Aggressive Criminal Defense

I am a criminal defense lawyer. When I get your case, my only focus is on how to win. I immediately begin to evaluate your case to show that you are innocent and to find problems with the prosecutor’s case. Together, we determine what investigation needs to be done, what witnesses to find, how to make your case.
James McDermott | Criminal Defense Lawyer
I have never been a prosecutor. I never wanted to be a prosecutor. I have only wanted to defend: against police who stretch the truth or make up stories, against prosecutors who don’t know their cases and just want to keep things moving so they can get convictions, against witnesses using the system to carry out personal grudges.

I am also fighting against laws and rules that are set up to convict you. I study the law, I work the law, and I use it to fight your case. I use their rules against them. When you stand in court, you want to be standing next to someone who knows how to fight and who wants to win.

You Need an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney with Proven Results

I have worked in some of the toughest places for a defense lawyer, and I’ve won. I work on some of the toughest kinds of cases, and I win. In front of juries and judges, I’ve pushed cases to trial and heard at the end those two sweetest words: Not guilty. Here are some examples of my actual results—

Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child – “Not Guilty”
Sexual Assault – “Not Guilty”
Attempted Sexual Assault – “Not Guilty”
Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer – “Not Guilty”
Assault on a Peace Officer – “Not Guilty”
Attempting to Take a Weapon from a Peace Officer – “Not Guilty”
Possession of Cocaine – “Not Guilty”
Possession of Methamphetamine – “Not Guilty”
Possession of Heroin – “Not Guilty”
Evading Arrest with a Motor Vehicle – “Not Guilty”

Sometimes, cases are best resolved without a trial. You get the best results, from judges and from prosecutors, when everyone knows that you work your cases, that you know them better than anyone else. That’s why I’m proud of these kinds of outcomes too:

Capital Murder – Reduced to Injury to a Child
Murder –  Reduced to Assault
Felony Possession of Marihuana – Dismissed
Bringing Contraband into a Corrections Facility – Dismissed
Intoxicated Manslaughter – Reduced to Assault
Burglary of a Habitation – Reduced to Criminal Trespass
Endangering a Child – Dismissed
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child – Dismissed
Sexual Assault of a Child – Reduced to Assault

When you are facing the fight of your life, hire someone who has always fought on your side, whose only goal has been to help people like you win.

Contact James McDermott now to discuss your case or schedule a consultation by phone at (512) 201-4083 or email to