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James Richie Owen

DUI and DWI Attorney at Knoxville, TN

5.0   96 reviews

also known as James R. Owen

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  • Licensed for 27 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1997
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    40%

    27 years, 5,000 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    25%
    Experienced and aggressive criminal defense lawyer.

    27 years, 5,000 cases

  3. Violent crime
    10%

    27 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Domestic violence
    5%

    27 years, 1,000 cases

  5. Expungement
    5%

    27 years, 1,000 cases

  6. Juvenile law
    5%

    27 years, 1,000 cases

  7. Speeding and traffic ticket
    5%

    27 years, 5,000 cases

  8. White collar crime
    5%

    27 years, 1,000 cases

KNOXVILLE CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY. CALL NOW FOR A FREE PHONE CONSULTATION.

James R. Owen has successfully defended more than 3000 DUI cases in East Tennessee and Knox County.

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014
Client's Choice
2023 2021 2020 + 6 ...

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Location

The Owen Law Firm

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  96 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | July 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent outcome!
James was able to get my DUI case dismissed completely. He has always been friendly and professional. I highly recommend him, you won't be disappointed!
Posted by Wayne | February 23, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI and Speeding
I was arrested in August ‘23 for DUI and speeding. At the time I had been traveling back and forth between Pittsburgh and Chattanooga to take care of my mother in hospice. I had accidentally taken a night time pill before I left for my trip back to Pittsburgh. In Bradley County Tennessee the pill began to take effect and I was pulled over. After I posted bail I read several reviews and prayed about it, and determined James Owen was best because his reviews continually refer to the fact he is fair and honest. Mr. Owen was professional and efficient throughout the entire process, and always seemed to get information that was necessary for the case. At my sessions court hearing Mr. Owen was able to craft a deal that was better than I expected. (Bradley County Tennessee is known to be tough.) The judge even commented on how well my attorney represented me. In short, I would recommend James Owen for any DUI/DWI representation. He truly is fair and honest and obviously has developed a network that allows him to negotiate successfully for his clients.
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Posted by Grey | January 31, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Well beyond Expectations
So first I waited till last minute to try to do something about my nasty speeding ticket. I had received a ticket for driving 40 in a 15 school zone. I called his office at 9 Monday with my court date being the coming up Friday he took the case on no problem. Extremely respectful, fast and easy to talk too, he had told me up front that the speeding ticket was ugly and there still might be repercussions even with hiring him for $500. But of course anything was better than what was coming. I was able to give him quick easy payment over the phone because I’m from NC and I received the ticket in Newport TN. So Friday came around and he showed up to court for me and was able to do much more than what was expected. He got my ticket dismissed with no extra fines or anything! So I am very grateful for what he did and I would highly recommend Mr.Owen.
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Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Move over law
Mr. Owen helped with what seemed like an impossible situation: out of town truck driver with small company, clean driving record, and then hit with a pretty serious failure to move over ticket. It was bad timing - financially. I have a kid that's just starting to drive/plan college, wife was in between jobs, and my company wasn't going to help - not even provide a copy of camera footage. In fact, I could have lost my job, not to mention what this would have done to my insurance. Never mind how I was going to have to take time off work, drive back to TN and appear in court to try and fight a losing battle myself? I was hoping Mr. Owen could get this reduced (I wasn't very hopeful) but he got it dismissed completely! Well worth the money! Hoping I never need a traffic attorney again, but if I did I wish I could always use Mr. Owen. He doesn't hand hold, he just gets things done. Actions speak louder than words. And there's not enough thanks to express how much he helped me and my family with this.
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Posted by Johnathon | July 11, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
First class lawyer!
Mr Owen came highly recommended to me, he was everything and more that they said he was! Very professional, gracious and courteous. He took extra time to talk to me and I felt like I had known him all my life. He was able to present my case and have everything in place before I even got to the court room. Due to unfortunate circumstances I was forced to hire a lawyer, but he made the process seamless and exceeded every expectation I had! If something were to ever happen again, he will be my first call! In ending, money well spent!
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Posted by Greg | May 17, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Absolutely excellent lawyer
I had received and DUI and possession charge back in 2017 which also turned into a failure to appear. In the fall of 2022, I retained Mr. Owen as my lawyer. He immediately got me re-bonded and a new court date set. During this time, I was also dealing with legal issues in 3 other states, including Alabama where I live. He and paralegal Jody worked with me on coordinating all of these other charges and how they would affect my case in TN. When the final court date arrived, He was able to get my DUI and possession dismissed and the charges down to paraphernalia and failure to appear (both misdemeanors). I could have never imagined that would be the outcome. I am extremely grateful to Mr. Owen and Jody for the outcome and how things were handled throughout. I highly recommend using them for whatever your charges may be.
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Posted by Benjamin | February 13, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
