Case Results


Since 1994, Attorney James G. Sullivan has represented more than 3,000 clients in criminal and juvenile courts in Harris and surrounding counties.  The following criminal and juvenile cases are exceptional and should not be considered as typical. Certainly, each case is different.  Similar results may not be obtained in your case and past performance is no guarantee of future results. Note that these are only examples of the cases Sullivan has handled.

The cases listed below that were no billed (dismissed) by the grand jury were based on a written defense packet prepared by Sullivan. When a case is thereby dismissed by the grand jury, that means that the grand jury voted there was no probable cause to believe that the accused committed the offense.

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CaseFactsResult
Aggravated AssaultClient, an Iraq veteran, accused of pistol whipping one of two men who cornered him in the dark after he left a bar.Not guilty
Aggravated AssaultClient, a disabled veteran, shot a former friend who was high on drugs and broke in his house right after being ordered to leave the premises and attempted to attack him.No billed by grand jury
Aggravated AssaultClient shot a violent felon who was trying to steal his car outside of his apartment at nighttime.No billed by grand jury
Aggravated AssaultClient accused of shooting another guy's motorcycle twice while the guy was on it after the guy had broken the client's custom table, injured him and refused to leave his property at nighttime.No billed by grand jury
Aggravated AssaultJuvenile client ran over drug dealer to save friend's life. The complainant suffered a broken hip.Dismissed
Aggravated AssaultJuvenile client accused of attacking an older boy with a handmade weapon after the older boy came over to his house to kill him.Dismissed on day of Trial
Aggravated AssaultJuvenile client accused of threatening to stab a classmate with a pair of scissors.Dismissed
Aggravated AssaultClient hit a man in the head with a beer bottle outside a bar. Client claimed self-defense.No billed by grand jury
Aggravated AssaultClient accused of hitting another woman in the head with a metal pole.No billed by grand jury
Aggravated AssaultClient allegedly brandished a knift and threatened another guy who had stolen his propertyNo billed by grand jury
Aggravated Assault - Family ViolenceClient shot his brother in the side after his brother stabbed him in the arm. The client's brother was high on synthetic marihuana.No billed by grand jury
Aggravated Assault - Family ViolenceClient accused of slashing her ex-girlfriend's face. A witness corroborated 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.No billed by grand jury
Aggravated Assault - Family ViolenceClient accused of threatening his girlfriend with a knife and inflicting a serious wound on the back of her head.No billed by grand jury
Aggravated Assault - Family ViolenceClient with mental illness stabbed his girlfriend in the arm and upper back with a steak knife. State only offered prison time.Deferred Adjudication after PSI Hearing
Aggravated Assault - Family ViolenceClient 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.No billed by grand jury
Aggravated Assault - Family ViolenceClient accused of intentionally trying to drive into and strike his girlfriend.No billed by grand jury
Aggravated Assault - Family ViolenceClient accused of intentionally driving into and hitting the new girlfriend of her ex-boyfriend.No billed by grand jury
Aggravated Assault - Family ViolenceJuvenile client accused of threatening her mother with a steak knife.Dismissed
Aggravated Assault on a Police OfficerPolice Officer shot at 4 unarmed teenagers in a truck leaving an underage drinking party and claimed that client was pointing a gun at him through the window.No billed by grand jury
Aggravated Assault on a Police OfficerClient tried to stab a Houston Police Department officer at an HEB store.Not guilty by reason of insanity
Aggravated RobberyClient accused of 2 separate armed robberies, including a home invasion across the street from South Houston PD. The chief of police and another officer testified that they positively identified client as one of the three armed robbers who fled on foot from the scene. Client's vehicle was left behind at the scene. After the jury returned a not guilty verdict, the prosecutor dismissed the other aggravated robbery charge. Client faced 25-99 years imprisonment.Not guilty
Aggravated RobberyClient accused of robbing a teenage girl in her home after they both skipped school.Dismissed on day of Trial
Aggravated RobberyClient accused of using a firearm to rob several restaurant patrons of their cell phones after firing a round into the ceiling.No billed by grand jury
Aggravated RobberyClient accused of being the driver in an aggravated robbery.No billed by grand jury
Aggravated RobberyClient accused of crime spree, robbing 12 drug stores over a 3 month period to support his drug habit.Reduced to robbery, 7 years TDC
