Grand Jury


Harris County Grand Jury Defense

IMG_2923bHouston Criminal Defense Lawyer James (Jim) Sullivan has a proven record (see below) in getting felony cases no billed (dismissed) by the Grand Jury.  When a person is accused of a felony offense, there may be the possibility of his defense attorney winning his felony case at the Grand Jury level.  Depending on the facts and circumstances of the case, this may or may not be a viable option, so it is important to talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney.  With this strategy, the accused in effect has two chances to win his case before a jury:

(1)    Grand Jury and, if indicted,

(2)    Jury Trial

If the Grand Jury votes that probable cause (i.e. a probability) does not exist to believe that the accused committed the offense, the case is no billed (dismissed).  If the Grand Jury votes that probable cause does exist, then the case is true billed (indicted).   If a case is indicted, then the accused may have to have a Jury Trial in order to get the best result.   A Jury Trial is more expensive and involves much more time and legal work.

Because prosecutors generally seek to present felony cases to the Grand Jury between the first and second court setting, it is extremely important to hire a defense attorney right away.  Unless a defense attorney requests that the prosecutor hold the case from the Grand Jury in order to prepare a defense packet, the prosecutor will seek an indictment from the Grand Jury soon after the felony charge is filed.

Once an accused is indicted, this option is no longer available.  Therefore, time is of the essence in retaining an experienced defense attorney.

Since 1994, Houston Criminal Lawyer James Sullivan has worked to get dozens of felony cases no billed by the Grand Jury.  These felony cases include Sexual Assault of a Child, Attempted Murder, Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, Aggravated Assault, Assault Family Member by Impeding Breathing (choking), Forgery, Evading Arrest by Motor Vehicle and Burglary of a Habitation.  The graph below lists 32 of those felony cases that were no billed since November 2008.

