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Any time someone dies because of another’s actions, the stakes are high:

• A DUI death can result in 20 to 25 years in prison
• A manslaughter conviction is 20 years in prison
• A murder conviction in Mississippi is a life sentence, and you stay there until at least age 65

Your family, your freedom, and your life is what’s at stake. You need the best representation you can get.
My style of practice is to handle only a few select cases at a time, not to carry a large load of cases. By being selective and handling only a few cases at a time, I can devote my full attention to each case I handle. This focused attention is what’s needed in a violent crime case.
I do not solicit cases because I am cheap. I provide high-quality services, with experts and investigators. Therefore, I believe there is some truth in the old saying, “You get what you pay for.” I try to be the best at what I do. When you need experienced and skillful defense in the face of criminal charges of murder, manslaughter, or vehicular homicide, contact my Okolona law office online or call 662-276-1686 for a free consultation.

Defense for any Violent Crime

One of the most common situations for serious injury or death to occur is the escalation of a domestic argument. A fight gets out of hand and someone is shot, and we need to examine the evidence to determine if the shooting was in self-defense.

Relationship problems between a boyfriend or girlfriend, ex-spouse, or partner can quickly get out of hand, resulting in an aggravated assault with fatal injuries and a manslaughter arrest.

Young people with hot tempers and college students who are drinking or acting recklessly are at greatest risk for accidental homicide. College students from the University of Mississippi-Oxford or Mississippi State go out drunk driving and someone is killed. It’s tragic when a life is lost—more tragic still when a second young life is lost to the prison system. If your teen or young adult child has been arrested for a violent crime, I will do my best to protect his or her rights and life.

There may be other valid defenses depending on the case. Mississippi has certain self-defense rights and a “Castle Doctrine” that allows self-defense in your home or car.

Experience and Expert Resources to Build Your Murder Defense

I’ve handled the defense for all types of violent crimes, including capital murder (death penalty), murder, manslaughter, and DUI death. I’ve handled drive-by shooting cases and fatal aggravated assault cases. I have defended clients facing rape/murder charges and kidnapping charges. Over the years, I have dealt with many difficult and unusual cases, including crimes of passion and murder for hire, in which my clients faced the death penalty.

Contact Me, a Mississippi Homicide/Manslaughter Arrest Lawyer

When you need an experienced defense attorney, call Gene Barton Law Firm at 662-276-1686, or contact me online for a free initial consultation regarding any criminal charge you face in the Tupelo, Mississippi area.

White Collar Crimes

Financial crimes are called “white collar” crimes. While they are usually a type of theft, they are typically theft from a business or from the government, and not as often theft from an individual.
Common criminal charges for white collar crimes include:

  • Embezzlement
  • Bank fraud
  • Bankruptcy fraud
  • Bribery
  • Income tax evasion

Normally, a federal conviction for a white collar crime involves time in a federal prison, according to the federal sentencing guidelines. Then there is no easy parole out of a federal prison.

Investigating Complex Financial Charges

Financial crimes often involve complex financial transactions taking place over a longer period of time. For example, diverting a small amount of money on a weekly basis, creating multiple accounts to mask ownership, making multiple transfers or keeping two sets of books. Fraud may involve falsifying credit applications, loan applications, or bank or real estate paperwork in order to secure credit or loans.

Defending against white collar crime charges will often require the help of skilled investigators with an understanding of accounting, financial reporting, computer forensics, or tax accounting. My firm has worked with a CPA in the past in the handling of white collar crimes of this nature.

Because of my extensive background in criminal defense in the Tupelo area, I am familiar with all of the expert resources I can bring to a white collar crime case. If convicted, you could face a decade or more in prison. The seriousness of that consequence makes it well worth the cost for you to work with a highly experienced defense attorney who will bring to your defense the experts needed to build an effective case.

Mitigating the Damages

In the case of some financial crimes—such as embezzlement from an employer or a church — the organization that has been the victim of the crime may be willing to negotiate with the person who has embezzled. It may agree to drop charges in return for the return of stolen funds. If charges are brought, the organization may agree to reduced charges.


Gene Barton Law Firm Phone: 662-447-2522 Fax: 662-447-2526