Aggravated RobberyJuvenile client drove 2 guys on a crime spree--robbing several people at knifepoint in a short period of time. One guy got away and the other who was 17 received 3 years at TDC.3 years probation
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a ChildJuvenile client accused of molesting his 2½ year old niece and his 4 year old nephew was an alleged witness. The niece did have injuries documented in a medical exam, but a thorough defense investigation uncovered severe credibility issues with the children and their mother, the outcry witness, and other reasonable explanations for the injuries were not investigated by law enforcement.Not guilty
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a ChildClient was accused of molesting his 13 year old sister-in-law.No billed by grand jury
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a ChildClient and her boyfriend were accused of molesting her 12 year old daughter.Dismissed on day of Trial
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a ChildClient was accused of molesting his 14 year old half-sister over a two year period.Dismissed on day of Trial
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a ChildClient accused of sexually abusing his adopted daughter.Dismissed on day of Trial
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a ChildJuvenile client accused of raping his 14 year old male cousin during a sleepover. Law enforcement failed to interview the accused’s parents, failed to visit the alleged crime scene and failed to investigate the complainant’s father, a registered sex offender with a lengthy history of abusing children, as a possible perpetrator.Dismissed
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a ChildJuvenile client was accused of having consensual sex with a 12 year old girl in her bedroom while two teenage friends allegedly listened in the adjoining room.Dismissed on day of Trial
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a ChildJuvenile client was accused of fondling a 2 year old girl at his home.Dismissed
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a ChildClient, a 17 year old teen with autism, accused of forcing his younger special needs brother to give him oral sex.No billed by grand jury
ArsonClient accused of trying to destroy his ex-girlfriend's apartment by setting her bed on fire.Reduced to misdemeanor criminal mischief
ArsonJuvenile client accused of setting two porta potties on fire in his neighborhood.Dismissed
ArsonJuvenile client accused of setting fire to a house while using drugs.Dismissed
ArsonJuvenile client accused of setting his neighbor's fence on fire with fireworks.Dismissed
AssaultClients, husband and wife, were accused of attacking a man over a parking space in their apartment complex.Not guilty
AssaultJuvenile client was accused of participating in his parents' attack of a man over a parking space in their apartment complex.Dismissed on day of Trial
AssaultClient allegedly attacked another student at his high school and captured on video. Client claimed self-defense,Dismissed on day of Trial
AssaultClient accused of punching other driver in the face after a traffic accident.Not guilty
Assault on a Police OfficerJuvenile client accused of striking undercover officer with his vehicle while fleeing from a large brawl.Hung jury then dismissed
Assault on a Public ServantJuvenile client was accused of injuring his behavioral adjustment class teacher by slamming a door into her.Not guilty
Assault - Family ViolenceClient accused of his injuring his pregnant wife.Dismissed
Assault - Family ViolenceClient accused of hitting his adult son after his son stole his work truck to buy drugs.Dismissed
Assault - Family ViolenceClient accused of assault against his girlfriend.Dismissed on day of Trial
Assault - Family ViolenceClient accused of assault by his wife in order for her to justify an "emergency" job transfer back to her hometown.Dismissed on day of Trial
Assault - Family ViolenceClient accused of injuring his ex-wife after their divorce was final.Dismissed
Assault - Family ViolenceClient accused of striking his wife in the head with a wooden picture frame when they were both drunk and arguing.Dismissed
Assault - Family ViolenceClient accused of hitting his wife.Dismissed
Assault - Family ViolenceClient accused of hitting her husband.Dismissed on day of Trial
Assault - Family ViolenceClient accused of slapping his adult daughter after she cursed him.Dismissed on day of Trial
Assault - Family Violence enhanced to felonyClient accused of injuring his 15 year old daughter after he used reasonable discipline against her. She was being rebellious and he spanked her with a belt to discipline her.No billed by grand jury
Assault - Family Violence by Impeding BreathingClient accused of choking his wife during an argument.No billed by grand jury
Assault - Family Violence by Impeding BreathingClient accused of choking his wife during an argument and their 12 year old daughter was a witness.No billed by grand jury