CRIMINAL OFFENSERESULTCASE #
ALL CASES DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY OR THE STATE WERE BASED ON DEFENSE PACKETS
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER in Fort Bend CountyNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of threatening her mother with a knife)17-DCR-079237
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBERNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of threatening his girlfriend with a knife and inflicting a serious wound on the back of her head)1539739
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD in Galveston CountyNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client, a 17 year old teen with autism, accused of forcing his younger special needs brother to give him oral sex)17-CR-0197
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER/IMPEDING BREATHINGNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of suffocating his wife with a pillow)1535634
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER/IMPEDING BREATHINGNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of choking his immigrant wife, however she actually attacked him and tried to goad him into hitting her. When he refused, she called 911. He believes she did this so she could then claim she was a battered spouse under mmigration law and petition to stay in the U.S. after a divorce)1537660
AGGRAVATED ROBBERYNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of being the driver in an aggravated robbery)1523678
INJURY TO A CHILDNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of causing bodily injury to her 9 year old daughter. The grand jury agreed that her daughter's injury was the result of being reasonably disciplined)1522880
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client, a disabled vet, shot and seriously wounded a former friend who was high on drugs, broke in his house right after being ordered to leave the premises and attempted to attack him)1505948
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT in Montgomery CountyNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client shot and seriously wounded a violent felon who was trying to steal his car at nighttime)16-03-02825
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBERNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of throwing a 12 lb glass trophy at his father and hitting him in the back)1480035
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER (Felony Habitual)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY AFTER FACING 25 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON (Client accused of slashing her ex-girlfriend's face. A witness at the scene supported client's version that her ex-girlfriend attacked her first with a broken wine bottle and cut her wrist and that her ex-girlfriend was accidentally injured in a struggle over the bottle)1478883
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER/IMPEDING BREATHINGNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of choking his wife during an argument)1479091
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER enhanced with a prior Assault FM caseNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client used reasonable discipline against his 15 year old daughter and was accused of abusing her. She was being rebellious and he spanked her with a belt to discipline her)1459744
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBERNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of trying to run her baby's daddy over with her Jeep and with their young son on the front passenger seat and in view of two nearby independent witnesses. In reality, he threw his bicycle in front of her Jeep to cause her to come to a screeching halt and then cursed at her. After she drove off, he lied to the witnesses about what happened)1467006
INJURY TO A CHILDNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of causing bodily injury to his 10 year old nephew)1446872
SEXUAL ASSAULTCASE CLOSED BY THE STATE (16 year old juvenile client and 17 year old adult client were both accused of raping a 17 year old female friend. After reading the defense packet for the grand jury, the State chose to close the file without any charges being filed)CASE NOT YET FILED
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER/IMPEDING BREATHING in Montgomery CountyDISMISSED BY THE STATE (Client accused of choking his wife during an argument. The State refused to present the case to the grand jury, dismissed the felony and refiled it as a misdemeanor)14-08-09346-CR
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBERNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client shot his brother in the side after his brother stabbed him in the arm. The client's brother was high on synthetic marihuana)1443039
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of shooting another guy's motorcycle twice while the guy was on it after the guy had broken the client's custom table)1431964
AGGRAVATED ROBBERY NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of shooting a gun into the ceiling of a restaurant and robbing patrons of their cell phones)1419975
INJURY TO A CHILDNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client, an officer in law enforcement, used reasonable discipline against his teenage daughter and was accused of abusing her)CASE NOT YET FILED
SEXUAL ASSAULT in Brazoria CountyNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client, an elected official, was accused of sexual assault by his girlfriend)CASE NOT YET FILED
INJURY TO A CHILD in Matagorda CountyNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client used reasonable discipline against her 10 year son and was accused of abusing him after she accidentally slapped him on his side when he was resisting the hand spanking)CASE NOT YET FILED
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD in Montgomery CountyNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of sexually abusing his 16 year old nephew)CASE NOT YET FILED
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER/IMPEDING BREATHINGNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of choking his girlfriend during an argument)1356656
INJURY TO A CHILDNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of breaking his infant son’s leg and 3 ribs. The hospital ER physician did not consider other medical disorders as a cause)1340646
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER/IMPEDING BREATHINGNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of choking his wife during an argument)1336650
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBERNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of intentionally trying to drive into and strike her girlfriend)1341002
EVADING BY MOTOR VEHICLENO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of evading police in her car when she drove about ½  mile after the officer switched on his strobe lights)1338389
SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILDNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of having sex with 16 year old girl who falsely claimed she was 18)1332791
BURGLARY OF A HABITATIONNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused breaking into home while homeowner was home, however client had credible alibi witnesses at the time of the alleged burglary)1321679
AGGRAVATED ASSAULTNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of intentionally driving into and striking the new girlfriend of her ex-boyfriend)1302447
AGGRAVATED ASSAULTNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of hitting man in head with beer bottle outside a bar; client claimed self-defense)1302814
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AGAINST PUBLIC SERVANTNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Police Officer shot at 4 unarmed teenagers in a truck and claimed that client pointed a gun at him)1291937
AGGRAVATED ASSAULTNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of hitting other woman in head with metal pole)1281977
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE 2 nd OFFENDER (Felony Habitual)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY AFTER FACING 25 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON (Client accused of hitting wife multiple times after both had been drinking)1281428
SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILDNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of consensual sex with underage female)1283460
AGGRAVATED ASSAULTNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of injuring another man, using knuckles)1275771
AGGRAVATED ASSAULTNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client was accused of using a knife to threaten another man who the client accused of stealing his property from his apartment)1270564
SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILDNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of consensual sex with underage female)1264919
FORGERY OF A FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of knowingly passing a counterfeit $100 bill at store)1252585
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILDNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of molesting his sister-in-law)1241754
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILDNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of molesting his sister-in-law)1241755
SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILDNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of consensual sex with underage female)1231727
AGGRAVATED ASSAULTNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY1203539
BURGLARY OF A HABITATION WITH INTENT TO COMMIT ASSAULTNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client was accused of breaking into an apartment and attacking the occupants after a drug deal went bad)1182231

Attorney James Sullivan is an experienced Houston Criminal and Juvenile Defense Attorney serving Greater Houston and Texas since 1994.  James Sullivan is also Board Certified in Juvenile Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  You can call James Sullivan and Associates right now at 281-546-6428.

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