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If you are accused of a crime, the only thing standing between your freedom and a verdict of "guilty" is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Montgomery, GA.

Those who have been arrested before know that life in the legal system is no laughing matter. Aside from the imminent ramifications of fines and jail time, any goals you have of bettering yourself and advancing your life could be compromised. Without a trusted attorney by your side, you could face a lifetime of embarrassment and poor employment prospects due to a tarnished criminal record.

The good news? Dennis O'Brien and his team of experienced lawyers in Montgomery are ready to clear your name. By retaining the help of a criminal defense attorney early in the legal process, you have a much better chance of securing your freedom and living a life as a productive member of society.

At O'Brien Law Firm PC, our practice was founded to fight for the rights of individuals accused of or charged with a crime. Our team of legal experts is well-equipped to take even the most difficult, contentious cases. From violent felonies to DUI, there is nothing we haven't seen and handled. As a former law enforcement officer, founding attorney Dennis O'Brien knows exactly how much a person can lose if convicted. That's why we work tirelessly to secure a verdict that is favorable for our clients.

Regardless of how serious or minor your case may be, know that we will fight fearlessly on your behalf. You deserve zealous representation - when you hire O'Brien Law Firm PC, you will receive nothing less.

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The O'Brien Law Firm PC Difference

Many of our clients are surprised to discover that founding lawyer Dennis O'Brien was a police officer prior to his criminal defense career. As a former Field Training Officer for the Memphis Police Department, he has over two decades of knowledge and experience in the criminal justice system. Dennis truly understands the nuance and complexities involved in a criminal defense case. This rare experience gives Dennis a clear edge in any criminal defense case and gives clients priceless peace of mind when they need it the most. Unlike some criminal defense attorneys in Montgomery, Dennis O'Brien and his team believe that every client deserves effective, empathetic legal assistance. While some Montgomery criminal defense firms will take weekends off or pass along cases to paralegals, Dennis personally reviews each of his cases. There is no case too small or big for O'Brien Law Firm PC. When you hire our firm, you can rest easy knowing that we will be by your side when the going gets tough.

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Here are just a few reasons why O'Brien Law Firm PC is Montgomery's top choice in criminal defense:
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Drug Cases in Montgomery, GA

When you are charged with a drug crime in Montgomery, it can change your life forever. Georgia imposes very strict punishments for drug offenses. The truth is, it's hard to get your life back on track with a drug charge on your record. Your freedom and way of life could be in the hands of your criminal defense attorney. As such, you need a competent lawyer with years of experience handling drug cases. Leaving your fate in the hands of an incompetent attorney could have long-lasting effects on your family and may result in a conviction.

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Consequences for drug crimes in Montgomery often include:

  • Jail
  • Prison
  • Heavy fines
  • Community service
  • Court-ordered drug and alcohol counseling
  • Probation or parole
  • Permanent criminal record

While the consequences for a drug crime in Georgia are serious, there's reason to be hopeful: O'Brien Law Firm PC is here to fight for you. Remember - being charged with a drug crime is NOT the same thing as being convicted.

Our stellar team has represented many clients facing numerous drug-related charges. While each situation varies, one constant remains the same for clients facing drug charges: a fear of what lies ahead. At O'Brien Law Firm PC our job is to help you overcome the fear of the unknown. We do so by ensuring you understand your charges, the possible outcomes associated with those charges, and the options you need to consider from a criminal defense standpoint.

With more than a decade of experience as Montgomery drug crime attorneys, we have the experience and resources to defend you in court no matter what your charges may be, including:

  • Marijuana
  • Crack
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamine
  • Ecstasy

No matter what charge you are facing, our team has the experience and resources to build a comprehensive defense strategy for your drug case in Montgomery, GA. Without a criminal defense attorney acting as your advocate, you could be facing very harsh penalties. Here are a few punishments you could be facing for drug crimes in Montgomery:

  • Schedule I or Schedule II Drug Possession
    Schedule I or Schedule II Drug Possession:

    Having less than a gram (or one milliliter for liquids) of this type of drug results in a prison term of one to three years. Having four grams or milliliter carries a term of one to eight years.

  • Schedule III, IV, or V Drug Possession
    Schedule III, IV, or V Drug Possession:

    Any substance on this list is punishable by a prison sentence of one to three years.

