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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

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

  • 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.

  • Drug Charge Charges Dropped

    State v. A.C.


Clients Share Their Experiences

Read How We Have Helped Others
  • “I am very appreciative of Mr. Hanle and I know he will do what’s best for [my family member]. When I first saw him, I knew he was like the old-school lawyers – well-dressed, well-groomed, good at what ...”

    - Former Client's Relative
  • “I would recommend this firm to any God-fearing man who wants to be treated as more than just an attorney/client relationship. This firm handled an allegation against me involving healthcare offenses. ...”

    - George B.
  • “I greatly appreciate Brett Knight's service. He was attentive and punctual. He responded to anything I needed very quickly. I can't speak on the other attorneys because I never met or spoke with them, ...”

    - Adrian R.
  • “We are beyond satisfied with what Mr. Hanle was able to do for us. Highly recommended!”

    - Former Client
  • “They pursued a variety of outside the box options and seemed to exhaustively research every detail of my case.”

    - Patrick C.

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

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We Treat Every Case with the Full Attention & Concern It Deserves
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