5.0 stars 36 totalReview James Butler
Posted by Leina R.
My life completely changed in Oct. 2014 when I was charged with a DWI. I had never been in trouble with the law, so you could imagine how terrified I was. After my first court date, I knew I needed to hire a lawyer that could help me with my case because my BAC number was so high! I only met with a few lawyers, and when I had my first consultation with Mr. Butler, I could feel his passion and determination for me and my case. I immediately hired him and started the court process. After months and months of court resets, I did my best to patiently wait for us to go to trial by jury, and Mr. Butler never faulted or gave up on me or my case. He reassured me that we were not going to give in to any pleas, and we were going to keep pushing through to take my case to trial because the state would not dismiss my case with my BAC being over a .15. Finally, it came to my jury trial and after the 2 day process and waiting for the verdict, I was found NOT GUILTY!! I can only express how extremely grateful I am for Mr. Butler and Christin for everything they have done for me to help me get my life back. I truly want to thank the both of you for continuously fighting for me for so long, and I could not be any happier with the outcome and gaining my life back!
If you are looking for the best, then you have found it with Jim and Christin!
Posted by Kevin
Jim worked hard on my case for 8 months and it finally got dismissed! Not only was he on top of my case, he communicated his thought process to me at all steps so I always knew his plan and where the case was heading. I had a very stressful 8 months, but I trusted Jim to fight for me because I could tell he cared personally about me and my case. I will be forever grateful for Jim's efforts and his care, and I cannot recommend him highly enough!
Posted by Gaurav Jain
Jim and Kristen are miracles workers.
This law firm dedicates its sole time and energy to focus on DWI cases, and helping people like you and me get our lives back. With years of experience focused on this particular branch of law, I can honestly say Jim and Kristen are the only people to call when you get in unfortunate trouble.
I am a 24 year old IT consultant, who recently graduated from UT Austin and moved to Houston for work purposes. I live around the Washington / Midtown area, which is HIGHLY FREQUENTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT. Long story short, mistakes happen. I found myself on the wrong end of the law one night after having 1 too many, and was promptly escorted to jail.
I like to believe I am a good kid, who made 1 mistake by deciding to drive after knowing I shouldn't have. All sorts of emotions spilled inside of me as i sat in jail that night. Fear, remorse, anger, sadness, disappointment.These are but a few which come to mind. There isn't much to do but ponder how screwed up your life is going to get when sitting in jail, surrounded by pimps and gang bangers.
I emerged from jail 19 hours later, mentally and emotionally scarred. I knew that I needed to hire someone quickly, and figure out my options. I am white collar worker and a young kid with a lot left to pursue (an MBA, new jobs) and having a DWI on my record left me scared beyond belief.
I called a few other lawyers around Houston after consulting Avvo ( very good lawfirms with very good people, the other "big names" with expertise in this field). I chose to have Jim represent me after weighing my options because it just felt right.
From the moment I called Jim's law firm, his cheery second in command Kristen picked up and made me feel welcome. I could feel the warmth and concern in her voice as i recanted my tale. Later on in the day I received a call from Jim himself, on the way back from the court case which her had just won, and i told him my story as well. Jim made me feel at home, identified the key facts over the phone, and offered a very reassuring feeling right away.
I visited Jim the following day, and i learned how his law firm is a family. Their small team works exceptionally well together, fueled by years of personal connection. I felt at home instantly.
I hired Jim, and paid a very reasonable fee (and cheaper than any of the other lawyers from Avvo i had consulted!). I am paying it off installments every month. Kristen usually gives us a call at month end to let us know she is charging.
I never went to trial. Had I gone, Jim would then charge me for trial fee. UNLIKE OTHER LAWYERS, who charge for trial fees regardless of whether they clients go to trial or not.
