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James Ralph Aulbaugh III

Criminal defense Attorney at Dallas, TX

5.0   38 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    70%
    DWI, Misdemeanor Assault, Felony Assault, Theft, Burglary, Indecency, Prostitution, Drug Possession, Manufacturing or Delivery

    16 years, 1,500 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    10%
    Driving While Intoxicated (both felony and misdemeanor), Public Intoxication, Obstruction of a Passageway, Intoxication Assault, Intoxication Manslaughter, Felony Murder (DWI 3rd Prior)

    16 years, 800 cases

  3. Sex crime
    10%
    Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, Indecency with a Child, Possession of Child Pornography, Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child, Sexual Assault

    16 years, 25 cases

  4. Personal injury
    5%

  5. White collar crime
    5%

Board Certified Criminal Defense Attorney. Former Chief Felony Prosecutor.

James Aulbaugh is one of the most sought after trial attorneys in the State, representing individuals in the Texas and Federal criminal justice systems, from initial investigation through trial.

James Aulbaugh is a graduate of Texas A&M University (B.S. A. Economics), the Texas Tech University Rawls College of Business (Master of Business Administration) and the Texas Tech University School of Law (Doctorate of Jurisprudence).

After law school, James Aulbaugh served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office for 13 years. During that time, James was assigned thousands of cases to prosecute, ranging from misdemeanors to Capital Murders. Outside of trial, James quickly developed a reputation for reasonableness, acute case analysis, fairness, and integrity while plea bargaining over a thousand cases and dismissing hundreds more. While in trial, James is known to be exceptionally well prepared, critically analytical, and incredibly persuasive to both Judge and Jury. James has participated in over 120 jury trials. As lead prosecutor, James never lost a capital felony trial, first degree felony trial, second degree felony trial, or third degree felony trial.

James held a number of leadership positions while at the Dallas County District Attorney’s office, including Felony Chief Trial Court Prosecutor and Misdemeanor Division Deputy Chief Prosecutor, where he was responsible for the oversight and training of 35 prosecutors. James was also tasked with the training of rookie police officers at numerous municipality police academies in the skills necessary for successful prosecution.

In July 2021, James left the District Attorney’s office to establish the Aulbaugh Law Firm. James now uses his skills, resources, and expertise in the defense of those accused of crimes and those injured by another’s negligence.

As of 2021, of the 106,591 attorneys in the State of Texas, James Aulbaugh is 1 of only 800 attorneys who are Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Notable Cases:
State of Texas vs. David Rickerson – Result: Life Sentence

State of Texas vs. Jeremy Ward – Result: 80 year sentence

State of Texas vs. Leonard Mornes – Result: Life Sentence without Parole

 

