Burney & Jones, PLLC

DWI, Drug, Criminal & Traffic Offenses, Driver's license suspension & appeals, Probation Violations, Expungements, Domestic Violence, Domestic/Family Law

We are trial attorneys. Since 1926 our firm has practiced in the courtrooms of New Hanover County. We strive to honor our heritage with a continued passion and commitment to legal excellence. We are privileged to enjoy a reputation as effective yet compassionate advocates.

We at Burney, Jones & Coleman employ our talents, creativity, and expertise in the defense of Impaired Driving (DWI), Felony, Misdemeanor, Juvenile, and Traffic offenses. We also handle Domestic/Family Law issues. Ours is largely a referral-based clientele reflective not only of our expertise but also of our dedication to each client’s individual circumstances.

Additionally, our areas of practice include: Domestic Violence (50B and 50C Protective Orders), Custody, Child Support Establishment and Enforcement, Juvenile Delinquency, Abuse, Neglect and Dependency, Alimony, Separation Agreements, Prenups, Legitimation, Name Changes, Warranty and Quitclaim Deeds and Divorce.

If YOU are in need of legal representation or simply have questions, contact us and we will be glad to assist. Our criminal consultations whether by telephone or in our office are without cost or obligation. If you are still uncertain, ask a friend! We’ll be expecting your call!

[01/04/18]   Both New Hanover and Pender County Courthouses are closed today! Please stay warm and safe. If you had court scheduled for today, please call us next week to get your new court date.

[11/16/17]   Sharing from one of our local Public Defenders:

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District attorneys offer veterans a ‘clean slate’ for missed court dates, ‘snowballing’ charges | Port City Daily


portcitydaily.com WILMINGTON — District Attorneys Ben and Jon David announced today a plan to help veterans clear up compounded criminal charges from missed court dates, “snowballing” charges that may bar them from…

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DWI, Drug, Criminal & Traffic Offenses, Driver's license suspension & appeals, Probation Violations, Expungements, Domestic Violence, Domestic/Family Law

Texas Inmates Donated Nearly $54,000 for Hurricane Relief


Inmates in Texas donated almost $54,000 of their commissary money to assist those affected by Harvey!


nytimes.com More than 6,600 offenders held by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice gave money from their commissary accounts for Hurricane Harvey aid.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. On October 13th, Pender County Clerk of Court, Elizabeth Craver, organized for Pender County to have their awareness day. Clerks, Magistrates, District Attorney's Office, Judges, Juvenile Director, Security, and Private Attorneys partcipated by wearing purple.

We work very closely with Legal Aid and provide pro bono expungement services for qualified participants. If you're in need of an expungement but can't afford to hire an attorney, this is a great event!

Also, new expungement laws are coming into effect later this year that will decrease the 15 year waiting period to 5, and will allow for more dismissals to be expunged. Please contact us if you would like to get more information on cleaning up your record.

NC "Brunch Bill" signed into law


Big changes for the brunching crowd!


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Many thanks to the wonderful people at Wrightsville Beach Magazine for including us in their May issue!

(Small typo- should read 2016).

Today wraps up this year's Lawyers For Literacy program! Attorneys read with groups of students (mostly kids books about people in US history) for several weeks and they receive a book at the end to take home!

New Hanover County Government, NC

This is truly a problem here in our community. We see it daily, and in every aspect of our practice: clients who are accused of possessing/selling (adults and juveniles), clients who lose their kids to DSS, clients who can't pay their child support, etc. We too hope to be part of the community solution.

The #opioid epidemic is having a profound impact on our entire community, creating a ripple effect that touches all of our lives. Watch this #NHCgov video to hear from local leaders who are committed to fight this crisis.

Frank, Kristen, and Emily celebrating the 70th Azalea Festival this past Friday!

New Hanover County Teen Court

Local news story about Teen Court. North Carolina is the only state where 16 year old are considered adults. Teen Court allows a second chance for teens to move forward without charges as a result of bad decisions being on their records. Teen Court is run by teens, as they fill every role but the judge. If you watch closely, you can see our own, Emily Jones, filling that role!

