Criminal Defense

Being charged with a criminal offense can be a very scary experience, and a conviction can follow you for the rest of your life. The legal system is a confusing jumble of important information and deadlines; missing even one of these vital facts can lead to a major impact on your life, and the lives of people that you love. Instead of risking your freedom and your rights on a gamble by representing yourself in this type of case, choose to make use of our extensive wisdom and experience dealing with criminal defense cases.


Realms of Criminal Defense


Our sphere of influence regarding criminal defense is ever broadening, as we see dozens of cases from initial consultation through case resolution each year. You can take advantage of this expertise in your own criminal defense case, knowing that whatever your charges are, no matter how serious, the odds are high that we have dealt with a similar situation before and can handle your case expertly. Each individual case is different, and we know that no two clients are alike, but we can help you determine what to expect, what steps you should take, and figure out the best form of defense in your given situation.


Some of the cases we have handled include a multitude of criminal defense charges, ranging from misdemeanors to capital crimes cases. We do all of the work for you, and our track record is outstanding in the area of achieved results, with the vast majority of clients—95% or more—seeing far better outcomes than they previously thought possible given the charges against them.


The Possibilities Are Endless


When you choose a criminal defense attorney with as much experience as we have, you are choosing to open the door for dozens of possibilities in your future. We cannot promise completely satisfactory results in every case, but we can guarantee that we will strive to achieve the most positive outcome possible for each individual, business, or municipality that we represent.


Here are just a few of the possibilities that we will work for in your case, depending on the charges and other factors unique to each case:


v     Charge Dismissal. The most favorable outcome, this means that all charges against you are dropped or dismissed, and records will not be held against you.

v     Charge Reduction. If the charges you are facing are very serious, such as a felony, then seeing the charges reduced can be amazing, especially if they are lowered to such an extent that the felony becomes a misdemeanor and so on.

v     Acquittal. In cases where the charges are not dropped or reduced, we will aim for an acquittal, or not guilty verdict.

v     Minimal sentence. Sometimes, the best outcome in a case is the state minimum punishment. When we cannot achieve a not guilty verdict, we will do what we can to request as small an intrusion into your life, and your family’s life, as possible.


About handlawfirm

Born September 12, 1964, Ben earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree from Auburn University in 1987 and a Juris Doctorate degree from Cumberland School of Law in 1990. Ben has been a practicing attorney since 1990 and spent six years in Central America. He is familiar with customs and conditions of the region and is fluent in Spanish. Ben established and is currently the Vice President of the Legal and Contracting with Emergency Response Training Systems, the only company to run military style software (jcats/acats) for training of civilian law enforcement (ERTS Opelika, Alabama). This also provides homeland security training for the Auburn University Homeland Security department. Ben Hand is the winner of various Who’s-Who Awards, the Republican of the year for 2001, and a Republican Nominee for the U.S. House in 1994. He is licensed to practice law in Alabama and Georgia. Ben founded Hand, Fellows and Associates law firm and is the founding member of the board of directors of Beacon University in Columbus, Georgia. Ben currently represents thirty-two different non-profit organizations in Alabama, Texas, Georgia and Tennessee. He is a business legal adviser to seventy-five different small businesses and corporations. Ben was hired by Chief of police, Terry Sanders, to represent him in a dispute with the Valley City Council in Valley, Alabama and was also hired by Chief of Police, Ben Brown, to represent him in negotiations with the Lanett City Council and the mayor of Lanett, Alabama. The former city attorney for Uniontown, Alabama, Ben is a city prosecutor for cities of Opelika and Roanoke in Alabama. Ben is a family court referee in Lee County, Alabama and was appointed by Governor Bob Riley as an Administrative Law Judge for State Health Planning and Development Agency. He successfully represented the State Republican party in Lee County during Governor Bob Riley’s election challenge 2002. Governor Bob Riley was elected by a narrow margin and the outgoing Governor challenged the election. Ben was asked by Governor Riley to represent him in Lee County. Governor Riley won and the challenge was dropped by the outgoing Governor. Ben was a guest lecturer for the Auburn University Safe House. He instructed the local law enforcement and Domestic Violence counselors on obtaining protection from abuse orders. Ben was a guest lecturer for Auburn University SOAR for lawyers and realtors on construction law. He is an elder at Believers Church in Auburn, AL and on the board of directors for the Spirit of Life Church in Murfreesboro, TN. Ben is a Gideon speaker and member since 1992 and a Municipal Judge in Wedowee, Alabama since 1995. Ben%2
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