  • Non-Narcotic Schedule II Drug Possession
    Non-Narcotic Schedule II Drug Possession:

    If you have less than two grams or milliliters of this substance, punishments can be between one year and three years. Having up to four grams or milliliters results in a prison sentence of one to eight years.

  • Possession of Marijuana
    Possession of Marijuana:

    Those who are in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana are subject to a jail sentence of up to 12 months. Fines may be no more than $1,000. Possession of more than an ounce of marijuana can result in a prison term of one to 10 years.

To avoid these life-changing punishments, you must take action now. Contact O'Brien Law Firm today for a consultation about your case.

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Violent Crime Cases in Montgomery, GA

Violent crime offenses in Montgomery typically involve some form of bodily harm to another individual, actions committed against an individual's will, or threatening someone with bodily harm. Aggravated violent offenses are more severe charges and often occur when a violent crime is made more serious due to circumstances like deadly weapons.

Much like serious drug cases, violent crimes create an added layer of negativity that follows the accused for the rest of their life. In these cases, even an accusation is enough to cause irreparable damage to a person's reputation. Those convicted of a violent crime face severe penalties that can include years in a correctional facility.

Common crimes of this nature include but are not limited to:
  • Murder
  • Assault with the intent to murder
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Domestic violence
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Kidnapping
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Carjacking

When you are accused of any of the above crimes, your freedom hangs in the balance. The outcome of your case will determine whether you leave the courtroom with your freedom intact or stripped away to serve time behind bars. Because the punishments for violent crimes are so extreme, you should be seeking legal counsel from a criminal defense attorney in Montgomery, GA, as soon as possible. As a former police officer with a long record of positive verdicts in violent crime cases, Dennis O'Brien is well equipped to represent you in court.

Having a criminal defense lawyer by your side is the best way to avoid the serious punishments associated with violent crimes. These punishments usually result in prison time if convicted and include:
Forced rape: 20 years
Armed robbery: Up to 20 years
Simple assault: Up to 12 months
Aggravated assault: 10 to 20 years
Aggravated battery: Up to 20 years
Involuntary manslaughter: One to 20 years
Vehicular homicide Up to 15 years
Murder: Life in prison or the death sentence
Zealous Representation Without Judgement

As a former police officer, Dennis O'Brien has seen the toll it takes on a person when charged with a crime. His time in law enforcement allows him to empathize with his clients who desperately need competent representation. Despite being innocent until proven guilty, accusations are scary, and conviction could be a reality. That is why you must work with a trustworthy criminal defense lawyer in Montgomery, GA who will work tirelessly to clear your name.

Clients choose O'Brien Law Firm because we believe in open communication, honesty, and hard work. It is not our job to act as judges for those who have been accused of crimes. Rather, our goal is to find the best defense that allows us to protect our clients' rights and freedoms.

DUI Cases in Montgomery, GA

Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the most common crimes committed in Georgia. Punishments for such a crime can be severe, and for understandable reasons - when a person operates a vehicle while they are intoxicated, they're putting their life and the lives of others at risk.

While DUI is a serious crime that completely upend the accused's life, the earnest desire to end drunk driving can make police officers too eager to catch a person who they believe is under the influence.

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The city of Montgomery, Georgia, has implemented severe punishments for DUI, even for first-time offenders. Individuals charged with DUI in Montgomery could face:

  • Very expensive fines and fees
  • Loss of license
  • Incarceration

Fortunately, if you or someone you love has been charged with DUI, there is hope. This is particularly true when the accused is administered a breath or blood test for DUI. In fact, cases that involve a breath and/or blood test are beaten daily. When you hire O'Brien Law Firm PC, we will dive deep into your DUI case in Montgomery and examine every angle possible for your case to be dismissed. Here are just a few questions our team will investigate:

  • Was the stop legal? If not, your case could be dismissed
  • Is there enough evidence or probable cause to arrest you? If not, Dennis O'Brien will file a pre-trial motion and will fight hard to have your case dismissed before trial.
  • Did the police read you your implied consent rights? If not, your case could be thrown out. Failure to read implied consent rights to the accused is one of the most common police errors.
  • Were your blood testing records and breathalyzer results maintained? Breath testing comes with inherent weaknesses that can create doubt in a juror's mind.

