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James Morris Balagia

DUI and DWI Attorney at San Antonio, TX

4.8   22 reviews

also known as Jamie Balagia, "the Dude"

  • Licensed for 31 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1992
    Status
    Not Eligible to Practice - Discipline Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2022

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2022. See details

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    75%
    For the first 10 years as a lawyer i represented all aspects of criminal law. Eight years ago I began concentrating on DWI and drug related cases. I am certified as an SFST instructor and as a breath test operator. I own two working Breath Testing Devices (Intoxilyzer 5000EN) and use them in my trial practise. I completed Phebotomy training and am well versed in Search and Seizure law. I have tried a number of regular DWI cases and breath test cases to Not Guilty verdicts. I am DRE certified.

    32 years, 3,800 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    25%
    I am a former police officer and undercover VICE officer having spent 13 years as a Texas Peace Officer. I spent a season as a Municipal Court Judge overseeing traffic cases and ordinance violations. I have conducted Jury Trials as a defense attorney in cases ranging from traffic violations to a Death Penalty case (death penalty was rejected). There is not a single criminal case that I would hesitate to step in and help someone out. I am also licensed in Federal Court for the past 16 years.

    32 years, 5,000 cases

“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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Location

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
James Morris Balagia
310 Murray Avenue
P.O. Box 360
Manor, TX, 78653
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  22 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2014
Out of State Issue
I came to Mr. Balagia with a traffic matter that was mistakenly showing on my driver record as a conviction which also meant that I would lose my license. Mr. Balagia sat me down and thoroughly explained that he thought this was something that could be resolved. He chose his assistant attorney Mr. Simpson to help me with my case. His assistant attorney Mr. SImpson handled the matter with the utmost professionalism, always responded to my calls and demonstrated a genuine care for my situation. The matter was resolved and I now feel such a great sense of relief and freedom thanks to them. I would definitely recommend Mr. Balagia and Mr. Simpson for anybody who has a traffic matter to resolve.
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2014
Solid Criminal Defense
Jamie & his team represented me in a felony criminal defense matter. I was referred to him by my father who'd known Jamie for quite some time. The initial meeting lasted about an hour as they questioned me on what happened so as to determine the best way to defend me. Prior to every court hearing, they called and wrote me to keep me informed as to when to appear. At the conclusion of each appearance they reviewed what had transpired and sought my input before making recommendations as how to best proceed. The case was difficult in that I didn't give them a lot to work with; that said, Jamie provided me with solid advice and we were able to reach a good conclusion with the State. I avoided prison and have a second chance that I am making the best of. I would recommend that first, it's better not to get in trouble in the first place, but, if you do, I wouldn't hesitate to hire Jamie again.
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Posted by Mel | December 10, 2013
Best Damn Lawers Around!
Very professional, trust worthy, polite, extreamly smart. Team works together great before trial and during trials, was surprised at the amount of attorneys that were working on my case at any given time, if i ever have any type of legal matter I will be contacting Jamie and his team first!
Posted by Jodi | August 21, 2013
Will fight for your rights...
Excellent attorney....He will fight for your rights....expensive, yes. He will go the distance .... He is a wonderful person, he took care of my son. I would highly recommend...you have to follow up tho... If you ever get a DWI in the surrounding counties .....this is the man.
Response from James Balagia August 23, 2013
I will certainly discuss the "responsive" and "kept me informed" categories with all the staff. I appreciate the honesty of Jodi and will do my very best to improve to all "fives".
Posted by David | May 20, 2013
Great!!!
I was recently arrested for DWI/Possession of marijuana. Jamie and his entire staff did an amazing job. They worked relentlessly representing me, they were extremely easy to talk to, and generally made me feel at home whenever i went to their office. I would highly recommend him and his firm to anyone.
Posted by Brandon | February 4, 2013
DWI Dismissed!
