When hiring a criminal defense lawyer, remember that effective counsel could be the difference between a prison sentence or probation, a felony or a misdemeanor, and ultimately between a guilty or a not guilty verdict.
My name is James Millan, a criminal defense attorney based in San Antonio, Texas. I am in my 16th year of practice and have handled thousands of criminal cases, with experience ranging from class C misdemeanor (tickets) to first-degree/capital felonies and federal offenses.
I have tried DWIs, assaults, sexual assaults, white collar cases, juvenile cases, federal and state narcotics related offenses, murder and capital murder cases, and many classes of offenses in between. I have tried approximately 100 jury trials to a verdict. I have gotten not guilty verdicts for my clients in about a dozen counties throughout Texas and Federal District Court.
I also have experience dealing with motions to revoke/adjudicate probation. It is important that you have effective representation when facing an MTR/MTA, especially at the felony level. I can help increase your chances of getting reinstated on probation or, at least, minimize your punishment greatly.
I file expunctions, petitions for non-disclosure, and occupational driver’s licenses for people with suspended licenses. Keeping your record as clean as possible will save you money in the long run.
When I get hired, I review the evidence with my clients, searching for an avenue toward dismissal, or reduction of the offense, before beginning plea negotiations. People will often enter a plea to a felony charge that could have been reduced to a misdemeanor if the attorney approached the case the right way. This mistake can cost you thousands of dollars and years of punishment, not to mention the effect on your record.
Because of the importance I place on client communication, I believe it is important that my client be aware of what I am doing to help them, but also, why I am doing it. If we are simply in damage control mode, I will fight to get you the best possible plea deal. Prosecutors know that I will try a case to a jury and will offer a good deal to avoid the extra work.
I will take a case to trial, even if the facts are not on our side, if I think it is necessary to get a better deal for my clients. I will not advise my clients to accept a plea deal if I do not believe it is the best possible plea deal.
I am fluent in Spanish and always take potential immigration consequences into account. In fact, I am hired by other attorneys to review their pleas and determine whether their client can accept a plea deal and protect their immigration status. I have reopened cases where people were not properly advised of their immigration issues prior to taking a plea agreement. I charge fair fees, offer payment plans, and also offer free consultations.
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My office is located at 816 Camaron, Suite 1.15, San Antonio, TX 78212. I am in the Finesilver Building (3 story grey building on the NE corner of I-10 and I-35).
I look forward to hearing from you soon.