The Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C. Team We Pride Ourselves on Our Commitment to Finding Successful Resolutions to Complex Matters

Violent Crime Attorneys in Birmingham

Experienced & Successful Criminal Defense

Violent offenses in Alabama can mean serious penalties for those convicted. Class A felonies such as murder, first-degree domestic violence, and armed robbery are punishable by 10 years to life in prison – and in the case of capital murder, the prosecution can seek the death penalty. Even misdemeanor simple assault can mean up to a year of incarceration. In addition, violent crime convictions often limit professional and social opportunities, and even accusations can lead to public stigma.

Those accused of these serious crimes need a Birmingham criminal defense attorney who understands the law’s complexities and will fight on their behalf. At Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C., we have decades of courtroom experience and will aggressively advocate for your rights. When you choose our firm, you get an entire team that will immediately commit to getting the best possible outcome for your case. We are the only law firm in the country to get three death row inmates exonerated through new trials, and you can count on us for your defense.

Vigorous Defense against Violent Crime Charges

Our firm has a history of successful defenses for those accused of or charged with violent crimes, including:

  • Homicide (murder, capital murder, manslaughter)
  • Assault and battery
  • Domestic violence
  • Armed robbery
  • Sexual assault
  • Reckless endangerment
  • Kidnapping
  • Carjacking

We know your reputation, future, and potentially your life are on the line. Our team will thoroughly investigate your case, including evidence, witness testimony, police procedure, and mitigating circumstances to build the best possible defense.

State of Alabama vs. Demetrius Watson

The case of State of Alabama vs. Watson speaks to our past work. Mr. Watson was charged with murder even though it was clear he had acted in self-defense. We filed a Motion to Dismiss and were granted a “Stand Your Ground” hearing where we successfully presented evidence to demonstrate Mr. Watson was justified in his actions. After the Motion to Dismiss was granted, the state appealed the decision to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals and then to the Alabama Supreme Court.

Our Birmingham criminal defense attorneys represented Mr. Watson throughout the process, and both appeals courts eventually upheld the trial court’s decision. We provide this type of nuanced and dedicated defense to every client, and you can depend on our counsel in this difficult time.

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 you can trust.

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
  • I am forever indebted to this firm.

    “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.
  • He was attentive and punctual. He responded to anything I needed very quickly.

    “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!

    “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.

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

    - Patrick C.
  • We are grateful that Mr. Jaffe had confidence in my son's ability to mature and move beyond his past mistakes.

    “My 16-yr-old son was the driver of a car in an accident that killed one of his passengers, a teenage girl. (My son and the other passengers were wearing seatbelts except this particular girl. She was ...”

    - P. T. H.
/

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 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.