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Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C.

Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C. Our firm specializes in criminal law and white collar criminal law in both state and federal court across the State of Alabama. 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.

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Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight would like to congratulate Michael P. Hanle on receiving the prestigious ACDLA Roderick...
01/21/2022

Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight would like to congratulate Michael P. Hanle on receiving the prestigious ACDLA Roderick Beddow Award for Lifetime Achievement in Criminal Defense(2021). Mr. Hanle joins Mr. Jaffe in being recognized and honored with this esteemed award.

Another big win for Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C.!J.C. was charged with Attempted Murder and Animal Cruelty. Th...
11/10/2021
Case Results | Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C.

Another big win for Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C.!

J.C. was charged with Attempted Murder and Animal Cruelty. The only evidence that the State of Alabama had with which to prosecute was the testimony of the alleged victim in the case. Attorney Knight represented J.C. and was prepared to move forward with a Preliminary Hearing to prove his innocence of the allegations. Before the hearing, Attorney Knight met with the State to discuss whether they had any additional evidence besides the eyewitness testimony against J.C., how this testimony alone was unreliable, and how there was also no legitimate evidence to believe this witness/victim would be willing to testify in the future. The State reluctantly agreed and admitted that without this testimony, they had no evidence against J.C. They also conceded that they also had no evidence to believe the witness would be available at trial. Prior to the commencement of the hearing, Mr. Knight moved for the charges to be dismissed over the State’s objection. The District Court quickly found in J.C.’s favor and dismissed the charges against him.

Case Results. If you need help with a legal case, call our team at Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C..

Attorneys Richard Jaffe and Michael Whisonant secured an incredible outcome!K.F. was charged federally in the United Sta...
11/05/2021

Attorneys Richard Jaffe and Michael Whisonant secured an incredible outcome!

K.F. was charged federally in the United States District Court with Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law while working in his official capacity as a sergeant for the Alabama Department of Corrections. The allegation was that our client and others used excessive force by kicking a prisoner and hitting him with batons while he was on the ground in order to punish the prisoner for being out of his cell. Attorneys Richard Jaffe and Michael Whisonant, Jr. represented K.F. and knew that they could take the case to trial to clear his name of any wrongdoing. After a three-day trial, the jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty and protected our client from facing the maximum 10-year prison sentence that could have been imposed otherwise.

Read more about the case here: https://bit.ly/301IW5C

We are proud to announce that Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C. has been nominated for the Best Criminal Defense ca...
10/26/2021
Criminal Law and Lawyers – Services – CommunityVotes Birmingham 2021

We are proud to announce that Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C. has been nominated for the Best Criminal Defense category by CommunityVotes – Birmingham.

Our lawyers provide devoted, qualified, and experienced representation in criminal defense, federal criminal defense, s*x crimes, and personal injury. We are deeply respected within the legal community and come highly recommended by former clients.
Follow this link to learn more: https://bit.ly/3btBEdn

Official 2021 Community Voting Awards Platform for Birmingham, AL. Where the community votes for their favourites every year.

Christopher W. Adams, president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), spoke highly of Attorne...
10/12/2021

Christopher W. Adams, president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), spoke highly of Attorney Jaffe in his departing column in The Champion.

Read this review and more, here: https://www.rjaffelaw.com/testimonials/

The firm of Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant, and Knight, P.C. is proud to announce the addition of Mike Whisonant, Sr. joining t...
10/06/2021

The firm of Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant, and Knight, P.C. is proud to announce the addition of Mike Whisonant, Sr. joining the firm Of Counsel. Mike has a wealth of experience and knowledge with over 36 years at the United States Department of Justice and looks forward to assisting the firm with white-collar litigation. Read more about Mike, and the rest of the firm, here: https://www.rjaffelaw.com/attorneys/

Our client was charged with murder after shooting an unknown armed man who was threatening the life of his son at their ...
09/23/2021

Our client was charged with murder after shooting an unknown armed man who was threatening the life of his son at their worksite. The team here at Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C. immediately got to work on his case. Attorneys Richard Jaffe and Jonathan Brown secured a dismissal of the charge after a Stand Your Ground Hearing.

We couldn't have asked for a better outcome for our client!

