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The Law Office of James S. Byrne
James Byrne

216 West Broughton Street, Suite 202
Savannah GA 31401
(912) 373-6529

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Fax: (912) 231-1251
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The Law Office of James S. Byrne


The Law Firm of Attorney James S. Byrne has been aggressively defending clients facing criminal charges since 1999. Over the past 10 years, the Firm has earned an outstanding reputation for diligently defending its clients' rights through all stages of the criminal justice process.

Please Call: 912-238-2881

The Firm's criminal cases range from traffic violations including DUI to complicated drug possession cases and violent crimes. Having established 10 years of experience and dedication to the field of criminal law, the Law Firm of James S. Byrne can be trusted to maintain total confidentiality and to energetically pursue your legal rights and goals.

Please call (912) 604-5387 for an initial case evaluation. Weekend and evening appointments are available.

Please Call: 912-238-2881

Attorney Profile

JAMES SCOTT BYRNE

James Byrne was born in Bloomington, Indiana in 1967.  His mother and father, who were both in the teaching profession, moved to Oswego, New York where James spent his childhood.

After graduating from high school in 1985, James joined the United States Air Force as a crew chief on EC-135, KC-135 and the B-1 Bomber until receiving his Honorable Discharge in 1989.

After leaving the Air Force, James was a private contractor on AWACS aircraft in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for a sub-contractor of Boeing Aircraft.

James returned to the United States and attended college at the State University of New York at Oswego graduating in 1994 with a B.A. in philosophy.

After college, James attended the Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated in 1999 and went into private civil and criminal practice in the metro and surrounding areas.

In 2002, James was hired at a local law firm in Savannah, Georgia and continued his practice of civil and criminal law in Chatham, Bryan, Effingham and Liberty Counties in all State and Superior Courts.

In 2004, James struck out on his own and has developed and focused on a strong criminal defense practice. He has tried all manner of jury trials from traffic offenses to Major Drug and Murder cases.
Many of his cases as well as the outcomes are listed and can be viewed on the website AVVO.com

He is a member of the Savannah Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, as well as the National College of DUI Defense.

He is sworn as a member of the Southern and Northern Federal District Courts of Georgia, as well as the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Criminal Defense

Aggressive and Trusted Criminal Defense Counsel

            Being arrested and charged with a crime is one of the most stressful events that can happen in a persons life.  Even a minor criminal case will trigger stressful questions like: Will I go to jail? Will I lose my job? Will I lose my drivers license? Will this arrest stay on my record? How will this affect my immigration status? Will I have to report this to my boss, or disclose it on my college application?

            A strong defense in a criminal case is the key to your freedom -- and your future. Every criminal case contains uncertainty and the outcome of your case depends upon the facts surrounding the crime charged, the strengths/weaknesses of the evidence, the validity of the enforcement and court procedures, the goals and strategies of the prosecution and, of course, your defense. As your defense attorney I will navigate you through this complicated legal process and educate you about the legal and practical risks and consequences presented by your case and defenses.

            Whether you are being investigated, or you have already been charged with a crime I have earned a reputation for aggressive representation grounded in solid research, thorough investigation, negotiations and preparedness.

 I have counseled hundreds of clients throughout Georgia faced with the worrisome uncertainty of their legal problems, including the crimes of:

  • Drunk Driving/ DUI
  • Murder
  • Trafficking/Sales Possession Marijuana & Cocaine
  • Shoplifting
  • Assault
  • Sex Crimes
  • Bench Warrants
  • Failure to Appear
  • Probation Violations
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Traffic Offenses
  • Domestic Violence
  • Misdemeanors
  • Violent Crimes
  • Gun Violations
  • Internet Crimes
  • Regardless of whether the charge involves Assault, DUI, Shoplifting, Probation, Drugs or Computer crimes my approach to your defense is multi-faceted. Pre-trial motion practice is aggressively pursued to help clarify the issues, to limit the evidence, prevent surprise and eliminate baseless charges.  Your case will be fully analyzed and your options will be thoroughly explained to you. I will handle all major legal aspects of your case personally, from start to finish.