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Location

The Aulbaugh Law Firm
3300 Oak Lawn Ave., Suite 700
Dallas, TX, 75219

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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Tunesia | April 1, 2024
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Case DISMISSED!!!!!!
James is an amazing LAWYER, he's very helpful, great at keeping you updated and will make sure to get u the BEST RESULTS!!! I couldn't have chosen better representation... Thanks again for keeping your word and getting me my life back!!!! Very Professional And I'll recommend you to anyone....
Posted by Demont | April 1, 2024
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Professional and Experienced
I have been a client of Attorney James Aulbaugh’s since December of 2021. Prior to hiring him, I had numerous meetings with other attorneys, but each one seemed to either “oversell” their abilities or wanted to provide a “cookie cutter” solution to my legal issues. I hired James because he presented himself as straightforward and honest. He also displayed a level of professionalism above other attorneys I spoke with, both in his personal appearance and in his communication style. Upon initially hiring James, he presented a creative plan of attack for my specific legal matter (concerning allegations of domestic violence) that I didn’t realize was a possibility. I had high hopes that the initial plan to work through my case would provide a more expeditious resolution; unfortunately, the first plan did not go through. Something that stood out to me, was that James didn’t allow that to push him away from the working towards our intended resolution. Our next plan of attack was for me to apply for the Texas Veterans’ Court program. Fairly early on, James requested any necessary documents needed to submit me for the program. At some point in time, I received military orders out of the state of Texas, and James continued to be flexible to keep me updated. After being accepted for the Texas Veterans’ Court program, James and I waited… and waited… and waited. I was confident that he was diligent in finding me answers on the next steps. We never truly received any information from the Veterans’ Court Team, and I don’t know exactly how James did it… but after almost 3 years (now 2024), we got the resolution I wanted… a dismissal. More personal details about how James Aulbaugh helped me: James treated me like a human being during one of the worst times of my life. He was honest and realistic about why some things may have taken longer, or what things could look like in the future for someone in my shoes. Still, at no point in time did he ever make me feel like things were hopeless. The biggest thing I noticed about my interactions with him is that, if I reached out, he got back to me almost immediately! He also had an in-depth knowledge about law that gave me confidence as his client. Overall, I would highly recommend James Aulbaugh. I doubt many people know how to navigate the legal world and build upon an attorney/client relationship the way he does. To James: Thank you. Thank you for representing and defending me, with a genuine interest in seeing the resolution I was looking for. Thank you for treating me like a human being. Thank you… for helping me with me the chance to pick my life back up and keep moving forward.
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Posted by John | March 6, 2024
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The best!
James is the best defense layer you could ask for! He’ll explore every avenue to keep you out of jail!
Posted by Brandon | February 25, 2024
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Weed charge
Got pulled over by DPS in hunt county and got charged with a class B Misdemeanor Called James and he was able to get everything erased from my record like it never happened. He’s the best of the best.
Posted by Courtney | February 16, 2024
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Best lawyer in Dallas!
He did everything he said he would and more!!! Best money spent! Your making the right choice hiring him!
Posted by Tre’Lyon | January 8, 2024
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Tremendous
On top of his game through it all. Put in all the work. Showed that he would go the extra mile for me as his client.
Posted by Kenneth | November 3, 2023
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Would recommend
Very respectful, he did everything and more than he said he would. He has been very helpful and polite. He goes out of his way for his clients and treats them with respect
Posted by Crystal | September 25, 2023
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Business owner
I WILL RECOMMEND MR. AULBAUGH TO ANYONE NEEDING A LAWYER!!! My husband and I were both facing two third degree felony cases a piece and we were referred to him from another lawyer. From the moment we met him, he sat with us in his office for hours and listened to us and explained to us how everything works. I’m very skeptical of people but I felt very reassured that we would be in good hands at that point. He went out of his way to check in on us from time to time, he did exactly what needed to be done and we both got NO BILLED OF ALL CHARGES IN ELLIS COUNTY. ALL CHARGES DROPPED!! If you know like I know, Ellis is a difficult county to beat but we came out with THE VICTORY, THANKS TO MR. AULBAUGH. I can’t thank him enough, because he gave us our life back. A true blessing!!!!
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Posted by Edward | September 22, 2023
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Best Criminal Defense Lawyer
James Aulbaugh is highly experienced and knowledgeable attorney that will do what ever it takes to get the best outcome for you. He is an attorney that will put in the work and protect your rights to the very end. He spent an enormous amount of time on my case writing briefs, going through evidence, filing motions, and making sure my rights were protected. He was in my corner and had my back all the way.
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Posted by Dani | September 20, 2023
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James Will Get You Results! Worth the money
I was involved in a shooting & James was able to get the desired result (From 2-20 years of imprisonment to 6 months misdemeanor deferred probation)!!! Forever Grateful Thank You James
Posted by Christian | September 19, 2023
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Life saver
This man saved my life and kept me out of prison. 15/10. Will recommend to anyone in need of an attorney that never stops working for you.
Posted by Logan | September 9, 2023
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Amazing
Mr. James made sure to keep me up to date on absolutely everything and made sure to take care of me like family. Definitely recommend
Posted by anonymous | July 13, 2023
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POM
James Aulbaugh was able to get my case dismissed with minimal hassle. Also I should note that he is very easy to stay in contact with. Five stars!
Posted by Noel | April 19, 2023
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Best Lawyer!
One of the best lawyers money can buy hands down!! James is a great lawyer, he communicates well with you, always letting you know what's going on in the case. He will fight and fight to get the best results. Broke probation for 6 felony charges and he was able to reinstate me with an additional probation for the new felony charges. Ive had many lawyers and james is definitely a top one, if i run into more legal problems james is definitely who I will be calling. I recommend James to everyone if you dont want to go to jail.
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Posted by James | February 23, 2023
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Beyond Phenomenal
Obtaining the right lawyer is as crucial as obtaining the right doctor or physician. Mr. Aulbaugh not only reassured my family and me that we were in good hands, but he also demonstrated this through his actions. He was beyond thorough in investigating the matter, additionally, in light of the severity of the ordeal, Mr. Aulbaugh took the time out to further counsel me. I am truly thankful for his service, it was a blessing to have him in my corner.
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Posted by Cashea | February 20, 2023
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MUST HAVE ATTORNEY..!!
Hands down the most amazing attorney at work I have ever seen. He gives u more that what money could ever buy. In a county where every attorney I've spoken to about my cases,they have majority flat out refused to work in that county ... But JAME AULBAUGH got me reinstated after running for almost 3 yrs. No prison time,, LIKE A BREEZE. Life changer here.
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Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2023
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Best representation I have ever had!!!!!
He met with me he lined out his plan, payment, you get what you pay for with him
Posted by Brandon | November 18, 2022
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Best Lawyer EVER
I’m on probation for 4 felony charges and i caught a new Felony charge. He got the case dismissed. I’ve had plenty of high profile lawyers and this is literally the BEST experience I’ve ever had. If your reading this I’ll STRONGLY advise you to hire him !!!
Posted by anonymous | November 14, 2022
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Truly Exceptional
James is exceptional. He is easily reachable but more importantly he knows how the system works and what it takes to get you the best possible outcome. Highly recommend James without any reservation.
Posted by Bobby | September 23, 2022
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Ty Hedric. "Posting Publicly "!
This guy for me is the best criminal defense lawyer I know. "He takes care of business!"
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • The Aulbaugh Law Firm, PLLC
  • 2021 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Dallas County District Attorney's Office
  • 2008 - 2021
  • Assosicate
  • Bourland, Wall & Wenzel, PC
  • 2007 - 2008

