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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.

Clients Share Their Experiences

Read How We Have Helped Others
  • His ability to respect and understand his clients’ perspectives are among the best available in Alabama.

    It is our privilege to write a review of services for Mr. Michael Hanle. Mr. Hanle provided expert legal representation for our family member between 2018 and 2022. The case took many turns throughout its duration; Mr. Hanle not only followed all the developments, but he also showed us his astute understanding of how to move to bring about the best possible outcome. Mr. Hanle was always available for consult and explanation, keeping us up to date on the status of the case, and providing a sense of calm and hope when we were feeling only frustration and anxiety. It is perfectly clear that Mr. Hanle’s deep understanding of the law, his broad connections upon which to draw when framing his defense strategy, his familiarity with the legal community throughout the state of Alabama, and his ability to respect and understand his clients’ perspectives are among the best available in Alabama. We would not hesitate to recommend Michael Hanle to anyone in need of his service.

  • So professional!

    “Mr. Michael Hanle was such a good attorney, so professional, and truly grateful for his job which helped my case a lot.”

  • A person of prestige and remarkable high stature, empathy - extremely admirable!

    “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. For you Richard, a person of prestige and remarkable high stature in the attorney arena, to take on a pesky "fall down" case is in fact a true "kindness"; and is extremely admirable!! You have my heartfelt thankful appreciation along with my hugs + kisses.”

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.

  • No Bill Charges
  • Not Guilty

    State v. F.P.

  • Case Dismissed

    State v. L.A.

  • Case Dismissed

    State v. R.G.

  • Case Dismissed

    State v. K.N.

Why Hire Our Firm?

  • Our attorneys have 100+ years of experience collectively.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • All four of the firm's Partners are recognized by Super Lawyers.

  • Highly experienced and knowledgeable in federal courts.

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

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