    DUI Defense

    Being arrested for DUI is a scary and nerve racking situation. Most people are upset, confused and have no idea how to proceed. This is why it is important to speak with a trained professional who understands the policies and procedures of not only the court system, but also the protocols followed by law enforcement.

    In many cases you may have only ten (10) business days from your date of arrest to request an administrative license suspension hearing. If you received a document from the officer labeled "Georgia Department of Driver's Services 1205 Form--it is important to speak to an attorney as quickly as possible or your license or ability to drive in the State of Georgia may be suspended automatically.

    I will sit down with you and evaluate your case without charging a fee. Please contact me either through this website or by simply calling (912) 604-5387.

    STANDARDIZED FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS


    These are tests that are completely voluntary. The failure of an individual to submit to a voluntary test, by itself, is not enough to arrest someone for DUI. However, most people do not know they are voluntary because the police do not have to tell a suspect that the tests are voluntary and they simply try to do their best.

    The tests, for the most part are really physical agility tests. You are not allowed to practice and you usually only get one shot in performing them before the police officer makes a "judgment" about whether or not you are impaired.

    How many people can hit a home run at their first time at bat? How many people can bowl a perfect game the first time they play?

    Obviously, very few--but these are the tests that they use to try and take away your liberty.

    The first test is usually the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (commonly referred to as the HGN) Test. This is the only test that has been accepted by the Courts in Georgia as a scientific test--even though it is extremely unlikely that the officer administering the test has any scientific training. This test requires the officer to look for the involuntary jerking of the eyes while a person is following a target object (usually a pen or a finger)with their eyes only.
    However, many officers do not administer this test correctly. They are required to medically qualify a person in order to administer the test. They are required to make 16 passes in front of the subject's eyes with the target object. Since many officers fail to comply with their training, we have the opportunity to get the results of this test suppressed from use at trial.

    The second test is the Walk and Turn Test. Prior to administering this test. The officer will have a suspect assume a heel to toe stance and tell them not to move until he tells them to. The officer will then begin to demonstrate the test. Most people come out of the heel to toe stance in order to get a better look at what the officer is doing. Well-the officer marks that action down as a clue of impairment--as failing to follow instructions and starting the test too soon. Pretty tricky isn't it? Also--if the suspect misses touching heel to toe more than half an inch--then that is also a clue. If you step off the line (which is nearly always an imaginary line) that is also a clue.

    The third test is a One Leg Stand Test. How often does someone ask you to stand on one leg, raise your foot 6 inches off the ground, with your arms at your side and count by one thousands until told to stop? As you can tell there is a reason the second and third tests are not scientifically accepted. They are not tests at all--instead they are designed to make you look impaired for purposes of the DUI Arrest.

    The last roadside test is not a Standardized Field Sobriety Test--but is referred to as a Preliminary Breath Test or "PBT."  Even though these devices give a numerical number--that number is not admissible in a court of law in the State of Georgia. All the officer can testify to is whether or not the suspect tested positive or negative for alcohol in their system. It is important to remember that it is not illegal to have alcohol in your system and operated a motorized vehicle. The State has to prove your Blood Alcohol Content is over .08 grams (for over 21) .02 (for under 21).
    IMPORTANT LINKS FOR YOUR DUI CASE

    ADMINISTRATIVE LICENSE SUSPENSION HEARINGS
    http://www.osah.ga.gov/

    DEPARTMENT OF DRIVER'S SERVICES
    http://www.dds.ga.gov/

    VICTIM IMPACT PANEL GUIDELINES
    http://www.maddga.org/VictimImpactPanelGuidelines.html

    NATIONAL COLLEGE OF DUI DEFENSE
    http://www.ncdd.com/

    RECORDER'S COURT OF CHATHAM COUNTY
    http://www.ci.savannah.ga.us/recorderscourt/rcdocket.nsf

    STATE COURT OF CHATHAM COUNTY
    http://www.chathamcounty.org/jims/

    CHATHAM COUNTY JAIL
    http://www.chathamcounty.org/jims/jail/


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