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Hempstead Texas Juvenile Sex Crimes Defense Attorney Jim Sullivan Can Help

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
Attorney Jim Sullivan

Hempstead / Waller County Juvenile Sex Offense Defense Lawyer Jim Sullivan is Board Certified in Juvenile Law.  He is a recognized expert in Juvenile Law and has been defending juveniles and adults since 1994. Among the more than 83,000 active lawyers in Texas, there are only 38 lawyers Board Certified in Juvenile Law in private practice.

As parents, we know that children are naturally curious about their sexuality.  In these modern times, children are reaching the onset of puberty at a younger and younger age (girls as young as nine and boys as young as ten).  Their curiosity leads to natural experimentation.  Unfortunately, such experimentation sometimes conflicts with state laws, and children as young as ten can be arrested and charged with serious felony offenses such as aggravated sexual assault of a child, sexual assault or indecency with a child.
Juvenile sex crimes, of course, can stem from other reasons.  Children can be influenced to act out when they have been exposed to pornography or live sex.  They will mimic the sexual behavior they have seen.  And, of course, children who have been sexually abused will act out on those behaviors–sometimes years later.  In such cases, it is very common that the child was abused at a young age by an older cousin, a babysitter, a coach or other such person close to the child.  This prior abuse does not excuse the child’s actions, but it is definitely mitigating.  Without counseling and intervention, the child is likely to re-offend.  If the child later re-offends as an adult, he could face a life sentence in prison.
DIGNITY, EMPATHY AND COMPASSION
Hempstead, Texas Juvenile Sex Crime Attorney Jim Sullivan can help you and your child get through this difficult ordeal with dignity, empathy and compassion.  He is sensitive to the emotional and psychological needs of children.  He has  represented a number of juvenile boys and girls who themselves had been victimized at a young age and had not reported it to their parents or to the authorities.  In fact, it was only through his sensitive, patient and thought-provoking conversation with the child that he was able to draw out the prior abuse.
Attorney Jim Sullivan will work hard to persuade the State to non-suit (dismiss) your child’s case, to obtain an acquittal (not guilty) at trial or as a last result to negotiate a reasonable plea bargain.  From the outset, he will work to have your child released from the detention center and then work toward keeping him or her at home and from having to register as a sex offender.  In fact, not one of his juvenile clients has had to register as a sex offender.  Such registration can be devastating to a child’s development and to his or her future.  To view a current list of juvenile and adult sex offenders, go here.
Texas Juvenile Sex Crime Attorney Jim Sullivan is an expert in the field of juvenile law and has successfully represented juveniles charged with sex offenses and other felony and misdemeanor offenses in Houston and throughout southeast Texas (see Case Results below).  He has a proven track record in juvenile sex offense representation and is truly concerned about the many juveniles who do not have competent legal representation.  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.  The other 27 such lawyers work for the government.
POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES OF JUVENILE SEX OFFENSES:
DISCRETIONARY TRANSFER TO CRIMINAL COURT
An aggravated sexual assault of a child offense is a first degree felony.  If the juvenile is 14 years of age or older at the time of the alleged offense, the State can seek to have the juvenile transferred to criminal court and stand trial as an adult.  In adult court, the range of punishment is from five years to life in prison.Indecency with a child can be either a second or third degree felony.  If the juvenile is 15 years of age or older at the time of the alleged offense, the State can seek to have the juvenile transferred to criminal court and stand trial as an adult.  In adult court, the range of punishment is from 2 years to 10 or 20 years in prison.
DETERMINATE SENTENCE
Instead of a transfer to criminal court, the State can also seek a determinate sentence for a juvenile aged 10 or older for a juvenile felony sex offense.  If this were to happen, a juvenile could never seal (expunge) his juvenile record.  He could be placed on probation for up to 10 years with automatic transfer to adult probation at age 18.  He could also be sent to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department for up to 40 years for a first degree felony, up to 20 years for a second degree felony and up to 10 years for a third degree felony.  If sent to TJJD and to be eligible for parole, he first has to stay a minimum of 3 calendar years for a first degree felony, 2 calendar years for a second degree felony and 1 calendar year for a third degree felony.  If the juvenile does not parole out by age 19, then he is automatically transferred to adult prison, although depending on his behavior he could be transferred as early as age 16.
INDETERMINATE SENTENCE
Instead of the severe consequences of a transfer to adult court or determinate sentence, the State can proceed with an indeterminate sentence.  In such a case, the juvenile could petition the court to seal his record at age 19 so long as he is not currently having to register as a sex offender.  Also, the juvenile could receive probation until age 18.  As a condition of probation, he could be placed outside his home for sex offender counseling and treatment.  He could also be sent to TJJD where he could be held until age 19.  In most of his negotiated cases, Jim Sullivan has been able to reach an agreement with the State wherein his client receives an indeterminate sentence probation at home for two years, which is the minimum statutory required length of probation for a felony sex offense.
SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION
The Judge can also order the juvenile to register as a sex offender until age 28.  The defense attorney may be able to persuade the State to agree to defer registration, i.e. the Judge will make the decision regarding sex offender registration after the juvenile completes his or her sex offender counseling.  Jim Sullivan has been successful in his cases to either defer the registration decision or to not require the juvenile to register at all.
DE-REGISTRATION – EXCUSING SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION
Jim Sullivan has also been successful in persuading juvenile courts to allow juveniles to be excused from further sex offender registration that would otherwise be required by Chapter 62 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.  A juvenile ordered to register as a sex offender only has two chances to request de-registration as a sex offender.  Therefore, it is important to retain an attorney experienced in the process.  Ideally, it is better to request de-registration prior to the juvenile’s 18th birthday when he would otherwise have to begin registering as an adult until age 28.  However, the juvenile can still request de-registration even after having reached age 18 or older.  If you or your child were ordered to register as a sex offender by a juvenile court and want to be excused from further registration or if your child is charged with a sex offense, then call Jim Sullivan at 281-546-6428.  He can help you and he wants to hear from you.
CASE RESULTS - JUVENILE SEX OFFENSES
The case histories below represent a few of the many juveniles charged with sex offenses that Jim Sullivan has represented.  All cases were in Harris county (Houston), except where noted.  Past results are not a guarantee of a similar result in any future case.
NOTES: 1° = 1st Degree Felony, 2° = 2nd Degree Felony, 3° = 3rd Degree Felony

AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony)

Won a dismissal for a 15 year old boy accused of having consensual sex with a 12 year old girl in her bedroom while two teenage friends allegedly listened in the adjoining room.  The boy could then petition to have his juvenile record sealed immediately.
RESULT: NON-SUITED (DISMISSED)

SEXUAL ASSAULT (2° Felony)
Won a dismissal one month before trial for a 16 year old boy accused of forcibly raping a 17 year old girl at her home.  Prior to the dismissal, the State sought a determinate sentence which could have resulted in incarceration for up to 20 years and could have required the boy to register as a sex offender until the age of 28.  The boy could then petition to have his juvenile record sealed immediately.

RESULT: NON-SUITED (DISMISSED) after Case was set for a Jury Trial
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD (2° Felony)
Won a dismissal for a 13 year old boy accused of fondling a 12 year old girl against her will at school.  Prior to the dismissal, the State offered a year of probation at home, however the boy would have had to wait until he was 21 in order to seal his record.  The boy could then petition to have his record sealed immediately.
RESULT: NON-SUITED (DISMISSED)
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony)
Secured reduction to a misdemeanor assault for a 16 year old boy charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child involving his six year old half sister. On the day of trial, Sullivan persuaded the State to  reduce the charges from a Determinate Sex Offense Felony case to a misdemeanor non-sex offense assault and to allow his client to receive one year probation on a misdemeanor assault charge. Two years after his probation is over, the child can petition the court to seal his record.
RESULT: REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT on the Jury Trial setting
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD (2° Felony)
Secured reduction to a misdemeanor for a 14 year old boy charged with indecency with a child.  He and two other boys were accused of fondling a 13 year old girl at school against her will.  Prior to trial, Sullivan persuaded the State to reduce the charges from a Determinate Sex Offense Felony to a misdemeanor non-sex offense indecent exposure and allowed his client to receive probation at home.  Two years after his probation is over, the child can petition the court to seal his record.
RESULT: REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR INDECENT EXPOSURE after case was set for a Jury Trial
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD (2° Felony)
Secured reduction to a misdemeanor for a 15 year old boy charged with indecency with a child.  He allegedly forced a six year girl who was visiting his family to fondle him in his bedroom.  In this case, the boy’s pastor gave a statement to police, alleging that the boy admitted that he allowed the girl to touch him.  The boy absolutely denied that and stated that the girl tried to touch him and he told her not to.  Sullivan arranged a polygraph examination of the boy and the boy passed.  The State still refused to dismiss the case. On the tenth jury trial setting close to his 18th birthday, Sullivan persuaded the State to reduce the charge from a Determinate Sex Offense Felony to a misdemeanor non-sex offense assault and allowed his client to receive two months probation at home.  By the tenth trial setting, some two and one-half years after the case first started, the State ultimately reduced the case from a Determinate Sex Offense Felony to a misdemeanor non-sex offense assault.  His client  subsequently enrolled in college.  Two years after his probation is over, the child can petition the court to seal his record.
RESULT: REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT with probation at home after case was set for a Jury Trial
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD (2° Felony)
Secured reduction to a misdemeanor for a 14 year old boy accused of fondling a 7 year old boy outside in their apartment complex.  On the day of trial, Jim Sullivan persuaded the State to reduce the charges from a serious felony to a misdemeanor and to allow his client to receive one year probation at home.  Two years after his probation is over, the child can petition the court to seal his record.
RESULT: REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR PUBLIC LEWDNESS