Read his testimonial, and many others, here: https://www.rjaffelaw.com/testimonials/

We are proud to announce that Attorney Brett Knight and Michael Whisonant have been named in the ‘Second Edition of Best...
08/23/2021

We are proud to announce that Attorney Brett Knight and Michael Whisonant have been named in the ‘Second Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch’ for the second year in a row! This award is reserved for up-and-coming attorneys who showcase professional excellence in their private practice. To learn more about Attorney Knight and Whisonant, please visit their team page below. https://www.rjaffelaw.com/attorneys/

ATTENTION: Jefferson County Courthouse issued an administrative order yesterday, requiring all individuals to wear a mas...
07/30/2021
Jefferson County Courthouse New Mask Mandate

ATTENTION: Jefferson County Courthouse issued an administrative order yesterday, requiring all individuals to wear a mask in the courthouses until November 1. This mandate includes both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. To read the order in its entirety, please visit our site here. https://www.rjaffelaw.com/articles/2021/july/jefferson-county-courthouse-new-mask-mandate/

Visit our site to learn more about the Jefferson County new mask mandate.

Attorney Richard Jaffe speaks with Fox 46 Charlotte on his past client, Eric Rudolph. Rudolph was once on America’s 10 M...
07/29/2021
1996 Olympics bombing: A mistaken trip to Birmingham solved the 1996 Atlanta bombings

Attorney Richard Jaffe speaks with Fox 46 Charlotte on his past client, Eric Rudolph. Rudolph was once on America’s 10 Most Wanted list for the 1996 Olympic bombing which injured more than 100 people and killing two. To learn more about the case and Jaffe’s insight on Rudolph, please find the link below.

MURPHY, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) — Jeffrey Postell was heading down Andrews Road. He was on the hunt. It was just before 3:27 a.m. when Postell flicked the turn signal and his Ford wobbled acr…

Attorney Richard Jaffe spoke to WVTM 13 on May 14, 2021, about the tragic case involving the death of a five-week-old bo...
05/24/2021
Alabama baby reported missing by father killed by blunt force trauma, court docs show

Attorney Richard Jaffe spoke to WVTM 13 on May 14, 2021, about the tragic case involving the death of a five-week-old boy in rural Alabama. Read our blog for more information about the case. https://www.rjaffelaw.com/articles/2021/may/attorney-jaffe-discusses-capital-murder-case-wit/

A 5-week-old boy who was found dead in rural Alabama after his parents reported him missing in Montgomery was killed by blunt force trauma to the head, according to court documents.

05/24/2021

Attorney Richard Jaffe and Michael Whisonant join Bill Athanas in the writing of the article, “Formulating and Presenting Effective Sentencing Arguments When Representing Cooperators”. Published in the NACDL, the article “seeks to reorient defense counsel operating in what can seem like an inverted environment”. Check it out now!https://www.rjaffelaw.com/images/Final-April-2021-THE-CHAMPION-MAGAZINE.pdf

Featured in the Spectrum Originals "Hunted" - Episode 6, attorney Richard S. Jaffe provides his commentary on the case. ...
05/19/2021
Spectrum Originals Presents "Hunted" - Episode 6

Featured in the Spectrum Originals "Hunted" - Episode 6, attorney Richard S. Jaffe provides his commentary on the case. Click the link to watch the clip!

Episode 6: Life Sentence. After his capture by a rookie cop, Eric claimed he committed the bombings to stop abortion, but experts say otherwise.In this origi...

Attorney Michael Hanle has written an article for Ma*****na and The Law, on the recent pardon by Birmingham Mayor Randal...
05/07/2021
Birmingham, Alabama Mayor Randall Woodfin Pardons Misdemeanor Ma*****na Possession Convictions

Attorney Michael Hanle has written an article for Ma*****na and The Law, on the recent pardon by Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin. This pardon will affect all individuals who were convicted of Unlawful Possession of Ma*****na in the Second Degree between January 1, 1990 and December 31, 2020. To read more about this pardon, click the link below:

On April 20, 2020, Birmingham, Alabama Mayor Randall Woodfin announced his office would be issuing pardons for individuals previously convicted of Unlawful Possession of Ma*****na in the Second Degree. These pardons will affect all individuals who were convicted between January 1, 1990 and December....

Bo Cochran spent 19 years extolling his innocence & seeking freedom. In Bo's third trial in 1997, Richard Jaffe and his ...
04/15/2021

Bo Cochran spent 19 years extolling his innocence & seeking freedom. In Bo's third trial in 1997, Richard Jaffe and his team were finally able to secure Bo's freedom.

