Houston Juvenile Lawyer | Harris County Juvenile Law Attorney James Sullivan

Houston Juvenile Lawyer

Harris County Juvenile Defense Attorney James (Jim) Sullivan is a recognized expert in juvenile law and fights to defend children accused of delinquency offenses. Since 1994, James Sullivan has fought to defend thousands of children accused of delinquency.  He has defended children in juvenile court on virtually every kind of delinquency case, ranging from misdemeanor cases such as possession of marijuana, theft and assault to felony cases such as aggravated sexual assault of a child, robbery and murder. He provides a strong legal defense and is appreciative of the many reviews that parents of juvenile clients have written.

Attorney James Sullivan has been Board Certified in Juvenile Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2004. Sullivan is a recognized expert in the highly specialized area of juvenile law.  In Texas, there are only 38 lawyers such certified lawyers in private practice. Sullivan also graduated from the Trial Lawyers College founded by legendary lawyer Gerry Spence and was invited to join The National Trial Lawyers organization.

Juvenile Law Is Not Criminal Law

Juvenile Law is different than criminal law. Many criminal defense lawyers advertise that they are also juvenile defense lawyers, yet they may never have tried a juvenile case to a jury. In order to hold oneself out as a true expert in Juvenile Law, a lawyer has to be Board Certified in juvenile law. To become Board Certified, an attorney must:

  • have been licensed to practice law for at least five years,
  • devoted a required percentage of practice to a specialty area for at least three years,
  • handled a wide variety of matters in the area to demonstrate experience and involvement (including at least 3 jury trials, 5 non-jury trials and 3 certification hearings),
  • attended continuing education seminars regularly to keep legal training up to date,
  • been evaluated by fellow lawyers and judges, and
  • passed a 6-hour written examination.

The parents of children caught up in the juvenile justice system are very concerned about how their child’s misdemeanor or felony delinquency case could impact their future. This is a very valid concern.  Colleges and universities have access to juvenile records.  Clearly, a juvenile delinquent is less likely to receive a highly coveted admission to a top school. Also, law enforcement has access to juvenile records. When juveniles are stopped by the police, they may be treated differently when the police know that they have a record. There are several other ways that a juvenile record could impact your child.

If your child needs a juvenile defense lawyer, contact Houston Attorney James Sullivan at (281) 546-6428 for a free phone consultation. This is one of his many client reviews on AVVO:

Attorney Jim Sullivan worked to get our teenager’s juvenile case dismissed before the first court date.

A family member was arrested and taken to Harris County Juvenile Detention which was devastating to us especially since we did not know where to turn and felt the arrest was a mistake. Upon contacting an attorney friend for guidance, we were recommended to get in touch with Attorney Jim Sullivan. Jim was easy to reach and an appointment was set up quickly. At the appointment, Jim utilized his years of experience from both his practice as well as from his personal experiences as a youth to ask pertinent, and at times challenging, questions of our teenager. His knowledge of juvenile law was apparent and he laid out likely options and a suggested course of action. We left the initial consultation better informed and comfortable that our teenager was getting strong representation. With Jim’s guidance and assistance in dealing with the legal system regarding juveniles, our teenager’s case was dismissed. Jim’s work on our behalf was fit for purpose, led to a good outcome and has helped our overall personal dynamics with our teenager. I would not hesitate in recommending Jim Sullivan.

–Posted by a Juvenile Client on August 22, 2014

Contact James Sullivan & Associates for a free phone consultation at (281) 546-6428 about your child’s juvenile charges in Harris County (Houston), Montgomery County (Conroe), Fort Bend County (Richmond), Brazoria County (Angleton), Galveston County (Galveston), Matagorda County (Bay City), Waller County (Hempstead), Washington County (Brenham), Liberty County (Liberty), Chambers County (Anahuac), Jefferson County (Beaumont) and throughout Texas. You may also see answers to FAQs.

Serving Juveniles in Southeast Texas Since 1994

Serving juvenile clients throughout southeast Texas, including Alvin, Anahuac, Angleton, Atascocita, Baytown, Bellaire, Brookshire, Bunker Hill Village, Clear Lake, Channelview, Conroe, Cypress, Deer Park, El Lago, Friendswood, Galena Park, Galveston, Hedwig Village, Hempstead, Hilshire Village, Houston, Humble, Hunters Creek Village, Huntsville, Jacinto City, Jersey Village, Katy, La Porte, League City, Liberty, Missouri City, Nassau Bay, Pasadena, Pearland, Piney Point Village, Richmond, Rosenberg, Seabrook, Shoreacres, South Houston, Southside Place, Spring, Spring Valley, Sugar Land, Taylor Lake Village, Texas City, Tomball, Waller, Webster, West University Place and The Woodlands, and other communities in Brazoria County, Chambers County, Fort Bend County, Galveston County, Harris County, Liberty County, Montgomery County and Waller County.

Defending juveniles arrested in all Harris County independent school districts (ISDs) including Aldine, Alief, Channelview, Clear Creek, Crosby, Cypress-Fairbanks (Cy-Fair), Deer Park, Galena Park, Goose Creek, Houston, Huffman, Humble, Katy, Klein, LaPorte, North Forest, Pasadena, Sheldon, Spring, Spring Branch, Tomball and Waller.


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