It is better to do a few things well, than be average at many things. That is why I limit my practice to Criminal Defense and Personal Injury.
As a former clerk at the DeSoto County District Attorney's office, and a current municipal prosecutor, I know the best way to provide you with options for your criminal defense. Developing a defense strategy takes time and requires a lot of decisions. I believe in letting my clients be involved in every step of the defense. I handle the following types of felony cases:
I handle all types of sex crimes, including forcible rape, sexual battery, assault, and statutory rape. Some sex crimes carry the potential for life sentences, and it is important to find a passionate lawyer to combat that. A lot of defense attorneys do not like handling sex crimes, but I believe everyone deserves a fair shake, regardless of the accusation. I believe you are innocent until proven guilty.
I have successful results in drug sales, drug possessions, and drug trafficking. Mississippi classifies different drugs into categories called a “schedule”. I have helped people with drugs in all schedules and in all amounts up to125 kilograms (275 pounds).
This would include aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, etc.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
Most people are surprised by how many good people receive a DUI citation. DUI's can be embarrassing, but a DUI ticket does not automatically mean you have to plead guilty. See our DUI page for more information.
NEVER PLEAD GUILTY WITHOUT TALKING TO AN ATTORNEY ABOUT WHAT OPTIONS YOU MAY HAVE!
There is no misdemeanor or felony crime that I will not defend. Just because I haven't written a lot about embezzlement, white collar crime, or other offenses, does not mean I cannot help you in those areas too.
When I was living in Florida for college, I was hurt badly in a car wreck because the other driver was careless and did not pay attention to the road. Even after reconstructive surgery on my shoulder and years of chiropractic care, I still experience pain.
I know on a very personal level how hard it is to deal with being in a car wreck. I want to help you the same way my attorney helped me. See our personal injury page for more information.
*In addition to these practice areas, Matthew Barton serves as a municipal prosecutor for the city of Horn Lake where he handles misdemeanor cases ranging from assault, DUI, possession of controlled substance, to malicious mischief or shoplifting.