Alabama football players represent consequences of charges

Alabama football fans are no doubt familiar with the recent legal troubles of four freshmen players. Three of the men were charged with second-degree robbery after being accused of attacking and stealing from two fellow University of Alabama students last month. The other player was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card. One of the other three men is facing an additional charge of gun possession without a license.

The four players have been dismissed in light of the allegations of criminal activity. The charges alone were enough to bring about this result, as the men had not undergone the due process of their trial beforehand. Most people know that a conviction for criminal charges often results in serious consequences, but this example shows that, for some, the charges alone can have adverse affects.

College athletes are not the only ones who can experience difficulties as a result of criminal charges. Many towns list information from the police blotter in their newspapers -- association with these blurbs can result in a damaged reputation. Additionally, employment opportunities may be impeded as a result of charges.

A vigorous defense of the rights of the accused can help to avoid additional damage. Convictions in Alabama can result in numerous long-term consequences, not only for the punishment of the alleged crime but also moving forward. For example, when filling out job applications, many businesses inquire as to prior convictions or run background checks for criminal activities. Experienced criminal defense attorneys can help to determine which options are best for each case.

Source: The Bleacher Report, "Nick Saban Dismisses 4 Alabama Players from Team After Criminal Charges," Ryan Rudnansky, Feb. 27, 2013

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