There are numerous ways to beat a DUI case in Georgia, from unreliable field sobriety tests to inaccurate state-administered breath tests. As a veteran criminal defense lawyer in Montgomery, GA, Dennis O'Brien has the knowledge and experience to expose the state's mistakes and fight for your rights. When you hire O'Brien Law Firm PC your chances of dismissal are greatly increased. When your case is dismissed, you can continue living life without the burden of a criminal record.

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If you or someone you love is accused of a crime in Montgomery, GA, don't leave fate up to the prosecution. Take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your family before it's too late.

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Tigers Clinch Series at No. 25 Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. – For a second-straight night, a Missouri Tiger hit two home runs as Torin Montgomery launched a pair of long balls and racked up six RBI to key a 10-3 win over No. 25 Georgia at Foley Field.Montgomery lifted a pair of three-run homers in his 3-for-5 day at the dish. The six-RBI performance helped Mizzou (28-22, 10-19 SEC) clinch the series over the Bulldogs and keep their SEC Tournament hopes al...

ATHENS, Ga. – For a second-straight night, a Missouri Tiger hit two home runs as Torin Montgomery launched a pair of long balls and racked up six RBI to key a 10-3 win over No. 25 Georgia at Foley Field.

Montgomery lifted a pair of three-run homers in his 3-for-5 day at the dish. The six-RBI performance helped Mizzou (28-22, 10-19 SEC) clinch the series over the Bulldogs and keep their SEC Tournament hopes alive heading into the final day of the regular season. Freshman Justin Colon came off the bench in place of an injured Luke Mann and produced a 2-for-2 day with a triple and three runs scored to add to the winning effort.

On the mound, Nathan Landry (4-2) was spectacular in six innings of relief work to pick up the win. The left-hander fanned seven while allowing just two runs on three hits in his longest outing of the season. He retired 11-straight Bulldogs spanning the final out of the fourth inning through the first out of the eighth.

For Georgia (34-20, 14-15 SEC), ace Jonathan Cannon (9-3) allowed eight runs on seven hits. The Bulldogs scored all three of their runs on solo homers.

Mizzou jumped to the lead on Montgomery's first three-run homer of the evening in the third inning. Georgia pulled a run back in the fourth before the Tigers put up a four-spot in the fifth to pull away. Mizzou added insurance runs in each of the next three innings to ice the win.

IMPACT INNING

Leading 3-1 in the fifth, Missouri broke the game open with a four-run inning. Ty Wilmsmeyer started the frame with an infield single before Colon drew a walk to put two aboard. The Tigers applied the pressure with a grounder deep to third and Georgia fired wide of second base allowing a run to score. Montgomery followed with a towering homer to left center, his second of the day, to make it 7-1 Tigers.

TOP TIGERS

Torin Montgomery: 3-for-5, 2 HR, 6 RBI

Nathan Landry: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K

Justin Colon: 2-for-2, 3B, 3 R, BB

IN THE NOTES

THE ROAD TO HOOVER

With the win, Mizzou will enter the final day of the regular season in the hunt for a berth in the SEC Tournament. A Tigers win coupled with a Kentucky loss would send Mizzou to Hoover.

FROM THE SKIP

Coach Bieser on the series-clinching victory…

"Another really well-played game, great job by the guys. I mean, we're facing a first-round draft pick and I thought offensively we came out and really attacked him and kind of put him on the ropes and always kept him pressing. So, offensively it was solid and then the pitching performance - Neubeck did his job and then Landry was spectacular."

UP NEXT

Mizzou and Georgia wrap up the regular season with a 1 p.m. CT first pitch on Saturday afternoon. The game will stream on SEC Network +.

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Friends with Benefits: Paul Montgomery at AREA15's Illuminarium

Paul Montgomery manages a different type of nightlife experience in Las Vegas. “It is something that is absolutely new,” says the Chicago native. “The best way to explain it is once they walk in they’ll go, ‘Ooooh, now I get it!’ But until they walk in it is a tough thing to explain.”The “it” is Illuminarium After Dark at the all-new Illuminarium at AREA15, and Montgomery serves as nightlife manager for the 21-and-over experience. The “walk in” is two separate spaces ca...

