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James Morris Balagia

James Morris Balagia

also known as Jamie Balagia, "the Dude"

 This lawyer has been disciplined by a state licensing authority.

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI, Criminal Defense

About Me

“I am dedicated to the zealous defense of my fellow citizens who are accused of DWI, DUI, or other alcohol related matters and drug offenses. I have developed close relationships with a variety of DWI Associated Professionals that assist in the defense of those charged with DWI. These Professionals are experts in the fields of: Standardized Field Sobriety Testing; Breath Test Devices; Blood Draw Analysis (phlebotomy); Urine Analysis; Hair Follicle Analysis; Pulmonary issues; Podiatry (balance and walking) issues; Radio Frequency Interference issues; Video and Audio Analysis; Drug Analysis; Laboratory Quality Assurance issues; Vehicular Safety issues; Accident Reconstruction Experts; Pharmacology; Toxicology; Police Procedure; Private Investigations, Adult Probation, Parole matters and many others.”


 


I have been married for twenty years to my lovely wife, Masae.  We have four children and five grandchildren.  We attend Cornerstone Church in San Antonio and conduct a Bible Study in our home every Wednesday evening.  My greatest joy is to see clients make it through their case successfully and give their lives to the Lord in the process.


 


I got my undergraduate degree at Texas State University and my Law Degree from the University of Texas School of Law.  I was admitted to the Texas State Bar in 1992 and have run my own law office since that time.  I have represented a number of high profile cases in the Austin, Texas area.  I am asked to speak on DWI related issues on the local news channels frequently.


 


I have been to the most prestigeous DWI related training in the nation on a regular basis for the past seven years and am known as the DWI Dude on a national level.

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Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1992

  1. DUI & DWI: 75%
    23 years, 3.8 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
    23 years, 5 thousand cases

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

84 total 

  • Robert Carroll Pate Jr.

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Robert Pate Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Adam Brian Tisdell

    Jaime is one of the best marijuana and DWI lawyers in the Austin and San Antonio areas. If you see the red and blues call his office before you talk to the cops.

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    Adam Tisdell Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Office of Jamie Balagia, P.C.

313 South Main Avenue
San Antonio, TX, 78204-1016

Law Office of Jamie Balagia, P.C.

310 Murray Avenue
Manor, TX, 78653-3877

310 Murray Avenue
P.O. Box 360
Manor, TX, 78653

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199205/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Fully Probated Suspension
    issued in TX, 2014

    updated

    Fully probated suspension means an attorney is technically suspended but may still practice law. The State monitors the lawyer's activities during the suspension to make sure that he or she does not repeat the behavior.

    James’s comment: “I accepted this fair resolution because it was the right thing to do. I failed to properly supervise a (now) former non-lawyer employee to ensure that the person's conduct was compatible with the professional obligations of the lawyer (me). I failed to verify that the employee had obtained a signed written agreement in a contingency based contract. I appreciate that the State Bar completed a full investigation and advised me on how to avoid situations like this in the future.”

  2. Public Reprimand
    issued in TX, 2003

    updated

    Public reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

    James’s comment: “I agreed to take this Public Reprimand, for Failing to Provide a Property Inventory on Request, because I did technically violate the rule. I should have followed the rule and avoided the problem. I should have known I was being set up but let anger get the best of me. Long ago and long forgotten about.”

Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
General Felony CategoryUnited States District Court - Western DIstrict of Texas2015
Super FellowTexas Bar Foundation2015
Charter MemberDUIDLA2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Lawyer-ScientistAmerican Chemical Society2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Super FellowTexas Bar Foundation2014
Charter MemberDUIDLA2014
DWI Defense & Criminal Defense Attorney of the YearConsumer Business Review2014
Lawyer-ScientistAmerican Chemical Society2014
General Felony CategoryUnited States District Court - Western DIstrict of Texas2014
DWI Defense & Criminal Defense Attorney of the YearConsumer Business Review2013
National College for DUI Defense- Summer SessionNCDD2013
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Best S.A. Lawyers - Criminal DUI/DWIS.A. Scene Magazine2013
Super FellowTexas Bar Foundation2013
General Felony CategoryUnited States District Court - Western DIstrict of Texas2013
National College for DUI Defense- Summer SessionNCDD2012
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
DWI Defense & Criminal Defense Attorney of the YearConsumer Business Review2012
General Felony CategoryUnited States District Court - Western DIstrict of Texas2012
FellowTexas Bar Foundation2012
FellowTexas Bar Foundation2011
DWI Defense & Criminal Defense Attorney of the YearConsumer Business Review2011
General Felony CategoryUnited States District Court - Western DIstrict of Texas2011
National College for DUI Defense- Summer SessionNCDD2011
Best S.A. Lawyers - Criminal DUI/DWIScene in SA Magazine2011
Mastering Scientific Evidence in DWI/DUI CasesTCDLA/NCDD2010
DWI Defense & Criminal Defense Attorney of the YearConsumer Business Review2010
FellowTexas Bar Foundation2010
Best S.A. Lawyers - Criminal DUI/DWIScene in SA Magazine2010
General Felony CategoryUnited States District Court - Western DIstrict of Texas2010
National College for DUI Defense- Summer SessionNCDD2010
DWI Defense Attorney of the YearConsumer Business Review2009
Breath Alcohol Technician CourseIndustrial Training & Design ltd.2009
National College for DUI Defense- Summer SessionNCDD2009
FellowTexas Bar Foundation2009
National College for DUI Defense- Summer SessionNCDD2008
Super FellowTCDLA2008
Evidentiary Breath Alcohol TechnicianUS DOT Breath Alcohol Technician Jan Semenoff2007
National College for DUI Defense- Summer SessionNCDD2007
Intoxilyzer 5000 Overview CourseWalden, Platt, and Associates2006
Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Refresher CourseWalden, Platt, and Associates2006
Mastering Scientific Evidence in DWI/DUI CasesTCDLA/NCDD2006
National College for DUI Defense- Summer SessionNCDD2006
Phlebotomy CertificationNorth American Associates of Phlebotomy Technicians2005
National College for DUI Defense- Summer SessionNCDD2005
Maintenance and Repair on the Intoxilyzer 5000 seriesC.E.S. Consulting, Inc.2005
Scientific and Mechanical Operation of the Intoxilyzer 5000Mary McMurray2004
Instructor in the Operation & Maintenance of Intoxilyzer 5000Charles E. Smith of C.E.S. Consulting, Inc.2004
Drug Evaluation and Classification Overview CourseWalden, Platt, and Associates2004
National College for DUI Defense- Summer SessionNCDD2004
Intoxilyzer 5000 series OperatorC.E.S. Consulting Inc.2003
Maintenance Technician of the Intoxilyzer 5000 series OperatorC.E.S. Consulting, Inc.2003

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Municipal Court JudgeCity of Manor, Texas2000 - 2000
OwnerLaw Office of Jamie Balagia1992 - Present
Senior Patrol OfficerAustin Police Department1979 - 1992
Texas Peace OfficerBrenham Police Department1978 - 1979
Security OfficerFederal Government1977 - 1978

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
DUI Defense Lawyers AssociationCharter Member2014 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseFaculty Member2013 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseSustaining Member2012 - Present
NORML Legal CommitteeLifetime Member2012 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State of Texas v. S.B.N/A
United States v. J.C.Client received Federal probation

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Texas DWI Survival GuideA Citizens Protection Manual2013
Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books)Strategies for Defending DWI Cases in Texas2012
NSIDE MagazineWhen You Really Need A DWI Attorney2010
NSIDE Business MagazineBoating While Intoxicated (don't let it happen to you)2010

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Axion Training Institute, Inc.Gas ChromatographyLawyer-Scientist2014
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Texas State University-San MarcosCriminal JusticeBachelor of Science in Criminal Justice1978
Blinn CollegeLaw EnforcementAssociate Arts1976

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
2010 Texas Traffic Institute SeminarDWI from Probable Cause to Reasonable Doubt2010
Texas DWI Top Gun Seminar 2008Direct Examination of the Intoxilyzer Expert2008