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Everyone in this country is entitled to the presumption of innocence, but even then, a person who did not do what they are accused of is found guilty.

A proper criminal defense attorney will work to keep you free. 

No matter the case, The Powell Law Firm is committed to providing the best criminal defense for its clients. We are here to help prove you are innocent.

You Need Legal Help When Facing Criminal Charges. Period.

Don't bet with your freedom! 

Local Defense Is Important

One of the most important aspects when facing criminal charges, is finding an attorney who actively practices criminal cases where your case is at.

Knowing the local officers of the court and law enforcement helps your case, hire an attorney that knows how to use the law.

Criminal Defense Experience

The Powell Law Firm attorneys work locally and focus on local criminal cases. Criminal defense requires an attorney with up-to-date knowledge of all local and state criminal codes. You need an attorney who works your type of criminal case regularly.  


Working with a local criminal defense firm will help you maintain your innocence. We are experienced and dedicated to keeping you free. 

Criminal Defense Experience

We will work to present the strongest defense for our clients. Including

  • Challenge illegal evidence

  • Investigate your case to uncover evidence

  • Interview everyone involved, including police

  • ​Bring witnesses to testify on your behalf

  • ​Build a defense strategy to fight your charges 

  • ​Negotiate with prosecutors to get charges and sentences reduced

We defend criminal cases such as sex crimes, drug crimes, driving under the influence, domestic violence, manslaughter, and murder

Misdemeanors to Major Crimes

Let Us Help You

Feeling scared when facing criminal charges is normal, let us help calm your fears and give yourself options .

Our attorneys can help criminal defendants in any situation, let us build you a defense and help you get on with life.

Drug Crimes
Violent Crimes

Sex Crimes

White Collar Crime

Possession of Marijuana


Domestic Violence



FAQs For Our Criminal Defense Attorneys

  1. What Happens After A Person Is Arrested? 

A person who has been arrested is generally taken to the police station and ‘booked’ until the police gather the information they need including fingerprints or other biological evidence, personal and historical information, and ultimately decide whether or not they can be released from custody and whether a bail/bond payment is needed. If this person is going to be detained by police, they will generally file a criminal complaint and they will be required to appear before that court. The seizure of property may also occur after an arrest. 

2. Does A Person Who Has Been Arrested Have To Speak To The Police?

No. Both Federal and State laws, as well as the US Constitution do not require a person who has been arrested to speak with the police. Speaking with the police should be a decision that is made between you and your criminal defense attorney, because it’s a very important decision to make. 

3. What Happens After Criminal Charges Are Filed In Court?

Generally when a person has been arrested and criminal charges have been filed, they must appear for an arraignment. At this time the charges they are facing will be announced publicly and a not guilty plea will be entered on behalf of the defendant, shall that be their choice. Then the consideration of bail will be presented to the court. 


It is important to hire a criminal defense attorney prior to the arraignment, because it is at that time when you will need to defend your case in order for conditions of release to go in your favor. This may include payment of a bail/bond, which can be an expensive prospect for a criminal Defendant depending on the severity of the charges.

4. What Is a Preliminary Hearing In Criminal Cases?

In the State of Alabama, after an individual has been arrested for a Felony, they will have what's most commonly called a Preliminary Hearing. During this time the defense attorneys and prosecuting attorneys will appear before the Court for a hearing that includes the examination of potential witnesses, investigating law enforcement officers, or the like for the Court to make a determination if there is Probable Cause for your charge should be bound over for Grand Jury Consideration. 

5. What Is The Difference Between A Felony and A Misdemeanor?

A misdemeanor in short is a less serious offense that is punishable by less than a year in prison in the state of Alabama. A felony is a much more serious offense that is punishable by a state prison sentence of over a year or more. Convictions for Misdemeanors and Felonies both go on your permanent record, which is why it is important to hire a criminal defense attorney to handle the charges from start to finish. Criminal defense attorneys are aware of numerous programs that will prevent convictions of both misdemeanors and felonies from being put on your permanent record and/or dismissed outright.


Serving Baldwin County

If you are facing a criminal charge, your future is on the line. This is not a matter to be taken lightly. Do you need a lawyer, even if it’s a misdemeanor? Absolutely.


Besides the risk to your reputation, you face a number of penalties depending on the severity of the crime: fines, jail or prison time, probation, restitution and community service.

The Powell Law Firm PC has represented local individuals, vacationers to the Gulf Shores area and college students in many types of cases.

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