There is no shortage of attorneys in northwest Florida, which can make selecting an experienced accident attorney challenging. James R. Barnes offers a dedicated, personal approach to the practice of law.


Mr. Barnes has been practicing law in this area for over twenty years and has local knowledge of both the court system and the insurance companies to handle even the toughest cases. Our firmís approach is to provide aggressive and forward thinking legal assistance for those who have been injured in a car accident. It is important to us that you be treated as an individual, not just another case. If you or a loved one have been injured contact James R. Barnes; his hard work is delivered on a contingency fee basis, with no fee or cost to clients unless a recovery is won.



Criminal Defense

Felony & Misdemeanor, Federal & State Courts

  • Appeals
  • Assault
  • Bail
  • Battery
  • Bench and Arrest Warrants
  • Bond, Modifications and Reductions
  • Burglary
  • Child Abuse
  • Code Violations
  • Conspiracy
  • Drug Court (Diversion Program)
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Charges
  • DUI
  • DUI Manslaughter
  • Embezzlement
  • Extortion
  • Extradition
  • False Imprisonment
  • Grand Theft / Larceny
  • House Arrest
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Juvenile Charges / Crimes
  • Kidnapping
  • Murder
  • Petit Theft
  • Pre Trial Diversion
  • Pre Trial Intervention
  • Probation Violation
  • Restraining Order Violations
  • Robbery
  • Sentence Modifications
  • Sealing and Expungement Court Records
  • Sexual Battery / Rape
  • White Collar Crimes

Donít Wreck Your Injury Case

After an accident there are critical decisions to make. Seemingly small details can a huge impact on your case. By following a few simple steps, you can help ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. Donít let a simple mistake wreck your injury case.



Auto Accidents

Auto accidents have been steadily rising since the 1990ís, partially due to the increase in overall vehicles on the road. Accidents can result in substantial personal and financial hardship. It is critical that you contact an attorney anytime you have suffered any injury, as a result, of an automobile accident. You will need legal assistance, someone who believes in you and will fight for you. There is no shortage of attorneys in Northwest Florida, which can make selecting an experienced injury attorney challenging. Instead of turning your injury claim over to a big law firm, consult with me, James R. Barnes. I am all too familiar with large law firms that are eager to flip your injury claim quickly so they can move on to the next case or, in some cases, your claim can become stagnate because a large law firm canít keep up with the volume of claims they are servicing. In any case, I know I can make a difference with your injury claim because of my passion and commitment. I have dedicated myself to giving each and every accident victim my personal attention, fighting to get the proper compensation they deserve.

I have been practicing law in the state of Florida for twenty years and have personally handled over a thousand personal injury claims for my clients. I have also worked for insurance companies that defend auto claims and I know where they are vulnerable. Having worked on both sides of accident claims, I have the tools to increase the chance of a successful outcome.



Steps to take after an accident:


  • Do not decline medical treatment if you have been injured.
  • Only discuss the accident with the police and do not admit fault or liability. Make sure a police report is filed and get report copies.
  • Get the names, addresses, phone numbers, license plate numbers and insurance information of all involve.
  • Report the accident to your insurance agent as soon as possible, but do not make any statements about the severity of your injuries. Leave that up to your doctors.
  • Do not give a recorded statement to the other side's insurance company.
  • Do not sign any insurance paperwork without the advise of an attorney.


The above tips are not a comprehensive list of all that should be considered if you are involved in an auto accident.


If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, please contact James R. Barnes at 850.444.7444.



Criminal Defense

If you or someone you know has been accused or arrested for a crime, there is great need for experienced legal advise from a dependable criminal defense attorney. Choosing an attorney, especially for a criminal case, is a very important decision. I know we can help. For aggressive and effective representation, including a free confidential consultation, call 850.444.7444 to make an appointment.

The law firm of James R. Barnes aggressively represents individuals facing misdemeanor or felony charges in Federal and State courts. We will guide you through the confusing processes of your legal situation . Our firmís vast experience allows us to properly analyze and evaluate cases, prepare strong defenses and obtain favorable outcomes for our clients.

Felony and misdemeanor charges must be addressed promptly and aggressively by an experienced, skilled criminal defense attorney that understands Florida law and knows the criminal justice system. The law firm of James R. Barnes has the experience and proven results to handle these tasks. Allow us to effectively represent you to secure a favorable resolution to your legal case. Contact us at 850.444.7444.




Many people charged with DUI (Driving Under the Influence) have a particularly difficult time dealing with their criminal charge, often because it is the first time with which they have ever been charged. These arrests can be overwhelming and can result in serious consequences. There are certain rights when you are accused of a DUI and those rights expire if not acted upon in a timely manner. An attorney must skillfully guide a client through the legal maze of the Florida criminal justice system and the Division of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. There are very few lawyers, in this area, who know the process and how to best handle a charge of DUI than James R. Barnes. His ability to analyze and evaluate DUI cases, prepare strong defenses and obtain favorable outcomes is well known. Please call 850.444.7444 to make a free and confidential appointment to discuss your options.


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