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Law Offices of Tim James
Tim James

115 South St.
Nacogdoches TX 75961
(936) 560-3300

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Law Offices of Tim James


Tim James, Attorney at law is a former elected District Attorney and Houston Police Officer who, upon returning to private practice, now specializes in Criminal Defense. Located in Nacogdoches, Texas Tim James brings over 35 years of experience and know how in defending those charged with drugs, DWI or any other criminal charges.

Tim James, shown here with his wife/bookkeeper Pat, is one of only a small number of attorneys in the state of Texas Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Criminal Law. Additionally Mr. James has achieved National Certification with the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Criminal Law.

It is your life and liberty that is on the line. Whether you are charged with Drugs, DWI, DUI, Murder or any other Felony or Misdemeanor you should seek proven, competent representation.

Tim James practices in both State and Federal Court. He has represented clients in most East Texas Courts resulting from cases in Cities such as Nacogdoches, Lufkin, Henderson, Carthage, Rusk, Crockett, Diboll, Jacksonville and San Augustine.

Please note that while no attorney can guarantee a particular result or outcome of any legal matter, the Law Office of Tim James will always exert our best efforts to see that our clients are satisfied with the outcome of their particular legal problem.


Please Call: 936-560-3300

Tim James

Tim James served two terms as the elected District Attorney for the 145th Judicial District of Texas before deciding to return to the private practice of law where he now specializes in Criminal Defense practice.

Mr. James received his BA degree from Texas Christian University in 1963 and attended George Washington University School of Law in Washington D.C. before completing his Juris Doctorate degree at the University of Houston.

Upon graduation from law school in 1967, Mr. James joined the Texas Attorney General's Office as a trial lawyer. In 1968, Mr. James left the Attorney General's Office and joined the Houston Police Department as a patrolman. During the next several years, Mr. James was practicing law and serving as a Houston Police Officer. He was selected as the Houston Police Department's "Rookie of the Year" during his first year on the force.

In 1973, Mr. James was appointed as the Staff Legal Assistant to the Attorney General of Texas and, as such, functioned on the Administrative Staff for the Attorney General with the primary responsibility of heading the Organized Crime Division for the State of Texas.

In 1982, Mr. James was appointed as Administrative General Counsel for the Houston Police Department where he concentrated on the development of Police Policy and Procedure consistent with the standards of Title 42 U.S.C. ? 1983 (the Civil Rights Act). Mr. James was the on-scene representative of the Chief's Office for major threat situations such as SWAT calls, bomb threats, labor disputes, and other unusual situations involving demands for police service.

Mr. James' memberships have included the State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police where he was elected to the General Chairmanship of the Legal Officers Section in 1984-1985. He is a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National College for DUI Defense and has been an instructor or guest lecturer for many institutions and seminars.


Please Call: 936-560-3300

Tim James' career has been highlighted by his selection as Texas Delegate to the National Conference on Organized Crime in Washington, D.C. and as Texas Representative to the International Conference on Narcotics Smuggling sponsored by the Attorney General of Mexico.

In 2000 Tim James was selected by the U.S. State Department and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to travel to Kosovo and assist in the Law Enforcement, Prosecution and Judicial Institution-building effort in that Yugoslavian Province.

Mr. James was the graduation speaker for the 109th Session of the FBI National Academy which he attended and from which he graduated in 1977. He is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mr. James holds the highest TCLEOSE Certification, that of "Master Peace Officer". He is a certified breath test operator and standardized field sobriety test practitioner.

Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Criminal Law


Please Call: 936-560-3300


Please Call: 936-560-3300

Attorney Profile

Tim James

Tim James served two terms as the elected District Attorney for the 145th Judicial District of Texas before deciding to return to the private practice of law where he now specializes in Criminal Defense practice.

Mr. James received his BA degree from Texas Christian University in 1963 and attended George Washington University School of Law in Washington D.C. before completing his Juris Doctorate degree at the University of Houston.

Upon graduation from law school in 1967, Mr. James joined the Texas Attorney General's Office as a trial lawyer. In 1968, Mr. James left the Attorney General's Office and joined the Houston Police Department as a patrolman. During the next several years, Mr. James was practicing law and serving as a Houston Police Officer. He was selected as the Houston Police Department's "Rookie of the Year" during his first year on the force.

In 1973, Mr. James was appointed as the Staff Legal Assistant to the Attorney General of Texas and, as such, functioned on the Administrative Staff for the Attorney General with the primary responsibility of heading the Organized Crime Division for the State of Texas.

In 1982, Mr. James was appointed as Administrative General Counsel for the Houston Police Department where he concentrated on the development of Police Policy and Procedure consistent with the standards of Title 42 U.S.C. ? 1983 (the Civil Rights Act). Mr. James was the on-scene representative of the Chief's Office for major threat situations such as SWAT calls, bomb threats, labor disputes, and other unusual situations involving demands for police service.

Mr. James' memberships have included the State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police where he was elected to the General Chairmanship of the Legal Officers Section in 1984-1985. He is a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National College for DUI Defense and has been an instructor or guest lecturer for many institutions and seminars.

Tim James' career has been highlighted by his selection as Texas Delegate to the National Conference on Organized Crime in Washington, D.C. and as Texas Representative to the International Conference on Narcotics Smuggling sponsored by the Attorney General of Mexico.

In 2000 Tim James was selected by the U.S. State Department and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to travel to Kosovo and assist in the Law Enforcement, Prosecution and Judicial Institution-building effort in that Yugoslavian Province.