I had been arrested for DWI almost 2 years ago. Jamie and his staff worked tirelessly so justice would prevail. After reviewing the DPS tape my lawyer, Tristan Dau submitted a 'Motion to Suppress' based on an invalid traffic stop. The judge reviewed and had no choice but to dismiss the case!!! I have my life and reputation back and could never repay these guys for this judgement. Hire Jamie Balagia!!!
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Response from James Balagia February 6, 2013
The thing to remember is that we can win cases without ever facing the jury. We have been winning quite a few of these lately with Motions to Suppress. And just filing a Motion doesn't get you to the finish line. You have to know how to analyze a video tape, how to cross the arresting officer on the stand and then argue the legal issue convincingly enough to position the judge to do the right thing. This is a wonderful comment by another satisfied customer. Next thing to do is get his record expunged from this arrest.
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Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2013
Non-discloure Agreement (NDA) Success
I have a misdemeanor arrest on my record from 10 years ago and dreaded every time I had to submit to a background check for a new job. After reviewing my case's history, my attorney, Tristan Dau, walked me through my available options, ultimately saving me time and money. He was very responsive to all my communications , and provided updates every step of the way. The entire process took about 6 weeks to complete. My record is now sealed from non-governmental agencies which means I'll never again have to worry about another background check, and the peace of mind that comes from knowing that is priceless. I highly recommend the services Mr. Balagia's Austin office.
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Response from James Balagia January 22, 2013
This is the great part of having excellent associate attorneys and a terrific support staff. Just knowing that our clients are getting top notch service starts the day off with a smile.
Posted by Lisa! | January 17, 2013
LIFESAVER - aside of God of course!
I was reluctant to trust one of Jamie's staff attorney's but he really does hire GREAT associates. TRISTAN was excellent and pulled me out a a horrible fire. I had a DWI charge in Hays county and then got one in Bexar. I am a pretty responsible and professional person and never thought I'd ever be in this position in my life. We went to trial 2 times for Hays county and then able to get Obstruction of a Hwy deferred adjudification. WOW. I have an opportunity for a job that looks promising. That never would have been possible before their help. I owe them a debt of gratitude. Thank you!
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Response from James Balagia January 21, 2013
Lisa was going through some tough times and we are so happy with the result obtained here. And it did take us two trials, both with hung juries, to get the deferred adjudication that we needed to avoid a third trial. This allows Lisa to get the DWI arrest expunged from her record and we will be able to "seal" her Obstruction once she finishes her probationary period successfully. And yes I hire only the best associates and train them to the best of my ability. My associates won eight of our 14 trial "wins" last year and I lost our only "Guilty" trial before knocking out six Not Guilty trials in a row. Lots of lawyers advertise that they are DWI lawyers but you always need to ask them about the previous DWI trial that they have been involved in. If all they do is work out plea offers then you need to reconsider whether you need to call the DWI Dudes. We have a great track record of winning cases that we were hired on to take the place of the first lawyer hired. And we are always there to review your case and advise you prior to you letting your lawyer plea you to a DWI. We are "always ready to take it to trial for the win!" and can back that up with action in the courtroom or to accept a non-DWI offer to make the DWI go away.
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2012
Success!!!
I was stopped last year for a traffic offense which tunred out in my arrest for a DWI which I felt was wrong. I contacted Mr. Balagia's office for representation and from the first time I spoke with them I knew I had found the right guy. They helped me from the very beginning and made me feel very comfortable. Mr. Balagia was certain that we would win the case one way or the other. Every step of the way he answered my questions. From ALR to getting the case dismissed. Thanks you all for representing me in the case and getting it dismissed.
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Response from James Balagia December 20, 2012
I wanted to take the time to thank our client for having the courage and staying power to hang in there with us until we could get the only acceptable result for this case. It isn't easy fighting the system but it is so wonderfully rewarding to hear that a case has been dismissed so that life can get back on track.
Posted by Steven | October 22, 2012
Great law firm to work with
