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Law Offices of John Barrow, PA
John Barrow

118 West Mountain Street
Kernersville NC 27284
(336) 996-5900

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Law Offices of John Barrow, PA

The Law Offices of John Barrow has been serving the people of Forsyth County North Carolina and surrounding counties (Stokes, Davidson, Guilford, Yadkin) on DWI and Serious Felony charges since 1991.  Winston-Salem, Kernersville, Clemmons and Walkertown are just a few of the areas served.  Aggressive Trial Representation in All District and Superior Courts.

Extensive Trial Experience: Murder, Rape, Sex Offenses, Robbery, Drug Offenses, Embezzlement and White Collar Crime.  DWI Trials in Superior and District Courts.  Appeals.  Trust Experience.  Over 20 Years of Award Winning Trial Experience.

When selecting an Attorney, the FIRST things they say are usually the most important!  There are 2 kinds of Criminal Attorneys-

-Real Trial Attorneys that ask to see your papers and ask what happened, look at all the discovery available and determine your defense first!  and then there are

-Plea Merchants - who will plea you to something! They start off telling that they will "work it out" which means they will plea you to some crime!

Remember, You Have Rights!  But it takes an Aggressive Criminal Defense Attorney with experience to enforce those rights! 

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Criminal Defense

Defending Your Life

Innocent people are convicted of crimes every day. Even people who have committed some crime are convicted of much worse crimes only to spend the rest of their lives in prison.

If you have been accused of a crime, you are facing a legal battle that will forever change the course of your life. You are up against a prosecution team backed by the resources of the government with a single purpose -- to get a conviction.

Without an experienced criminal defense team fighting for you, you are in an unfair fight . You should act fast and act decisively. Don't wait to take action -- it may save your life!


Driving While Impaired


If you have been charged with driving while impaired in North Carolina and are here, You have a lot more questions than answers.

I can help. Call the Office TODAY 336-996-5900 for a FREE Consultation. I will explain everything that is going on, and how it can affect your future . . . . and I will advise you how I will defend your case.

DWI laws in North Carolina are very complex. From the stop, to the roadside test, to the Arrest, to the breath or blood test, to your rights being advised, and to your release. Every step has been the subject of numerous laws and many more Appelate Cases. It's a Legal Minefield! And you need a well versed and experienced DWI DEFENSE ATTORNEY to represent you.

John Barrow is that Attorney! Over 20 Years of DWI Trials and countless acquittals. Ask around, the word in Forsyth County, Winston-Salem, Kernersville, Walkertown and Clemmons is that John Barrow is the MAN if you are charged with DWI.

Just because you are charged, DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE GUILTY! The law is a demanding thing, and oftentimes the officer that charges you will not do everything required by law during your DWI. If so, that is a defense, and a Defense oftentimes means NOT GUILTY!

Don't Delay, Call my office today! 336-996-5900 To get your case reviewed by ONE OF THE TOP DWI DEFENSE ATTORNEYS in the county! Free of Charge!

If your are serious about your DWI, and you should be because being found guilty or pleading guilty will profoundly change your life for many years to come. Call Today 336-996-5900

Payment Plans are available, so there is no reason not to get my opinion of your case.

DWI defense is both an art and a science. Attorneys handling these complex cases must be well-versed in human physiology, chemistry, electronics and (to a limited degree) the field of psychometrics [for addressing field sobriety testing matters].

In North Carolina several devices are used for breath alcohol testing.   All operate off either infrared spectroscopy or by means of a fuel cell, or both methods of detection/analysis.

There are many ways to challenge evidence from these machines. DWI defense attorneys must understand the internal workings of any breath testing device used in your case in order to be able to cross-examine the state's witnesses effectively on the breath machine's alleged accuracy.

In DWI cases, the "opinion" evidence [about the driver's alleged ‘impairment'] gathered by police officers typically consists of field sobriety test and observations of the way the driver drove, acted, smelled, spoke or walked shortly after being stopped or confronted by the officer. These agility exercises are supposed to indicate that the person suspected of drunk driving was actually impaired or in some way "a less safe driver."  North Carolina Courts have allowed convictions to be sustained upon the highly questionable field sobriety test, even when the officer is untrained in proper administration of field test, or is trained, but does them contrary to training or sometimes when every “clue” of possible impairment is equally or more likely to have been caused by some health or medical condition of the driver, not alcohol or drug use.

Many cases I encounter the field test are not given uniformly or in strict compliance with the “standardized” training that is essential to have any reliability at all.  No scientific basis exists for claiming they are valid indicators of ‘impairment' versus just being too difficult for many people to master as they stand on the shoulder of a busy highway.  Most officers either require the wrong tests or improperly instruct the suspect on how to perform the tests. John Barrow is an experienced DWI defense attorney can sometimes obtain a pre-trial ruling that the so-called ‘field tests' and their alleged indication of impairment must be excluded from evidence (or not be characterized as ‘tests' in front of the jury) due to lack of a true scientific foundation or because the officer gave faulty instructions or failed to demonstrate the way he/she wanted the tests to be performed, or because the officer failed to ask the required screening questions to “qualify” the driver as being a proper test subject.

These are just a few examples of the level of intensive, specialized training and knowledge required in DWI matters. These cases require detailed investigation and discovery of the States case and preparation of the Defense of the case. I can help.

Domestic Violence

What is Domestic Violence?

“Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior in which one intimate partner uses physical violence, coercion, threats, intimidation, isolation, and emotional, sexual, or economic abuse to control the other partner in a relationship. Stalking or other harassing behavior is often an integral part of domestic violence” (FBI, 2001).

