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criminal defense attorney in birmingham, alabama

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. 

Alabama Criminal Lawyers with Over 100 Years of Experience

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

The Defense Lawyers You Can Trust

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.


Call Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C. at 205-900-7714 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today.


Clients Share Their Experiences

Read How We Have Helped Others
  • I recommend Jonathan Brown and this office to anyone in need of help.

    “He was and is very professional and treated me as if I was a relative.”

  • Where I perceived a threat, Richard saw opportunity.

    “We were a part of a team 20 years ago that represented Gary Drinkard in a capital retrial...There was a body wire worn by the snitch, but the contents of the tape were inaudible. Two weeks before the retrial, we received a call from prosecutors that [a company] had successfully enhanced the audio...My immediate reaction was terror...Wise Richard Jaffe told me to take a deep breath and that he had a feeling that the tape was going to help us...[T]he enhanced tape picked up enough of the conversation to show that Gary Drinkard was not confessing...Gary was acquitted in one hour. Where I perceived a threat, Richard saw opportunity.

  • I could not have asked for a better person to have on my side during one of the worst things I've ever had to deal with.

    “Brett Knight is not only a great lawyer but he is also a good person. If you do what he advises you to do, he will do whatever he can to help you in your situation. I could not have asked for a better person to have on my side during one of the worst things ive ever had to deal with. Thank you bret for all your help.”

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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