I was arrested for two Class A Misdemeanors and was facing a year in jail on each charge. The prosecution had a very weak case and was taking their time moving this forward to a jury trial. After much postponement, the prosecution was ready to discuss a plea bargain. My lawyers were able to successfully negotiate a plea agreement which entailed dismissing one of the charges all together and lowering the other charge to a Class C Misdemeanor with a 90-day deferment and a fine. After the successful completion of the 90-day deferment, the Class C Misdemeanor would be dismissed. I believe this plea agreement was in my best interest as it avoided going to trial, which we felt our case was strong and in our favor based on the facts, but it still would have been a crapshoot as to whether we were going to get a favorable jury considering this occured in a small town. A special thank you to Jerry Smith, Tristan Dau, and Tracy Holder for all of your hard work on my case. I would definitely recommend their services.
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Response from James Balagia December 20, 2012
This recommendation makes me feel great about the Austin office and the type of results they are getting on a regular basis. Dismissals, reductions and Not Guilty verdicts are what this office is all about.
Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2012
I recommend Jamie Balagia
I was arrested for class B DWI. I made the mistakes of taking field sobriety test and breathalyzer. They were not in my favor. But Jamie and his staff worked diligently to win me deferred adjudication. After 18 months of no arrests my record will show no evidence of a DWI. This was a very emotionally stressful ordeal for me but Jamie and his staff handled all the details and got me the best possible outcome in my situation. I am very grateful for their expertise.
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Response from James Balagia December 20, 2012
This was a great result for our client but I am so angered by the current consequences of a DWI. I was so happy to be able to keep a conviction off another person's criminal history record. Please speak out in your community to get support for the idea of a Deferred Adjudication for DWI cases.
Posted by Roland Alvarado | October 11, 2012
DWI Trial Lawyer - The DWI Dude
I just walked away from a year and a half nightmare with a Not Guilty finding by a jury. DWI dude has always been friendly, helpful and mostly knowledgable. The tactics of the abusive legal system in Comal County were bested by the expertise and experience of Jamie Balagia and staff. Anyone is welcomed to contact me in reference to this case at [email protected]
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Response from James Balagia December 20, 2012
A hard fought battle against a court system that took every opportunity to harm our client. We never gave up and gave back two hits for every one they gave us. This was a great victory in a case where the judge openly favored the prosecutors and made bad rulings. What a great jury to carry the banner for a citizen accused.
Posted by James | September 13, 2012
Jamie Balagia-the best defense lawyer bar none!
Jamie Balagia and his staff were extremely professional, responsive and did absolutely everything and more in my best interest. From Mel to Hallye to Jamie. I have never met a more professional bunch. My world had crumbled when I was arrested for dwi an falsely accused of making statements to a Dps trooper. It felt like the whole world was against me. Jamie was recommended by a close friend and exceeded expectations in every way. I felt like I finally had someone on my side. The results of the case was a not guilty verdict and I am slowly getting my life back on track. I cannot say enough about Jamie and his team. I highly recommend "The Dude" to anyone who needs an outstanding legal defense team.
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Response from James Balagia December 20, 2012
Whenever I hear people say that DWI cases cannot be won I know different. Whenever I hear people say that police officers do not lie under oath I will think of this case. A great judge and an ethical prosecutor saw the light on this officer's make believe story and helped us get a Not Guilty and a complete expunction of the arrest.
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Posted by Dave | September 7, 2012
review of DWIDude
Jamie Balagia and his staff were prompt and courteous in regards to questions and prep work needed for my court case. His knowledge and skill were instrumental in a quite satisfacory conclusion in the sentencing phase of my case. I will (and already have) recommend his office for legal services for anyone who has ask me.
Response from James Balagia December 20, 2012
There is nothing better than a client willing to refer his friends and family to us. That tells me all I have to know about the product coming out of my offices.
Posted by Mike | September 4, 2012
One of a kind Lawyer
