Houston Criminal Lawyers Fighting for Your Rights, Freedom and Future

James (Jim) Sullivan is an experienced Houston criminal defense attorney. For 22 years, Sullivan has successfully fought the government in jury trials on behalf of clients in criminal and juvenile courts. Sullivan has also been able to get hundreds of serious criminal and juvenile cases dismissed.

James Sullivan graduated from Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College, the most selective and prestigious trial advocacy program in America. Sullivan was also invited to join The National Trial Lawyers organization, a professional organization composed of trial lawyers from across the country. Sullivan has a proven record of defending people from all walks of life, faiths and countries in courts throughout southeast Texas.

Call James Sullivan at (281) 546-6428 for a free phone consultation.


James Sullivan has a good reputation in the legal community. Sullivan is humbled by the fine lawyers who endorse him on AVVO, and he is very grateful for the many clients who write kind reviews on his behalf (75 and counting).

I cannot thank you enough for your help with my case in Montgomery county. It was a very serious accusation against me. My teenage nephew falsely accused me of molesting him. You took our initial call on a weekend and assured us then that everything would turn out fine. You explained that it was very important for a good attorney to get involved before indictment because you believed a good defense attorney could get the case no billed (dismissed) by the grand jury. And, that's exactly what you did. You are very talented and professional at what you do. I cannot thank you enough for standing beside me, believing in me and and most importantly, your confidence. You are truly a super lawyer. ~K.M., Dallas (AVVO review)

The law practice of James Sullivan is devoted solely to criminal and juvenile defense. Sullivan has tried many cases in the Harris county criminal and juvenile courts. Approximately half of his cases involve criminal charges while the other half involves juvenile charges.

Felony Defense before Grand Jury

If you are charged with a felony offense in criminal court, James Sullivan may be able to get your case no billed (dismissed) by the grand jury, but you need to hire him before or soon after your first court setting. If your felony case is dismissed by the grand jury, you may have the right to get your criminal record expunged immediately.  Many of Sullivan’s clients have been able to do this within a few months of being arrested. Incredibly, Sullivan has worked to get 39 felony cases dismissed by the grand jury just since November 2008.  These felony cases span the criminal law spectrum.

Personalized, Professional Defense

James Sullivan chose to become a criminal lawyer. It was not by accident. Fighting the government and defending people come natural to him—he was born into a diverse, dynamic family of conservative Christians and liberal social activists. Unlike many colleagues who practice criminal law, Sullivan has never prosecuted anyone and never will. That is not him. His entire career is devoted to defending people accused of crimes and delinquencies.

Mr. Sullivan demonstrated the up-most character and effort in working my case. He is a man of his words and has great passion for what he does. This lawyer is not like the ordinary. Full of wisdom, advice, character, and integrity, Mr.James Sullivan delivers exceptional legal services. He comes with no judgment or generalizations and every message and contact is completely personalized and satisfactory. He was very patience in all explanations and would ensure that I was completely aware of the situation and all possible outcomes. I would highly recommend him in any case, for he is determined to help the people. It was a blessing to my family and I to have you by our side,and Thank you again James Sullivan. You are the man. ~client, Houston (AVVO review)

Proven Results

James Sullivan gets proven results. Since 1994, Sullivan has defended more than 3,000 people charged with every kind of criminal and juvenile case, including theft, assault, family violence, drug crimes, sex crimes, robbery and murder; however, Sullivan does not represent clients in municipal or justice of the peace courts.


James Sullivan practices criminal law with a simple philosophy. If a client says he is not guilty, and if the prosecutor will not dismiss the charge, then Sullivan advises his client that they should fight the case at a jury trial. Unlike many other attorneys, Sullivan does not try to convince an innocent person to plead guilty. Instead, Sullivan fights for his clients’ freedom and reputation.

Legal Services for a Reasonable Fee

James Sullivan offers a full range of legal services in his criminal and juvenile defense law practice. Sullivan charges separate fees on trial and non-trial cases and offers payment plans, however he is not a pro bono lawyer; he does not represent people for free. If you cannot afford to hire an attorney, you should ask the judge to appoint an attorney to represent you.

