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

Birmingham Criminal Defense Attorneys

Handling Serious Criminal Charges in State and Federal Courts

At Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C., our Birmingham criminal defense attorneys 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. Our Alabama criminal lawyers 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 Birmingham criminal lawyers 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 in Alabama. 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 Alabama 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
  • “"I was in need of a criminal attorney. Mr. Jonathan H. Brown called me immediately, to set up an office visit. When I got to their office I was nervous and afraid but they treated me with such ...”

    - B.H.
  • “I learned a lot.”

    - M.B.
  • “Where I perceived a threat, Richard saw opportunity.”

  • “Professional, courteous, and communicative.”

    - Charlton B.
  • “JHWK is an awesome group to work with and go above and beyond expectations!”

    - J.S.

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

Alabama Justice

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