|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Summer Session DUI Defense - Harvard Law School||National College of DUI Defense||2015|
|Summer Session DUI Defense - Harvard Law School||National College of DUI Defense||2013|
|Attorney||Law Offices of James B. Lewis||1998 - Present|
|Public Defender||Hennepin County Public Defender's Office||2000 - 2003|
|Attorney||Legal Rights Center||1998 - 2000|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National College of DUI Defense||Member||2013 - Present|
|Hawaii Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2010 - Present|
|Hawaii State Bar Association||Member of the Bar||2009 - Present|
|Minnesota State Bar Association||Member of the Bar||1998 - Present|
|University of Hawaii||Business Administration||MBA - Masters||2006|
|University of Minnesota||Public Policy||MA - Masters||1998|
|University of Minnesota Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1997|
|University of California - Berkeley||Legal Studies||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1993|
Posted by anonymous
Arrested for a DUI, and was scared of what could have been (a criminal record). James took my phone call and agreed to meet me within a couple hours (unlike a couple other lawyers). He clearly explained my situation, and what I could expect, both good and bad. It was his quiet confidence that won me over. Its hard to choose (and pay in advance for) a lawyer, since there aren't any "stats" like a win/loss percentage to judge him or her. My experience now is that you must just trust the lawyer's judgement and try to not worry. My trial went on for an entire year; it could've ended sooner for better or worse, I think; but James played the long game as that always increases the chances of a dismissal (like if the police officer doesn't show up). After having to appear in court 4 or so times, we had no choice but to go to trial. It was fascinating to watch James dismantle the police officer's inconsistent testimony, and along with the smart move of convincing the judge of toss out a key piece of evidence against me, James was able to give me a Not Guilty verdict. I watched many other lawyers handle DUIs in my hours sitting in court, and James seemed like the most well put-together package in terms of rapport with the judge, making sure that the client felt better about his/her unfortunate situation, and knowing how to work the law and trial process to the client's eventual advantage. Highly recommended... he's not the cheapest (but not the most expensive either), but a DUI is a costly mistake anyhow, and you must do what you can to keep your record clean.
Posted by Jackie Turner
I was facing a summons that could have eneded in a misdemeanor/fine. The fine was up to $2500, which was not far off of what I would have paid if James had taken it all the way to trial. I wound up hiring a different lawyer who worked within my budget. If you have the money, then go for it, but he was just out of my budget for the price of the fine.
Posted by Steve
Attorney Lewis got my case DISMISSED!!! I feel like I have my life back! I can sleep at night without anxiety, and not worry about having a criminal record! I experienced Mr. Lewis as very personal. I felt cared for and protected with an extremely intelligent advocate fighting for ME. He didn't just go through the motions, I wasn't just a case or a number. Mr. Lewis really cared and wow it showed, even when I compared him with other attorneys I saw inside and outside the courtroom. I will always recommend Attorney James Lewis for legal guidance and success for DUI challenges. Thank you so much !!
Arya Saleh, DUI and DWI Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
James is the epitome of an excellent trial lawyer: highest integrity, very experienced, dedicated to getting the best result for clients, and respected by everyone that knows him. As a fellow trial attorney, I have absolute trust and confidence in James, and I highly recommend him to anyone that wants to hire the best.
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