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Dowgul & Hatcher, P.A.
James Dowgul

222 East 4th St.
Panama City FL 32401
(850) 763-0900

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Dowgul & Hatcher, P.A.

Please Call : 850-763-0900


Any contact with the criminal justice system can be a confusing, stressful and an unnerving experience. The entire legal process can often seem like an arduous journey through a maze. Allow us to put our experience to work for you and help navigate you through the legal process. From arrest to final resolution we will work with you and fight for your rights every step of the way.


At Dowgul & Hatcher we believe that keeping you informed of the status of your case is of primary importance. Whether you were referred to us by a friend, family member, or co-worker, you can be comfortable in knowing that our firm will be there for you.  It is our goal to provide you with the most competent legal representation available. Our attorneys have the experience and knowledge to get the best results available for you.


We have designed this website to provide you with the most useful information needed to help you understand the process and your options.  It is important, however, to speak to us about the specifics of your case as soon as possible to ensure that your legal rights are protected.  Call us today for a free consultation and appointment. We are available after-hours and on weekends.  Feel free to call us anytime.

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1. You have the right to remain silent. That means do not talk, do not answer questions, but always be nice. What may appear to be innocent sounding statements or answers sometimes prove otherwise.

2. You have the right to an attorney

3. You do not have to consent to a search. Generally, an officer asks for your permission to search because he does not have the authority to search without your consent. He needs either a search warrant, probable cause, or your permission.


The Law Office of Dowgul & Hatcher, P.A.'s primary focus is criminal law. We represent individuals charged with traffic violations to life felonies. Our website is here to help provide some general information in criminal matters. For more specific information related to your case, please contact the Law Office of Dowgul & Hatcher P.A. for a free consultation. Our offices are located in Panama City & Chipley, Florida to provide service to our clients in Bonifay, Blountstown, Marianna, Panama City, Panama City Beach, Graceville, Mexico Beach, Chipley, Port St. Joe, and all areas in Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington Counties.

James R. Dowgul, Esq.

James Dowgul began his legal career in the Public Defender's Office for the Twelfth Judicial Circuit in Sarasota, Florida. There, he practiced for over 2 years before the opportunity arose to return to his hometown in Bay County, where he took a position with the Public Defender's Office for the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit. James's passion for law and the direction of his legal career focuses on criminal law. James has extensive misdemeanor and felony trial experience. He has tried cases ranging from misdemeanors including DUI, battery, and drug related offenses to serious life felonies including attempted murder and vehicular homicide. James's undergraduate studies were at Florida State University where he was awarded his Bachelor's degree in Business. James's graduate studies took him to Oklahoma where he received his law degree from Oklahoma City University and met his wife, Kim, while working as an intern for the Oklahoma Supreme Court. In 2000, James furthered his legal studies and received a Master of Laws degree ( LL.M.) from Stetson University, and was admitted to the Florida Bar.



Wesley G. Hatcher, Jr., Esq.

Wes Hatcher grew up in Mobile, Alabama where he lived until he left to attend the University of West Alabama in Livingston, Alabama.  He received his undergraduate degree in History and had the good fortune of meeting his wife Lani.  Wes also received a Master’s Degree in History from the University of West Alabama prior to receiving his Juris Doctor degree from Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Mississippi.  Wes clerked for multiple law firms and the Hinds County Public Defender’s Office.  Wes was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2006 and took a job with the Public Defender’s Office for the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit under Herman Laramore in Bay County where he worked prior to joining the firm of Dowgul & Wilson, in 2007. Wes has extensive experience in misdemeanor cases, handling thousands of cases, including DUI, Domestic Violence, Drug related charges and Traffic cases.  He also has experience in handling Felony cases ranging from Burglaries, Felony Assault and Battery, and Drug Charges.  Wes also handles a wide variety of Family Law cases including divorce and child custody.  Wes lives in Panama City with his beautiful wife and daughter, and is a member of the Bay County Bar Association and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.


Please Call : 850-763-0900

Please Call : 850-763-0900

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