From start to finish he was excellent.He was recommend from a friend of his.I needed some one who could work with my situation an he was very good in making a deal that worked with me.As he is a veteran he is very big on helping other veterans like me. Putting the phase veterans helping veterans tells you what kind of lawyer an fellow veteran an man Mr Owens is.He is one of the nicest people I am proud I got to meet.If he ever needed me as 1 brother to another I'd be there or recommend him to any one.He does his firm an practice in law proud.
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Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Speeding ticket dismissal
James was priced very good and handled everything very well. I was able to achieve a dismissal upon court cost payment. This would have been the third ticket in a year if it had went on my record.
Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend James Owen - good listener and communicator in court
James Owen was hired to handle charges of misdemeanor domestic assault against my son which were loosely based. After posting bail, Mr. Owen immediately consulted with my son, and spent the necessary time to understand the incident and surrounding circumstances. This enabled him to represent my son before the prosecutor and explain the incident. His discussion with the prosecutor explained the rest of the story and established terms with the prosecutor that enabled a full dismissal since full compliance was met before the next court date. Mr. Owen's professionalism and experience with the prosecutor and judge contributed to a successful result. I would highly recommend consulting with attorney James Owen to represent prospective clients based on his willingness to help, and his expert knowledge and experience in this area of law.
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Posted by Tom | July 9, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Client
James was exceptionally competent, caring, and communicative. It was such a relief that we hired James - especially give the successful outcome!
Posted by Sergio | April 1, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Sitation dismissed (no any points)
I was stopped for using the phone (but I only looked at the navigator) and driving on the left lane, but the lawyer helped to remove all the violation and prove my innocence. Quickly and efficiently.
Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Exceeded Expectations
Mr. Owen exceeded all of our expectations and got our case dismissed. Very thorough and well prepared.
Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Positive Comments
I really appreciated that I did not have to do anything on the court date and he walked me through what to do during the process which made the whole situation less stressful.
Posted by Steve Bennett | August 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great job
Great job and he talks with you personally I’ll use them again if I have too.
Response from James Owen August 27, 2021
Thanks for your kind words. I was so happy that we got your case dismissed. I hope you do not need me again. But, if you do, I will be happy to help.
Posted by Jami | June 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
I will definitely refer people to Attorney Owens. He was very attentive and thoroughly explained all the processes we would go through. He is an excellent attorney!! His staff was also very helpful.
Posted by Steven | March 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent and Professional
Mr. Owen was the right choice for my case. He and Jody were always available to help and explain the progress and dates of my case. With every meeting we had I felt Mr. Owen was working hard and doing everything possible for the best outcome. And Mr. Owen was able to get my case dismissed, the best outcome possible. Thanks for all you hard work, very much appreciated. I would recommend Mr. Owen to anyone facing legal issues.
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Posted by Bart | January 12, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Criminal Defense Attorney
James is an Excellent Attorney. He understands the stress of a legal battle and is always available to answer questions or assist in resolving the case. He provided all the information and resources we needed in our case. He worked well within the system to resolve our case and obtain a favorable outcome for all involved. We highly recommend him!
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Posted by Andy | July 10, 2020
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Extremely satisfied
James was up front about what he expected as a result of my case, with likely outcomes. He got me the best case scenario, and his price was reasonable.
Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Case dismissed
Mr. Owen represented me in a case which was my first offense, and by following his recommendations my case got dismissed entirely. He is professional and efficient, and essentially handled everything.
Posted by Laura | March 6, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Atticus Finch
In my opinion, the best way to describe James Richie Owen lies in a quote (regarding the lawyer Atticus Finch) from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.” That’s the kind of lawyer James Richie Owen is. I’d never been arrested and was extremely scared of what would happen to me. From the day I met James (in my first consultation) all the way to him getting my case dismissed many months later, I always felt James listened to me describe the details of my case as if it was happening to him; and I strongly believe that’s how my case ended with a dismissal. James Richie Owen will fight for you as if he’s fighting for himself. I highly recommend and respect him as a lawyer and a person.
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Response from James Owen March 9, 2020
Thank you for your kind words. I am so happy we got your case dismissed.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Owen Law Firm
  • 2016 - Present
  • Founding Board Member and Secretary
  • Friends of Knox County Recovery Court, Inc.
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The Garza Law Firm, PLLC
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Supervisor for DUI Court Lawyers
  • Knox County Public Defender Community Law Office
  • 1997 - 2014
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Office of William F. Travis
  • 1995 - 1997
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Education