Assault on a Family Member by Impeding BreathingClient accused of choking his girlfriend during an argument.No billed by grand jury
Assault on a Family Member by Impeding BreathingClient accused of choking his wife after returning from Iraq.Dismissed on day of Trial
Assault - Family Violence by Impeding BreathingClient accused of choking his wife on their bed during an argument.No billed by grand jury
Attempted MurderClient accused of shooting a fellow gang member.Dismissed
Burglary of a BuildingJuvenile client accused of breaking into the detached garage of a residence.Dismissed
Burglary of a HabitationJuvenile client accused of breaking into a home and stealing a safe containing about $15,000 in cash. A police officer coerced a false confession from the client at the police station.Not guilty
Burglary of a HabitationClient accused breaking into home while homeowner was home, however client had credible alibi witnesses at the time of the alleged burglary.No billed by grand jury
Burglary of a HabitationJuvenile client was accused of being the lookout on a burglary of a habitation.Dismissed
Burglary of a HabitationJuvenile client was accused of helping a co-actor to break into a neighbor's house.Dismissed
Burglary of a HabitationClient was accused of breaking into a house and later pawning the stolen property.Dismissed
Burglary of a Habitation with Intent to Commit AssaultClient was accused of breaking into an apartment and attacking the occupants after a drug deal went bad.No billed by grand jury
Continuous Assault - Family ViolenceClient was accused of causing bodily injury to his girlfriend twice within a one week period.Reduced to misdemeanor
Criminal MischiefJuvenile client accused of damaging an empty apartment next to their school.Dismissed
Criminal MischiefClient accused of keying her ex-boyfriend's vehicle.Dismissed
Credit Card AbuseClient accused of using a stolen credit card to buy gas.Dismissed
Deadly ConductJuvenile client accused of shooting in the direction of an occupied house at nighttime.Not guilty
DWIClient arrested by Houston Police Department and failed all field sobriety tests.Dismissed on day of Trial
DWIClient arrested by Harris County Sheriff's Department and failed all field sobriety tests.Dismissed on day of Trial
Evading Arrest by Motor VehicleClient accused of evading police in her vehicle when she drove about ½  mile after the officer switched on his strobe lights.No billed by grand jury
Evading Arrest by Motor VehicleClient was driving intoxicated (.182), struck the rear of a police car and then kept driving, turned right at the next street and finally pulled over before the next block. Client also had a firearm in his vehicle. Client was also charged with DWI and Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon. Client received probation on the DWI and the Evading and Weapon charges were dismissed.Dismissed
Evading Arrest by Motor VehicleClient, a disabled Army veteran, accused of fleeing police after an alleged shoplifting.Dismissed
Evading DetentionClient was accused of running from police.Dismissed
Failure to Stop and Give InformationClient accused of fleeing from an auto accident.Dismissed
Filing False ReportClient accused of giving the wrong name of her baby's daddy who fled the scene of a drug investigation.Dismissed
ForgeryClient accused of forging and cashing a company check at a bank.Dismissed
Forgery of Financial InstrumentClient accused of knowingly passing a counterfeit $100 bill at a liquor store.No billed by grand jury
Graffiti at SchoolJuvenile client accused of spray painting messages on a bathroom stall at his high school.Dismissed
Harboring a RunawayClient accused of allowing a teenage runaway to live in her garage.Dismissed
Indecency with a ChildClient accused of sexually abusing his 16 year old nephew.No billed by grand jury
Indecency with a ChildClient, mentally ill, accused of exposing himself to an underage girl.Dismissed on day of Trial
Indecency with a ChildJuvenile client accused of inappropriately touching a girl while riding home on the school bus.Dismissed
Indecency with a ChildJuvenile client accused of touching his 5 year old niece in his bedroom. Dismissed
Indecency with a ChildJuvenile client accused of abusing a female student at his high school.Dismissed
Injury to a ChildClient accused of causing bodily injury to her 9 year old daughter when she spanked her with an umbrella. The grand jury agreed that her daughter's injury was the result of being reasonably disciplined.No billed by grand jury
Injury to a ChildClient, an officer in law enforcement, used reasonable discipline against his teenage daughter and was accused of abusing her when he slapped her.No billed by grand jury
Injury to a ChildClient 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.No billed by grand jury
Injury to a ChildClient accused of breaking his infant son’s leg and 3 ribs. The hospital ER physician did not consider other medical disorders as a causeNo billed by grand jury