Read about Bo’s story in Quest for Justice: Defending the Damned 2nd Ed.: http://questforjusticethebook.com

Congratulations to Attorney Richard Jaffe who was awarded by Best Lawyers in two categories of Criminal Defense! His exc...
03/30/2021

Congratulations to Attorney Richard Jaffe who was awarded by Best Lawyers in two categories of Criminal Defense! His excellence in General Practice and White Collar cases has earned him the distinction of these awards. We thank you for your dedication to our clients!

Last Friday, we celebrated Richard Jaffe’s birthday and McKenzie Meade’s last day with the firm. McKenzie has been a ple...
03/12/2021

Last Friday, we celebrated Richard Jaffe’s birthday and McKenzie Meade’s last day with the firm. McKenzie has been a pleasure to work with and we wish nothing but the best for her in the future! Happy Birthday, Richard!

Attorney Richard S. Jaffe is prepping for his talks at the ACDLA Loosening the Death Belt 2021 Seminar. He will be givin...
01/15/2021

Attorney Richard S. Jaffe is prepping for his talks at the ACDLA Loosening the Death Belt 2021 Seminar. He will be giving two presentations tomorrow – “Trying The Case With Your Heart: Making The Jury Care” and “Preparing the Client and Yourself for the Good, the Bad and the Unfathomable” along with death row exoneree Randal Padgett.

Learn more about this seminar here: https://acdla.org/meetinginfo.php?id=101

JHWK is excited to share that Attorney Richard S. Jaffe will be one of the featured speakers in the upcoming ACDLA Loose...
01/06/2021
2021 Death Penalty Seminar

JHWK is excited to share that Attorney Richard S. Jaffe will be one of the featured speakers in the upcoming ACDLA Loosening the Death Belt 2021 Seminar. This seminar features some of the top criminal defense attorneys in the U.S. describing the life or death issues of capital casework. Mr. Jaffe will give two presentations on Saturday, January 16th – “Trying The Case With Your Heart: Making The Jury Care” and “Preparing the client and yourself for the good, the bad and the unfathomable” along with death row exoneree Randal Padgett.

Learn more about this seminar here: https://acdla.org/meetinginfo.php?id=101

2021 Death Penalty Seminar

Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C. is thrilled to announce that Richard S. Jaffe, author of Quest for Justice: Defen...
12/29/2020
NACDL - Preparing Your Client and Yourself for the Good, the Bad and the Unfathomable [Engage & Exchange]

Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C. is thrilled to announce that Richard S. Jaffe, author of Quest for Justice: Defending the Damned (2nd Edition, 2020), will be kicking off the 2021 NACDL Engage & Exchange Series on Wednesday, January 6th. Attorney Jaffe will be joined by Special Guest Randal Padgett, Death Row Exoneree, to discuss “Preparing Your Client and Yourself for the Good, the Bad and the Unfathomable.”

NACDL members can register for this event here:

Preparing Your Client and Yourself for the Good, the Bad and the UnfathomablewithRichard S. Jaffe& Special Guest Randal Padgett, Death Row Exoneree. Mr. Jaffe is the author ofQuest for Justice: Defending the Damned (2nd Ed.), published by NACDLPress.;

In addition to his selection as a Super Lawyer in White Collar Defense, Richard Jaffe, Senior Partner at Jaffe, Hanle, W...
12/11/2020
Top Rated Birmingham, AL White Collar Crimes Attorney | Richard Jaffe | Super Lawyers

In addition to his selection as a Super Lawyer in White Collar Defense, Richard Jaffe, Senior Partner at Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C., was recognized as one of the Top 50 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Alabama in 2020. This is a distinction he has earned consistently since 2012 and this was also the third time he has been recognized as lawyer of the year in Criminal Defense in Alabama!

Richard Jaffe is one of the top rated White Collar Crimes attorneys in Birmingham, AL. He has met the stringent Super Lawyers selection criteria.

Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C. is pleased to announce that four of our attorneys have been recognized by Super L...
12/08/2020

Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C. is pleased to announce that four of our attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers this year! Senior Partner Richard S. Jaffe was selected as a Super Lawyer in White Collar Defense and Michael P. Hanle was selected as a Super Lawyer in Criminal Defense. In addition, Attorneys Michael W. Whisonant Jr. and Brett H. Knight were both recognized as Rising Stars. We are so proud of all of our Partners for earning these designations for excellence in their field!

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Birmingham, AL
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Happy birthday to Richard Jaffe. 🎶 🕊 🎈 from Charlotta
Loving the Alabama Justice videos -- it seems that all too often people's first exposure to the criminal justice system is as an arrestee or trying to track down a loved one who has been arrested. Good to see you folks giving back to the community in this way and reflects well on the bar at large.