Education

  • Texas Tech University School of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 2007
  • Texas Tech University
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 2007
  • Texas A&M University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Texas vs. S.P.
  • No Bill by Grand Jury
  • Lead Prosecutor - State of Texas vs. Jeremy Ward
  • 80 year sentence
  • Lead Prosecutor - State of Texas vs. David Rickerson
  • Conviction with Life Sentence
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Associations

  • Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2011
  • TDCAA - Texas District & County Attorney Associati
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2021
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2021
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Ten Year Service
  • Dallas County
  • 2018
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (44)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"James & I worked together for several years in the 194th in Dallas Co. I was a Court Probation Officer & he was an Assistant District Attorney. I learned a ton from James & eventually became a criminal defense attorney myself & still value the knowledge I gained from him while we worked together. His work ethic, character, & listening skills are top-notch. He's pragmatic & flexible. His experience as a prosecutor in multiple roles is priceless & gives him a serious edge in criminal defense. Don't hesitate to choose James as your advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. James is an excellent attorney who cares about his clients. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent attorney who will fight for justice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"James' work ethic is top notch and he works tirelessly to achieve great results. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've worked with and against James on previous cases. He is always extremely prepared and very knowledgeable of the facts and issues of his case. Always very smooth and comfortable in the courtroom. A client would be well served by his representation. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"James is thorough and will represent you well. His knowledge of the law and familiarity with the system makes him a force to contend with. And on top of that, he is honest and will take your case seriously"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known James for almost 15 years. He's a hard worker, and takes his cases and clients seriously. He cares about his clients, and has the trial and courthouse experience to serve his clients well. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is well respected throughout the courthouse. He is always prepared and never afraid to tackle difficult issues. As a result, he is a fantastic advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer with no reservation. An extremely, knowledgable talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. Very hardworking and diligent. Consistently achieves superior results. Advice is always practical and on point. I recommend to anyone."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known James for years and worked as opposing counsel on cases where he was the prosecutor. He was always intelligent, well-prepared, fair, and ethical. I am sure James will bring the same level of intelligence and preparedness combined with compassion for his clients to his criminal defense practice. I cannot recommend James highly enough."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known James for 10+ years, he is a great lawyer. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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