Assistant District Attorney
Coty Hand joined our office in July 2017. Prior to joining our office, Mr. Hand was in the general practice of law in Lauderdale County. Mr. Hand became a prosecutor due to his desire to help victims obtain some measure of justice in the court system.
Mr. Hand is primarily assigned to Circuit Court Gil Self’s courtroom. He also prosecutes felony domestic violence cases and handles the juvenile court dockets, and is a member of the Juvenile Drug Court Team.
Mr. Hand earned his undergraduate degree from the University of North Alabama and his law degree from Jones School of Law. He is married to Jesse Hand, and they have a daughter.
Angie King Hamilton joined our office in May 2006 as an Assistant District Attorney. Ms. Hamilton currently serves as Chief Assistant District Attorney. Along with the District Attorney, she is responsible for prosecution of all major felony crimes. Prior to joining our office, she served as Deputy District Attorney in the Montgomery, Alabama DA's office.
Ms. Hamilton was the driving force behind the founding of the One Place of the Shoals Family Justice Center in 2014. For her efforts on this front and others, she was recognized as Shoals Woman of the Year in 2015. She currently serves as a member of One Place of the Shoals the Board of Directors.
In addition to her duties in the courtroom, Ms. Hamilton provides training for law enforcement and other groups in the community. In the Spring of 2018, Ms. Hamilton conducted training sessions in area schools which addressed issues of sexting, domestic violence and child sexual assault.
Ms. Hamilton is also recognized as an expert in prosecution of Human Trafficking cases. In 2017, she led the successful prosecution of Corey Artis Davis for human trafficking. Davis pled guilty to multiple charges and is serving a life sentence in the State prison. Ms. Hamilton is also responsible for our office partnering with The University of North Alabama in hosting a Human Trafficking Summit in April 2018.
Cold cases: Ms. Hamilton has a passion for solving cold cases. Under her leadership, cold cases involving the murders of Keith Barnett and Chris Stanback were solved. She continues to head our Cold Case unit and is currently working with law enforcement investigators on pending cold cases.
Ms. Hamilton is married to Joe Hamilton. The Hamiltons have three children.
Robert Smith has practiced law in his hometown of Florence, Alabama, for 28 years. He earned his law degree from Cumberland School of Law in 1984 after receiving an undergraduate degree from The University of North Alabama in 1981.
Mr. Smith joined the Lauderdale County DA’s office as an Assistant District Attorney and is under contract to prosecute child support enforcement cases for the DA’s office. The DA’s office represents IV-D clients for the Alabama Department of Human Resources.
Mr. Smith maintains a private law practice in Florence, Alabama. In addition to representing the Alabama Department of Human Resources, he practices matrimonial law, family law, and domestic/family mediation. He is very active in professional associations in the area of Divorce and Family Law. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and has served as Chair of the Family Law Section of the Alabama State Bar.
In 2012 Mr. Smith was named “Lawyer of the Year” by the Family Law Section of the Alabama State Bar.
Assistant District Attorneys
Will Gieske earned his undergraduate degree from the University of North Alabama and his law degree from Cumberland School of Law. During both his undergraduate and law school careers Mr. Gieske worked as an intern for our office. He also served as an intern in Lauderdale County Circuit Court for Judge Mike Jones.
Mr. Gieske joined our office as an Assistant District Attorney in March 2019, immediately after graduating from law school. He is married to Katie Poole Gieske.
Mr. Gieske chose to become a prosecutor so that he would have the means to stand against injustice, and represent the interest of those affected by crime, great or small.