IMG_2922BHidalgo County Criminal Trial Lawyers Fighting for Your Rights, Freedom and Future

James (Jim) Sullivan is an experienced McAllen Criminal Defense Attorney. For over 20 years, Sullivan has successfully fought the government in Jury Trials on behalf of clients in criminal and juvenile courts.

James Sullivan attended the Trial Lawyers College founded by Legendary lawyer Gerry Spence and was invited to join The National Trial Lawyers organization. Sullivan has a proven record of defending people from all walks of life, faiths and countries in courts throughout Texas.

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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 Baptists 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.

Proven Results

James Sullivan gets results (see Case Results).  Over the past 20 years, 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.


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 (see Trial Case Results).  Sullivan was honored to attend the Trial Lawyers College founded by legendary lawyer Gerry Spence and to be invited to join The National Trial Lawyers organization.

Affordable Legal Services

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

Cares About His Clients

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


James Sullivan has a good reputation in the legal community.  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 Sullivan to represent them.

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 courthouses. Approximately half of his cases involve criminal charges while the other half involves juvenile charges.

Contact Attorney James Sullivan

If you are under investigation or have been charged with a crime or delinquency, call McAllen 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 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, 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 (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 Sullivan’s clients have been able to do this within a few months of being arrested.

Board Certified in Juvenile Law

McAllen Juvenile Attorney James 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 James 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 his number in my phone and will call him immediately if the need arises. ~Concerned Mom (Yahoo Directory Review)


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 20 years and have two children. They worship at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church. 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. 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 Texas 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.


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, 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.



Hidalgo County (T-16), in South Texas, is bordered by Cameron County on the east, Brooks County on the north, Starr County on the west, and Mexico on the south. The county seat, Edinburg, is at the junction of U.S. highways 107 and 281.

Institutionalized population: 5,088

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff’s office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 16
  • Rapes: 111
  • Robberies: 138
  • Assaults: 1028
  • Burglaries: 2416
  • Thefts: 3822
  • Auto thefts: 355

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff’s office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 19
  • Rapes: 103
  • Robberies: 191
  • Assaults: 932
  • Burglaries: 2353
  • Thefts: 3784
  • Auto thefts: 422

County Courts at Law

County Court at Law 1

Judge Rodolfo “Rudy” Gonzalez

100 N. Closner,
Third Floor
Edinburg, TX  78539

Ph: (956) 318-2375
Fx: (956) 318-2373

8:00 am – 12:00 noon
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Monday – Friday

County Court #2

Judge Jay Palacios
100 N. Closner Blvd.
Third Floor
Edinburg, TX  78539

Ph: (956) 318-2380
Fx: (956) 318-2384

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday – Friday

County Court #4

Judge Fred Garza
100 N. Closner
Third Floor
Edinburg, TX  78539

Ph: (956) 318-2390

County Court #5

Judge Arnoldo Cantu
100 N. Closner Blvd.
Second Floor
Edinburg, TX  78539

Ph: (956) 318-2460

County Court #6

Judge Albert Garcia
100 N. Closner Blvd.
North Annex
Edinburg, TX  78539

Ph: (956) 289-7400

92nd District Court

Judge Ricardo Rodriguez, Jr.
100 N. Closner
Second Floor
Edinburg, TX  78539

Ph: (956) 318-2250
Fx: (956) 318-2345

93rd District Court

Judge Rudy Delgado
100 N. Closner
Edinburg, TX  78539

Ph: (956) 318-2255
Fx: (956) 318-2552

139th District Court

Judge Roberto “Bobby” Flores
100 N. Closner
Edinburg, TX  78539

Ph: (956) 318-2260
Fx: (956) 383-7608

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday – Friday

206th District Court – MDL Cases

Judge Rose Guerra Reyna
100 N. Closner
Edinburg, TX  78539

Ph: (956) 318-2265

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday – Friday

275th District Court

Judge Juan Partida
100 N. Closner
Edinburg, TX  78539

Ph: (956) 318-2270
Fax: (956) 318-2589

332nd District Court

Judge Mario E. Ramirez, Jr.
100 N. Closner
Edinburg, TX  78539

Ph: (956) 318-2275
Fx: (956) 318-2698

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday – Friday

370th District Court

Judge Noe Gonzalez
100 N. Closner
Edinburg, TX  78539

Ph: (956) 318-2280
Fx: (956) 318-2285

389th District Court

Judge Letty Lopez
100 N. Closner
Edinburg, TX  78539

Ph: (956) 318-2080
Fx: (956) 318-2084

398th District Court

Judge Aida Salinas Flores
100 N. Closner
Second Floor
Edinburg, TX  78539

Ph: (956) 318-2470
Fx: (956) 318-2475

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday – Friday

430th District Court

Judge Israel Ramon Jr.
111 S. 9th
Edinburg, TX  78539

Ph: (956) 318-2900
Fx: (956) 381-0477

449th District Court

Judge Jesse Contreras, 449th District Court
Brenda Gonzalez, Court Coordinator
1001 N. Doolittle RD
(PO Box 267)
Edinburg, TX  78540

