Laredo, Texas and Webb County Criminal Lawyers


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Laredo Criminal Defense Lawyer James (Jim) Sullivan is an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney. 

Webb County Jim Sullivan has successfully fought the government in Jury Trials on behalf of clients in criminal and juvenile courts since 1994.

Jim Sullivan is also Board Certified in Juvenile Law and recognized statewide as a juvenile law expert.  He has a proven record of defending people from all walks of life, faiths and countries in courts throughout Texas.

Defending Your Freedom

Jim 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 Baptists and liberal social activists.  Unlike many colleagues who practice criminal law, Jim 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.

Proven Results

Jim Sullivan gets results (see Case Results).  Over the past 18 years, Jim Sullivan has defended more than 3,000 people charged with every kind of criminal and juvenile case, including murder, aggravated robbery, drug cases, sex offenses, domestic assault and DWI.


Jim 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 Jim Sullivan advises his client that they should fight the case at a jury trial.  Unlike many other attorneys, Jim Sullivan does not try to convince an innocent person to plead guilty.  Instead, Jim Sullivan fights for his clients’ freedom and reputation (see Trial Case Results).

Affordable Legal Services

Jim Sullivan offers a full range of affordable legal services in his criminal and juvenile defense law practice.  Unlike many other attorneys, Jim Sullivan charges separate fees on trial and non-trial cases.

Cares About His Clients

Jim Sullivan cares about his adult and juvenile clients and is concerned about their future.  He frequently counsels with clients at his office for hours at a time. He listens to their concerns, answers all of their questions and discusses legal strategies. He also explains how a criminal conviction could affect them and how to get on the right path for a successful life. Because Jim Sullivan understands that people need to honor work and family commitments, he offers evening, weekend and same day appointments along with free parking.


Jim Sullivan has a good reputation in the legal community.  Jim Sullivan is humbled by fine lawyers who endorse him on AVVO. He is also very grateful for clients who write testimonials on his behalf. Most of his business comes from referrals from past clients and other lawyers, although it is not necessary to have a referral for him to defend you.  Anyone can call Jim Sullivan to represent them.

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

Contact Attorney Jim Sullivan

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

Jim 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 schedule an appointment or to discuss your case, call 281-546-6428 right now.

Grand Jury Defense

If you are charged with a felony offense, Jim 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 (see Grand Jury).  If your felony case is dismissed by the grand jury, you have the immediate right to get your criminal record expunged.  Many of Jim Sullivan’s clients have been able to do this within a few months of being arrested.

Board Certified in Juvenile Law (Only 38 in private practice in Texas)

Webb County Juvenile Attorney Jim Sullivan is Board Certified in Juvenile Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Juvenile law is different than criminal law (see Juvenile Crime). Note: Among the more than 83,000 active lawyers in Texas, there are only 38 lawyers Board Certified in Juvenile Law in private practice.

As an attorney myself, when concerns arose over an incident involving my son, I knew the extreme importance of finding an attorney who is Board Certified in juvenile law. Board Certified lawyers are highly specialized – enough that the State recognizes them for their expertise. My search led me to Jim Sullivan and I cannot thank him enough. He is extremely well-versed in this highly specialized area of law, kind, compassionate and non-judgmental. He spent a great deal of time understanding the incident involving my son and providing us guidance. Thankfully, it appears that this will turn out to only be a “learning opportunity” for my son but, I have Jim’s number in my phone and will call him immediately if the need arises. ~Concerned Mom (Yahoo Directory Review)



Jim 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 20 years and have two children. They worship at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church. Jim Sullivan is also an Eagle Scout.


Associate Attorney Nancy Botts has been licensed since 1988 and obtained her law degree from the University of Houston. She concentrates on criminal law and family law and handles all kinds of cases in these areas. 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.

As a family law attorney, Nancy Botts has good results in child custody and divorce cases. She also has a strong commitment to offering each client the best possible representation.


Arson, Assault, Bank Burglary, Computer Crime, Cruelty to Animals, Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI, Drug Defense, Drug Possession, Drug Delivery, Evading, Felony, Fraud, Indecency iwth a Child, Insurance Fraud, Harassment, Homicide, Manslaughter, Misdemeanor, Online Solicitation of a Minor, Prostitution, Probation Violation, Record Sealing, Record Expungement, 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.



Webb County was created on January 28th, 1848 by the Texas legislature and is the 6th largest county in the state of Texas with 3,307 square miles. The County Courthouse was designed by the renowned Texas Architect, Alfred GILES. The building was constructed in 1909 at a cost of $40,000. Renovated in 1997 to its original structure, the court house is currently occupied and has been recognized by the Texas Historical Commission as one of the finest examples of “courthouse restoration in the State of Texas.”

The Office of the Webb County Public Defender was created in Webb County in 1988 to ensure legal representation to indigent defendants charged with adult misdemeanor and felony crimes. In accordance with the Fair Defense Act as required by Senate Bill 7, its is their duty to provide zealous representation to all clients appointed to our Office. Since its inception, the Office of the Webb County Public Defender has represented thousand of clients. The Office is comprised of fifteen attorneys, seven secretaries, two investigators, an executive administrative assistant, and a receptionist. The Public Defender’s Office is responsible for representing adult defendants in both the district and county court-at-law. They deal with more than 125 felony and misdemeanor cases each month. In upholding the right of their clients, the attorneys work closely with both the District Attorney’s Office and law enforcement agencies.

