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

James (Jim) Sullivan is an experienced San Antonio 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 Texas 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 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 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

Bexar County 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.



Bexar ( pronounced “Bear”) County was originally home to over 125 small independent Native American tribes  known collectively as the Coahuiltechans.

European visitors arrived as early as the 1520s, but on June 13, 1691, a formal Spanish expedition reached a waterway in the southern part of present-day Bexar County.

As this day was the Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua, the priest Damien Massanet, who was traveling with the expedition, named the river “San Antonio.”

Along the San Antonio River, the Franciscans established five Missions that would become the foundation of the City of San Antonio and Bexar County.

100 Dolorosa
San Antonio, Texas 78205

County Court 1 Judge John D. Fleming (210) 335-2571

County Court 2 Judge Jason Wolff (210) 335-2573

County Court 3 Judge David J Rodriguez (210) 335-2575

County Court 4 Judge Sarah Garrahan (210) 335-2426

County Court 5 Judge Jason Pulliam (210) 335-2567

County Court 6 Judge Wayne Christian (210) 335-2156

County Court 7 Judge Eugenia ‘Genie’ Wright (210) 335-2002

County Court 8 Judge Liza Rodriguez (210) 335-2005

County Court 9 Judge Walden Shelton (210) 335-2008

County Court 10 Judge Irene Rios (210) 335-2948

County Court 11 Judge Carlo Key (210) 335-2023

County Court 12 Judge Scott Roberts (210) 335-2750

County Court 13 Judge Monica Gonzalez (210) 335-2625

County Court 14 Judge Bill C. White (210) 335-6472

County Court 15 Judge Michael T. LaHood (210) 335-1200

County Court Administrator Dianne Garcia (210) 335-2115

4th Admin Judicial Region Judge David Peeples
37th Civil DC Judge David A. Berchelmann
45th Civil DC Judge Barbara Hanson Nellermoe
57th Civil DC Judge Antonia (Toni) Arteaga
73rd Civil DC Judge Renée F. McElhaney
131st Civil DC Judge John D. Gabriel
144th Criminal DC Judge Angus K. McGinty
150th Civil DC Judge Janet Littlejohn
166th Civil DC Judge Martha Tanner
175th Criminal DC Judge Mary Roman
186th Criminal DC Judge Maria Teresa (Tessa) Herr
187th Criminal DC Judge Raymond Angelini
224th Civil DC Judge Cathy Stryker
225th Civil DC Judge Peter Sakai
226th Criminal DC Judge Sid L. Harle
227th Criminal DC Judge Philip Kazen
285th Civil DC Judge Richard Price
288th Civil DC Judge Solomon J. Casseb III
289th Juvenile DC Judge Carmen Kelsey
290th Criminal DC Judge Melisa Skinner
379th Criminal DC Judge Ron Rangel
386th Juvenile DC Judge Laura Parker
399th Criminal DC Judge Juanita A. Vasquez-Gardner
407th Civil DC Judge Karen Pozza
408th Civil DC Judge Larry Noll
436th Juvenile DC Judge Lisa K. Jarrett
437th Criminal DC Judge Lori I. Valenzuela
438th Civil DC Judge Victor Negrón, Jr.
Child Support Court Associate Judge Jim Rausch
Child Support Court Associate Judge Nick Catoe
Children’s Court Associate Judge Richard Garcia
Children’s Court Associate Judge Charles Montemayor
Felony Drug Court Judge Ernie Glenn
Magistrate Court Judge Andrew W. Carruthers
Civil DC Administrator Gary W. Hutton
Criminal DC Administrator Melissa Barlow Fischer
Juvenile DC Administrator Laura Angelini
Civil Jury Assignment Clerk Christina G. Torres

The Honorable Susan D. Reed Reed is the first woman to be elected District Attorney of Bexar County. Prior to her election in November of 1998, she served as Judge of the 144th District Court for 12 years.
District Attorney Reed was raised in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from Alamo Heights High School. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Texas at Austin majoring in Economics. She was awarded the Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law in 1974.
In addition to being licensed to practice law in Texas, she is licensed in Federal court in the Western District of Texas and the United States Supreme Court. She is board certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

The Bexar County District Attorney’s Office is a team of dedicated prosecutors committed to aggressively seeking justice and the protection of the family, person and property of all the citizens of our community.

General Information:  (210) 335-2311

Monday through Friday

8:00am – 5:00pm

Except County Holidays


Visitation Rules and Regulations

BEXAR COUNTY JAIL Visitation Days and Times

Changes to the inmate visitation schedule have been made to expand adult evening and weekend visitation hours.  Numbered tickets will be issued from 11:30 A.M. until 7:30 P.M.  Visitation will begin at 12:00 P.M. and end at 8:00 P.M. or until the last visitor has been seen.

All Visitors with passes issued by 7:30 P.M. will be allowed to complete the visit.

All inmates will be allowed two (2) twenty minute visits per week.

Out-of-town visitors residing outside a 150 mile distance from San Antonio will receive a 30 minute visit, with verification of residency on their Identification, on scheduled visitation days.

