Jamie Balagia is “the Dude” and heads up the firm’s trial sections in both the Austin and San Antonio offices. Jamie tries criminal cases in State and Federal Court unless the prosecutors “make an offer we can’t refuse”. We encourage our clients to fight the charges against them unless the prosecutors offer an alternative that is acceptable to the clients. We always use due diligence to make sure that the case against our clients has a legitimate basis in fact and law. In other words, we make sure that there is no other way out of the case than a trial or a plea bargain.
Jamie built his firm’s reputation on doing his own investigations and forcing the state to prove each and every element of a criminal accusation against his clients. Over the years Jamie employed dozens of some of the best criminal defense lawyers in Austin and the surrounding Counties. Jamie’s firm pushed the State to trial time and time again and was able to develop a reputation as one of the top criminal defense firms in Austin by the late 1990s. After handling a number of high profile murder cases in the early 2000’s, Jamie met William “Bubba” Head, (DWI guru of Atlanta, Georgia) while attending one of the nation’s top DWI seminars. A long term friendship evolved from that seminar and Jamie began to focus his practice on DWI and Drug related cases. Jamie has not looked back and is now considered one of the top DWI trial lawyers in America by his peers in the DWI Defense arena.