County Court at Law Number One handles a variety of cases on a daily basis. These cases range from criminal misdemeanor cases, bond forfeitures, probate, civil, juvenile, mental health cases, and family law matters, which include divorces, adoptions, guardianships, paternity suits, child support issues and modifications.

The jurisdiction of civil cases is up to $100,000.00. A large percentage of civil cases have to do with family matters such as divorces, paternity suits, and child custody cases.

All criminal cases filed in this court are misdemeanors such as Class A, whose range of punishment is confinement in jail not to exceed 1 year or a fine not to exceed $4,000.00, or both; and Class B, whose range of punishment is confinement in jail not to exceed 180 days or a fine not to exceed $2,000.00, or both.




Gracie V. Garcia
Court Administrator
(956) 523-4722


Abel Soliz
Civil Court Coordinator
(956) 523-4226


Gloria Hernandez
Criminal Court Coordinator
956) 523-4225


Kimberly Lobello
Court Reporter
(956) 523-4229


Adriana Benavides Canavati
Court Interpreter/Clerk
(956) 523-4721


Cynthia Olaez – Roa
Administrative Assistant
956) 523-4230


Fernando Ramos
Court Baliff
(956) 523-4227


Orlando Juarez
Court Baliff
(956) 523-4228

341st District Court

Judge Elma Teresa Salinas Ender serves as the judge of the 341st District Court, a general jurisdiction court in Webb County.  When the 341st District Court was created in 1983, Judge Ender was appointed to the bench by Governor Mark White. She enjoys the distinction of being the first Mexican-American female judge in the State of Texas. She has been re-elected since then without opposition.

During her years in office, she has served as chair of and continues to serve as a member of the bail bond board, adult probation, juvenile probation, purchasing, auditing and local administrative judge.  Currently, Judge Salinas Ender serves as chair for the Board of Judges overseeing the Auditor and on the Indigent Defense Services Oversight Committee for the Webb County Judiciary.

Judge Ender was one of the two district judges appointed by the Texas Supreme Court to the Texas Access to Justice Commission, the first commission ever created by the Supreme Court of Texas.  She served on the Texas Supreme Court Task Force of Foster Care, Court Improvement Project.  She currently serves on the Basic Projects CIP Committee for the Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families.  She has served on the Committee on Judicial Ethics of the Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas, the committee that issues advisory opinions construing the Code of Judicial Conduct.

Appointed in 1995 by then Governor George Bush, as an ad hoc committee member, Judge Salinas Ender worked to rewrite the Texas Code of Criminal Procedures. Appointed by Governor Mark White in 1986, she served on a Task Force charged with drafting professional standards to be used to certify juvenile detention centers.  She has served as President, Vice President and 4th Administrative District Representative for the Texas District Judges’ Association, 1993-96.

Judge Ender is involved in numerous civic and community activities.  Her leadership in organizations committed to the advancement of women, include Leadership Texas, the Laredo Business and Professional Women’s Association, her participation in the National Hispana Leadership Institute, which included study at Harvard University’s JFK School of Public Affairs.

She holds a Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and a B.B.A. from University of Texas in Austin, with a major in accounting.

406th Judicial District Court

On November 2, 2004, the Honorable Oscar J. Hale, Jr., was elected by the citizens of Webb County to serve as only the second judge of the 406th Judicial District Court. Judge Hale took office on January 1, 2005. Judge Hale was re-elected to the bench on November 4, 2008, and will serve his second term through 2012.

The 406th District Court was created in 1999 by the Texas Legislature to serve the County of Webb. It was created as a special district court to give preference to cases involving domestic violence, cases under the Family Code and Health and Safety Code. The Court began operations in January of 2001.

Subsequently, the Board of Judges agreed to have the 406th District Court handle all the family law matters that were filed in the district court along with all of the protective orders.

Upon taking office in January 2005, Judge Hale agreed to handle all of the newly filed felony drug cases in order to help equalize the dockets of the district courts.

Also, in March 2005, Judge Hale impaneled the first Grand Jury for the 406th Judicial District Court. Consequently, this court now handles 100 percent of the felony drug cases and about 1/3 of the felony criminal cases, including all the newly filed child abuse cases and felony domestic violence cases.

The 406th District Court also handles 18% of the general civil cases filed in Webb County. Additionally, Judge Hale presides over family law matters including adoptions, divorces, parental terminations, and protective orders. Consequently, the 406th District Court currently has the busiest case load among the four district courts in Webb County.

By working with our state legislators during the 79th Legislative Session, Judge Hale was successful in expanding the jurisdiction of the 406th District Court to include concurrent jurisdiction with the county courts in certain areas.

The 406th District Court also handles misdemeanor cases and civil cases arising out of the Family Code or Health and Safety Code. Judge Hale was also successful in modifying the terms of Court for the 406th Judicial District Court.

Effective September 1, 2005, the new terms of court for the 406th District Court begin on the first Monday in January, April, July, and October. A new Grand Jury is impaneled to serve during each term of court.

During his first year in office, Judge Hale also worked on improving the local rules for Webb County. In fact, Judge Hale serves as the Chairperson for the Local Rules Committee and during his term as Presiding Judge for District Courts the board of judges voted to adopt the new local rules in December 2, 2009.



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