Trial Lawyer J. Scott James, Esq. is an experienced attorney, skilled in all types of criminal defense law, and has successfully taken cases to jury trials including: grand theft, misdemeanor theft, homicide, rape, domestic violence, property crime, drug possession and distribution and other.
He is accomplished in both criminal defense and civil litigation trials, and will work diligently to get you a successful outcome for your particular case.
Southern Hills Law will work with you to develop a winning strategy to get you the results you need. Through our understanding of the law and your understanding of your circumstances, we will work together to create a pathway to success.
Experienced Attorney J. Scott James has successfully argued appellate cases on homicides, violent felonies, Indian Child Welfare Act cases, Open Records Cases and more* ( see below for a list of Appellate Cases )
Attorney J. Scott James, Esq. has obtained civil settlements in property insurance, medical malpractice, and sexual harassment cases.*
Criminal Defense Top 10 Under 40 Award - National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys - “For Excellence in the Field of Criminal Law"
Special Assistant United States Attorney, 2012-2013. Cross designated to provide assistance in Norteno gang RICO indictment and prosecution of 26 gang members in Dodge City. United States of America v. Jason Najera et al. 12-10089-01-23-MLB, D. Kan
Guardian of Justice Award- received in 2015 by U.S. Attorney’s Office, Wichita, for “legal excellence and prosecutorial diligence”
American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys Distinguished Member J. Scott James
J. Scott James was a state level prosecutor for many years, handling violent felony crimes and high profile cases. He also spent four years as the Attorney General of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in Pine Ridge, SD. He currently owns and manages a Full Service Law firm, Southern Hills Law located in the South Dakota Southern Hills, serving Custer, Hot Springs, Rapid City and the surrounding area.
*disclaimer : past success cannot be an assurance of future success because each case must be decided on its own merits
A Trial lawyer is an experienced attorney who is highly qualified to defend their client in court, frequently in situations where there are complicated legal difficulties or a high stakes financial case. Although many lawyers have courtroom experience, trial lawyers are distinguished by their skills and ability to persuade a jury or judge with compelling arguments and facts. The following information discusses the advantages of using a trial lawyer with experience for your legal matter.
What is a Trial Attorney?
A trial Attorney is a type of lawyer who specializes in litigation and has a lot of courtroom experience. Such instances include personal injury claims, corporate conflicts, and criminal defense cases. These cases may include high stakes litigation or sophisticated legal concerns. To effectively advocate for their clients, trial lawyers must have a thorough awareness of the laws governing evidence, trial procedure, and the subtleties of the legal system.
The Value of an Experienced Trial Lawyer
When choosing a trial attorney, experience is an important consideration. An adept trial attorney has the knowledge and abilities required to negotiate the complexities of the judicial system and make a compelling case on behalf of their clients. They have devoted many hours to practicing their advocacy techniques and mastering the ins and outs of legal proceedings.
Working with a trial lawyer with expertise can also be beneficial because they have access to a network of expert witnesses and other resources that can strengthen your case. They should also be well-versed in the local legal system, which is helpful when jurisdictional issues or local rules of procedure are involved.
Effective Communication and Strategic Thinking
A Trial Attorney needs to be able to interact with juries, judges, and opposing counsel in an effective manner. They must be able to simplify complicated legal matters into strong arguments that non-lawyers can follow. They must also be able to foresee the arguments that the opposition will provide and be ready to counter them.
Additionally, trial lawyers must be strategic thinkers. They must be able to create a thorough legal plan that considers both the advantages and disadvantages of their client's case. To come up with original answers to challenging legal issues, this necessitates a thorough understanding of the law and the capacity for creative and innovative thought.
Have a Skilled Trial Lawyer if you go to Trial
Even though going to trial can sometimes be very risky, a skilled trial lawyer can help reduce the dangers and they are highly trained in negotiating plea deals and settlements, which can help reduce the expenses and risks of going to trial. If you believe that a trial is your best choice, a trial lawyer with expertise will have the information and abilities required to make compelling arguments in court on your behalf.
A skilled trial lawyer is a necessary asset for clients who are involved in high-stakes cases or complex legal challenges. Their legal skills and experience make them a great option for clients who need a high level of legal representation because of their abilities in litigation, outstanding communication, strategic thinking, and courtroom expertise. J. Scott James is a skilled trial lawyer, with over 18 years of experience as a Criminal Defense Attorney, and Civil Litigator, as well as strong proven expertise as a Prosecuting Attorney, so if you are facing a legal issue that may require litigation, consider Southern Hills Law to guide you through the complexities of the legal system and help you get the best result for your case. Call today for an appointment and a FREE CONSULTATION.
State v. Great Plains of Kiowa County, 308 Kan. 950, 425 P 3d, 290, (2018) open records, private entity operating a county hospital
In Re D.H., 54 Kan. App. 2d 486, 401 P. 3d 163 (2017) (Decided August 4, 2017) Indian Child Welfare Act notice, parental termination.
In Re L.M.B., 54 Kan. App 2d 285, 398 P. 3d 207 (2017) Indian Child Welfare Act, Expert Qualifications
State v. DeLatorre, 300 Kan. 591 , 331 P. 3d 815 (2014) felony murder, child abuse and alternative means, multiple acts
State v. Villa-Vasquez, 49 Kan. App 2d 421, 310 P. 3d 426 (2013)- admissibility of expert testimony on narcotics “shrine” evidence, Jesus Malverde, and Santa Muerte
State v. Enriquez, 46 Kan App. 2d 421, 310 P. 3d 426 (2011) – multiple acts and alternative means in conspiracy to commit first degree murder
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