J.T. Borah

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Prior to becoming a lawyer, J.T. worked for a couple of law firms who represented people who had been injured due to the negligence of others.

“It was during this time that I started to develop a heart for representing people who were overwhelmed with the legal process,” J.T. said.

At this same time, a close friend of J.T.'s was charged with a crime. To this day, J.T. does not believe his friend was guilty. His friend’s problems became worse when he hired a high-priced attorney, who came highly recommended, but did nothing on the case except to scare him into taking a plea.

“That’s what motivated me to pursue a career representing people charged with crimes,” J.T. said.

J.T. was so anxious to represent people in these situations that he quit his job and graduated law school in the least amount of time possible by attending classes year round.

Everyone at law school knew J.T. would be a criminal defense attorney upon graduation, and it was not uncommon for a professor to say “and now for the defense, Mr. Borah,” in calling on him in class.

Since 1996, J.T. has enthusiastically represented citizens charged with all types of crimes in both state and federal courts. His representation of clients has ranged from representing them prior to any charges being filed all the way to representing them on appeal of a verdict that he believed was not just.

“I have never prosecuted anyone for a crime,” J.T. said. “This is not to say that I believe that prosecution cannot be done in an ethical and moral way. It is just against my makeup to engage in that aspect of the law.”

Although most of his time is devoted to his profession, J.T. is a devoted family man. He has been married to the same lady since 1987 and they have been blessed with two wonderful children.

He’s also an avid fan of the Philadelphia Phillies with a penchant for theological discussions. His community activities have including being an elder at Christ Presbyterian Church in Flower Mound where he also teaches the High School Sunday School class, volunteering at Christian Community Action (CCA) and coaching young boys in basketball and baseball.

"I believe that my involvement in the community is something that God requires of me,” J.T. said. “It is part of fulfilling the great commandment of loving both God and my neighbor. I also see this as a motivation for what I do in my vocation of defending citizens charged with crimes."

J.T. was born in Greenville, S.C., on Aug. 7, 1962. J.T.'s father was in the ministry, which led to the family moving often. J.T. has lived in South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida, Illinois and Texas. For more than three decades, J.T. has called Denton County "home". Although neither J.T. nor his wife is a native Texan by birth, they are glad that their children are.

After graduating from Bob Jones University with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, J.T. entered the workforce not really sure what he wanted to do with his life. He worked for Toys "R Us, Lanier Business Products and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. That led to his working for several law firms and his epiphany to become a lawyer.

He graduated from Regent University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas State Bar in 1996.

J.T. loves Texas and Denton County but he is concerned with the way the State prosecutes cases. One of the operating principles of J.T.'s law practice was best summarized by a mentor of his, Stuart Kinard, who said that we are in the business of “protecting the children of God who have fallen short of perfection from the wrath of those who think they have attained it.”

“Sometimes the government's attorneys, in their enthusiasm to enforce ‘to the full extent of the law,’ will lose sight of that fact that the person accused of a crime is still a person and not just another case to make a name for themselves,” J.T. said. “Sometimes they forget that the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure informs them that it is ‘the primary duty of all prosecuting attorneys, including any special prosecutors, not to convict, but to see that justice is done."

J.T.'s clients may have had a bad week or a bad day or a bad hour when the actions were committed.

“This does not mean that they need to be put away for good,” he said.

Much of J.T.'s practice is spent in “damage control,” where he tries to make sure that a momentary lapse in judgment on the part of his clients does not have more long term effects than are absolutely necessary.

In addition to this aspect of his practice, J.T. makes sure that even in the most difficult of cases the government can prove its case against his client beyond all reasonable doubt so that his clients do not have the same horrible experience that his friend had that eventually led J.T. to pursue this vocation.

Practice Areas:
  • State And Federal Criminal Defense

  • College: Bob Jones University, B.S., 1984.

  • Law School: Regent University School of Law, December 15, 1995.

  • Admitted: Texas - May 3, 1996.

  • Current and past memberships: State Bar of Texas - Criminal Law Section Member; State Bar College; Denton County Bar Association; Tarrant County Criminal Defense Association; Denton County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (President: 1998 and 1999, Secretary: 1997); Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; DUI College; Texas Independent Bar.