Paul Montgomery manages a different type of nightlife experience in Las Vegas. “It is something that is absolutely new,” says the Chicago native. “The best way to explain it is once they walk in they’ll go, ‘Ooooh, now I get it!’ But until they walk in it is a tough thing to explain.”

The “it” is Illuminarium After Dark at the all-new Illuminarium at AREA15, and Montgomery serves as nightlife manager for the 21-and-over experience. The “walk in” is two separate spaces called “Chapters.” There’s Chapter 1 and Chapter 2, and each serve as an immersive nightlife experience with “4K interactive projection, 360-degree audio, in-floor vibrations and scent systems.”

“Chapter 1 is very much like an ultra-lounge—more laid-back, smaller,” Montgomery says. “Your environment changes from an underwater scene and then it takes you to Shibuya Market. It jumps environments, which is just really cool and unlike anything being done out here. Chapter 2 is more the club room—DJs play, people dancing.”

Montgomery, a longtime veteran of the Vegas nightlife industry, brings all his experience to After Dark. He curated the specialty cocktail program, creating the cocktails himself. He helped design the layout of the rooms and oversees the adjoining patio bar. He grew up working in both his grandparents’ bars in Chicago. When he moved to Vegas in 2005, he joined Palms during its heyday and managed hot spots Rain, Moon and Playboy Club. When he saw the job opening for Illuminarium he applied, and has been with the company since it was under construction, opening this spring.

“Every time you walk in to the Chapters, you get overwhelmed by how cool it is,” he says. “I love the underwater experience—it’s like being submerged in the bottom of the ocean while you’re listening to great music and having great cocktails. It’s pretty cool.”

In the Chapter 2 area, guests are immersed in the art of Georgia O’Keeffe. Montgomery used the different experiences in both Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 to create each specialty cocktail. “I tried to take what (O’Keeffe) did on canvas and replicate that in a cocktail form,” he says. What he created was the Red Canna, a blend of Grey Goose vodka, St-Germain and elderflower tonic water with an edible flower. Montgomery’s other cocktails were inspired by immersive experiences, including outer space and the savannas of Africa.

Benefit: When ordering a specialty cocktail, ask to “illuminate” your drink with edible iridescent shimmer.

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Elementary students are able to take field trips again

As COVID cases dropped, Clarke County students began returning to UGA For Clarke County School District students, getting back to normal means going back to the University of Georgia for annual field trips.In the fall, a group of pre-kindergarten students were the first Clarke County School District (CCSD) students on campus for a school trip since early 2020. Their visit to the UGA State Botanical Garden of Georgia included collecting acorns from the woods and learning how squirrels store them to eat during th...

As COVID cases dropped, Clarke County students began returning to UGA

For Clarke County School District students, getting back to normal means going back to the University of Georgia for annual field trips.

In the fall, a group of pre-kindergarten students were the first Clarke County School District (CCSD) students on campus for a school trip since early 2020. Their visit to the UGA State Botanical Garden of Georgia included collecting acorns from the woods and learning how squirrels store them to eat during the cold winter months.

The activities at the garden were related to the five senses, something the students would study in the pre-K curriculum this year. They wandered the Hummingbord Trail, looking for birds, matched color cards with the colors of plants in the garden and enjoyed a puppet show.

“With the pandemic, the students have been limited to the classroom, so it’s beneficial for them to leave the school and do something new,” said Caroline Joseph, who teaches pre-K at Whit Davis Elementary School. “They love puppets and will remember the characters.”

Experience UGA began in 2013 through a partnership between UGA and the CCSD. Facilitated by the Office of Service-Learning, a UGA Public Service and Outreach unit, the program’s objective was to introduce even the youngest students to learning on a college campus and meeting UGA students. The program grew gradually each year with the full CCSD student body, almost 12,000 students, visiting UGA in 2018-19.

“For most students, this is the first field trip of their life,” said Audrey Stadler, education coordinator at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. “Some may never have been to the garden or had access to nature, and they get to meet new people and experience new things.”

The Office of Service-Learning received more than $10,000 this spring from the UGA Parents Leadership Council (PLC) to help defray the costs of running Experience UGA. Since 2017, the PLC has been a loyal supporter of Experience UGA by contributing to both the transportation of CCSD students to UGA’s campus as well as the Experience UGA Ambassador Leadership Program. The Ambassador Leadership Program trains UGA students to become service leaders at the university and later in their careers.

