In addition to Judge and peer approval, this certification requires that the attorney have been licensed to practice law for at least five years and devote a large percentage of his practice only to Criminal Law matters such as Trial and Appeal. Certification requires that the attorney have handled a wide variety of Criminal Law matters and stay current with more than the minimum annual Legal Education Seminars. The lawyer must not only have been evaluated by the Judges and his fellow lawyers but must have taken and passed a day long, written examination to prove his competence in the field. The failure rate on this exam is significant. Only after having been evaluated, examined and found specially competent by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization is an attorney allowed to include on any advertising or media that he is Board Certified. You seldom see the designation of Board Certified in Criminal Law because the road to such certification is so extremely demanding and difficult. It is your life and liberty that is on the line; whether you are charged with Drugs, DWI, DUI, Murder or any other Felony or Misdemeanor, you should seek proven, competent representation. Tim James is not only State Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization but has also achieved National Certification with the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Criminal Law.