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Criminal Appeals Attorneys in Birmingham

Experienced in Alabama & Federal Appellate Courts

For 40 years the skilled Birmingham criminal defense attorneys at Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C. have been fighting to correct erroneous outcomes during criminal trials. Wrongful convictions, sentencing errors, and rights violations can have a lifelong effect on those impacted. We will provide legal advice and guidance throughout the appeals process as we work to overturn your conviction or reduce your sentence.

It is important to remember that appellate court is not the same as criminal court. Rather than retrying your case, appellate judges will be examining whether serious errors of law occurred during trial or if the verdict was not supported by the evidence. Our educated and experienced Birmingham appeals attorneys will thoroughly examine your case and work to give you the best possible outcome.

Reasons for an Appeal

Among the questions we will look at when reviewing your case are:

  • Were you arrested on false grounds?
  • Was evidence admitted or excluded improperly?
  • Did you receive competent legal advice from your previous defense attorney?
  • Was there any misconduct by the prosecutor or jury?
  • Did the jury receive proper instructions for verdict or sentencing?
  • Was there sufficient evidence for the verdict?
  • Was your sentence harsher than recommended or mandated by law?

Our appellate division has handled thousands of cases, and we have successfully practiced before the Alabama Courts of Criminal Appeals and the Alabama Supreme Court, as well as the federal 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. In any courtroom, we remain committed to defending your rights and ensuring justice.

Knowledge & Understanding for Difficult Times

Each Birmingham criminal defense attorney at our award-winning firm works together on every case, giving you multiple sources of counsel to determine a solid solution. From juvenile crimes to white collar crimes, we will work to get your conviction overturned, obtain a new trial, or get new instructions for a lower court. We take great pride in helping people during tough personal situations when they feel lost and you can rest assured you will receive the same dedication and understanding as all our clients.

If you are looking for help appealing a criminal conviction, contact Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C. today at (205) 900-7714 to schedule a free in-person case evaluation with a Birmingham criminal attorney.

No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.

The Reason We Work So Hard

Read What Our Past Clients Had to Say
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  • He was attentive and punctual. He responded to anything I needed very quickly.

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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.