This is the story that aired about Teen Court on February 10th while I was out of town. Great story, Susanna Black. This is the night we had a record number of 194 student volunteers sign in.

Enjoying the New Hanover County Bar party this past weekend!

Local Judge Doubles As School Crossing Guard


www.wect.com He's been a familiar face on the bench in New Hanover and Pender counties for more than 25 years - Judge J. Corpening is a staple in our local judicial system but what many may not know, is this de...

Voter Crimes – North Carolina Criminal Law

Justin Timberlake is now saying "Bye Bye Bye" to the selfie he posted while voting this week. Publishing such photos is misdemeanor crime. While we encourage everyone to exercise their right to vote, see the below link about voting crimes here in NC!

CNN story on Timberlake: http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/26/entertainment/justin-timberlake-selfie/

North Carolina voting crimes: http://nccriminallaw.sog.unc.edu/voter-crimes/

nccriminallaw.sog.unc.edu It’s election season, and friends and family have asked me a few questions about crimes associated with voting. I’m not an expert on election laws – here at the School of Government, Bob Joyce is our go-to guy on such issues – but I’ve tried to respond correctly. Read on for the questions and answer...

City of Wilmington, NC Government

Take the citywide #PeaceChallenge! Here are some of #WilmingtonNC & New Hanover County Government, NC's finest dancing for peace! Think you've got the moves? Wilmington, NC Police Department Wilmington, NC Fire Department New Hanover County Sheriff's Office New Hanover County Fire Rescue

DMV drops road sign test for drivers renewing their licenses


newsobserver.com Renewing your driver’s license? You won’t need to take a test on what the colors and shapes of road signs mean.

Happy Friday!! 😁 we hope you have a safe and wonderful weekend!

Johnny Small spends first night out of prison after 27 years


starnewsonline.com Johnny Small, 44, had his conviction vacated in a 1989 killing. Now his attorneys want him declared innocent.

[08/05/16]   How can I morally justify defending the guilty? Everyone, even the guilty criminal - especially the guilty criminal - needs a companion, a friend, someone to stand with him and for him. I am obligated to be faithful to my client and not to abandon him, to be there for him, to put his interests before my own. Jesus died for the guilty - what great wonder is it that I am called to serve the guilty?--Allegretti

Happy Monday!

He was arrested for meth, but the crumbs in his car were Krispy Kreme doughnut glaze


Sticky situation...

charlotteobserver.com An Orlando man was charged with possession of crystal meth with a gun, but a state crime lab proved him right – it was actually glaze from Krispy Kreme donuts.

Wake N Bake announces downtown Wilmington location |


foodies.blogs.starnewsonline.com Port City Foodies Wake N Bake announces downtown Wilmington location Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 12:47 by Paul Stephen Popular Carolina Beach doughnut shop Wake N Bake Donuts will soon call the Port City home as well. Owner Danny Tangredi announced plans to open a satellite location at 114 Princess St....


5 things to know about the new vehicle laws about to go into effect....


“I begged him and begged him all the time, please go get help, but you can’t make them. You can’t make them go get help.”

Frank and Emily supporting the Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (WARM), at their annual gala!

Look Before You Lock - Judge J.H. Corpening, II


Chief District Court Judge and Community Child Protection Team Chairman Judge J.H. Corpening, II reminds you to Look Before You Lock. Hot cars can be lethal.


Be careful- law enforcement is cracking down on speeding. If your lead foot happens to get you in trouble, you'll know who to call!



Come for The Dixie Grill's Food, Stay for the Stories


Frank Jones was quoted in an article about one of his favorite local lunch spots!

ourstate.com At this Wilmington mainstay, everyone’s welcome to write a chapter of their own.