1. I ended up blowing between a .09 - .1
2. My video was "pretty good"
I was called for Docket call 3-4 times before my case was DISMISSED. During Docket call, you are expected to show around 8:30 for court. You can not use a cellphone inside, so make sure you take reading material. You will sit for an hour or two while people are called for attendance. Then Jim will show up, work out some paperwork, and you will be free to go. I was able to be at work by 11.
Jim took a very hard stance from the get go. After receiving my video and breathalyzer results, he told the prosecutor that we would be ready to go to trial if they did not dismiss. had we gone to trial, Jim had already worked out his argument for jurors, how he would use the breathalyzer machine against the case (theres a 20% margin on them!) and how to use the video to prove that at time of driving i was legally under .08 (the ONLY thing that matters is state of alcohol at time of driving).
I am extremely impressed with Jim and Kristen. If you are in need of a lawyer, please just call them. He will help give you your freedom back. Being in the middle of a DWI is a nightmare, and hiring a lawyer who makes you feel comfortable is paramount. Jim is one of the best.
Posted by Dana
Mr. Butler and his staff gave me a Christmas present I'll never forget - a case dismissal!!
After wading through the leagal system, Mr. Butler took the reins and was so helpful all the way through to the end.
His staff was always helpful, courteous and polite, reminding me when I had court and what I was supposed to do.
Very Very Merry Christmas to you all and thanks again for all you've done.
Posted by M. Long
If you're looking for a great lawyer and a great person, then you should definitely hire James or as I call him "Jim". I hired Jim to defend me in an extremely important case and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I researched attorneys and was drawn in by not only his experience, but I also gathered that he cared about what he was doing. He proved me right and in the process I learned that he cared about people. Jim is a wise man, he stood by me, worked with me, got to know me and put it all into play. I was acquitted of the charge against me and feel very thankful to have found Jim and his always friendly staff. This is what I was looking for in an attorney and if this is what anyone else is looking for in an attorney, I suggest you hire Jim Butler.
Posted by Joshua S
I was arrested for a Dwi and it felt like the end of the world for me. I thought my job was gonna fire me and I would be hit with fines that I could not pay. I came across Mr. Butler on Avvo.com and figured I'd get a consultation because of his good reviews. I couldn't have been any happier with his service and the result of my case . Come to find out, Mr Butler discovered that the arresting officer was fired from the police department for lying/providing false police reports on the job. Mr Butler aggressively went after this and on trial day, the Da had no choice but to dismiss the case. I couldn't have had a better experience with a lawyer like James Butler. He's very intelligent and will answer all your questions so you understand completely. I am truly happy for this!
Posted by a client
Wow...Just wow! I can't even begin to explain the good work this man has done! He is truly a gem within his profession. He and his staff are honestly some of the nicest people I've met. From the very moment I walked into his office, Jim made me feel respected, understood and put me at ease given the situation I was facing (which was not an easy one). He really made me feel like I had someone in my corner who would fight for me and wanted me to prevail. He always took a "we" approach to the matter and I never felt alone throughout the process which I'm definitely grateful for. He also took into account all facets and details of my case, then literally "worked his magic" and ultimately had my case DISMISSED! Jim Butler has got to be the #1 DWI lawyer in all of Texas, if not the entire nation! I mean that sincerely. I still can't believe I'm one of the people writing a review about our success, as his great reviews were initially the main reason I chose Jim to represent me. I'd recommend anyone faced with a DWI choose Jim with complete confidence. He is the absolute best out there.