Experience UGA and in-person CCSD classes stopped in mid-March 2020, as cases of COVID-19 continued to increase in Georgia and around the world. The 2020-21 school year began with students learning remotely, returning to the classroom in November. There were intermittent closures through spring 2021 as cases rose and fell. During that time, UGA students, faculty and staff created online content to continue the field trips, remotely.

The pre-K students were the only ones scheduled for Experience UGA field trips in fall 2021. Other grades began returning in early 2022.

Earlier this year, the eighth grade students visited the UGA Special Collections Libraries, where they continued their yearlong study of Georgia history. They explored a replica of former U.S. Sen. Richard Russell’s Washington, D.C., office, studied a mural that depicts the state’s history and learned new things about Georgia through the various exhibits and hands-on experiences.

“Getting to visit special collections with Experience UGA as an eight grader helps solidify a year spent learning about Georgia’s history in school,” said Mazie Bowen, public service coordinator at the UGA Special Collections Libraries. “Students are able to confront the past, envision themselves as history makers, and have the opportunity to visit UGA.”

During the 2021-22 school year, about 3,000 CCSD students from the pre-K, seventh, eighth and 11th grades took Experience UGA field trips. Every school in the district and the CCSD Early Learning Center was represented on at least one visit. The school system and UGA hope to continue the partnership in 2022-23.

“Right now, we anticipate hosting nearly every grade level on campus,” said Josh Podvin, Office of Service-Learning assistant director. “And we will continue to enhance and expand our virtual resources on the Experience UGA virtual site.”

Experience UGA depends on student volunteers and private funding to provide an annual field trip opportunity to every Clarke County school student. Contact Josh Podvin, jhpodvin@uga.edu, for more information about the program. Contact Anne Moser, amoser@uga.edu, to make a gift to the UGA Foundation in support of Experience UGA.

Georgia football: Todd Gurley becomes part-owner of professional football team

Former Georgia running back Todd Gurley produced highlight after highlight while playing for the Bulldogs before taking his talents to the NFL. Gurley has been out of football for the past year but is still involved in the game, which included taking on an ownership role in a smaller professional league.Fan Controlled Football announced Friday that ...

Former Georgia running back Todd Gurley produced highlight after highlight while playing for the Bulldogs before taking his talents to the NFL. Gurley has been out of football for the past year but is still involved in the game, which included taking on an ownership role in a smaller professional league.

Fan Controlled Football announced Friday that Gurley has become a part-owner of the FCF Beasts. The 2017 NFL Offensive Player of the Year joins an ownership group that includes former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch, Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters, and former WNBA basketball player Renee Montgomery.

Between the trio of Lynch, Peters and Gurley, the Beasts’ ownership group boasts 11 Pro Bowl appearances and five Associated Press All-Pro selections.

The Beasts’ current roster includes former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant, former Savannah State quarterback Dentarrius Yon and former St. Louis Rams running back Quinn Porter.

The Fan Controlled Football league was founded in 2017. The league, which plays all of its games at the Pullman Yards in Atlanta, streams its games on Twitch, where viewers can vote on which plays the teams should run. The games feature 7-on-7 action on a 50-yard field.

The league also drew headlines this week with the news that former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick will play during the final week of the league’s season.

Gurley was a highly-touted high school recruit out of North Carolina when he signed with Georgia in 2012. Gurley became a star over the course of his three seasons with the Bulldogs, during which time he rushed for 3,285 yards and 36 touchdowns.

Gurley left Georgia as a two-time All-SEC selection and had the second-most rushing yards over the course of three seasons in program history — he was later passed by Nick Chubb. Gurley also set the record for average gain per rush with a minimum of 500 carries (6.44).

Gurley declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season and was the 10th overall pick by the St. Louis Rams. Gurley wowed immediately in St. Louis by rushing for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns to earn Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.

Two years later, Gurley won the Offensive Player of the Year after compiling 2,093 scrimmage yards, 13 rushing touchdowns and 19 total touchdowns.

Over the course of six seasons in the NFL, Gurley has taken 1,460 carries for 6,082 yards and 67 touchdowns. Gurley did not play in 2021 but has not announced his retirement.

Gurley’s Beasts, which are 2-3 this season, return to action Saturday at 3 p.m. against the Shoulda Been Stars.

