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|Assistant District Attorney||Office of Berks County District Attorney||1990 - 1993|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Hope Rescue Mission||Board Member||2010 - Present|
|Berks County Bar Association||Member||1994 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||Member||1994 - Present|
|Mid-Atlantic Air Museum||Member||N/A|
|Widener University School of Law||Law||Juris Doctor||1988|
|Florida State University||Criminology||MA - Masters||1985|
Posted by Chad Fitterling
I can not put into words just how thrilled I am with the service I received from Mr. Barnes! He is a very experienced, competent, focused and resourceful attorney. More important then that however, He is also friendly, honest, hard working, and down to earth as a person. I was in dire need of a lawyer when I contacted Mr. Barnes. Prior to meeting with him, I had been representing myself in a criminal case in which I was being charged with an M1 misdemeanor. I was potentially facing up to 5yrs in prison and over 10,000$ in fines. Mr. Barnes met with me in his office for a totally free consultation and I felt very confident right away in his ability to handle my case. Throughout the next couple weeks leading up to my hearing Mr. Barnes did an excellent job of keeping me up to date on my case and never seemed too busy to return my numerous calls/texts. He kept me in the loop of all the conversations he had with the Judge, District Attorney, and Assistant DA assigned to my case. Something in particular that I was very happy with the honesty Mr. Barnes has. He never once pressured me to change my guilty plea I had already entered or make any suggestions to even hint at trying to "lie my way out of it". I found this to be especially refreshing as the lawyer I had dealt with in the past seemed all to eager to try and find a way out of everything instead of using actual skill and experience to handle the case. Mr. Barnes demonstrated complete professionalism at all times and was much more interested in using his experience and abilities to handle my case. It was very nice to see some lawyers are still honest! Mr. Barnes was also very patient with me and took a genuine interest in my unique situation. He helped me out greatly by allowing me to arrange a payment plan with him and went the extra mile to even allow me to make the final payment after the case was already finished, and I had my final sentencing hearing. In the end he was able to get one of my charges completely dropped, and reduced my sentence from 5yrs and a $10,000 fine to a couple years probation with restitution! I could not be happier with the outcome. What made this especially impressive was that my case was outside of berks county and Mr. Barnes had never dealt with or even heard of the judge assigned to my case prior to handling my hearings. I truly mean it when I say that I could not be happier with my experience, and the service I received from Mr. Barnes. I can not put into words the gratitude I have for all that he has done for me and by helping me to remain out of jail and continue to work and get my life back on track for myself, and my family. Mr. Barnes will continue to represent me in the future (thankfully not for another criminal case!) and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone. As I said before he is very experienced, professional, honest, and hard working. I can't thank him enough for all his help. Mr. Barnes has also agreed to stay in contact with me and answer any questions I may have during my probation. If you are in need of a lawyer for any reason at all please don't think twice about getting in touch with Mr. Barnes to set up a consultation. You will not regret it!
Posted by A Very Satisfied Client
I should have learned the first time, but I didn't. I was charged last year with retail theft, Up to that point, I had never been involved with the courts before. I was very worried about having a criminal record, so I called Mr. Barnes. After meeting with me, he contacted the Berks County District Attorney's Office to arrange for my placement into an ARD program. He explained that the requirements I had to meet in it were similar to being on probaton, however, after completing the program, my record would be wiped clean.
After being placed in the program, I was charged again with a second retail theft. I was crushed, because, Mr. Barnes had advised me that if I was charged again, I would most likely be removed from the program and if convicted would have a criminal record. Foretunately for me, Mr. Barnes was able to convince the prosecutor and the judge that I should get one more chance. They agreed and I was placed on the ARD program a second time.
Throughout both cases, Attorney Barnes was a great counselor and friend! If you need a terrific lawyer who not only knows what he's doing, but also cares about his clients, get in touch with him. You'll be glad you did!
Posted by A criminal defense client
When I first contacted Attorney Curtis E. Barnes, I thought my life was over. I was charged with numerous criminal violations, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The charges stemmed from allegations my wife falsely made against me. She claimed I stabbed her with a knife during a domestic assault. At my hearing, during cross examination of my wife, Mr. Barnes was able to get her to admit she stabbed herself and then tried to blame it on me! At the end of the hearing, all charges were dismissed! Curt, thank you so much. If you need a great attorney, get in touch with Curtis E. Barnes.
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