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Marie Barnes represents clients in criminal proceedings and family matters throughout the Bay Area. She provides services in English and Spanish. Whether your freedom is at stake or your marriage has ended in divorce, Marie will evaluate your specific situation. She will guide you through the often emotional process and help you make the best choices to ensure the best possible outcome. Marie understands that no two clients’ needs are the same; everyone has unique situations, there is no one-size fits all solution.

Criminal Defense
When you or a loved one has been charged with a crime you may feel the odds are against you and your choices are limited. Marie understands that to effectively represent a client you have to think outside the box. It is critical to have an attorney that not only is a zealous advocate but one who is able to take the seemingly daunting legal process and simplify it, so the client understands both process and outcome.

Family Law
The decisions made in a family case can affect many people. The choices made, whether a marriage ends in divorce or a couple who never married has a child in common, affects many lives.

When Parties are in Agreement

Despite the high emotions in many family matters, sometimes parties are able to push past those emotions and reach an agreement on some or most issues. In these situations you need an attorney who is willing to work closely with the other party or their attorney to provide a solution that works equally well for both parties. Marie offers a variety of collaborative solutions so you don’t have to spend extra time or money.

Sometimes Litigation is the Only Answer

When taking a collaborative approach is futile, litigation becomes the only alternative. Marie understands that often parties simply cannot agree on any aspect of a divorce or other family matter. From the outset she fully informs her clients of the nature of litigation and the cost involved. There is too much at stake to work with an attorney who is not fully prepared to litigate.

When you are facing challenges in your family that require legal assistance, or if you or a loved one is facing criminal charges, call Marie A. Barnes Attorney at Law at (415) 226-9624.