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Criminal Defense

A Solid Criminal Defense Strategy

Every day in the Southwest Alabama area, criminal accusations are made against good people that can place their futures in doubt. You need to realize that anyone can make a mistake — that includes a law enforcement officer.

What do you do after being charged with a crime? Do not wait. Take action to learn what you are up against.

Foley-based criminal defense attorney James M. Burns can help. Starting with a candid assessment of your situation, he will hear you out on what happened and explore every option for obtaining an acquittal, case dismissal or manageable consequences.

How Does He Start To Build Your Defense?

Applying many years of experience in Alabama courts, attorney James M. Burns will complete an independent investigation and case review to answer important questions. Some of these include: What can the authorities prove? Was evidence against you obtained illegally?
Proven Results In State Or Federal Court in Alabama

Attorney James M. Burns has defended people just like you against misdemeanor and felony charges in Foley, AL such as:

  • Assault and Battery Charges - or other allegations of violent criminal acts, including those charged as domestic violence.
  • Drug Charges - Drug crimes ranging from possession of marijuana to intent to deliver or trafficking charges involving controlled substances such as cocaine, heroin and prescription painkillers.
  • Sexual Offense Charges - Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) in Baldwin County, AL — a common offense with consequences that can go far beyond driver's license suspension and substantial fines.
  • Theft and Larceny Charges - Theft crimes ranging from retail theft to burglary and robbery.
  • Weapons Charges - including illegal possession or discharge of a firearm.

Can you keep a criminal charge from negatively affecting your job prospects, educational opportunities and reputation in the community? It depends on the unique facts at play. But he'll fight to reach the best possible resolution, whether through a negotiated plea or skilled advocacy in the courtroom.

Get A Tough Lawyer On Your Side
To protect your future or the future of a loved one, get reliable information and guidance. Scheduling a free initial consultation is the first step.
Call James M. Burns & Associates at (850) 457-6002 or send him a message now.

Driving while Intoxicated Charge (DUI)

Under strict Alabama laws, if you even have one or two drinks and then get behind the wheel, you could face prosecution for driving under the influence (DUI). The days when DUI — sometimes called DWI for "driving while intoxicated" — was essentially treated as a traffic ticket are long gone.

At checkpoints designed to catch impaired drivers, prescription drugs are accounting for almost as many arrests as alcohol. Drugs used to treat anxiety — Xanax or Lorazepam — can also impair the ability to safely operate a vehicle and lead to a charge.

Make no mistake — the outcome in your case is not the same without an experienced attorney at your side. A conviction, even on a first offense, carries significant penalties and repercussions.
Foley, AL DUI Lawyer James M. Burns will leverage his nearly 20 years of criminal law experience to help you minimize the consequences.

Did You Refuse A Blood Or Breath Test?

Test refusal is a crime on its own. It will result in an additional charge. Should you take a test or not? You need fast and reliable advice.
Call (850) 457-6002 to speak with attorney James M. Burns immediately, so you can make an informed decision.

Steps To Build A Strategic Defense:

Because you don't deal with criminal charges every day, there are certain question you may not know to ask and issues you would never identify on your own. Here is what you can expect

  • Personal attention that includes candid advice designed to meet your goals of avoiding a criminal record or getting a business-purpose driver's license so you can keep your job
  • Rigorous analysis of evidence and methods the police used that may uncover potential defenses — for instance determining if there was there probable cause to support stopping you or of there were any mistakes made while collecting a blood or breath sample
  • Knowledge of local courts and prosecutors so you know when to take a plea and when to fight the charge at trial

Attorney James M. Burns knows what questions to ask and what to do with the answers. He will focus on what matters to you: getting the best possible results.

What Are Your Options?
Find out — call (850) 457-6002 to talk with attorney James M. Burns as soon as it is practicable. An online message is another easy way to get reliable counsel.

The clock starts ticking immediately on the suspension of your driver's license. Remember that after any DUI/DWI arrest in Baldwin County, AL, the knowledge and determination of the defense lawyer you select can make the difference to your future.


Personal Injury (Car & Truck Accidents)

If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury as a result of someone else's negligence, consult an experienced lawyer who will listen attentively to your circumstances and help you determine whether you have a viable personal injury claim.

Foley personal injury attorney James M. Burns has been helping injury and accident victims in Southern Alabama for almost two decades.
He promises to:

  • Help you obtain appropriate medical care for your injuries
  • Investigate causation, communicate with the insurance company and protect your interests
  • Pursue the maximum compensation to which you may be entitled

His aim is to make sure that you are always fully informed about the details and progress of your case. You can then make wise choices and proceed with the correct information in hand.

