, Esq There are several ways in which a person may proceed with a lawsuit if they feel that their civil rights have been violated.  Federal law creates private causes of action for various infringements on civil rights.  Some apply to private entities while others prohibit actions by government officials.  The following is […]

What is a Class Action?

John E. Lawes, Esq It may happen that one day you receive a small postcard or letter in the mail stating that you may be able to recover for some lawsuit that you may not have even heard about.  These notices are may be a part of the often misunderstood area of the law known […]

Anatomy of a Lawsuit, Part 4

John E. Lawes, Esq So far these articles have covered what occurs prior to the filing of a lawsuit through the discovery phase.  If you have missed any of these articles, you can review Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Once the discovery process is complete it is time for a second round of […]

What is premise liability?

John E. Lawes, Esq In Alabama property owners have a responsibility to maintain their property in a manner that makes it reasonably safe for the public, including a duty to warn the public in certain circumstances. Premise liability refers to the type of claim available to a person who has been injured as a result […]