[02/18/16]   “A criminal lawyer is a person who loves other people more than he loves himself; who loves freedom more than the comfort of security; who is unafraid to fight for unpopular ideals; who is willing to stand next to the uneducated, the poor, the dirty, the suffering, and even the mean, greedy and violent, and advocate for them not just in words, but in spirit; who is willing to stand up to the arrogant, mean-spirited, caring and uncaring with courage, strength, and patience, and not be intimidated; who bleeds a little when someone else goes to jail; who dies a little when tolerance and freedom suffer; and most important, a person who never loses hope that love and forgiveness will win in the end.”


Attention job seekers! This one's for you!

This year's Lawyers For Literacy bunch! We meet once a week to have one on one time with students. We help with reading, comprehension and writing, and make it fun for them! If you're interested in helping, volunteers are always welcome!

WECT : Victim of jury duty scam speaks out to warn others


m.wect.com NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A New Hanover County man says he lost $4,500 after falling victim to a scam. He did not want to share his name, but told us his story in hopes of stopping someone el

Happy Friday!!

[01/08/16]   Star Wars fans beware: don't go strutting around in your Stormtrooper costume, or you could get arrested.


16 big changes Cape Fear residents can expect in 2016


starnewsonline.com SOUTHEASTERN N.C. -- New Year's Day brings no shortage of promises, plans and resolutions that fail to materialize during the next 12 months. Thankfully, some changes come with a timeline, including several projects and law changes scheduled for 2016 in the Cape Fear region. We've pulled together 16…

That Little Lawsuit Against Uber Just Got Bigger — And Could Take Down The Sharing Economy |...


There may soon be some changes with Uber this year.

news.vice.com A California Judge just cleared the way for as many as 160,000 Uber drivers to sue the company in an effort to be reclassified as permanent employees.

News Roundup


Looks like North Carolina laws are catching up with the Uber craze. Check out this article from the School of Government that outlines the regulations for Uber. http://nccriminallaw.sog.unc.edu/need-a-ride-call-uber-its-officially-regulated/

nccriminallaw.sog.unc.edu A UNC School of Government Blog

[11/13/15]   Fun fact Friday: the Internet has been around for 25 years today.

[11/12/15]   Are you looking to give back to the community? The Guardian ad Litem program is hosting a community-wide event to help children in foster care in New Hanover and Pender Counties through their Gingerbread Tree event. Most of these children have been through so much in their lives, usually at no fault of their own, and deserve some joy throughout this holiday season.

These children have generated a "wish list" of items. The age and gender of the child is listed on each list. All unwrapped items need to be turned in by December 2.

If you would like to participate, you can email lee.c.olson@nccourts.org, or call 910-251-5755 to select a child’s wish list. You may also contact our office for information, or to drop off items.

Many organizations who have partnered in prior years are unable to commit to helping our local foster children this year. To help meet their needs during the holidays, the Guardian ad Litem program has committed to taking more wish lists, so they need your help now more than ever!

A fun night at Wilma's Women to Watch event!

[10/16/15]   Fun story Friday: A man in Maryland robbed a store and tried to use Uber for his getaway car.


Luckily, Burney & Jones can help you with both your Criminal AND Family Law needs! Give us a call today!

We practice Criminal Law in New Hanover County, and offer free criminal consultations. We also provide Family Law services in both New Hanover and Pender Counties.



Wilmington Star News has ballots open for their 2015 ShorePicks. We would love for you to vote Burney & Jones, PLLC for best legal services!!


starnewsonline.secondstreetapp.com StarNews Media is proud to present ShorePicks 2015 The Best of the Cape Fear Region. This year we have even more categories and advertisers participating, which promises to make this the best ShorePicks to date.

[08/25/15]   Need an experienced attorney to help you with your legal needs? As of today, Frank Jones has been licensed to practice law for thirty years! Give us a call for free criminal/DWI consultations, and see for yourself what an attorney with thirty years of experience and a wonderful reputation can do for you!

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110 N 5th Ave
Wilmington, NC

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Friday 08:30 - 17:00
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