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony)
Secured a two year indeterminate probation at home with the father for a 12 year old boy who was caught in the act of molesting his six year old cousin.  During a series of interviews, the boy divulged that he had been raped by an 18 year old acquaintance who lived in the neighborhood.  The father filed charges against that adult.  Sullivan persuaded the State to allow his client to receive probation without sex offender registration.  He can have his record sealed at age 21.
RESULT:  TWO YEAR INDETERMINATE PROBATION AT HOME WITHOUT REGISTRATION
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony)
In Liberty county, secured a two year indeterminate probation with placement with an older sister  in Harris county for a 16 year old mentally challenged boy who was caught in the act of fondling a 5 year old boy in the neighborhood.  During a lengthy consultation with Sullivan at the detention center, the boy divulged that at age six he had been molested by a teenage cousin. Sullivan persuaded the State and the court to allow his client to receive probation without sex offender registration.  He can have his record sealed at age 21.
RESULT:  TWO YEAR INDETERMINATE PROBATION AT HOME WITHOUT REGISTRATION
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony)
In Montgomery county, secured a two year indeterminate probation with placement with the maternal grandmother in Chicago for a 12 year old boy caught fondling a 5 year old boy in the neighborhood. He initially persuaded the court to allow his client to stay at home with his parents and younger siblings, however his client later admitted to his therapist that he also had fondled a younger half-brother in his home during the same time period.  Sullivan then persuaded the court to allow his client to be placed with his grandmother and to receive out-patient counseling even though the probation department sought placement at a residential treatment center in central Texas.
RESULT:  TWO YEAR INDETERMINATE PROBATION AT HOME WITH GRANDMOTHER WITHOUT REGISTRATION

Liberty County Juvenile Sex Crime Defense Attorney Jim Sullivan Can Defend Your Child

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
Attorney Jim Sullivan

Liberty County Juvenile Sex Offense Defense Lawyer Jim Sullivan is Board Certified in Juvenile Law.  He is a recognized expert in Juvenile Law and has been defending juveniles and adults since 1994. Among the more than 83,000 active lawyers in Texas, there are only 38 lawyers Board Certified in Juvenile Law in private practice.

As parents, we know that children are naturally curious about their sexuality.  In these modern times, children are reaching the onset of puberty at a younger and younger age (girls as young as nine and boys as young as ten).  Their curiosity leads to natural experimentation.  Unfortunately, such experimentation sometimes conflicts with state laws, and children as young as ten can be arrested and charged with serious felony offenses such as aggravated sexual assault of a child, sexual assault or indecency with a child.
 
Juvenile sex crimes, of course, can stem from other reasons.  Children can be influenced to act out when they have been exposed to pornography or live sex.  They will mimic the sexual behavior they have seen.  And, of course, children who have been sexually abused will act out on those behaviors–sometimes years later.  In such cases, it is very common that the child was abused at a young age by an older cousin, a babysitter, a coach or other such person close to the child.  This prior abuse does not excuse the child’s actions, but it is definitely mitigating.  Without counseling and intervention, the child is likely to re-offend.  If the child later re-offends as an adult, he could face a life sentence in prison.
 
DIGNITY, EMPATHY AND COMPASSION
Liberty, Texas Juvenile Sex Crime Attorney Jim Sullivan can help you and your child get through this difficult ordeal with dignity, empathy and compassion.  He is sensitive to the emotional and psychological needs of children.  He has  represented a number of juvenile boys and girls who themselves had been victimized at a young age and had not reported it to their parents or to the authorities.  In fact, it was only through his sensitive, patient and thought-provoking conversation with the child that he was able to draw out the prior abuse.
 
