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Criminal Law

Criminal Law

Lisa’s focus has been Criminal Law for nearly 16 years. Lisa Haines has extensive experience in every area of criminal law, having spent 13 years as an Assistant Criminal District Attorney in the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office and now in private practice as a defense attorney. As a prosecutor, Ms. Haines worked as a trial lawyer in the felony, misdemeanor, juvenile, mental health, and child protective services courts in Tarrant County. She has wide-ranging trial experience – from misdemeanor DWI, shoplifting, and family violence cases to felony Assault, DWI, Drugs, Aggravated Robbery and Burglary. Lisa is very knowledgeable about the diversion programs for teens, veterans, and defendants with mental health issues.

Criminal Defense Areas Of Practice

Lisa focuses on obtaining the best possible resolution for misdemeanor and felony charges relating to: driving while intoxicated (DWI), aggravated assault, ABI-FM, burglary, credit card abuse, controlled substances, drugs including marihuana, evading or resisting arrest, forgery, fraud, manslaughter, murder, prescription fraud, robbery, shoplifting, theft, trespassing, vandalism, gun and weapon charges; juvenile, probation revocation (misdemeanor, felony, juvenile), asset seizure/forfeiture, ALR hearings, occupational driver’s licenses (ODL), grand jury proceedings, drivers license suspensions, expunctions and non-disclosures, etc.


Lisa is passionate about getting the best possible outcome for each and every client. Lisa’s vast experience as a prosecutor allows her to anticipate the DA’s every move. This is crucial in evaluating the merits of the State’s case and attacking any weakness. Her experience and knowledge have factored into Lisa’s grand jury presentations as a criminal defense attorney. In March 2013, three clients’ felony cases were no-billed (rejected) by the Tarrant County Grand Jury. The charges included Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Kidnapping, and Indecency with a Child. Of course, there can be no guarantee of similar results for any client, since every case has its own set of facts. But Lisa understands that a criminal charge can impact your employment, your reputation and your freedom. Whether in the initial evaluation, pretrial motions, plea negotiations or jury trial, Lisa will be zealous in protecting you. She will be available to you and will keep you informed throughout the legal process. You will be working with Lisa directly.

Criminal Defense

In a recent felony trial, Lisa’s client was facing a minimum of 25 years up to Life in Texas prison for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon Enhanced to Habitual Offender under the “Three Strikes” law. Her client also faced the same range of punishment on a second case of Felony Violation of a Protective Order, pending trial in the future. The four day trial ended with a hung jury (the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict). A hung jury is a prosecutor’s nightmare because the State has to try the case all over again knowing one jury already could not reach a verdict. The judge granted Lisa’s request for a mistrial. Lisa, with her client’s approval, was able to negotiate a plea agreement of TWO YEARS on the AADW and THREE YEARS on the VOPO (time served simultaneously). Her client was very happy and relieved. This time it was the State who struck out.


Lisa has obtained nine no-bills so far in 2013 primarily on 1st and 2nd degree felony charges. “No-bill” means the Grand Jurors find there is no probable cause to arrest, thus the case is dismissed and can be erased from a defendant’s criminal history. Lisa obtained 11 no-bills in 2011 and had 12 no-bills in 2012 on multiple first degree felonies such as Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Sexual Assault, Possession of Controlled Substance 4-200 grams, as well as other felonies: Burglary of Habitation (3 cases), Aggravated Assault Deadly Weapon, Felony ABI-FM, Retaliation, Theft and dismissals in misdemeanor cases, including multiple Class A Assault Bodily Injury – Family Member cases.

 Geography Of Practice

Serving all of Tarrant County: Arlington, Azle, Bedford, Benbrook, Blue Mound, Colleyville, Crowley, Dalworthington Gardens, Eagle Mountain, Edgecliff Village, Euless, Everman, Forrest Hill, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Haltom City, Haslet, Hurst, Keller, Kennedale, Lake Worth, Lakeside, Mansfield, North Richland Hills, Pantego, Pelican Bay, Richland Hills, River Oaks, Rendon, Saginaw, Sansom Park, Southlake, Watauga, Westlake, Westover Hills, and White Settlement.