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Montgomery's Lady K joining 'American Idol' season finale Sunday, singing duet with a celebrity

She may not be in the "American Idol" top 3 for Sunday's season 20 finale, but Montgomery native Lady K is No. 1 in the hearts of her fans. In the weeks since her last episode on May 1, they've been busy speaking to her on social media."I just feel like America is deaf, because ain’t no way you did not make it to be the last one standing," wrote La Tisha, a fan from Georgia."Wishing you all the success in the whole wide world,"...

She may not be in the "American Idol" top 3 for Sunday's season 20 finale, but Montgomery native Lady K is No. 1 in the hearts of her fans. In the weeks since her last episode on May 1, they've been busy speaking to her on social media.

"I just feel like America is deaf, because ain’t no way you did not make it to be the last one standing," wrote La Tisha, a fan from Georgia.

"Wishing you all the success in the whole wide world," wrote Angela Lamson of Canada.

"God got big things headed your way," wrote Alabama fan Selenia Denise. "It ain't over."

No, it's not over. The world will get to see Lady K live on "Idol" once more on Sunday. The episode starts at 7 p.m. on ABC. Lady K is one of several former contestants coming back to perform on the same night America picks among finalists HunterGirl, Leah Marlene and Noah Thompson.

"Top 10 is returning to do four performances," Lady K said Monday from Los Angeles. "We all have a duet partner assigned to us at random, and it’s a celebrity."

They also have group performances with the stars of the song they're singing.

"We don’t know who yet, so I’m excited," Lady K said. "Not only do I get to hit that big stage and national TV again, but I get to show off singing with celebrities."

Along with singing, Lady K said she's going to "style and profile" on Sunday's episode.

"My wardrobe is literally one of my favorite parts about the show," she said.

Lady K's wild ride: More 'American Idol,' World Games, touring plans

What's it like to return to 'American Idol'?

Lady K previously told the Advertiser that she felt good about her "Idol" journey. She said the only thing she would change about it is being more comfortable and confident, and having more fun on stage.

Does returning to "Idol" feel different now than it did early in the season?

"The pressure is always there, even though I’m not competing," Lady K said. "I’m still putting my brand on national live TV with a short time to prepare for the number, so the pressure is never going to die down. Lots of things happen on live shows that you gotta keep trucking through, opposed to fixing it when it’s prerecorded."

During her run to the top 10, Lady K had a special connection with celebrity judge Lionel Richie. He's a native of Tuskegee, where Lady K lives. During Lady K's episodes, Richie often spoke about the obstacles she's overcome — being jobless, homeless for a time, the death of her brother.

"Look at you. I told you from the beginning that you were born enough. Do you understand that?" Richie told her in April, when Lady K made it to the top 11.

After not making it to the top 7 on Disney Night, Lady K spent a few days relaxing in California before coming back to Montgomery and joining the lineup for a concert at B.B. King's Blues Club. Since her return to Los Angeles a few days ago, Lady K said she hasn't yet reconnected with Richie.

"I feel like I will, but I think for fairness and legality of the show it’s best that I wait to reach out," Lady K said. "And he probably has to wait to reach out, if he even wants to."

Upcoming plans for Lady K

After Sunday, there are more opportunities ahead for Lady K, including a chance to judge on the talent panel for the World Games in Birmingham, July 7-17.

Along with making plans for a U.S. tour for her EP, "Time Of Your Life," she's also putting together an online concert for everyone, especially international fans.

"The virtual show is going to be great, and I even wanna offer slots to play other artists' music and let one or two perform during my show breaks," Lady K said.

Though they haven't been officially announced yet, plans are in the works for two celebrations in Lady K's honor — one in Tuskegee and one in Montgomery.

Keep up with Lady K online at https://musicbyladyk.com/, and on Facebook @MusicByLadyK.

From the archives: Lady K's time on 'American Idol'

ALABAMA GOES FORWARD: Live vote moves Montgomery's Lady K and Pell City's Tristen Gressett to Idol's Top 11

SHE MADE THE CUT: Montgomery's Lady K is in American Idol's top 20; tonight they'll cut to the Top 14

RISING TO THE OCCASION: Lady K opts for angst in Hawaii, hoping for spot in American Idol's top 20

Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Shannon Heupel at sheupel@gannett.com.

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