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Mr. Mahaney is a retired Alabama state trooper, a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and served over 22 years with the Alabama Department of Public Safety prior to retirement in 2000. After retiring from state service, Mr. Mahaney served over five years as a civilian police advisor for the U.S. State Department in Kosovo, Jordan, and Iraq. Mr. Mahaney served 18 months in Iraq as the executive officer for the U.S. police advisory mission (2005 - 2006).
After completion of the Iraq tour of duty, Mr. Mahaney established his law practice in Montgomery, Alabama in July 2006, concentrating in the areas of DUI defense, driver license law, drug crimes and offenses, and general criminal practice. As of 2016, Mr. Mahaney had successfully defended hundreds of clients charged with DUI, drug crimes, and other felony or misdemeanors. He has also represented many clients needing legal assistance in the area of driver license suspension or revocation cases and petition for driver license reinstatement.
Mr. Mahaney has been licensed to practice law for 28 years and has been a member of the Alabama state bar since May 1989. He is licensed to practice in both state and federal court. Mr. Mahaney is also a retired commissioned officer, having served 28 years military service with the U.S. Army. During his 28 years of military service, he served as an infantry officer, military police officer, and as a military intelligence officer. He was airborne and ranger qualified and served in light infantry and Army special operations units, including Special Forces.
Mr. Mahaney previously served as an assistant attorney general for the Department of Public Safety, as a municipal court prosecutor for the City of Montgomery, and since 2006, as an attorney in private practice.
Mr. Mahaney is the author of the treatise Alabama DUI Defense: The Law and Practice, 4th Edition. He is a frequent lecturer and trainer in the area of DUI law and criminal procedure. In 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, and again in 2016, Mr. Mahaney was selected by the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association to recieve the 'President's Award' for outstanding contributions to the ACDLA and superior advocacy in criminal defense. Mr. Mahaney is also a member of the prestigious National College for DUI Defense and currently serves as the state delegate for the NCDD.