Criminal Law

Everyone deserves fair representation, and at LaPlante, Merritt, Faulkner, Wilson & Clay, LLC, we strive to make that truth a reality.

Extensive Experience in Alabama Criminal Law

Our lawyers have extensive experience in Alabama criminal law, and we will do our best to ensure that your rights are protected during interrogation, trial, and sentencing.

The legal system can be challenging to navigate. Regardless of the charges you face, fines or jail time can have a long-term impact on your ability to find a job, housing, and own a gun. If you find yourself in legal trouble, call our team before answering any questions from the police.

Have you been Arrested?

One of the biggest mistakes people make is speaking to the police without representation present. The police can and will use anything you say against you, even if it’s in casual conversation. They can also misrepresent something you said or take it out of context.

If you are arrested or taken in for questioning for anything, you should immediately call a lawyer. Be polite, but do not answer any questions. You can say, “I want to remain silent until my lawyer arrives.” You can call your lawyer privately, but the police can listen to any other phone calls you make. Do not discuss the case with someone other than your lawyer over the phone.

Do not resist arrest. Even if you are innocent, resisting arrest can create larger legal problems and may result in injury or death.

Why Work With A Lawyer

Working with an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Alabama gives you a greater chance of receiving a not-guilty verdict or a lighter sentence. The state will have a lawyer prosecuting the case, and you will be at a significant disadvantage representing yourself.

A lawyer ensures that all evidence is filed correctly, that the police do not mistreat you, and that your rights are protected. If there is any wrongdoing on behalf of the police or mishandling of evidence, a lawyer can also have it thrown out.

In Alabama, the consequences for criminal charges can include house arrest, prison time, and hefty fines. After you’ve paid your dues, these consequences can also follow you. Companies are wary of hiring convicts, and landlords may be hesitant to rent to you. If the fines are too much to pay, you may go into debt or do time.

Contact Our Law Firm

If you have been arrested or called in for questioning in Alabama, call LaPlante, Merritt, Faulkner, Wilson & Clay, LLC at (256) 236-7354 today. We will review your case, attend all interrogations with the police, and represent you in court.

The consequences of having a prison sentence or hefty fine are too great to ignore. Our legal team will fight for your rights in court.