Inmate last name beginning with:

A – L – Saturday 07:00 AM to 2:00 PM Adults and children shall be permitted to visit.  Adults need not bring a child in order to obtain a visit.

M – Z – Sunday 07:00 AM to 2:00 PM Adults and children shall be permitted to visit. Adults need not bring a child in order to obtain a visit.


A – L – Monday 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM Adult visits only.  No children permitted.

M – Z – Tuesday 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM Adult visits only.  No children permitted.

Wednesday thru Friday 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM – Expanded visitation for attorneys, law enforcement, probation, parole, ministry and social services agencies & officials.

A conservative dress code is enforced at all times:  Visitors will not be permitted to visit in revealing (bust, belly or underwear) clothing.  This includes no sleeveless tops or dresses, tank tops, spaghetti straps, or “see through” attire.  No skirts, dresses or shorts more than 6″ measured from the bottom of the knee (must be walking length shorts).

A visitor must be on the inmates visitation list with the exception of immediate family members during the first five days of incarceration.  During the first five days of incarceration family members may visit on any designated visitation day during normal visitation hours.  No exceptions after the fifth day of incarceration.  All visitors to include Out-of-Town visitors must be listed on the inmates visitation list.

Inmate Mailing Address

<Inmate Name and SID number>
<Living Unit location if known>
Bexar County Adult Detention Center
200 N. Comal
San Antonio, TX 78207

Deposits to Inmate Trust Fund

This facility will accept money orders or cashier checks by mail only at the following address:

Bexar County Adult Detention Center
Inmate Trust Fund
P.O. Box 831609
San Antonio, Texas 78283-1609

NO Personal checks accepted.
If a money order is not properly filled out, it will be returned.

For a money order, please follow these directions:

1.  Pay to the order of: Inmate Trust Fund

2.  Print the senders name and address in BOTTOM LEFT corner.

3.  Print the inmates name and SID number in BOTTOM RIGHT corner.

If you do not know the inmates SID number, please call 210-335-6401 for assistance.

For other information, please call 210-335-0074
For information in Spanish, call 210-335-0092

Bexar County, Texas US CENSUS FACTS

Further information
People QuickFacts Bexar County Texas
Population, 2010 1,714,773 25,145,561
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 23.1% 20.6%
Population, 2000 1,392,935 20,851,818
Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2009 8.4% 8.4%
Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2009 28.0% 27.8%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2009 10.4% 10.2%
Female persons, percent, 2009 51.1% 50.1%
White persons, percent, 2010 (a) 72.9% 70.4%
Black persons, percent, 2010 (a) 7.5% 11.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2010 (a) 0.8% 0.7%
Asian persons, percent, 2010 (a) 2.4% 3.8%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2010 (a) 0.1% 0.1%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2010 3.5% 2.7%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2010 (b) 58.7% 37.6%
White persons not Hispanic, persons, 2010 30.3% 45.3%
Living in same house 1 year ago, pct 1 yr old & over, 2005-2009 79.8% 80.8%
Foreign born persons, percent, 2005-2009 12.5% 15.8%
Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2005-2009 43.0% 33.6%
High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2005-2009 80.5% 79.3%
Bachelor’s degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2005-2009 24.6% 25.4%
Veterans, 2005-2009 146,776 1,621,077
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2005-2009 24.0 24.7
Housing units, 2009 618,316 9,724,220
Homeownership rate, 2005-2009 62.9% 64.7%
Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2005-2009 27.1% 24.3%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2005-2009 $109,700 $118,900
Households, 2005-2009 540,332 8,269,046
Persons per household, 2005-2009 2.86 2.81
Per capita money income in past 12 months (2009 dollars) 2005-2009 $22,557 $24,318
Median household income, 2009 $45,315 $48,286
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2009 17.7% 17.1%
Business QuickFacts Bexar County Texas
Private nonfarm establishments, 2008 32,613 522,3361
Private nonfarm employment, 2008 645,482 9,231,9551
Private nonfarm employment, percent change 2000-2008 12.9% 15.0%1
Nonemployer establishments, 2008 108,597 1,835,870
Total number of firms, 2007 132,849 2,165,252
Black-owned firms, percent, 2007 3.8% 7.1%
American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms, percent, 2007 S 0.9%
Asian-owned firms, percent, 2002 3.8% 4.5%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms, percent, 2007 S 0.1%
Hispanic-owned firms, percent, 2007 37.3% 20.7%
Women-owned firms, percent, 2007 28.4% 28.2%
Manufacturers shipments, 2007 ($1000) 12,305,089 593,541,502
Merchant wholesaler sales, 2007 ($1000) 12,232,098 424,238,194
Retail sales, 2007 ($1000) 22,815,281 311,334,781
Retail sales per capita, 2007 $14,359 $13,061
Accommodation and food services sales, 2007 ($1000) 3,829,048 42,054,592
Building permits, 2009 4,015 84,440
Federal spending, 2008 15,862,214 210,004,6331
Geography QuickFacts Bexar County Texas
Land area, 2000 (square miles) 1,246.82 261,797.12
Persons per square mile, 2010 1,375.3 96.0
FIPS Code 029 48
Metropolitan or Micropolitan Statistical Area San Antonio, TX Metro Area

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