You have the right to remain let me do the talking.

Mike was courteous and professional every step of the way, and put me at ease in dealing with a difficult situation. Having his cell number was convenient, and I could text him with questions any time. Mike got me a great result which was the most important aspect. I highly recommend hiring Mike as your criminal defense lawyer if you find yourself in trouble in Tuscaloosa!


My son, a student at the University of Alabama, was arrested in Tuscaloosa. I reached out to Michael and he called me from his cell phone. Being several states away, I needed a criminal defense lawyer I could trust. Michael always kept me posted and got the case dismissed. He does a great job of representing students and helping their parents during a stressful event. I highly recommend Michael!


Great experience with Mr. Upton. Very professional and worked around my packed schedule as a University of Alabama student. Always available and easy to contact. Would recommend to my Tuscaloosa friends if they were in need of a criminal defense lawyer.


I have never known an attorney as good and real as Michael Upton!! It’s very hard today to find an attorney that actually listens or shows the concern that Michael Upton shows. I’m very grateful we had him as our criminal defense lawyer in Tuscaloosa!!


Michael Upton did a fantastic job with my case and helped me every step of the way. He’s a great criminal defense lawyer and I would recommend his services to anyone.


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Criminal Defense

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Driving While Suspended ● Leaving Scene of Accident ● Attempting to Elude ● Reckless Driving

Defense of All Drug Charges

Defense of All Drug Charges

Trafficking ● Distribution ● Possession ● Marijuana ● Cocaine ● Heroin ● Methamphetamine ● Prescription Drugs

Michael J. Upton, Attorney at Law | Text or Call Now: 205.799.3800

With 25 years of experience as a Tuscaloosa Criminal Defense Lawyer, and also representing those injured in auto accidents, I have handled thousands of cases in every local court and many other courts around the state.

I am a courtroom lawyer.

What this means is very simple: I do my best work when your life and livelihood are on the line in Court. Whether it’s a murder case, or injuries or death of a loved one as a result of an accident, you want someone that will stand in the courtroom with no fear, and fight for you, even when nobody else is on your side.

My experience as a Tuscaloosa Criminal Defense Attorney includes representation in over 20 capital murder cases, none of which have resulted in a capital murder conviction. In other words, none of my clients in Capital Murder cases have ever received a ‘death penalty’ sentence or a sentence of ‘life without the possibility of parole’. Several of those clients are either already out of prison, or will be paroled at some point, because I was able to negotiate a positive settlement on their behalf. See the links below for examples of Capital Murder cases where the clients were found “not guilty” after a jury trial.

I have also represented clients in every type of felony charge, ranging from murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, robbery, theft and burglary to less serious felonies (including all drug offenses) all misdemeanors, all alcohol offenses, specifically ‘Driving Under the Influence’, ‘Public Intoxication’, ‘Open Container’, ‘Improper I.D.’ and ‘Minor in Possession of Alcohol’. I also represent those whose Driving Privileges have been suspended or revoked (Driver License Suspension) by the Department of Public Safety. Under a new law, I can also help to ‘expunge’ (clear) your arrest record.

Regardless of the nature of the charge, nobody should go to court alone, and those accused should only hire an attorney that specializes in criminal defense.

My approach is straightforward: if you are accused of a crime, it is only that…an accusation. Based on our constitution, the law presumes that you are innocent. It is the government’s burden to prove someone guilty of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. This ‘burden of proof’ is the same in every case, whether the charge is capital murder or public intoxication.

Simply put, my job is to make sure your constitutional rights are protected, regardless of the accusation, and to do my very best to make sure you get a good result.

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Click here to watch Michael J. Upton, Attorney at Law, interview with WVTM NBC Channel 13 regarding the 2017 arrest of heavyweight boxing champ Deontay Wilder

Following the 2017 arrest of heavyweight boxing champ Deontay Wilder for Possession of Marijuana, WVTM Channel 13, the Birmingham NBC TV station, contacted me to provide some insight.

Deontay has made a positive impact in the Tuscaloosa community, and as you can see from watching my interview on NBC, he may have a valid defense that leads to a "not guilty" verdict. Contrary to "actual possession", in this case the City of Tuscaloosa will attempt to prove that he was in "constructive possession", a complicated term with many legal factors to be considered by the Judge or jury.

This case is a great example of why defendants should only retain the best, most experienced criminal defense lawyers that routinely defend complicated criminal allegations, instead of just hiring any attorney.

If you are arrested, text me and schedule your free consultation with an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney.

2300 Facebook followers can't be wrong...My office is very close to the University of Alabama campus. Tuscaloosa Municipal Court is just one block away, and my office is only four blocks from Tuscaloosa District Court & Tuscaloosa Circuit Court.

Text me immediately after your first contact with law enforcement (even if they didn't arrest you yet). When we meet, I will explain the legal process, as well as potential results, depending on the specifics of your case. If you are under 21, I will walk you through the 'Youthful Offender' process.

You will meet with me, not a secretary or a law clerk.

And if you are a University of Alabama student here without transportation, I will travel to meet with you in a convenient place such as Starbucks on campus, as I've done many times for my clients.

Whether arrested (e.g. DUI, Public Intoxication, POM), or issued a citation for Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP), Open Container (Open Beverage) or Improper ID, make sure you walk into court with an experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer.

Don't Drink and Drive…period. But if you make a mistake, hire a DUI specialist, not just a 'lawyer'. I will give you direct and honest advice based on my 25 years of experience as an attorney.

Don't Drink and Drive…period. But if you make a mistake, hire a DUI specialist, not just a 'lawyer'. I will give you direct and honest advice based on my 25 years of experience as an attorney.

I've been practicing law for 25 years. During that time, I've met hundreds of clients that have a DUI or Public Intoxication conviction, maybe several, on their record. In years past, it was basically a 'slap on the wrist' with no real immediate consequences. There was no jail time, just a fine and court costs, so they saw no need to hire an attorney.

Not anymore.

An arrest for Driving Under the Influence or for Public Intoxication is serious business. Whatever you do, do NOT make the mistake of trying to handle a DUI case or a Public Intoxication case alone.

Hire an experienced DUI and alcohol offense lawyer to represent you. And if your drivers license was confiscated after the arrest, we must move quickly, because there are time limits for us to fight to have your driving privileges restored.

Text me now to schedule your Free Consultation with an experienced DUI Defense Lawyer.