The Law Office of James R. Makin has successfully represented clients in every court in Southeast Texas for over 30 years. James is Board Certified in Criminal Law and specializes in Criminal Defense from Misdemeanors and Felonies in all Courts both State and Federal.
To quote James: "I believe the most important duty of a criminal Defense Attorney is to be a good communicator. You must be able to fully explain to the client, to negotiate with the prosecutor and most importantly, tell the client's story to a jury. Yes, you have to know the law, be prepared and fully see the total picture of all actions and consequences, but if you don't communicate, then it is all wasted. My staff and I place this communication as a number one priority."
James has been a Criminal Defense Attorney for over 30 years, and in his present location for 15 years. He has handled thousands of cases in State and Federal courts in Jefferson, Hardin, Orange, Chambers and Galveston counties.
James is a husband, father of four children and grandfather of ten. He was raised in Beaumont and is actively involved in the community.
1967 - Graduated Beaumont High School
1974 - BBA, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas
1977 - Juris Doctorate, University of Puget Sound Law School, Tacoma, Washington
2005 - DUI College, Harvard University
All State and Federal Courts in Texas
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals of the United States
Areas of Practice
DWI / DUI
Possession and Delivery of Controlled Substance
Aggravated Assaults / Sexual Assaults
Capital Murder / Murder
All criminal matters
Chairman of the Criminal Defense Attorneys Section, Jefferson County Bar Association (2006 - 2011)
President of Southeast Texas Criminal Defense Attorneys (1994 - 2006)
Texas Board of Legal Specialization Criminal law
Director, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
TCDLA Strike Force District 13 (2005 - 2011)
American Bar Association
American College of Barristers
State Bar of Texas
Member of the State Bar of Texas standing committee on Pattern Jury Charges - Criminal (2011-2014)
State Bar College
The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers Association
Jefferson County Bar Association
Director 2013-2015, Jefferson County Bar Association
National College For DUI Defense
Certified NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
Lecturer on Cross-Examination at the Center for American and International Law seminar on Capital Trial Advocacy.
Regular speaker at Lamar University for master degree class on Psychology for the last seven years regarding the role of the psychologist in criminal law.
Mentor for other attorneys in jury selection and criminal defense.
Featured panelist for a Death Penalty Open Forum Panel Discussion at Lamar University in Beaumont.
Frequently contacted by local news stations and newspaper reporters to provide his professional opinion on matters of Criminal Law.
State Bar Committee on Representation for Capital Defendants
2006 - Ceritfied in standardized Field Sobriety Testing
Member of the Better Business Bureau
Member Beaumont Chamber of Commerce
Member Community Justice Council, Jefferson County
For the last sixteen years, James has donated his time dressed as Santa Claus for the Santa Run. He dresses in the Santa suit, wears the beard, distributes toys and many hugs to an average of 120 needy children all over the Southeast Texas area two days before Christmas.
Girl's Haven and Boy's Haven
Cooks 2 Dozen
Lifetime Member of Beaumont 100 Club
Lifetime Member of NAACP
Grandfather of 10