Mississippi Criminal Lawyer

Bruce L. Barker, a dedicated Jackson, Mississippi Criminal and Civil attorney

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Firm Overview

My firm focuses on criminal defense, from initial charging through the appeals process, if necessary. I also protect the rights of the injured against those who have caused their harm by representing individuals against corporations and organizations in personal injury, premises liability, product liability, workers' compensation, and other civil claims. Finally, I provide counsel and representation in Family and Domestic matters.

Example cases

Federal appeals of a state convictions, including death penalty; drug possession/sales, serious felonies, misdemeanors, expungements and criminal record rehabilitation, personal injury, workers' compensation, matters of divorce, child custody, and other domestic controversies.

I operate not only in the Jackson area, but across the state of Mississippi.
Main Office

Bruce L. Barker, Attorney at Law PLLC
269 Pearl Street
Jackson  MS  39201

Phone
  • (601) 354-4152
Fax
  • (601) 354-0546

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

I am happy to answer questions from potential clients over the phone or via email.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

No, every case is different, and is reviewed and priced individually. Legal representation is always expensive, but unlike many attorneys work with my clients so that cost doesn't stand in the way of justice. I also accept credit cards and am willing to consider alternative fee-arrangements.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 — sometimes later.

Office Manager

No, because I only take on a limited number of cases, I don't need extra help.

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

No.

Criminal Defense
Criminal Defense Representation in Municipal, State, and Federal Courts from misdemeanor to felony to appeals and post-conviction relief (getting out of jail)
Bruce L. Barker has provided counsel on hundreds of criminal cases, from simple misdemeanors to serious felonies, including drug charges, sex crimes, and violent offenses. He also files appeals and petitions for release for incarcerated clients, as well as civil rights suits to protect clients from abuses by the police and prison system.

As well as fighting for his client's constitutional rights in the criminal justice system, Mr. Barker also fights for his clients rights in the civil system, bringing personal injury, workers' compensation, social security, and other suits on behalf of injured clients.

Mr. Barker runs a full-service, statewide law firm, with his office in Jackson, MS, and clients in all corners of the state.

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

Yes, to the extent the ethics rules allow such a thing. In some cases, it could hurt a client's case to provide representation for one portion and not another. In those cases, I wouldn't provide limited representation. I'm happy to review my clients case with them to help them determine if limited representation would be helpful or not on an individual basis.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

As a solo practitioner, I have the unique pleasure of working on every facet of my clients' cases from beginning to end, and wouldn't have it any other way. I can do this efficiently because I only take a limited number of cases. If it's in the best interest of my clients, I will contact other attorneys who have specific expertise in certain areas to assist in cases, but this never changes the fee charged or the contracts between my clients and myself.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

For criminal cases I will often work with prosecutors with the knowledge of my client, BUT ONLY when it is in their best interest. I do not pressure my clients to take a plea if they don't want to, and I refuse to plea cases that need to go to trial.

In civil cases, I'm happy to mediate a claim whenever I find an insurance company that's willing to be serious about mediating a claim; sadly, big insurance companies often try to use mediation or arbitration as a tool to deprive an individual of their day in court, rather than the co-operative problem-solving method it was designed to be.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

One of the best ways to ensure that the courtroom doors are open to citizens from all walks of life is to provide pro bono time and service. Every year I strive to exceed the Bar Association recommended number of pro bono hours.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

With many firms, legal representation is just a matter of taking care of a file and getting a fee. With me, it's a matter of taking care of a person and getting a result.

Unlike many attorneys, I try to be sure that my clients know what I'm doing with their case. I explain the legal process to my clients, and guide them as we progress through the process, so they always know what we are doing and where we are.

Because I only take a limited number of clients, every one of them knows that I am engaged in their case.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

Not only am I all for it, I actively try to help my clients educate themselves on the law, not only so that they can make better decisions on an individual level, but also because an educated citizenry is necessary for democracy to work.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Absolutely, in fact I encourage my clients to prepare whatever they wish, as long as they have an attorney look it over before they submit it to a court.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

No — there's too many ethical issues involved. There's nothing wrong with a person wanting to represent themselves, but if they do, they act on their own.

Bruce Barker

I established my own practice after leaving the firm of Elmore & Associates in 2012, and only take a limited number of cases at any one time.

Because I am selective in choosing my clients and cases, I can dedicate myself to their file entirely, from beginning to end, instead of jumping from one client case to another. Also, because I only accept a limited number of cases, I interact personally with my clients, instead of my office staff. When they call me, they get me, not a paralegal, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

License
  • Bar Number:
    Mississippi , 2009

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