Why is this important? Well consider that in the entire State of Texas, there are over 67,000 licensed attorneys and there are only 826 Board Certified Criminal Lawyers!! In Lubbock County, at last count, there are over 600 licensed attorneys and only 6 are Board Certified in Criminal Law — and one of these is a prosecutor! That means that less than 1% of all the lawyers in Lubbock County are criminal law specialists. In fact, hiring a board certified criminal lawyer means that your lawyer has satisfied various requirements that few lawyers (LESS THAN 1 % IN LUBBOCK) meet.
What It Means to Be a Board Certified Attorney
An attorney who is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Criminal Law must have experience in the preparation and trial of serious criminal matters. The attorney must also have extensive knowledge of state and federal constitutional law, evidence, procedure and penal laws involved in the trial of these matters. A relatively small percentage of all Texas lawyers are board certified in a particular area of specialization.
To become Board Certified in Criminal Law, an attorney must have:
- Been licensed to practice law for at least five years
- Devoted a required percentage of practice to criminal law for at least three years
- Handled a wide variety of criminal law matters to demonstrate experience and involvement
- Attended criminal law continuing education seminars regularly to keep legal training up to date
- Been evaluated by fellow lawyers and judges
- Passed a day-long written examination covering state & federal criminal law
The Texas Board of Legal Specialization was created by, and operates under the authority of, the Supreme Court of Texas. Its members are appointed by the President of the State Bar of Texas. The Board administers the program by which an attorney may earn a certificate of special competence in a particular field of law. The program is voluntary and is funded entirely by fees imposed on participating attorney.
If you have been arrested for a DWI / DUI in Lubbock Texas or any of our surrounding areas in West Texas such as Amarillo, Midland and Odessa Texas while driving a car, motorcycle, boat, jet-ski, basically anything with wheels or that floats and you don’t think it’s fair, you need lawyers who can protect your rights and make sure you’re treated fairly.
More to the point, you need a Texas DWI defense attorney who knows the drunk driving laws and the know how to get results. At the Law Office of Stephen L Hamilton, you’ll find experienced DWI and DUI defense attorneys who know the laws — and do indeed get results! When you come in for a free consultation, we’ll show you specifics of what we’ve been able to do for past clients. We can’t guarantee you a result, but we think you’ll be interested in seeing our statistics!
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Don’t face this type of serious situation all alone. Call and schedule an appointment. As a skilled Lubbock DWI defense attorney, I offer a free initial consultation where you and I can sit down and discuss the criminal charges against you and what options are available to you.
I offer flat rate fees and flexible payment plans that will allow you to hire me as your Lubbock DWI criminal defense attorney so we can start immediately to protect your rights. Call us today for a free consultation and see how we can help with your case.