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Your peace of mind, experience, and case results drive everything we do. Taking on a new case is a great responsibility and we treat it that way. We hope you will give us an opportunity to serve you or a loved one facing criminal prosecution or DUI.

State and Federal Court Appeals

It is very common for people who have gone through a trial or who have been convicted of a crime to be unhappy with the way things turned out. Fortunately, a conviction in the trial court is not the end of the line for a criminal case. Under most circumstances, you have an absolute right to appeal your conviction.

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An appeal is not a do-over of your case. Usually, no new evidence is presented to the appeals court and they will not decide whether you were guilty or not. Instead, appellate courts consider legal issues that arose in your case. In nearly every appeal, the court will consider whether the State presented enough evidence to validly convict the appellant at trial. The court will also decide any issue that your appellate lawyer raises for review. Issues that are not raised in an appeal are lost and therefore it is vitally important that you have an attorney who is well informed on everything that happened before the appeal in your case and who is also experienced at recognizing what potential errors occurred that might result in an overturning of your conviction.

The appellate process is complex and requires both skill and experience to navigate. With each successive appeal, your avenues to overturn your convictions are narrowed. There are strict time limits that can affect or bar your case, so immediate action should be taken when an appeal is a possibility

Some of the common issues that are raised in appellate courts are whether sufficient evidence was introduced to convict you, whether the trial court made the proper rulings on motions and legal issues that were raised, whether the procedures used in trying your case met the legal standards required, and whether there was any misconduct or foul play involved that might have affected the outcome of your case.

We take pride in the advice and execution of appeals before the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, the Tennessee Supreme Court, Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.


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"John is amazing not only did he get the outcome he promised he did it in a shorter time than he originally said. He went above and beyond in returning my emails and phone calls. John and staff truly cared about me as a person. I highly recommend John Barnes."

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"I would highly recommend Mr. Barnes to everyone & I would definitely contact Mr. Barnes if I or anyone in my family should ever need an attorney again:) They were all very professional, friendly & treated our case with importance:) Mr.Barnes got my son’s DUI dropped to reckless driving so I would definitely recommend him to everyone!!!!!!!"

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"Mr. Barnes and his staff are amazing. I can’t imagine anyone doing a better job with my case. At no point in the long process was I disappointed in any way with how things were handled."

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