Mr. James was the graduation speaker for the 109th Session of the FBI National Academy which he attended and from which he graduated in 1977. He is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mr. James holds the highest TCLEOSE Certification, that of "Master Peace Officer". He is a certified breath test operator and standardized field sobriety test practitioner.

Criminal Law

Types of Cases Include:

  • Armed Robbery
  • Arson
  • Assault
  • Assault & Battery
  • Burglary
  • Car Jacking
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Endangerment
  • Child Molestation
  • Indecency with a Child
  • Controlled Substance Violations
  • Drug Offenses
  • Domestic Violence
  • Driving Under the Influence
  • Drug Offenses
    • Distribution
    • Trafficking
    • Manufacturing
    • Possession
    • Possession for Sale
    • Possession with intent to Distribute
    • Possession of Paraphernalia
    • Transportation
    • Cultivation
    • Cultivation of Marijuana
  • Embezzlement
  • Expunction
  • Fraud
  • Forgery
  • Gaming and Gambling Offenses
  • Guns and Weapons Violations
    • Ex-Felon in Possession
    • Gun Use Enhancements
    • Possession of Illegal Weapons
  • Juvenile Delinquency Matters
    • including all types of Juvenile Crimes
  • Kidnapping
  • Larceny
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder
  • Pornography
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Sex Crimes
    • Sexual Assault
    • Rape
    • Date Rape
    • Statutory Rape
    • Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
    • Indecent Exposure
    • Lewd Conduct
    • Molestation
  • Stalking
  • Terroristic Threats
  • Vehicular Manslaughter
  • Vehicle Code Offenses
  • and all other types of crimes

FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

I think I may have done something wrong. The Police have asked me to come in and talk to them about what happened. They "just want my side of the story."

Talk to your Lawyer first. What the Police probably want is your confession or your version of the story so they can have the opportunity to prove it wrong or to catch you in some intentional or inadvertent falsehood. There are two things to remember:

  1. It is up to the Police to make a case against you and you should not be helping them by having conversations about your case without your Lawyer present.

  2. Sometimes when the Police cannot make the main case against you they will hope to catch you in some false statement so they can file an equally serious charge against you such as the Federal charge of Making a False Statement. Under these circumstances, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GO IN AND TALK TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES WITHOUT FIRST CONSULTING AN EXPERIENCED CRIMINAL LAWYER. If the Police ask you to talk to them you should tell them you would be most happy to do anything that your Lawyer tells you to do and refer them to your Lawyer. He will decide whether you should talk with them or not.

The Police want to search my car or search my home and they are asking me for permission. I am worried about what they might say they found.

Without Probable Cause to search your car or your home the Police must have your consent. You have the Constitutional Right to refuse to give permission for the Police to search. Sometimes when "consent" is given to search your car or to search your home, the Police come upon some contraband which you did not even know was present. It may have belonged to a prior passenger or to some visitor in your home. The Police will charge you with this violation. Since most requests for car searches are done on the highway while the Police are videotaping the stop, it is difficult for the Police to "remember" the facts any differently than shown on the Police video. The refusal of consent is an exercise of your Constitutional Rights and the video will show your refusal. If it is possible, you may want to tell them that you will do whatever your Lawyer tells you to do but you will not consent to any search until you have talked to your Lawyer.

I have been stopped on my way home from church where I took Communion so my breath smells like alcohol. The Officer wants me to do a bunch of tests and take a breath test at the station. Must I do so?

In Texas you have an absolute right to refuse to take a breath test or the Field Sobriety Tests. The three standard Field Sobriety "Tests" consist of the Officer looking into your eyes, having you follow a pen light or other stimulus and deciding whether or not your eyes "jerk" (a test only Officers can see); standing on one foot and counting; walking nine steps, heel to toe, turning around and walking back. All these tests are probably recorded on a video tape and if the terrain is uneven or if you are uncoordinated or overly nervous, your chances of passing these tests may be pretty low. The Officer gives you no points for doing any part of the test correctly but only scores negative points when he decides that you have not performed them properly. If you refuse to perform the tests, the officer may decide to arrest you. If you take them and the officer decides you didn't meet his standards, he will arrest you anyway. It is up to you to decide whether you should "take" the Officer's tests but, if he felt you were not intoxicated he would probably not ask you to take the tests.

Should I take the Breath Test?

Even the manufacturer of the breath testing device used in Texas does not warrant it to be fit for any particular purpose. There is a great debate over whether the machine accurately assesses alcohol concentration because blood alcohol concentration appears to vary depending on gender, weight, consumption of food and many other variables. Since the machine doesn't save any of the breath, you cannot have it re-tested. If a Lawyer simply tells you to take the Breath Test then you should consider changing Lawyers.

The Officer seems so friendly and asks me several questions about matters not even related to my arrest such as sports or local events. Why is this?

It is probably because the Officer wants to have a lot of your speaking on his video camera so that a Jury can later hear every word you say and allow the State to argue that your words are abnormal or slurred due to intoxication. The less you say the better off you are.

Is there a fee for talking to a Lawyer about my case?

Most Attorneys do not charge an initial consultation fee to determine what kind of case you have and make an evaluation of the expenses of representation.

The Lawyer I'm talking to doesn't charge nearly as much to represent me as some of the other Lawyers. Why is this?

The chances are that you will get exactly what you pay for. Many times Lawyers who have little experience or who are just starting out in practice do not charge very much for their service because they are still learning or they know they don't usually try cases and will probably "Plea Bargain" your case anyway. You should not choose a Lawyer based on fee but on competence and experience.


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