Former Tarrant County Assistant Criminal District Attorney (13 years); Top Rated 10.0 Defense Attorney AVVO; 2012 and 2014 AVVO Client Favorite Award; 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Fort Worth Magazine Lawyer Worth Knowing in Criminal Law. These recognitions demonstrate Lisa's responsive and compassionate attitude toward her clients. Lisa is lawyer who truly endeavors to help her clients, who will listen to her clients and answer every question with respect, then zealously fight to get the best possible resolution for every client.
When Lisa was a prosecutor in the Tarrant County District Attorney's office, she handled a myriad of felony, misdemeanor, and juvenile trials, along with working in the narcotics, occupational driver's license, mental health, and CPS units. Now as a defense attonrey, she uses that experience to pick apart the State's case and negotiate aggressively with the prosecutor. Lisa attends extensive criminal defense training each year in multiple aspects of criminal law (particularly DWI) and has qualified for membership in the College of the State Bar of Texas as a result.
Lisa Haines works proactively from the start of a case to get the best possible outcome for a client, sometimes even getting the charge reduced or no-billed by the grand jury. Grand Jurors review all felony charges to evaulate whether there was probable cause for that defendant to have been arrested. Over the past 7 years as a defense attorney, Lisa has regularly presented to the Grand Jury and succesfully fought to get cases no-billed, i.e., dismissed. Having been a Tarrant County Grand Jury prosecutor for many years in the Tarrant County DA's Office, Lisa Haines knows the "inner-workings" of the grand jury. In 2016 alone she had 14 serious felony cases no-billed (First degree SBI-Child, Sexual Assault of Child, Aggravated Assault-Family Member, 2nd degree Aggravated Assault, Impeding Breathing-FM, etc. No billed means the case is dismissed and eligible to get expunged (erased) from all criminal records.
Having handled thousands of cases over the years and tried countless felony, misdemeanor, and juvenile trials, Lisa knows that the facts of every case are unique. Ms. Haines is knowledgeable about the many deferred programs and procedures that are available in Tarrant County. Lisa is very thorough in her evaluation of the merits of a case. She utilizes her 13 years as a criminal prosecutor to find the weakness in the State's case. Being an experienced trial attorney is an asset when negotiating with the State because the prosecutor knows Lisa is never afraid to take a case to the jury. But whether to go to trial is always going to be the client's decision. Lisa does not charge a client for a jury trial unless and until her client tells her he/she wants to go to trial.
Arrested for DWI? There are three different courts involved in a DWI arrest. Lisa handles License Suspension hearings (ALR), Occupational License hearings (ODL), as well as the criminal DWI case. A driver arrested for DWI has only 14 days to challenge the driver's license suspension. The DL suspension will begin on the 40th day after arrest if an ALR hearing is not requested. When you meet with Lisa, she evaluates whether the police violated any of your rights when you were initially detained. She compares your observations with the officer's report and the DWI video to look for inaccuracies and inconsistencies. Having watched countless DWI arrest videos over her career, Lisa shares her knowledge and experience with you in the analysis of the field sobriety test video. Lisa also continually attends legal seminars dedicated to the latest issues in DWI arrest and is a member of the Texas DUI Lawyers Association. Ultimately it is the client who decides the case's direction. Lisa does not charge a client for a trial unless and until a client requests a trial. That decision should come after a thorough evaluation of your case. Lisa works hard to prove herself worthy each client's trust. When you meet her you will see why her clients value her legal guidance.
Available to answer questions and concerns throughout the duration of each case via office visits, emails and phone conversations. Payment plans are available. Rates are very reasonable - particularly in light of Lisa's extensive experience. Initial consultation (in person, over the phone or by email) is free. Office Mon-Fri 9-5 is 817-877-LISA. Evening and week-end appointments available. Emails or calls will be returned evenings and week-ends at LisaHainesLaw@att.net or 817-479-9331. Visit her website at LisaHainesLawFirm.com