  • University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • East Tennessee State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State Of Tennessee versus Davis
  • Appeal dismissed in favor of the Defendant
  • State of Tennessee v. J.M.
  • DUI charge reduced to Public Intoxication, 30 days unsupervised probation.
  • State of Tennessee v. F.S.
  • Case dismissed at motion to suppress because Tennessee law states that a red light violation does not occur when the driver enters the intersection on yellow.
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Associations

  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • Superior DUI Defense
  • 2017 - Present
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Top Attorney
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • Top Attorney
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • Memeber
  • 2016 - Present
  • Friends of Knox County Recovery Court
  • Founding Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Friends of Knox County Recovery Court
  • Secretary
  • 2015 - Present
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2018
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • ASLA Top 100 Lawyer
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017
  • Top Ten DUI/DWI Attorney
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2017
  • Superior DWI Attorney
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2017
  • High Professional Achievement and High Ethical Standing
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top Ten DUI/DWI Attorney
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2016
  • Top Attorney
  • CityView Magazine
  • 2015
  • Certified DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • 2014
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • CLO New Lawyer Training Session
  • Introduction to DUI practice in Knox County
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (38)
Endorse James
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Owen is a highly intelligent and aggressive trial lawyer. He is very experienced and among the toughest in the courtroom. The representation you will receive from him is top notch."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James Owen. I have seen James in court for his clients many times, and he is an experienced, knowledgeable, and well-respected attorney who works hard to zealously advocate for his clients. I would be pleased to recommend him to my own clients for consideration whenever the need arose for his criminal defense expertise."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have seen Mr. Owen in action and he zealously represents his clients and consistently receives positive results for them. I wholeheartedly endorse him."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Violent crime Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. As a member of the DUIDLA, Mr. Owen is committed to excellence in defending DUI cases."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Other
"Highly respected and overall a great attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is a highly skilled and respected lawyer"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. As a fellow member of DUIDLA, I can attest that this lawyer knows how to defend his clients. Education, passion, and hard work."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James and I attended the NHTSA DUI Standardized Field Sobriety Training together as well as the TACDL DUI seminar. His knowledge of DUI law is second to none. Not only is James an excellent attorney but he is also a great person who is easy to talk to. I have no doubt that any client faced with criminal charges is in good hands with James."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the fantastic opportunity to work with James early in my legal career. James is passionate about providing quality legal representation to his Clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"James is a fantastic lawyer who has the experience and know-how to accomplish amazing results for his clients. You will have a hard time finding a better, more likeable attorney to handle your defense."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Owen has handled thousands of DUI cases in Knox County as well as general criminal cases over the years. His extensive exposure to the court system in Knox County through his years as a former public defender have also made him very familiar with all the judges and prosecutors and with what can be done with a case."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"James and I have handled cases together and I have had the opportunity to see him in action many times in DUI Court. James had handled thousands of DUI cases during his career in Knoxville and Knox County. He takes the time to help his clients understand what they are up against, goes through the evidence against them with a fine-toothed comb, and isn't afraid to take them to trial. He is well-respected by the judges and prosecutors. He is worth every penny of his fee."
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Knoxville DUI and DWI Lawyer James Richie Owen
James Richie Owen
DUI and DWI Attorney
Knoxville, TN
Licensed for 27 years
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