Cares About His Clients

James Sullivan cares deeply about his adult and juvenile clients and is concerned about their future. He counsels with clients at his office for at least an hour. He invests the necessary time to get to know them and their legal problem, and not just the facts but also the emotions underneath. Ultimately, a good trial lawyer knows that emotion persuades a jury far better than logic. After all, people make decisions at gut level and then use their head to support it. The attorneys trained at the Trial Lawyers College get this. Even if a client is not fighting his case at trial, it is important to understand the client's story fully in order to get the best result.

Because Sullivan understands that people need to honor work and family commitments, he offers afternoon, early evening and same day appointments along with free parking.

Contact Attorney James Sullivan

If you are under investigation or have been charged with a crime or delinquency, call Houston criminal defense attorney James Sullivan to discuss your case.

Sullivan generally tries to answer his own phone so that you can speak to an attorney directly. He wants to hear from you and to help you. Call him right now. Don’t go to court alone. To discuss your case, call 281-546-6428 for a free phone consultation.

Board Certified in Juvenile Law

Houston Juvenile Attorney James Sullivan is also Board Certified in Juvenile Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Juvenile law is different than criminal law. Note: Among the more than 83,000 active lawyers in Texas, there are only 38 lawyers Board Certified in Juvenile Law in private practice.

James Sullivan’s path through life has given him a unique understanding of the injustices that happen to many juveniles, many of which are far beyond their control. Because of his own difficult teen years, Sullivan connects with teenagers in ways that other attorneys simply cannot and has been instrumental in leading juveniles to have a successful future.


James Sullivan is fluent in Spanish and English, having studied Journalism, Latin American and Asian Studies at Baylor University, a nationally ranked Christian school. He graduated with honors in 1990. He then lived in Mexico City and traveled throughout Mexico prior to entering law school. In 1993, he graduated from South Texas College of Law. He and his wife Araceli have been married 25 years and have two children. They worship in a local Catholic church. Sullivan is also an Eagle Scout.

Nancy Botts

Associate Attorney Nancy Botts has been licensed since 1988 and obtained her law degree from the University of Houston. As a criminal defense attorney, Nancy Botts’ main interest is in the areas of search and seizure law and drug defense. She has good results in drug defense cases. Other Houston criminal lawyers have consulted her for years about these subjects. She aggressively defends all felony and misdemeanor drug possession and drug delivery cases. She has successfully fought possession and delivery of controlled substance cases for amounts ranging from less than one gram to several kilograms. She has also represented numerous people on child sex abuse cases. She also has a strong commitment to offering each client the best possible representation.

Nancy represented my spouse on 5 felony drug charges. She is EXTREMELY knowledgeable and was the blessing we needed. We had another attorney for 4 months that was absolutely NO help to us and within 1 months time Nancy was able to give us answers we'd been waiting months to hear. You can depend on her to be straight forward with you and letting you know exactly what you're facing and she is VERY reasonably priced. There are not enough good words I can say about her. If you need a great criminal attorney, Ms. Nancy Botts is definitely one of the best! ~N. Mitchell


Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Robbery, Arson, Assault, Assault by Impeding Breathing, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Auto Theft, Burglary, Child Abuse, Child Porn Possession, Computer Crime, Credit Card Abuse, Cruelty to Animals, Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI, Drug Defense, Drug Possession, Drug Delivery, Employee Theft / Embezzlement, Evading Arrest, Felony, Fraud, Grand Jury, Indecency with a Child, Insurance Fraud, Harassment, Homicide, Identity Theft, Insurance Fraud, Manslaughter, Misdemeanor, Online Solicitation of a Minor, Prostitution, Probation Violation, Record Sealing (Non-Disclosure), Record Expungement (Expunction), Robbery, Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault of a Child, Shoplifting, Theft, White Collar Crime, and all Juvenile Crime, Juvenile Certification, Juvenile Record Sealing and Juvenile Sex Offenses.