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James (Jim) Sullivan is an experienced Tyler, Texas 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.

The National Trial LawyersDefending Your Freedom

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 Tyler 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

Smith 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 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.


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.



Smith County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. In 2000, its population was 174,706 , while in 2007 it was estimated to have reached 198,705. Its county seat is Tyler. Smith county is named for James Smith, a general during the Texas Revolution. Smith County is no longer a “dry” county. A referendum passed on the second attempt on November 3, 2009, for the City of Winona; the proposition legalized the sale of beer, wine, and liquor within the city limits.

Tyler is also the home to Pine Cove, an awesome Christian family and youth camp that was created over 40 years ago to “be used by God to transform the lives of people for His purposes and His glory”.  Pine Cove has served over 1 million campers.

7th District Court

Located on the second floor of the Smith County Courthouse
100 N. Broadway, Room 203
Tyler, Texas 75702

Phone: (903) 590-1640

Fax: (903) 590-1641


Honorable Kerry L. Russell       Presiding Judge                  (903) 590-1640Terry Cockrum                       Civil Coordinator                (903) 590-1643Toni White                             Criminal Coordinator           (903) 590-1642Jennifer Lowrance                   Official Court Reporter        (903) 590-1647Officer T. J. Cutright                Bailiff                                (903) 590-1646

114th District Court

Smith County Courthouse
100 N. Broadway, Room 212
Tyler, Texas 75702

Honorable Christi Kennedy Presiding Judge (903) 590-1623
Tammy Camp-Miller Criminal Cases (903) 590-1623
Deborah Gross Civil Cases (903) 590-1625
Keith Johnson Official Court Reporter (903) 590-1628
Deputy Consauliea Mass Balliff (903) 590-1622

241st District Court


Smith County Courthouse
100 N. Broadway, Room 220
Tyler, Texas 75702


Fax: (903) 590-1631


Honorable Jack Skeen, Jr Presiding Judge (903) 590-1631
Denise Langston Civil Court Coordinator (903) 590-1634
Amanda Deck Criminal Court Coordinator (903) 590-1635
Steve Awbrey Official Court Reporter (903) 590-1631
Deputy Browne Careton Balliff (903) 590-1630

321st District Court


Smith County Courthouse
100 N. Broadway, Room xxx
Tyler, Texas 75702


Honorable Carole W. Clark Presiding Judge (903) 590-1602
Vicki Dunn Court Coordinator (903) 590-1602
Pat Ammons Assistant Court Coordinator (903) 590-1601
Kristy Crawford Official Court Reporter (903) 590-1603



Smith County Courthouse
100 N. Broadway, Room 209
Tyler, Texas 75702


Honorable Thomas A. Dunn Presiding Judge
Sharita “Chelle” Morrow Court Administrator/Criminal Court coordinator
Susan Gradick Civil Court Coordinator
Kim Christopher, CSR, RPR Official Court Reporter
COUNTY COURT 2Smith County Courthouse
100 N. Broadway, 1st Floor
Tyler, Texas 75702Phone: (903) 590-1610Fax: (903) 590-1608

Honorable Randall Lee Rogers Presiding Judge (903) 590-1610
Jodi House Civil Matters (including family Law) (903) 590-1611
Michelle Bridges Criminal Matters (903) 590-1609
Marcie Powell, CSR Official Court Reporter (903) 590-1614
Deputy Wanda Hunter Balliff (903) 590-1616

Deputy India SamuelsBailiff  John GossCourt Probation Office



Smith County Courthouse
100 N. Broadway, Room 303
Tyler, Texas 75702


Phone: (903) 590-1690


Fax: (903) 590-1696


Honorable Floyd Getz Presiding Judge (903) 590-1690
Laurita Vodak Court Coordinator
Adult Civil and Criminal Matters
(903) 590-1691
Patti Simmons Court Coordinator
Juvenile Matters
(903) 590-1692
Tandrea Baxter, CSR Official Court Reporter (903) 590-1694

Criminal District Attorney’s Office

Felony Division

Office: (903) 590-1720

Fax: (903) 590-1719

Criminal District Attorney’s Office

Misdemeanor Division

Office: (903) 590-1720

Fax: (903) 590-1715

Criminal District Attorney’s Office

Victims Services Division

Office: (903) 590-1742

Fax: (903) 590-1744

Criminal District Attorney’s Office

Hot Check Division

Office: (903) 590-2943

Fax: (903)590-2944

Criminal District Attorney’s Office

Civil Division

Office: (903) 590-4631

Fax:  (903) 590-1719

Criminal District Attorney’s Office

CPS Division

Office: (903) 590-4633

Fax:  (903) 590-4630

Criminal District Attorney’s office

Juvenile Services Division

Office: (903)535-0850 ext. 230

Fax:  (903) 535-0866

Sheriff’s Office
106 E. Elm Street
Tyler, Texas 75702

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. M – F
Phone – (903) 590-2600
Fax – (903) 590-2659



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