Barnes Law Firm

Barnes Law Firm

If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges, it's important to get legal help right away. Waiting to contact an attorney may jeopardize your rights and harm your case. Contact me right now, 24/7, for a free consultation. 865-805-5703

Firm Overview

The Barnes Law Office was founded on the belief that every person deserves a high quality, personalized, and aggressive representation, that they should be able to speak directly to their attorney about their case to get the information and advice they need in a timely manner, and that that they should be able to afford excellent representation without mortgaging their future. Just because you've been arrested does not mean that you are guilty, but if you choose to go without a skilled Knoxville criminal defense and DUI lawyer, you will often end up with a conviction and a criminal record.

At The Barnes Law Office the presumption of innocence is taken seriously. That means that from the moment you are arrested the law says you are innocent and it is my goal to make sure you stay that way. Achieving a great outcome, no matter whether you're charged with misdemeanor simple possession, DUI, or serious felony, is no small task. It takes the skills necessary to beat the State at their own game, including tireless investigation, intelligent legal argument and motions practice, aggressive negotiations, and ultimately an effective presentation of your case to a jury.

Serving Knox County and the rest of East Tennessee through those four primary tasks is the Barnes Law Office's highest mission. If you've been hurt through the fault of someone else, if you've been stolen from, or if your rights have been violated by someone abusing a position of trust, Barnes Law is also here to serve you. Barnes Law will fight the big insurance company, major corporation, or government agency, to make sure that each individual gets every bit of the compensation that they are owed. Your case will not be compromised and settled for pennies on the dollar just to make a quick buck. It will be investigated fully, negotiated with your best interest in mind, and if necessary, litigated all the way through trial.

If you think you or a loved one has been charged with a crime or if you have been hurt or wronged, call The Barnes Law Office right now at (865) 805-5703. An attorney is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to discuss your rights and answer your questions.
Main Office
Main Office
5401 Kingston Pike
Suite 500
Knoxville  TN  37919
  • (865) 805-5703


Free Initial Consultation?
Yes, 1 hour free consultation
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Payment plans available and credit cards accepted.

Flat fee, affordable pricing for criminal defense and DUI cases.

No attorney fee unless you recover money on your civil case.

Office Information

Office Hours
8 AM - 6 PM Monday - Friday; Evening and Weekends available by appointment
Emergency After Hours
Mr. Barnes has spent his career working to master the law, science, and courtroom techniques that are unique to DUI defense. He has advanced level training in the same law enforcement techniques the cops use, so he can better defend your case.
(1) What if I am found guilty of DUI? Will I lose my license?

Tennessee has steadily increased the penalties for DUI over the last twenty or so years. There are now mandatory, minimum penalties that not even the Judge can keep you from serving, if you are convicted. In order to avoid the following penalties you would have to have your case dismissed, reduced to a lesser charge, or be found not guilty. The bare minimum penalties for a first offense DUI are:

48 hours in jail
11 months and 27 days on probation
Loss of driver's license for 1 year
12 hours of DUI School
24 hours of roadside litter pickup
If you have had a previous DUI, the minimum penalties become much more severe.

(2) I gave a blood test, is it still possible that I can keep from being convicted?

Yes, the majority of the cases where a blood test is given, the results come back over the legal limit, but even so, we have had great results in getting DUI cases dismissed and reduced to lesser charges.

That is because there are more issues involved in a DUI case than just what your BAC was. For instance, an officer must have "reasonable suspicion," as defined by the law, to even ask you to take a blood test. He also must have had a legal reason to stop your car or keep you from leaving. The many different defenses to DUI, even with an elevated BAC, could and does fill entire books. If you have been arrested for DUI it is important that you speak to a qualified DUI defense lawyer about the specific facts of your case, to determine what defense you have.

(3) What does a good DUI lawyer cost? And how much will all this cost me?

The answer to this question varies greatly and depends in part on the specific facts of your case. I have heard of Knoxville DUI lawyers charging as little as $1500 and as much as $15,000 for a first offense DUI. Both those prices are extremes. At the Barnes Law Office we understand a high quality DUI defense attorney is probably not something you've budgeted for. It is important to us that our fees remain affordable but also compensate for the large amount of time, effort, and expense that goes into each and every case. We accept credit cards and offer payment plans with affordable down payments so that you can get the representation you need.

Ultimately, hiring a top notch DUI lawyer may even save you money. The cost of SR-22 high risk insurance, fines, court costs, probation fees, ignition interlock or transdermal alcohol monitoring devices add up, but even those costs can't compare to the cost of lost income in many fields over years and decades. If having a DUI on your record causes you to be passed over for even one better job in your life, the financial consequences could be extreme.

(4) Why should I hire you as my DUI defense lawyer, how are you qualified?

DUI cases present many specific issues that most criminal defense and other civil cases do not. I've spent my career learning the law, science, investigation techniques, and courtroom skills that are often the difference between a guilty plea and keeping a DUI off a client's record. Before opening the Barnes Law Office, I trained under two nationally acclaimed DUI defense lawyers, I am a member of the National College for DUI Defense and have attended their Summer Session at Harvard College, I am trained by a leading Ph.D. out of Chicago, IL, on the use of and science behind gas chromatography, the method used to test alcohol blood samples, and I have taken the both the Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and the ARIDE drug impaired driving courses, the same courses that DUI field officers take. Every year I to attend DUI trainings and conferences across the country to continually improve and keep up with the latest changes in DUI defense.

I think all of those things makes me well qualified to handle your Knoxville or East Tennessee DUI case, but the biggest reason I think I should represent you is that I will treat you well, return your calls promptly, listen to and answer your questions, work tirelessly to get you a good result, and always keep your best interests as my top priority. That is my promise to each and every client.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Mr. Barnes has defended individuals, not big corporations or insurance companies, since even before graduating from the University of Tennessee's law school, and he believes that fighting for citizens is a uniquely rewarding way to practice law. The Barnes Law Office was founded to provide high quality, personalized, and affordable representation to people in Knoxville and East Tennessee who have been accused by the government or injured through the fault of others. Every client can expect to be treated with respect, to have all of their questions answered, to be able to speak directly to their lawyers, and to have their interests be Mr. Barnes's first priority.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

Mr. Barnes has traveled across the country training himself to be an effective advocate for his clients. He has attended some of the most prestigious education available, including graduating from the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, GA, the National College for DUI Defense's Summer Session at Harvard Law School, and having attended the Southeast Regional Trial Lawyer's College Seminar hosted by famed trial lawyer Gerry Spence. In addition, Mr. Barnes is an active member of the Tennessee and National Associations of Criminal Defense Lawyer's and the Knoxville Bar Association.

John Barnes

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