Protecting Your Rights In Deep East Texas

Experienced, Trained And Committed

At Hightower, Franklin & James, PLLC., criminal law is all we do. We are routinely voted One of the Best Law Firms by local media. Our legal team provides smart and aggressive representation to the accused in Nacogdoches and Deep East Texas.

Our criminal defense practice covers the spectrum from misdemeanors to the most serious felony charges. We work every angle to avoid a conviction or to minimize the consequences. Whatever the charges, we can help.

Meet our attorneys:

Why Choose The Hightower, Franklin & James Team?

Board certified defense – Only a few attorneys statewide are certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. This means Tim James has been recognized by judges and other lawyers as possessing special competence in criminal defense. When your life and liberty are at stake, you want the best available representation.

Prosecutor experience – Tim James has served a Houston police officer, as the elected District Attorney of Nacogdoches County, and as the Chief of the Organized Crime Division for the Texas Attorney General’s Office. That experience on the other side of the law helps him gauge the strength of the government’s case and develop the best defense strategy.

Scientific methods – Sean Hightower has a bachelor of science degree and experience with the gas chromatograph, the machine that tests samples in DWI and drug cases. He is also certified in Standard Field Sobriety Testing, the same training that law enforcement officers receive. Sean is uniquely qualified to challenge the traffic stop, roadside tests and other facets of a drunk driving arrest.

In-house investigators – Our in-house investigators have years of experience as private investigators. They are involved in every case, using their background as former police officers to analyze evidence and locate witnesses to help us present the strongest possible defense. Their services are included in our fees.

This Is The Team You Want On Your Side

The government has considerable power and resources. You should not face criminal charges on your own. Our team is committed to telling your story and changing the outcome.

To arrange a consultation, call our Nacogdoches law office at 936-560-3300 or contact us online, and we will reach out very soon.


We use our skills and knowledge based on decades of experience to protect your rights.

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    115 South Street
    Nacogdoches, TX 75961

    Phone: 936-560-3300
    Fax: 936-560-5600