Criminal Defense and DUI

When your future is on the line, let us protect you

If you have been charged with a federal or state crime, do not take your future for granted.  Defending yourself against a criminal charge is not just about trying to make sure you stay out of jail.  A conviction for a federal or state crime follows you around for years.  In this day of instant information on the internet, a future employer can make a judgment about you with the click of a mouse if your criminal record is not clean or sealed from public view.

Professional, aggressive criminal defense

At the federal and state criminal defense law office of Jake Watson, P.C., he focuses on defense strategies that dismiss or reduce the charges, and works to seal your record from public view if the charges cannot be dismissed. He understands that there is more than one side to any story.  Jake Watson, P.C. helps clients who are accused of all types of state or federal crimes, from driving under the influence (DUI) to drug or narcotics offenses, to violent crimes.

His federal and state criminal defense representation includes handling cases such as:

  • DUI
  • Murder, manslaughter, and homicide
  • Drug crimes
  • Forgery
  • Theft
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • White collar crime
  • Criminal appeals
  • Sex offenses
  • Embezzlement

Respected, relentless, resourceful

When you choose Jake Watson, P.C., you can be confident that he will carefully maneuver through the court system and work tirelessly to provide you with positive results.  His experience means that he knows every nuance of the court system.  Not only does he know the tendencies of prosecutors, judges, and juries, he also knows about unique opportunities to protect your rights.

The foundation for any criminal case is preparation.  Regardless of whether the charge is capital murder or drug trafficking, aggravated robbery or theft, the criminal defense attorneys at Jake Watson Law prepares every case as if it were going to trial.  Prosecutors know this and respect the position of strength it affords clients.  Armed with a fully prepared trial strategy, he often can negotiate plea agreements on the client’s terms.  When negotiation is not fruitful, he does not hesitate to take the fight to the jury.

Noteworthy examples

  • Jake Watson served on the team of lawyers who represented Daniel Wade Moore, a man who served time on death row for a crime that he did not commit.  Mr. Moore was given a new trial because of prosecutorial misconduct and subsequently a Morgan County, Alabama jury acquitted him of capital murder in May 2009.
  • Jake Watson was also part of the legal team that represented Calvin Staten, coach of a girl’s high school basketball team, accused of sexually assaulting four of his players.  The jury was unable to reach a verdict, causing the judge to declare a mistrial.  Mr. Staten later resolved the case by pleading to a misdemeanor charge of harassment and was sentenced to probation.

He cannot promise what the outcome of a case will be.  He will, however, promise to use his best professional skills to obtain the best result possible for the client.  He believes in the importance of his work and takes pride in it.

Murder and Manslaughter Defense

When your life is on the line, choose experienced legal counsel with a proven record of success

The stakes are never higher than in the murder defense area of law.  At Jake Watson, P.C. he has the experience that makes the difference between freedom and incarceration, and sometimes the difference between life and death.  He is proud of his proven record of success.  The law firm’s mastery of the law’s complexities, vigorous trial preparation, and extensive investigation are the keys to a successful murder defense.  He has successfully defended clients accused of violent crimes such as:

  • Murder—killing with intent or depraved indifference to human life
  • Manslaughter—death occurs under circumstances that make the accused less culpable than murder, such as a lack of intent
  • Capital murder—death occurs during the commission of a felony

A murder conviction results in the most serious penalties found in Alabama law—life in prison or the death penalty. Conviction of manslaughter or homicide will carry prison sentences lasting many years.

Experience and success set us apart

Depending on the circumstances of your case, he may negotiate with the prosecution to obtain a favorable plea bargain, in which you would agree to plead guilty to lesser charges resulting in a sentence substantially less than what you faced for the original charges.  If a plea bargain is an available alternative in your case, he explains the details to you and the risks of going to trial so that you can make an informed decision as to how to proceed.  But while he is a skillful negotiator, he is also a seasoned trial attorney and a jury trial may be preferable to a plea bargain in your case.

The prosecution must prove its case against you beyond a reasonable doubt for you to be convicted at trial of murder or manslaughter.  He understands legal defenses and theories such as:

  • Self-defense—the death occurred while the accused was defending himself or herself
  • Defense of others—the death occurred while the accused was defending others
  • Provocation—the accused was provoked and death resulted during the heat of passion

As an experienced trial attorney, he will also raise doubt—

  • With evidence he presents
  • With witness testimony he offers
  • By challenging prosecution witnesses to impugn their testimony

He works with a network of experts who help analyze the state’s evidence against you and uncover evidence in your favor.  He uses expert witnesses at trial to explain the facts of the case to the jury.

A noteworthy example

Jake Watson served on the team of lawyers who represented Daniel Wade Moore, a man who served time on death row for a crime that he did not commit.  Mr. Moore was given a new trial because of prosecutorial misconduct and subsequently a Morgan County, Alabama jury acquitted him of capital murder in May 2009.


If you think it is hopeless to fight your drunk driving charge, let Jake Watson help you think again

The DUI lawyer at Jake Watson, P.C. can help you:

  • Fight your drunk driving charge
  • Save your driver’s license
  • Avoid time in jail
  • Protect your record

Learn more about his DUI defense services.

Although DUI charges are very serious, you are innocent until you are proven guilty.  He understands how a DUI charge can disrupt your life, make a long-term smear on your driving record, cause great anxiety and fear, and make you susceptible to strict DUI penalties in the future.  Start fighting your drunk driving charge now. The experienced Huntsville DUI lawyer can help you fight your drunk driving charge even though you may think your situation is beyond hope.

Contact the right attorney, right now

His success in criminal defense cases is predicated on his knowledge of the law and understanding of how prosecuting attorneys handle criminal prosecutions.  If you are charged with a crime, remember you do not have to speak with police or prosecutors without a lawyer.  If you need a criminal defense lawyer, call or contact Jake Watson, P.C. online immediately so we can begin to protect you.

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