ManslaughterJuvenile client drove his father's vehicle recklessly, went off the road and hit a tree. Four passengers died in the accident. Client suffered a traumatic brain injury and was ruled unfit to proceed. The four cases were dismissed on his 18th birthday.Dismissed
MurderClient fired a handgun to scare off 7 thugs who crashed a college going away party and accidentally killed an acquaintance in the darkness.15 years TDC on day of Trial
MurderClient killed a neighborhood menace with a shotgun in self defense, but then denied knowledge of the killing to the police.16 years TDC at trial
Negligent HomicideClient accused of killing a young man in a head-on car accident in northwest Houston. The accused allegedly had traces of cocaine in his system, was driving over the speed limit in the rain, on the wrong side of the road, and with "bald" tires. Not guilty
Online Solicitation of a MinorClient accused of discussing sex with a 12 year old girl online in a gaming chat room.Dismissed
Online Solicitation of a MinorClient accused of discussing a sex hook up with a 15 year old girl online.Dismissed
Possession of Child PornographyJuvenile client accused of possessing child pornography on his school's laptop. After completing sex offender counseling, Sullivan persuaded the judge to grant his client a six month deferred prosecution.Dismissed
Possession of Child Pornography17 year old client accused of possessing child pornography on his home computer. Sullivan persuaded prosecutor to grant a deferred adjudication on a reduced felony of obscenity without sex offender registration.5 years deferred adjudication on Obscenity
Possession of Prohibited WeaponClient accused of possessing a switchblade knife.Dismissed
Possession of a Prohibited WeaponJuvenile client accused of possessing brass knuckles at school.Dismissed
ProstitutionClient accused of soliciting a prostitute for sex for a fee.Dismissed
Possession of a Controlled SubstanceJuvenile client accused of having cocaine in her pants while at an underage party.Dismissed at suppression hearing
Possession of a Controlled SubstanceJuvenile client accused of having cocaine in her cigarette pack at school.Dismissed on day of Trial
Possession of a Controlled SubstanceClient accused of possessing cocaine while riding his bicycle on the sidewalk.Dismissed
Possession of a Controlled SubstanceClient accused of possessing cocaine while walking down the street instead of on the sidewalk.Dismissed
Possession of MarihuanaClient was pulled over by DPS trooper and found 25 pounds of marihuana in his trunk.Dismissed on day of Trial
Resisting ArrestJuvenile client arrested at school for resisting arrest.Dismissed on day of Trial
RetaliationJuvenile client accused of threatening the mother of an assault victim, a boy at the same school. The boy had been attacked by the client's then boyfriend.Dismissed on day of Trial
Sexual AssaultClient, an elected official, was accused of sexual assault by his girlfriend.No billed by grand jury
Sexual AssaultClients, a juvenile and his 17 year old friend, accused of raping a 17 year old mutual friend after all three were drinking.Dismissed
Sexual AssaultJuvenile client accused of raping an 18 year old woman at an underage drinking party.Dismissed
Sexual Assault of a ChildClient accused of having sex with 16 year old girl who falsely claimed she was 18.No billed by grand jury
Sexual Assault of a ChildClient accused of consensual sex with 16 year old girl.No billed by grand jury
Sexual Assault of a ChildClient accused of consensual sex with 15 year old girl.No billed by grand jury
Sexual Assault of a ChildClient accused of consensual sex with underage femaleNo billed by grand jury
TheftClient accused of stealing over $10,000 in cash from his employer, an auto paint shop.Reduced to a misdemeanor
TheftClient accused of shoplifting, stealing items from a grocery store.Dismissed
TheftClient accused of stealing over $100,000 in medical equipment from his employer, a refurbishing company.Reduced to a misdemeanor
TheftClient accused of selling over $150,000 in stolen steel strapping.Reduced to a misdemeanor
TheftClient accused of stealing an I-Pad from a restaurant.Dismissed
Theft by CheckClient accused of writing a check on a closed account.Dismissed
Terroristic ThreatClient accused of threatening to shoot a Conroe Police Department officer after being arrested for refusing to sign a speeding ticket.Dismissed
Unauthorized Use of a Motor VehicleClient accused of driving a stolen car.Dismissed
Unlawfully Carrying a WeaponClient accused of unlawfully carrying a firearm outside of a restaurant.Not guilty
Unlawfully Carrying a WeaponClient accused of carrying a firearm in his carry on bag through a security checkpoint at Bush Intercontinental Airport.Dismissed on day of Trial
Violation of ProbationClient accused of violating his felony probation by testing positive for marihuana and being behind on community service.Probation reinstated

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