Ph: (956) 381-0744
Fx: (956) 381-0730

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday – Friday

Criminal District Attorney René Guerra
Main Receptionist and Felony (956) 318-2300
Misdemeanor (956) 318-2313
Hot Checks (956) 318-2310
Civil (956) 318-2319
Felony Intake (956) 318-2308
Main Fax Number (956) 318-2301
Administration (956) 318-2078
Civil (956) 381-1511
Felony Intake (956) 381-5127
Hot Checks (956) 380-6398
Misdemeanor (956) 318-2079
Misdemeanor Intake, Appeals and Asset Forfeitures (956) 380-0407

Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office
Telephone: (956)383-8114

Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office
711 El Cibolo Road
Edinburg, Tx 78541

US Mail
Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office
PO Box 1228
Edinburg, Tx 78540

Hidalgo County Detention Center
Telephone: (956) 381-7900

Hidalgo County Detention Center
701 El Cibolo Road
Edinburg, Tx 78541

US Mail
Hidalgo County Detention Center
PO Box 1228
Edinburg, Tx 78540

Hidalgo County, Texas  US CENSUS BUREAU Statistics

People QuickFacts Hidalgo County Texas
Population, 2010 774,769 25,145,561
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 36.1% 20.6%
Population, 2000 569,471 20,851,818
Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2009 11.9% 8.4%
Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2009 36.5% 27.8%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2009 9.5% 10.2%
Female persons, percent, 2009 51.1% 50.1%
White persons, percent, 2010 (a) 88.0% 70.4%
Black persons, percent, 2010 (a) 0.6% 11.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2010 (a) 0.3% 0.7%
Asian persons, percent, 2010 (a) 1.0% 3.8%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2010 (a) 0.0% 0.1%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2010 1.3% 2.7%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2010 (b) 90.6% 37.6%
White persons not Hispanic, persons, 2010 7.8% 45.3%
Living in same house 1 year ago, pct 1 yr old & over, 2005-2009 84.5% 80.8%
Foreign born persons, percent, 2005-2009 28.6% 15.8%
Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2005-2009 83.3% 33.6%
High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2005-2009 59.5% 79.3%
Bachelor’s degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2005-2009 15.2% 25.4%
Veterans, 2005-2009 24,235 1,621,077
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2005-2009 21.1 24.7
Housing units, 2009 257,324 9,724,220
Homeownership rate, 2005-2009 70.5% 64.7%
Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2005-2009 15.5% 24.3%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2005-2009 $69,800 $118,900
Households, 2005-2009 208,599 8,269,046
Persons per household, 2005-2009 3.35 2.81
Per capita money income in past 12 months (2009 dollars) 2005-2009 $13,130 $24,318
Median household income, 2009 $30,360 $48,286
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2009 35.2% 17.1%
Business QuickFacts Hidalgo County Texas
Private nonfarm establishments, 2008 10,625 522,3361
Private nonfarm employment, 2008 168,079 9,231,9551
Private nonfarm employment, percent change 2000-2008 46.3% 15.0%1
Nonemployer establishments, 2008 59,952 1,835,870
Total number of firms, 2007 65,497 2,165,252
Black-owned firms, percent, 2007 S 7.1%
American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms, percent, 2007 1.1% 0.9%
Asian-owned firms, percent, 2002 2.2% 4.5%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms, percent, 2007 S 0.1%
Hispanic-owned firms, percent, 2007 68.8% 20.7%
Women-owned firms, percent, 2007 30.6% 28.2%
Manufacturers shipments, 2007 ($1000) 1,503,200 593,541,502
Merchant wholesaler sales, 2007 ($1000) 4,301,122 424,238,194
Retail sales, 2007 ($1000) 7,898,809 311,334,781
Retail sales per capita, 2007 $11,254 $13,061
Accommodation and food services sales, 2007 ($1000) 757,984 42,054,592
Building permits, 2009 3,156 84,440
Federal spending, 2008 3,432,486 210,004,6331
Geography QuickFacts Hidalgo County Texas
Land area, 2000 (square miles) 1,569.75 261,797.12
Persons per square mile, 2010 493.6 96.0
FIPS Code 215 48
Metropolitan or Micropolitan Statistical Area McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX Metro Area


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