“Domestic violence, sometimes called battering, relationship abuse, or intimate partner violence, is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence. Domestic violence is a crime that can include physical abuse, emotional abuse, economic abuse, and sexual abuse” (Safe Horizon, 2007).

“Domestic violence may include not only the intimate partner relationships of spousal, live-in partners and dating relationships, also familial, elder and child abuse may be present in a violent home. Abuse generally falls into one or more of the following categories: physical battering, sexual assault and emotional or psychological abuse, and generally escalates over a period of time” (National Coalition against Domestic Violence, 2005).

Domestic law is an area of law that deals with all aspects of family relations. Domestic law encompasses: adoption , child custody and visitation, children's rights, child support, spousal support (alimony), separation agreements, civilian and military divorce (dissolution of marriage), marital property division (equitable division), elder law matters, estate planning , estates and trusts , wills and will contests, probate , insurance , cohabitation agreements, pre-marital (pre-nuptial) agreements, marriage and other legal issues pertinent to the family.

Domestic law courts generally hear cases pertaining to dissolution of marriage, legal separation of the parties, nullity of marriage, child custody, child and spousal support, elder law legal issues, domestic violence petitions, and estate planning cases like wills, will contests, guardianship, insurance, probate, trusts and other estate related legal issues.

The information contained in this page is intended neither as legal advice, nor to
create an attorney-client relationship. Law is very complicated and you should always consult with an attorney before taking any action.

Serious Injury - Death – Workers Comp


Protecting the employer as well as the employee

It's always a difficult time when an employee gets hurt on the job, but it's a hard time for employers, too. Workers compensation insurance exists in every state to protect employers and employees from the ramifications of injury and illness on the job. Though employees are educated when they are hired, often both employers and employees are not aware of their rights and responsibilities.

What is Workers Compensation?

Workers compensation, or “workman's comp” as it's also known, is insurance provided by your employer, which ensures – by law – that you get paid a portion of your wages that you would otherwise lose to injury or illness contracted on the job. Also, workers compensation laws ensure that your medical bills will be paid. Your employer is required by law to have the forms needed for you to file a claim.

The Law Offices of John Barrow Law help you with your claim.

The information contained in this page is intended neither as legal advice, nor to
create an attorney-client relationship. Law is very complicated and you should always consult with an
attorney before taking any action.



Mediation Dramatically Reduces the Time, Cost, Disruption, Adverse Publicity, Relationship Loss, and Lack of Control Engendered by Litigation.

Seasoned litigators know that nearly all cases eventually settle. The trouble is that it might take years for a pending case to settle, often just before, during or after trial, during the pendency of an appeal, or even during the post-judgment enforcement phase. Years may pass without satisfaction to either party.

Even litigators who profit from protracted litigation feel uncomfortable billing their clients the substantial amounts that are frequently incurred. In addition to legal fees, are costs of experts, document reproduction, and the indirect costs of parties and witnesses leaving work to attend depositions, hearings or interviews with counsel.

Interminable litigation causes disruption for the parties, who must assist in discovery, attend depositions and prepare for trial. Knowledge of the pendency of a dispute creates a feeling of lack of resolution which can be unsettling to individual parties and disruptive in the workplace.

Adverse Publicity.
Matters litigated in court often find a second courtroom in the press. Even without reporting in journals, information disclosed in court is open to the public forever. And public right-to-know regulations make orders sealing the record more difficult to obtain.

Relationship Loss.
Litigation augments adverse postures. No one likes getting sued; and people rarely like the party they sue. Once the die is cast, the parties' counsel strive to gather facts designed to show the strengths of their side and the weaknesses of the other.

Lack of Control.
Judges applying set rules, and juries applying their own perspectives to those facts permitted into evidence, determine the outcome of cases. This determination might not consider all factors the parties to the litigation value most, and conversely might be driven by systematic concerns of no direct importance to the parties. Moreover, the relief the parties most desire -- an apology, a letter of reference, a job, future business, to be understood, a structured settlement -- might not be available in court.

Mediation is a speedier, less expensive route to tailored resolutions, through a confidential process designed to enhance communications and improve relationships.

Speedy Resolutions.
Many matters that would be pending for years have been resolved in mediations lasting one day.

Less Expense and Disruption.
The mediation fee, which can be split by all parties, is a small fraction of the cost of litigation fees incurred over the life of an average case. The truncated mediation process frees parties and witnesses to work undisturbed by depositions, discovery or trial.

Tailored Resolutions.
Mediation permits parties to fashion remedies designed to fit the unique needs, values and circumstances of the parties, permitting "win/win" solutions. Structured payments, letters of recommendation or apology, confidentiality agreements, barter and agreements for future business are just a few of the resolutions available in mediation that parties may not obtain from judgments after trial.

Mediation lets parties keep sensitive matters confined to the bargaining table -- not trumpeted abroad. Plus, the confidentiality of the process, and the confidentiality of caucus sessions (where each party may meet privately with the mediator), encourages the parties to explore the contours of their dispute, their strengths and weaknesses, their interests and their options for resolving the dispute -- with a candor and depth -- that could never emerge in a court context.

Enhanced Communications.
With the guidance of a professional in dispute resolution, modelling active listening skills, parties are encouraged to communicate in more effective ways. This diffuses tensions and misunderstanding that impede negotiations; and, in permitting freer, clearer expression, helps parties find satisfaction in being heard. Communications skills and insights learned through the mediation process last well beyond the resolution of a single dispute.

Improved Relationships.
Employment relationships, ongoing business relationships with trading partners or competitors, family busisess relationships, or even inter-company insurance relationships may all improve as a result of the collaborative nature of the mediation process.

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