Serious injuries can occur at any time and in any place when negligence or recklessness is involved. You have already endured enough pain and difficulty because of your injuries; let your Foley Injury Lawyer give you the opportunity to heal and recover in peace while he manages your case.

Your Physical And Financial Recovery After A Serious Injury
Attorney James M. Burns is experienced with many types of personal injury cases, including:

  • Motor vehicle accidents, including trucking accidents that can lead to catastrophic injury
  • Slip-and-fall accidents (premises liability)
  • Wrongful death claims

Personal injury lawyer James M. Burns offers the highest level of excellence in terms of personalized service, as well as his extensive legal knowledge, experience and prowess. You will discover why so many former clients refer others to his Foley law firm.
Call (850) 457-6002 or fill out our online contact form. Time is of the essence with your claim. Arrange for your free consultation as soon as possible.

Probate & Wills

When a family member dies or become incapacitated, legal issues arise that must be handled appropriately. During such a difficult time, it is important to have a probate attorney who has the necessary legal knowledge and personal compassion to help you navigate a painful time.

Foley lawyer James M. Burns has gently and thoughtfully guided numerous families in Baldwin County and Southwest Alabama through probate and guardianship hearings.

Properly Distributing Assets

Are you seeking a Florida probate attorney to handle the estate administration details following the death of a family member or dear friend? James M. Burns has the knowledge to guide you through each step and ensure that your rights and assets are protected at every juncture.

With James M. Burns as your probate lawyer, you have the comfort of knowing that you are receiving legal counsel and representation from someone who has had years of successful experience in:

  • Formal estate administration
  • Preparation of wills and other estate documents
  • Summary administration proceedings

Handling Guardianship Proceedings In Florida And Alabama

Do you have a loved one who has reached a state in life where he or she is no longer able to manage finances or personal decisions effectively?
Lawyer James M. Burns can provide you and your family with guidance regarding the guardianship process. He empathizes with your situation as you face this difficult time.

By the same token, it can be equally unsettling if another relative is attempting to gain guardianship of a loved one who is still perfectly capable. In such instances, Mr. Burns can assist you in your efforts to oppose the establishment of an inappropriate guardianship.

Thorough And Diligent Representation ~ Free Initial Consultation

Many former clients refer their friends and family to the Law Offices of James M. Burns in Foley.
Call James M. Burns & Associates at (850) 457-6002 or send him a message now.

Family Law And Divorce

When a legal problem affects your family, emotion can cloud your decision-making. You may need to fight through a divorce to protect relationships with children or your future finances.

If you receive notice of a paternity action you need a skilled family law attorney.

Attorney James M. Burns is known for his skillful and efficient handling of divorce and other family law disputes throughout the Pensacola-area community. He has built a widespread reputation for helping divorcing clients get the results they need, whether that requires assertive negotiation or representation at trial.

Delivering Results In All Areas Of Family Law And Divorce

Clients of all ages and occupations turn to Mr. Burns when their parental rights, financial stability or both hang in the balance. He is a proven resource for professionals, wage earners, military personnel and anyone else with family law challenges to overcome.

Many clients come to him based on recommendations from other attorneys and friends who were impressed with his work. He emphasizes results and affordability in matters such as:

  • Contested and Uncontested Divorce
  • Military divorce
  • Child custody and support
  • Property division and spousal support

For a free initial consultation, call (850) 457-6002 or send an email inquiry now. He is licensed to practice in Alabama and handles matters in the Baldwin County area.

Free Consultation ~ Personalized Attention ~ Results

Whether you have questions about the divorce process or a pending paternity matter, Call James M. Burns & Associates for the quality representation you need.

Family Law (other services)

  • Paternity
  • Spousal Support
  • Modifications & Enforcement
  • Dividing A Military Pension

Family Law - Divorce lawyer James M. Burns offers the highest level of excellence in terms of personalized service, as well as his extensive legal knowledge, experience and prowess. You will discover why so many former clients refer others to his Foley law firm.
Call (850) 457-6002 or fill out our online contact form. Arrange for your free consultation as soon as possible.

James helped me with my second DUI case and did a great job. I was looking to lose my freedom for a little while, but James made sure that didn't happen and for that I am very thankful. I would recommend Mr. Burns to anyone who has been arrested in Pensacola and is looking for the best! Thanks again!

- Josh

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