University Student Representation

If you have been charged or arrested on suspicion of any crime — or have good reason to suspect you may be on law enforcement's radar — that is a frightening experience for anyone.

Some Free Advice For You Right Now

If you have arrived at this webpage before running into trouble with the law, please take steps to keep your life that way while you are in college and afterward. The consequences of a DUI conviction, serious traffic tickets, a drug crime conviction or a sex crime conviction can be devastating. I welcome the opportunity to share tips with you about ways of staying out of trouble with the law.

On the other hand, you may have come to this website after an arrest or during an investigation. I am ready to fight like a bulldog on your behalf to prevent a conviction and a criminal record.

Note: I cannot defend cases in counties where I am a prosecutor, in the 3rd Circuit Court District (Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Lafayette, Marshall, Tippah and Union counties). I can defend cases in all other counties in the state jurisdiction, including Tupelo-area counties such as Lee, Pontotoc, Monroe, Itawamba, Prentiss, Alcorn and Tishomingo counties and anywhere else in Mississippi, as well as in federal court.

Why You Need To Seek Legal Counsel Right Away Rather Than 'Wait To See What Happens Next' After A Criminal Arrest

University students have extra-critical concerns after an encounter with the police, namely:

  • A college student is often still dependent on his or her parents. The thought of breaking the bad news to parents that there is a legal problem can be frightening, indeed. Keep in mind, however, that your parents were young once, too. In most cases, once parents get over the shock of learning about a son's or daughter's legal troubles, they will be your strongest allies. They care deeply about your long-term well-being. As a criminal defense attorney representing young adults in the Tupelo area, I have seen this to be true more often than not.
  • A university student has a long way to go to establish a solid career. Acquiring a criminal record before you even begin the hunt for your dream job can greatly diminish your chances of landing an ideal position after graduation. It is worth your best efforts to fight for your constitutional rights, your freedom and your future. If you work with me, defense lawyer Gene Barton, I pledge to work diligently to help you obtain the best outcome your case allows.
  • A criminal conviction or even an arrest can mean trouble with your institution and, if applicable, eligibility for extracurricular activities such as intramural sports. An attorney's counsel and vigorous defense can mean the difference between keeping your good standing with your university and possibly being suspended or dismissed from a team or dormitory.

What Criminal Charges Have Brought You Here? Let Me Know.

Common criminal charges affecting university students include underage drinking, driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), drug crimes, "date rape" and computer crimes. A conviction in any of these areas may mean stiff fines, possible jail time and in the case of a DUI or drug crime, possible suspension or revocation of your driver's license. I will be glad to share with you how I can defend you after a criminal arrest.

As a university student, legal services may seem like a scary unknown to you. I feel confident that once you get to know me and my Mississippi (MS) criminal defense practice, you will experience relief and encouragement. Without hesitation, please call me, lawyer Gene Barton, at 662-260-6646 or send an email message to request a free initial consultation. I am pulling for you!