I am the senior DUI attorney in the Central San Joaquin Valley, which incldues the counties of Fresno, Madera, Merced and Kings. I have been defending persons accused of DUI, as well as vehicular manslaughter cases since 1977.
During my career, I have tried over 100 DUI Jury Trials involving both alcohol and drugs. I have tried both felony and misdemeanor DUI trials involving vehicular manslaughter and DUI with injury cases.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, I was a Fresno County Deputy Sheriff and a California Highway Patrol officer in Fresno and Madera counties. I have an unique perspective on how to defend a DUI case based on my past law enforcement career.
After passing the California State Bar, I was employed as a Fresno County Deputy District Attorney. I found that defending a person accused of DUI was more challenging and intellectually rewarding than the prosecution of a DUI case.
I have completed advance training with respect to Field Sobriety Testing and evaluation of blood and breath results as they relate to DUI prosecutions. I have completed the student and instructor courses for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) DUI detection and standardized Field Sobriety Testing in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Nashville, Tennessee. On November 6, 2011, in Chicago, IL, I was successful in being certified by Axion Laboratory of Chicago, IL, in completing a 40 hour course in mastering gas chromatography with respect to ethanol alcohol in blood samples obtained in DUI arrests by law enforcement.
I attend seminars annually in New Orleans, Louisiana, with respect to blood and breath testing in DUI prosecutions.
I attend advanced courses in DUI defense through my membership in the National College for DUI Defense at Harvard Law School campus at Cambridge, Massachusetts, as well as seminars on mastering scientific evidence in blood and breath cases sponsored by the Texas Criminal Bar Association in Dallas, Texas in 2007. I have also provided training for the Fresno County Public Defendant's Office on how to defend a DUI case; in addition, I assist other attorneys who need help or advice on defending a DUI prosecution.
I agreestively defend my clients accused of DUI, both in Court as well as at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
I am rated very high in legal ability and ethical standards by Martindale-Hubbell, a national attorney rating service.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Certification in Mastering Gas Chromatography||Axion Laboratory, Chicago, IL||2011|
|Mastering Scientific Evidence, Certificate of Completion||National College for DUI Defense and Texas Criminal Lawyers Association||2010|
|Certificate of Completion, Summer Session||National College for DUI Defense||2009|
|Mastering Scientific Evidence, Certificate of Completion||National College for DUI Defense and Texas Criminal Lawyers Association||2009|
|Certificate of Completion, Winter Session||National College for DUI Defense||2008|
|Mastering Scientific Evidence, Certificate of Completion||National College for DUI Defense and Texas Criminal Lawyers Association||2008|
|Certificate of Completion, Summer Session||National College for DUI Defense||2007|
|BV Rated||Matindale Hubbell||2002|
|BV Rated||Matindale Hubbell||2000|
|Recognition for Sitting Judge Pro Tem||Fresno County Superior Court||2000|
|Recognition for Sitting Judge Pro Tem||Fresno County Superior Court||1995|
|BV Rated||Matindale Hubbell||1982|
|BV Rated||Matindale Hubbell||1981|
|Certified Specialist - Family Law||California Board of Legal Specialization||1980|
|BV Rated||Matindale Hubbell||1980|
|Attorney||Law Offices of James E. Wasson, Inc.||1976 - Present|
|Deputy District Attorney||Fresno County District Attorney||1976 - 1977|
|State Traffic Officer||California Highway Patrol||1965 - 1975|
|Deputy Sheriff||Fresno County Sheriff||1964 - 1965|
|Military Police Officer||Unites States Army||1961 - 1964|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National College of DUI Defense||Member||2004 - Present|
|California Deuce Defenders||Member||1994 - Present|
|Fresno County Attorneys for Criminal Justice||Founder||1987 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||1980 - Present|
|Fresno County Bar Association||Member||1976 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||1976 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of California||Member||1976 - Present|
|Supreme Court of California||Member||1976 - Present|
|California Attorneys for Criminal Justice||Member||1976 - Present|
|People v. Hamilton||municipal police department jurisdiction|
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|San Joaquin College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1975|
|California State University Fresno||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1970|
|Fresno City College||N/A||Associate of Arts||1968|
|Public Defender Training||DUI Training||2009|
|Public Defender Training||Breath Testing||2007|
|California State University Fresno||Criminal Law||1987|