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Criminal Defense Attorney in Covington, Louisiana

Attorney James Burke

James "Jim" G. Burke, III

Attorney at Law

I earned my J.D. from Louisiana State University's Paul M. Herbert Law Center in 1987 and served as both an Assistant District Attorney and an insurance defender before discovering that I was truly passionate about criminal law. I've been defending the rights of the accused ever since. From drug crimes to sex offenses to DWIs, I provide fearless representation for a wide range of charges in Covington, Mandeville, Abita Springs, Folsom, St. Tammany Parish, Washington Parish and Tangipahoa Parish.
When not in Court, I can be found fishing in the Rigolets , watching LSU play football or playing with my Australian Shepherd.


Let Me Help You Steer Your Ship in the Right Direction

Building Relationships to Last

Trust is of the utmost importance when your future is on the line. You need to feel as though your attorney truly understands your needs and has your best interests at heart. At my firm, I build relationships with my clients. It is my top priority that you feel heard, seen, and valued at every step of the legal process.

Fearlessly Representing You

Some criminal defenders are afraid of taking their cases to court. I provide fearless legal representation—that includes fighting for you in trial if necessary—to seek the results you need to move forward. I believe that you shouldn't settle for a less than favorable outcome, and neither should your attorney.

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Notable REsults

Aggravated Rape

My client was caught having sexual relations with his underage stepdaughter. During trial, I established that the defendant's wife had lied, planted evidence, and removed funds from my client's bank account.

Not Guilty On All Counts


I represented a client arrested and indicted for manslaughter. During trial, character witnesses spoke to my client's good moral standing and I successfully argued that homicide was justifiable given the circumstances.

Not Guilty Verdict

Child Pornography

My client confessed to downloading child pornography after being arrested for illegal content found on his computer. I argued that police failed to do a forensic analysis of the computer and my client's confession was false.

Not Guilty Verdict


A Seasoned Defender Who Tells It Like It Is

Whether you've been charged with domestic abuse battery, a violent crime, a drug offense, or another criminal violation, you need an advocate in your corner who will be straightforward with you from start to finish. At the Law Office of James G. Burke, III, I'm upfront with my clients because I believe that you deserve to know exactly where your case stands and what your options are.

For more than three decades, I have been defending the rights of individuals in Covington, Louisiana, as well as those located in the surrounding areas of Mandeville, Abita Springs, Folsom, and St. Tammany Parish. When you come to me for representation, you'll be met with an experienced professional who delivers transparent communication at every step in the legal process.

In addition to fighting back against criminal charges, I provide guidance to those seeking reasonable bonds or bail, facing probation, considering diversion, and questioning the time limitation for the institution of prosecution in their case. Schedule a free initial consultation with me today to discuss your specific legal issue and start seeking the answers you need to move forward.

In the face of a system that is not always just, I strive to pursue justice on behalf of the people I represent. Why? Because I truly care about protecting your rights and preserving your future when a criminal charge threatens to take your life off course. Whether we can achieve a favorable result outside of the courtroom, or I must take your case to trial, I am prepared to fight for you.