Alabama men will be treated as adults in attempted murder case

In Alabama, sentencing cannot exceed three years for those who are granted youthful offender status. Two 20-year-old men recently requested that they be granted youthful offender status. However, a judge denied the request.

The two men are charged with attempted murder and discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle. The two were allegedly involved in a shooting on July 6. Prosecutors say one of the men was driving a car while the other was firing shots at a car in front of them. No one was killed, but one person was injured.

The two men appeared in Jefferson County Circuit Court recently. They learned then that they would both be treated as adults in the case. Prosecutors were not in favor of the two being granted youthful offender status.

Although these two young men had hoped to be granted youthful offender status, they should not give up hope. In these instances, a criminal defense attorney may be able to negotiate a plea agreement with prosecutors. By pleading guilty to reduced charges, the two men could face less severe penalties.

People who face serious criminal charges, such as attempted murder, may feel that incarceration is inevitable. However, that is not always the case. There are often many details in a case that need to be reviewed. One or both of the men in this case could end up facing less serious charges.

So much is at stake in a criminal case. If prosecutors succeed in proving a person's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, the accused could end up facing years behind bars. Therefore, having a solid defense in place is critical for anyone who is facing serious charges.

Source: al.com, "Youthful offender requests denied for 2 charged with attempted murder in Gardendale shooting," Kelsey Stein, Feb. 1, 2013

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