Experience Counts. Success Matters. Defending Clients in Alabama for Over 75 Years
  • Avvo 10
  • Super Lawyers
  • Superlawyers- Michael Hanle
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • BBB
  • Superlawyers- Richard Jaffe
  • AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • ACDLA Roderick Beddow Award for Lifetime Achievement in Criminal
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers
  • NTBA
  • Top 3 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Birmingham

Renowned Birmingham Criminal Defense Attorneys

Handling Serious Criminal Charges in State & Federal Courts

At Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C., we take a team approach to every client that walks through our doors. This means that every case receives our full combined experience and attention allowing us to better protect and defend you immediately. We are widely known for our aggressive pretrial litigation strategies. We recognize that every case is potentially life changing to anyone facing the horror of the criminal justice system. With our proven and acclaimed record, we have your back in any case including the most complex federal criminal or white-collar case. Our Birmingham criminal defense lawyers are recognized for our dedication and commitment to finding successful resolutions to complex matters. Our statewide and nationally known team of lawyers will fight for you at every level.

Trust your case to our team today. We will work on building a strategic and thorough defense the minute you retain our counsel.

A Legacy of Successful Case Work

Known for our legacy of success, many turn to us to help them avoid being charged, as well as after an arrest or serious personal injury. We strategize to help create a comprehensive case solution that advocates for your best interests. This client-centered approach has enabled our team to earn a proven and documented reputation for success. Not only do clients turn to us for our expertise and proven record, but lawyers across the state and country refer clients to us, and we have represented lawyers and professionals of all kinds who have faced legal troubles.

The Legal Advocates That Fight Fearlessly For You

Recognized for our dedication and commitment to finding successful resolutions to complex matters.

Client Success Stories

See Our Recent Victories

  • Potential Reckless Murder No Bill Charges
  • Murder Not Guilty

    State v. F.P.

  • White-Collar Crime & Elder Financial Abuse Case Dismissed

    State v. L.A.

  • Distribution of a Controlled Substance Case Dismissed

    State v. R.G.

  • Domestic Violence Case Dismissed

    State v. K.N.


Clients Share Their Experiences

Read How We Have Helped Others
  • “Mr. Michael Hanle was such a good attorney, so professional, and truly grateful for his job which helped my case a lot.”

    - Isabel
  • “Thanks for all you have done in this case concerning my son and his needs. Your firm was there for him, from beginning to end. What an awesome staff!”

    - Monica
  • “Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, PC is the best in the state of Alabama. They were very attentive and available to answer any questions my wife and I had. My case was not an easy case to handle - I ...”

    - J.C.
  • “Dear Richard, I believe that no kindness should ever be ignored. Therefore, I find myself in a position of gratitude for the empathy you showed to this physically and financially disabled old lady. ...”

    - PG
  • “When I met Richard Jaffe, it was the worst time in my life. I was being accused of a crime that I didn't commit and I didn't know how to prove it. When I came in, he listened to me, believed me, and ...”

    - Satisfied Client

Alabama’s Criminal Defense Firm

Why Choose Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C.?
  • Our board certified attorneys have 75+ years of combined experience.

  • The only firm in the country to free 3 men from death row through new trials.

  • Both senior partners are Past Presidents of the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

  • We treat each client with the respect they deserve.

  • Our lawyers will give you the attention you deserve.

  • Super Lawyers has recognized our founding partner as one of the top lawyers in the State.

  • The firm’s 4 partners are all recognized by Super Lawyers.

  • Clients trust J, H, W & K. Judges trust us, the public trusts us.

  • We’ve handled thousands of cases for clients throughout Alabama and have developed many successful resolutions.

Quest For Justice Defending the Damned 2nd Edition

Written By Richard S. Jaffe

"I was very inspired by Richard Jaffe's amazing ability to never give up on his clients, many of whom faced the death penalty." - Verified Review

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