Experienced Attorney accepting new clients in Custer, Hot Springs, and Rapid City
Attorney J. Scott James is experienced in all types of criminal 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.
Attorney J. Scott James has successfully argued appellate cases on homicides, violent felonies, Indian Child Welfare Act cases, Open Records Cases and many more*
Attorney J. Scott James has obtained civil settlements in property insurance, medical malpractice, and sexual harassment cases.*
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”
J. Scott James was a state level prosecutor for many years, handling violent felony crimes. He also spent four years as the Attorney General of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in Pine Ridge, SD. He now practices in the Custer SD area.
*disclaimer : past success cannot be an assurance of future success because each case must be decided on its own merits
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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