Houston Criminal Lawyers Fighting for the People, Getting Cases Dismissed

James (Jim) Sullivan is an experienced Houston criminal defense attorney. Since 1994, Sullivan has successfully fought the government in jury trials on behalf of clients in criminal and juvenile courts. Sullivan has also fought 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 has a proven record of defending people from all walks of life, faiths and countries in courts throughout southeast Texas.

If you are looking to hire a defense lawyer to represent you or a loved one, call James Sullivan at (281) 546-6428 for a free phone consultation.


James Sullivan has a good reputation in the legal community. Sullivan is is very grateful for the for the fine lawyers who endorse him on AVVO and the many clients who write reviews on his behalf (97 and counting):

Jim Sullivan is a trusted lawyer. He helped to change my life by believing in me at my lowest point in my life. My case was a drug case i had all my money taken and my truck seized and I was facing time and more. Jim helped me get into an amazing 2 week […]

Alyssa Smith

Best Juvenile Attorney in Houston!!!!  I wanted to say Thank you so much for what you did for our son and our family. Our son was being charged with a felony and this could have wrecked his entire life. He was doing a favor for someone he considered a friend, and for that was not […]

Yo Daddy

When our 15 year old child was faced with a serious felony offense, Possession of Child Pornography, we did not know where to turn. Through research on Houston attorneys specializing in Juvenile Justice, we located Jim Sullivan. Based on his credentials and outstanding reviews, we contacted him regarding the situation. From the beginning, even before […]

Grateful Parents

Hiring James Sullivan was the best decision we could have made in a very bad situation. Our 16 year old son was charged as a juvenile with aggravated sexual assault of a child [in Montgomery County] and because of the age difference between him and the victim, the prosecutor was intent on a determinate sentence […]

Anonymous Parents

Jim Sullivan comes highly recommended as he represented my son which is a juvenile. My son was in trouble for an assault case and stolen car. He spent time with my son and explaining him that it is understandable that juveniles do make mistakes and gave him awesome advice as our cases went on. There […]

Michala M.

I have had epilepsy since 2010. In July 2017 I had a seizure and while in a postictal state following the seizure I lit a gasoline fire on the garage’s concrete floor of a rental house. It was an irrational attempt to defend my wife from a former friend and tenant who was attacking her. […]

Tyler Carmichael

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, Getting Cases Dismissed by the 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 45 felony cases dismissed by the grand jury just since November 2008. These felony cases span the criminal law spectrum.

Personalized, Professional, Client Centered 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. For over 23 years, 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. Call to arrange an appointment.

Contact Attorney James Sullivan

If you are under investigation or have been charged with a crime, 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. 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 over 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.

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