Mike from Round Rock : This has been a long hard road for me to relive my williamson county nightmare . I was charged DWI , I had to fight all the way , dealing with untruthful Wilco Cop & DA . My first attorney threw me under the bus and I found out he works with wilco , so sad . Then I found Jamie and we went to trial . Jamie was a multidimensional common sense trial lawyer from picking the jury to summation and we won the case . Great staff . They will work out payments if you need . Too bad there's not more like him to fight for are liberties & rights eroding away , so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws . Jamie also has a stand up sense of humour ..
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Response from James Balagia September 6, 2012
I humbly accept Mike's word and appreciate his determination to fight the case.
Posted by CZIMMER | September 3, 2012
BELIEVE in the DUDE!
Jamie Balagia from day one made me feel that there is no case that is not able to be won. His skill, knowledge, experience and highly educated lawyers that also help handle all the cases (Tristian Dau!) are a power house of an attorney team. I would recommend you and I already recommend friends to put their trust into Jamie Balagia (the Dude) and you will not be disappointed! If he asks you or tells you to do something, don't ask why just do it! It is always some part of the plan or strategy to take it in for the win! Jamie Balagia and Tristian Dau took my case to trial by judge and jury with a grim chance of a win. With their two differently unique antics and techniques absolutely blew the case and the prosecutors out of the water! It had to of been one of the coolest things to ever personally witness. I can not thank the person enough who referred me to Jamie or God for putting me in connection with Jamie Balagia, the man who changed and saved my life! I owe him and his team so much! I would only recommend The Dude and his team.
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Response from James Balagia September 6, 2012
This was another case where CZ stood tall and trusted us enough to go to trial and risk a jail sentence had we lost. Good things happen when you go to trial and the jury sees that sometimes witnesses lie and then the jury does the right thing!
Posted by Joel | August 31, 2012
DWI Expert!
I was arrested for DWI and was referred to Mr. Balagia by a very good friend of mine. Mr. Balagia and his staff have always been very responsive to my questions and keeping me informed; they treated me with dignity and respect through a rather difficult situation. I am very pleased with the competent legal representation I received!
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Response from James Balagia September 6, 2012
Compliments are well appreciated at my office and it is good to hear that we are being responsive. Sometimes I need to be reminded that a little hand holding is in order to help relieve some of the emotional pain of a criminal charge.
Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2012
Current Client
I recently got in some legal trouble and called Jamie's office. No, he was not the one that I met with to discuss my case, but I didn't expect someone as busy and successful as him would be. Although he did come in and make a loud and entertaining appearance. Since my case has started, everyone in the office has been extremely helpful. Yes, it is expensive, but they are more than fair with payment plans and down payments. The reason I chose Jamie was because he got my friend's marijuana case dismissed. He is the best. Everyone smiles or shrinks in their chair when he enter the court room. No one else is worth the money.
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Response from James Balagia September 6, 2012
It is good to know that word of mouth is still our number one referral system and I am very thankful for this great endorsement.
Posted by Chad | August 28, 2012
Would Recommend!
I hired Mr. Balagia's team for my DWI case. We were able to get a Pre-Trial Diversion. Fees are alittle high but well worth every cent. The lawyer(s) who were assigned to me responsed to every communication within a reasonable time frame. Still working with the team and they have done an excellent job. Would I recommend the firm, yes, and I have already.
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Response from James Balagia September 6, 2012
Pre-trial diversion means no conviction and the opportunity to file an Expunction to get a clean record. Chad had to perform a number of conditions to earn this PTD and we were happy to get him there. And remember "great lawyers aren't cheap and cheap lawyers aren't great". I consider this result "another win" Great job Chad!
Posted by son | August 28, 2012
Highly recommended, they're at a professional level.
I highly recommend James, he has the best team to gather information and source. I am always able to contact them and they always give me the information I needed. I receive letter from them every time there's information I need to know and they handle everything in professional manners.
Response from James Balagia September 6, 2012
much obliged for the kind words.
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2022.

