Houston Texas Criminal Attorney James Sullivan Can Defend You on Burglary of a Habitation Charges

Harris County Burglary of a Habitation Defense

IMG_2906BHouston Texas Criminal Attorney James Sullivan has defended many memorable and colorful clients over the past 20 years.  This is one of the those cases that stands out–the case of “Shoot me! Shoot me! Tase me! Tase me!”

Sullivan’s client was charged with two felony offenses–Burglary of a Habitation and Attempted Disarming of a Police Officer.  The client went to his ex-girlfriend’s apartment in the early morning hours to talk to her.  When she refused to open the door, he forced his way in.  When she kept insisting that he leave, he went to the kitchen and grabbed a small steak knife.  He threatened to kill himself and then began stabbing himself in the upper left chest and shoulder area, leaving small puncture wounds.  When she still refused to cooperate, he told her that he would call 911 and that when the police arrived he would charge at them with the knife so they would shoot him.  The police soon arrived.  Fortunately, for him, he threw the knife down before charging at them, yelling “Shoot me! Shoot me! Tase me! Tase me!”  The police officers did not comply with his demands.  Instead, they tackled him to the floor.  While on the floor, he tried to grab one of the officer’s weapons to shoot himself.

What explained his idiotic, insane behavior?  You guessed it.  He had spent the evening getting drunk at a local cantina.

In court, Sullivan argued that it was not a burglary of a habitation because his client did not enter the apartment to steal or to commit an assault against her.  Instead, it was a trespass.  Sullivan further argued that it was not an attempted disarming of a police officer because his client was not trying to take the weapon to harm the officer but to harm himself.  Ultimately, his client pled to 30 days in the Harris county jail on a reduced charge of class A misdemeanor trespass to a habitation and the felony disarming case was dismissed.

Houston Criminal Defense Lawyers James Sullivan and Associates represent people charged with all kinds of crimes, including Burglary of a Habitation.  If you need a criminal attorney to defend you in any of the following counties: Harris, Galveston, Waller, Montgomery, Fort Bend, Liberty, Chambers, or Brazoria, contact Attorney James Sullivan at (281) 546-6428 for a confidential consultation.

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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