Experienced Alabama Trial Lawyer Provides Aggressive Criminal Defense
A KNOWLEDGEABLE ATTORNEY YOU CAN TRUST WHEN YOUR FUTURE IS ON THE LINE
A criminal conviction can result in a lengthy sentence and a criminal record can haunt you long after you’ve served your time. If you’ve been arrested or charged, don’t do anything that might compromise your chances of a favorable outcome. Make the call to Jake Watson, P.C. for a relentless advocate who protects your rights and employs proven defense strategies to challenge the case against you. I have successfully represented clients accused of a range of state and federal crimes, from driving under the influence (DUI) to drug or narcotics offenses to violent crimes including murder.
AGGRESSIVE DEFENSE TO VIOLENT CRIMES, INCLUDING MURDER AND MANSLAUGHTER
Authorities aggressively prosecute all violent crimes but the stakes are never higher than in homicide cases. I have the experience that can make the difference between freedom and incarceration, and between a brief and lengthy imprisonment, in these toughest types of criminal cases:
- Murder — Killing another person with intent or “depraved indifference to human life” is a Class A felony, with sentences ranging from 20 to 99 years. Alabama allows for the death penalty when a death occurs during the commission of a felony.
- Manslaughter — This crime is defined as “recklessly causes the death of another person” or takes a life “under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to human life” or “due to a sudden heat of passion caused by provocation.” Manslaughter is a Class B felony with prison sentences ranging from two to 20 years.
- Criminally negligent homicide — A person is criminally negligent when he fails “to perceive a substantial and unjustifiable risk” of harm to another person and “the failure to perceive … constitutes a gross deviation” from the reasonable standard of care. This offense is normally a Class A misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of one year in the county jail. However, if the accident also involves a DUI, the jail term can be as long as 10 years.
- Death by auto — A motorist who causes a person’s death may be charged with negligent homicide, manslaughter or even second-degree murder depending on the degree of fault.
I also defend clients accused of other violent crimes, such as:
- Assault and battery —An assault is a credible threat of immediate bodily harm, while battery is infliction of actual physical harm. Assault charges become more serious when battery occurs, especially if a deadly weapon is used.
- Sex crimes — This class of offenses includes rape, molestation, statutory rape, indecent exposure, prostitution, solicitation, exploitation and possession of child pornography. A person convicted of a sex crime must register as a sex offender for life.
The keys to my success as a defense attorney are mastery of the law’s complexities, vigorous trial preparation and extensive investigation.
PURSUING OPTIMAL DEFENSIVE AND NEGOTIATION STRATEGIES
I will investigate and analyze the basis of the charges against you and determine the advantages of either going to trial or pursuing an alternative path. In close consultation with you, I may negotiate with the prosecution to obtain a plea bargain that results in a more lenient sentence. In certain cases, there are ways to divert your case into a probationary program that avoids a conviction and jail time. I always explain the relative risk of going to trial so that you can make an informed decision on how to proceed.
Besides being a skillful negotiator, I am also a seasoned trial attorney who is fully capable of a strong and skillful defense. This includes presenting exculpatory evidence, making procedural challenges to the prosecution’s evidence and cross-examining prosecution witnesses to impugn their testimony. I work with a network of experts who help analyze the state’s evidence against you and uncover evidence in your favor. I often use expert witnesses at trial to explain the facts of the case to the jury.
DETERMINED REPRESENTATION FOR STATE AND FEDERAL DRUG CRIMES
If you are arrested for possession of an illicit drug in Alabama, you face potentially severe state penalties, even for possession of small amounts. For example:
- Marijuana — Simple possession of less than 2.2 pounds is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $6,000.
- Cocaine and methamphetamine — Possession of less than 28 grams is a Class C felony, calling for one to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $15,000.
- Heroin — Possession of less than 4 grams is a Class C felony, calling for one to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $15,000.
Drug possession, manufacturing and trafficking are also federal crimes, which means you may face additional prosecution by the Department of Justice.
CAPABLE DUI DEFENSE PROTECTS YOUR LICENSE
I understand how a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) charge can disrupt your life. Even on a first offense, you face serious penalties, including up to a year in county jail, fines of $600 to $2,100, and license suspension for at least 90 days. Harsher penalties are possible if you are convicted under aggravating circumstances. As an experienced DUI lawyer, I can rise to your defense and help you with reduction of penalties and restoration of your license.
Contact the right attorney, right now
If you are charged with a crime in Alabama, remember you do not have to speak with police or prosecutors without a lawyer. To protect your rights immediately after your arrest, call Jake Watson, P.C. in Huntsville or contact my office online to request a consultation.