Interlocutory Suspension issued in TX, 2022
updated on 11/23/2022

Interlocutory suspension means an attorney lost his or her license to practice while appealing an unrelated, but serious, criminal conviction. If the conviction is upheld the attorney will be disbarred.

Fully Probated Suspension issued in TX, 2014
updated on 02/03/2015

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.”

Public Reprimand issued in TX, 2003
updated on 11/29/2012

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.”

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Jamie Balagia
  • 1992 - Present
  • Municipal Court Judge
  • City of Manor, Texas
  • 2000 - 2000
  • Senior Patrol Officer
  • Austin Police Department
  • 1979 - 1992
  • Texas Peace Officer
  • Brenham Police Department
  • 1978 - 1979
  • Security Officer
  • Federal Government
  • 1977 - 1978
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Education

  • Axion Training Institute, Inc.
  • Lawyer-Scientist
  • 2014
  • University of Texas School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Texas State University-San Marcos
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • 1978
  • Blinn College
  • Associate Arts
  • 1976
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Texas v. S.B.
  • United States v. J.C.
  • Client received Federal probation

Associations

  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Charter Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Faculty Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Sustaining Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • NORML Legal Committee
  • Lifetime Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • General Felony Category
  • United States District Court - Western DIstrict of Texas
  • 2015
  • Charter Member
  • DUIDLA
  • 2015
  • Super Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Lawyer-Scientist
  • American Chemical Society
  • 2015
  • Lawyer-Scientist
  • American Chemical Society
  • 2014
  • DWI Defense & Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year
  • Consumer Business Review
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Super Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • 2014
  • Charter Member
  • DUIDLA
  • 2014
  • General Felony Category
  • United States District Court - Western DIstrict of Texas
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • General Felony Category
  • United States District Court - Western DIstrict of Texas
  • 2013
  • Super Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • National College for DUI Defense- Summer Session
  • NCDD
  • 2013
  • DWI Defense & Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year
  • Consumer Business Review
  • 2013
  • Best S.A. Lawyers - Criminal DUI/DWI
  • S.A. Scene Magazine
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • General Felony Category
  • United States District Court - Western DIstrict of Texas
  • 2012
  • DWI Defense & Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year
  • Consumer Business Review
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • 2012
  • National College for DUI Defense- Summer Session
  • NCDD
  • 2012
  • General Felony Category
  • United States District Court - Western DIstrict of Texas
  • 2011
  • DWI Defense & Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year
  • Consumer Business Review
  • 2011
  • Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • 2011
  • Best S.A. Lawyers - Criminal DUI/DWI
  • Scene in SA Magazine
  • 2011
  • National College for DUI Defense- Summer Session
  • NCDD
  • 2011
  • Mastering Scientific Evidence in DWI/DUI Cases
  • TCDLA/NCDD
  • 2010
  • Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • 2010
  • National College for DUI Defense- Summer Session
  • NCDD
  • 2010
  • Best S.A. Lawyers - Criminal DUI/DWI
  • Scene in SA Magazine
  • 2010
  • DWI Defense & Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year
  • Consumer Business Review
  • 2010
  • General Felony Category
  • United States District Court - Western DIstrict of Texas
  • 2010
  • National College for DUI Defense- Summer Session
  • NCDD
  • 2009
  • Breath Alcohol Technician Course
  • Industrial Training & Design ltd.
  • 2009
  • DWI Defense Attorney of the Year
  • Consumer Business Review
  • 2009
  • Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • 2009
  • National College for DUI Defense- Summer Session
  • NCDD
  • 2008
  • Super Fellow
  • TCDLA
  • 2008
  • National College for DUI Defense- Summer Session
  • NCDD
  • 2007
  • Evidentiary Breath Alcohol Technician
  • US DOT Breath Alcohol Technician Jan Semenoff
  • 2007
  • National College for DUI Defense- Summer Session
  • NCDD
  • 2006
  • Mastering Scientific Evidence in DWI/DUI Cases
  • TCDLA/NCDD
  • 2006
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Refresher Course
  • Walden, Platt, and Associates
  • 2006
  • Intoxilyzer 5000 Overview Course
  • Walden, Platt, and Associates
  • 2006
  • National College for DUI Defense- Summer Session
  • NCDD
  • 2005
  • Maintenance and Repair on the Intoxilyzer 5000 series
  • C.E.S. Consulting, Inc.
  • 2005
  • Phlebotomy Certification
  • North American Associates of Phlebotomy Technicians
  • 2005
  • Drug Evaluation and Classification Overview Course
  • Walden, Platt, and Associates
  • 2004
  • National College for DUI Defense- Summer Session
  • NCDD
  • 2004
  • Scientific and Mechanical Operation of the Intoxilyzer 5000
  • Mary McMurray
  • 2004
  • Instructor in the Operation & Maintenance of Intoxilyzer 5000
  • Charles E. Smith of C.E.S. Consulting, Inc.
  • 2004
  • Maintenance Technician of the Intoxilyzer 5000 series Operator
  • C.E.S. Consulting, Inc.
  • 2003
  • Intoxilyzer 5000 series Operator
  • C.E.S. Consulting Inc.
  • 2003
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Publications

