When a person is charged with a crime, they’ll be best served by securing legal representation to ensure that the integrity of their rights aren’t infringed, and to challenge criminal charges levied against them by law enforcement.
Every day in Houston people visit law offices to secure legal representation for a myriad of situations. Sometimes they luck-up and run across good lawyers that they end up hiring, while other times, least competent lawyers are unwittingly retained. A person who received less-than-superior legal representation may never become wiser to the fact, while others, who have had experience with less-than-superior legal representation, want, deserve, and expect more.
For Texans seeking a filter for a crowded legal spectrum to assist in their search for the best lawyer for their case, the Texas Board of Legal Representation is an excellent screening tool.
The Texas Board of Legal Specialization
The Texas Board of Legal Specialization, or the TBLS for short, was established in 1974 by the Supreme Court of Texas at the request of State Bar of Texas and is the only governing board authorized to certify attorneys in legal specialty areas.
There are over 100,000 attorneys licensed to practice in Texas. Only 7,300 have earned the right to be publicly recognized as Board Certified specialists in one of 23 select areas of law.
Why Choose a Board Certified Lawyer?
Mark of Excellence
Board Certification is a mark of excellence and a distinguishing accomplishment.
Within the Texas legal community, Board Certification means an attorney has substantial, relevant experience in a select field of law as well as demonstrated, and tested, special competence in that area of law.
A Distinguished Few
There are more than 100,000 attorneys licensed to practice in Texas. Only 7,300 are Board Certified.
Board Certified lawyers earn the right to publicly represent themselves as a specialist in a select area of the law. In fact, they are the only attorneys allowed by the State Bar of Texas to do so. This designation sets them apart as being an attorney with the highest, public commitment to excellence in their area of law.
The process is voluntary and can only take place after an attorney has been in practice for five years, with a minimum of three years experience in the specialty area.
Moreover, Board Certification is not a one-time event. It requires an ongoing involvement in the specialty area which is periodically substantiated with references from peers in that field. It also requires annual professional refreshment through TBLS approved, continuing legal education course work to stay abreast of current trends in law.
Easy to Find
Few Texas attorneys have answered the challenge laid down 43 years ago by the Supreme Court of Texas and the State Bar of Texas to “…serve the public interest and advance the standards of the legal profession.”
The Differences Are Clear
When a defendant is represented by a lawyer that’s Board Certified® in criminal law they can take solace knowing that the attorney in their corner was independently peer-reviewed, is an above average practitioner of jurisprudence, has at least 5 years of experience, and last but certainly not least, a professional.
Speaking in automotive terms, the distinction of a Board Certified® Criminal Law Attorney versus that of a lawyer who merely passed the bar and earned a license to practice law is similar to the difference between a trained mechanic that earned their ASE Certification and a person trained as a mechanic. Who would you prefer at helm when your vehicle needs repair?
Attorney Jack B. Carroll; Board Certified®
If you’re in need of a professional criminal defense lawyer for a matter set for criminal court, contact Jack B. Carroll & Associates. Led by Board Certified® criminal-law attorney Jack B. Carroll, we pride ourselves at being excellent at trial, celebrated by our clients, and affordable; offering flexible arrangements for our clients. We also offer free case reviews.
Ready to schedule a meeting to review your case? Contact Jack B. Carroll & Associates today, by calling our office at 713-227-4607.