Posted by a client
I was pulled over in January 2015 after eating dinner at a Mexican food restaurant with my wife. I did not use a blinker taking a left turn and according to the officer cut in front of oncoming traffic making cars "slam" on their brakes. None of the drivers honked at me and neither my Wife nor I thought we were in any danger of an accident but we were pulled over anyway. I knew there would be trouble because we both had 2 margaritas at dinner and were pulled over a couple blocks from the restaurant. Sure enough the officer smelled the alcohol and proceeds to question me and administered field sobriety tests. I specifically remember him saying "You are right on the edge". He then called in a DWI task force officer who did the same tests. I felt that I did a really good job and was expecting to be let go. No such luck. I am taken to the downtown jail, processed and then forced to do the same tests again. I nail them. Then I am asked if I want to give a blood or breath test. I then ask for an attorney which, come to find out, is considered a refusal. The officer goes to the judge and gets a blood warrant and a blood sample is taken. You simply cannot refuse anymore. So much for the constitution. The next day after a long night in jail i get home and immediately start my search for a lawyer. Mr. Butler seemed to have a good track record and specifically deals with DWI cases. I decide to call him and reach his assistant who immediately transfers me to Mr. Butler. This surprised me because it was a Saturday. We speak and I am immediately at ease talking with him. I decide to meet at his office on Monday. I know I have found my lawyer. April comes after a couple court resets waiting on my blood test results. When we see the # we are both shocked.. 0.249. I am devastated because I know there is no possible way. I nailed the tests, I remember everything, it simply cannot be that high. I am forced to get an interlock device in my car and I am put on bond supervision. One more court reset and then after reviewing my videos from the jail we both decide to take the case to trial. FINALLY after much stress, more monthly fees, more court resets the trial begins on Nov 2. Of course I am beyond nervous and Mr. Butler can see that. He tells me not worry and to just let him work. I can sit back and relax as he does not want me to testify. Whew! Relieved! Mr. Butler is amazing at questioning the prosecution's witnesses. He has deep knowledge of how blood alcohol is tested and the procedure law enforcement officials are supposed to go through when testing blood. Using that knowledge he found mistakes, on video, in how the nurse who took my blood handled and packaged it. There was also some questionable paper work from the lab that tested my blood which he was able to dig up. Also, there was my video of me nailing the tests which he cleverly played on a loop to run over and over for the jury. His passionate closing argument really had me feeling that we had proven reasonable doubt. After 2 days of working his magic the Jury goes into their room to deliberate my fate. Almost 2 hours go by and I am about to lose it. Finally they have a verdict. We stand and the verdict is read, "NOT GUILTY" !!!!
I cannot believe it. Even Mr. Butler tells me it won't sink in until later. We shake hands, hug it out and I congratulate him and thank him profusely. He mentions that this is the highest BAC in a case he has ever won. I wouldn't be surprised if it is mentioned in a law publication.
I will forever be grateful to Mr. Butler. He is a wonderful attorney, a true professional and a very genuine, caring human being.
Posted by Dana
I heard from Mr. Butler yesterday - four words that sounded like music: your case was dismissed!
Mr. Butler stuck to his stand - there was no reason for me to be pulled over, by an officer from outside of the jurisdiction, called into the area by one of his friends.
Mr. Butler's extensive experience in his practice area (DWI/DUI) came through for me when I heard the music - "your case was dismissed"!
If you need legal services in this respect, in my opinion, you need Mr. Jim Butler's talent on your side.
Well Done, Sir!!
Posted by Heidi
Mr. Butler and his assistant Kristen are the best! Yes, he is a bit expensive but worth every dime. My daughter was arrested for a DWI. She is a good kid and had never been in trouble before, not even a speeding ticket. The evidence against her was not good. She had almost double the legal limit when she took the blow test and they had a video. The video was not the problem, it was that blow test she took. But Mr. Butler got the blow test thrown out and the case was eventually dismissed. He works from the point of view of trying to get the cases dismissed and not just getting the "best deal". It took over six months and my daughter did have to show up for docket call several times but Mr. Butler was always there and he always took the time to explain to her (and me) what was going on. He was quick to return phone calls and emails to answer any questions that I had (and I had a lot). His assistant Kristen is just as good. I could call her up anytime and she was always there to answer questions or just listen. They both make you feel at ease and understand what a difficult time this is. Do not look for any other lawyer, Mr. Butler is your best choice, hands down. You would be foolish to look elsewhere!