  • Texas DWI Survival Guide
  • A Citizens Protection Manual
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • NCDD Summer Session – Boston, MA July 22 – July 25, 2015
  • Cross Examination and Opening Statement
  • 2015
  • Seminar – Breckenridge, Colorado
  • DWI
  • 2013
  • 2010 Texas Traffic Institute Seminar
  • DWI from Probable Cause to Reasonable Doubt
  • 2010
  • Texas DWI Top Gun Seminar 2008
  • Direct Examination of the Intoxilyzer Expert
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (88)
Given (59)
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DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jamie Balagia is a great lawyer with formidable legal skills; strongly liked and respected by the lawyers and judges in the legal community. This is an attorney that I absolutely endorse!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jamie is for real."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I highly recommend Jamie Balagia and his staff at the Law Office of Jamie Balagia, P.C. The amount of experience that Jamie and his associates bring to a client's defense is unparalleled. As a police officer for 13 years and as a defense attorney for more than 20 years, Jamie's caliber of experience is unmatched. He also has the respect of both prosecutors and judges in every county in South and Central Texas."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jamie has put in the hours to be an expert in DWI. He's a great lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top notch DWI lawyer. HIGHLY RECOMMEND."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Excellent Trial Lawyer for DUI/DWI Defense who can be trusted to give you the best representation both personally and professionally."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The best DWI attorney in Texas"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jamie Balagia is an outstanding trial attorney. He is passionate and compassionate about every case, and I would highly recommend Jamie for any and all criminal cases."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer...easily. Jamie's practice is dedicated to DUI defense, which means it's doubtful that there's a DUI matter with issues that he has not seen or successfully handled before. Moreover, Jamie is a member of the National College for DUI Defense ("NCDD") which is the only true national organization for continuing legal education of DUI attorneys. While all good lawyers are always learning new things, it's attorney's like Jamie who are usually the ones doing the teaching! Beyond that, he's also a good guy, which honestly cannot be said of all lawyers."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He had provided an Outstanding analysis and answers on several issues that I have taken note of and he is highly respected among his peers as a leader in his field."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
""Jamie" Balagia is a nationally known and respected DWI and criminal defense attorney who is sought after for his advise and expertise nationwide. Without question, I would entrust Jamie to the representation of a family member or loved one in need of an excellent DUI or Criminal Defense attorney. I highly recommend Jamie's services, without reservation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Balagia for many years now, from when I started my DUI/DWI defense career. Mr. Balagia has always been a good friend and mentor to me in my career. Ive attended seminars all of the county where Mr. Balagia himself is the speaker. He has mastered the areas of SFST, breath testing, and blood testing. He is a top member in the National College for DUI/DWI Defense which is an organization where all of the top DWI lawyers in the country are members,and would advise any good friend or relative to hire him if they were ever arrested in Texas."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Other
"I have been to several seminars where Mr. Balagia spoke on DUI defense. He is very knowledgeable when it comes to the proper way to defend a DUI."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Balagia is an exceptional attorney. Although I have been practicing law for 24 years as a judge, magistrate, law professor, prosecutor, and private attorney, I learn from his responses on Avvo every time that he posts. If I needed an attorney, I would hire him. I recommend him with no reservation. It would be the best investment of your life to hire him to represent you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. If you are involved in a criminal matter, you definitely want Jamie on your side!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jamie is a hard working lawyer. He doesn't put up with anything from the state. He is someone you want on your side! I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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