Baldwin County, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyer

Serving Clients Across Alabama

Baldwin County, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyer

Criminal charges can ruin your life. You could lose your freedom, your reputation, your job, and your family. You need a lawyer who can defend you against the accusations and protect your rights. At The Law Office of James M. Burns, we are skilled in handling all kinds of criminal cases. Whether it’s a DUI, a theft, a violent crime, a sex crime, a white-collar crime, or anything else, we have the experience and the resources to fight for you. We have helped many clients get their charges dismissed or reduced. Contact a seasoned Baldwin County criminal defense lawyer from our firm today so we can get started fighting for the best possible outcome on your behalf.

Foley Criminal Defense Lawyer | Serving Alabama

We know how scary and stressful it is to face criminal charges. That’s why we treat you with respect, compassion, and professionalism. We listen to your story, explain your options, and work with you to create a defense strategy that fits your situation and goals.

We also know how to navigate the complicated and intimidating criminal justice system in Alabama. We have good relationships with prosecutors, judges, and law enforcement officers, and we know how to negotiate with them or take them to court if needed. We don’t back down from challenging the evidence against you. Reach out to a dedicated Foley, Alabama lawyer from our firm to learn more about how we can assist you through each phase of your case.

Our Criminal Defense Services

Here at The Law Office of James M. Burns, we handle a wide range of criminal defense matters on behalf of our clients. Just some of those include the following:


In Alabama, arson is defined as starting a fire or explosion with the intent of damaging a building. Arson in Alabama is a Class A felony, which is why you absolutely require a high-skilled criminal defense attorney in your corner who can fight for your future. Fortunately, you are in the right place. The Law Office of James M. Burns has extensive experience handling arson cases in Alabama, and we are prepared to help you, too.


An act of assault is when someone intentionally or recklessly causes physical harm or the fear of harm to another person. If you’re accused of committing an act of assault in Alabama, you have a lot on the line. Depending on the circumstances of your charges, we can employ a wide range of potential defenses on your behalf, such as mistaken identity, false accusations, or proof that you were only acting in self-defense.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a serious accusation that can have a devastating impact on your life. Not only can it result in a broad range of legal ramifications, but it can also tarnish your reputation, making you lose the trust of friends, employers, and family. A domestic violence conviction can also relinquish some of your rights, including the right to own or carry a firearm. For this reason, you need a skilled attorney in your corner who can work to shield you from these charges and protect your future and reputation at all costs. The Law Office of James M. Burns is on your side.

Drug Crimes

Drug crimes are among the most ubiquitous and prosecuted offenses in the nation. They can encompass a broad spectrum of substances, activities, and scenarios, such as possession, trafficking, manufacturing, cultivation, distribution, importation, or prescription fraud. They can also entail severe and enduring consequences, such as incarceration, fines, forfeiture, probation, parole, drug testing, treatment, or deportation. If you’re facing drug charges of any kind, you need a lawyer who can protect you. You need James M. Burns.

Drug Trafficking

If you are accused of transporting, selling, or delivering illegal drugs across state or national borders, it is imperative that you retain the services of a seasoned Foley criminal defense attorney who can help you fight your charges at all costs. If found guilty, you’ll likely face a wide range of penalties, including high fines and, in some cases, life in prison. Our firm is here to come to your defense.

DUI Defense

Many people make the mistake of underestimating the severity of DUI charges. If you’re accused of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the state of Alabama, there’s a strong chance you’ll lose your driver’s license, have to pay high fines, install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, and even go to jail. You can also expect your insurance premiums to skyrocket, among other penalties. The Law Office of James M. Burns is here to fight for you.


A criminal record can have a devastating impact on a person’s life. It can affect job prospects, housing, and more. Fortunately, however, some crimes can be expunged from a person’s record. If you believe your record may qualify for expungement, contact The Law Office of James M. Burns so we can take a look at your case and work to get you the clean slate you need.

Gun Crimes

Though Alabama clearly values the Second Amendment, there are still various restrictions on gun ownership and use, and if you aren’t careful, you could end up violating those rules without even realizing it. This is why it is so important to familiarize yourself with Alabama’s gun laws and to immediately speak with a Foley criminal defense lawyer if you’ve been charged with a gun crime.

Minor in Possession

It is unlawful for anyone under the age of 21 to be in possession of alcohol. Minor in possession charges can potentially have long-lasting impacts on a person’s life. To start, you’ll likely face a fine, but if you’re over the age of 18, you may spend up to 30 days in jail as well. Don’t face minor in possession charges on your own. Hire an attorney you can depend on.

Probation Violations

If you’re accused of violating the terms of your probation, you’re most likely very worried about your future, and with good cause–in many cases, violating probation can result in a person getting sent to jail, among other penalties. That said, an attorney can work to uncover evidence that works in your favor or poke holes in the prosecution’s testimony that you actually violated your probation terms in an effort to keep you out of jail and ensure you stay on the right track.

Sex Crimes

Those accused of engaging in sexual conduct or contact without the consent or legal capacity of the other person involved can face a broad range of sex crime charges. Courts in Alabama crack down harshly on all sex offenses, and these crimes often involve a wide range of complicating factors, including credibility, consent, intoxication, and more, so you’ll need a competent attorney in your corner who can assess your case from every angle and defend you at every turn.

Theft Crimes

“Theft crime” is a blanket term used to describe a wide range of actions involving the unlawful taking of something without the owner’s consent. Some common examples of theft crimes can include shoplifting, robbery, identity theft, check fraud, and other types of white-collar crime, such as embezzlement, extortion, and bribery. The penalties you’ll face will depend largely on the dollar value of the property you allegedly stole and the way you went about taking it, but in any case, you shouldn’t face theft charges without a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney on your side.

Contact a Foley Criminal Defense Lawyer

When you hire The Law Office of James M. Burns, you get a lawyer who is on your side and who will fight for you every step of the way. We keep you updated on your case, answer your questions, and address your concerns. Don’t let criminal charges destroy your life. Contact The Law Office of James M. Burns today for a free consultation and let us help you get the best possible outcome for your case. We proudly represent clients in Baldwin County, including Robertsdale and Spanish Fort, as well as clients in Clarke County, Mobile County, and Monroe County.