There are may competent criminal defense lawyers in AL. Online you can seek information: Alabama Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), SuperLawyers.com, Best Lawyers in America, and this web site Avvo.
If you can't afford a private lawyer, the defendant will need to ask the judge to appoint him a public defender, if he qualifies.
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You should not expect a private practice attorney to represent your spouse without a reasonable fee paid for his or her services. The cost of operating a law office is estimated at $60 to $75 per hour - that's for rent, telephone, fax, copy machine, office assistance, secretary's salary, insurance, professional dues, books, office supplies, and so forth. Running a small law office is expensive and few lawyers can afford to give away time. If a lawyer's hourly fee is $150 to $200, you should recognize that at least half of that hourly fee must be used to pay for overhead.
In addition to the Alabama State Bar Lawyer Referral Service (call 334-269-1515), the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association has a listing of qualified criminal defense lawyers in your area. For a listing of ACDLA members, check the listing: www.acdla.org.