Attorney Jim Sullivan will work hard to persuade the State to non-suit (dismiss) your child’s case, to obtain an acquittal (not guilty) at trial or as a last result to negotiate a reasonable plea bargain.  From the outset, he will work to have your child released from the detention center and then work toward keeping him or her at home and from having to register as a sex offender.  In fact, not one of his juvenile clients has had to register as a sex offender.  Such registration can be devastating to a child’s development and to his or her future.  To view a current list of juvenile and adult sex offenders, go here.
 
Texas Juvenile Sex Crime Attorney Jim Sullivan is an expert in the field of juvenile law and has successfully represented juveniles charged with sex offenses and other felony and misdemeanor offenses in Houston and throughout southeast Texas (see Case Results below).  He has a proven track record in juvenile sex offense representation and is truly concerned about the many juveniles who do not have competent legal representation.
 
POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES OF JUVENILE SEX OFFENSES:
 
DISCRETIONARY TRANSFER TO CRIMINAL COURT
An aggravated sexual assault of a child offense is a first degree felony.  If the juvenile is 14 years of age or older at the time of the alleged offense, the State can seek to have the juvenile transferred to criminal court and stand trial as an adult.  In adult court, the range of punishment is from five years to life in prison.Indecency with a child can be either a second or third degree felony.  If the juvenile is 15 years of age or older at the time of the alleged offense, the State can seek to have the juvenile transferred to criminal court and stand trial as an adult.  In adult court, the range of punishment is from 2 years to 10 or 20 years in prison.
 
DETERMINATE SENTENCE
Instead of a transfer to criminal court, the State can also seek a determinate sentence for a juvenile aged 10 or older for a juvenile felony sex offense.  If this were to happen, a juvenile could never seal (expunge) his juvenile record.  He could be placed on probation for up to 10 years with automatic transfer to adult probation at age 18.  He could also be sent to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department for up to 40 years for a first degree felony, up to 20 years for a second degree felony and up to 10 years for a third degree felony.  If sent to TJJD and to be eligible for parole, he first has to stay a minimum of 3 calendar years for a first degree felony, 2 calendar years for a second degree felony and 1 calendar year for a third degree felony.  If the juvenile does not parole out by age 19, then he is automatically transferred to adult prison, although depending on his behavior he could be transferred as early as age 16.
 
INDETERMINATE SENTENCE
Instead of the severe consequences of a transfer to adult court or determinate sentence, the State can proceed with an indeterminate sentence.  In such a case, the juvenile could petition the court to seal his record at age 19 so long as he is not currently having to register as a sex offender.  Also, the juvenile could receive probation until age 18.  As a condition of probation, he could be placed outside his home for sex offender counseling and treatment.  He could also be sent to TJJD where he could be held until age 19.  In most of his negotiated cases, Jim Sullivan has been able to reach an agreement with the State wherein his client receives an indeterminate sentence probation at home for two years, which is the minimum statutory required length of probation for a felony sex offense.
 
SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION
The Judge can also order the juvenile to register as a sex offender until age 28.  The defense attorney may be able to persuade the State to agree to defer registration, i.e. the Judge will make the decision regarding sex offender registration after the juvenile completes his or her sex offender counseling.  Jim Sullivan has been successful in his cases to either defer the registration decision or to not require the juvenile to register at all.
 
DE-REGISTRATION – EXCUSING SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION
Jim Sullivan has also been successful in persuading juvenile courts to allow juveniles to be excused from further sex offender registration that would otherwise be required by Chapter 62 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.  A juvenile ordered to register as a sex offender only has two chances to request de-registration as a sex offender.  Therefore, it is important to retain an attorney experienced in the process.  Ideally, it is better to request de-registration prior to the juvenile’s 18th birthday when he would otherwise have to begin registering as an adult until age 28.  However, the juvenile can still request de-registration even after having reached age 18 or older.  If you or your child were ordered to register as a sex offender by a juvenile court and want to be excused from further registration or if your child is charged with a sex offense, then call Jim Sullivan at 281-546-6428.  He can help you and he wants to hear from you.
 
CASE RESULTS - JUVENILE SEX OFFENSES
The case histories below represent a few of the many juveniles charged with sex offenses that Jim Sullivan has represented.  All cases were in Harris county (Houston), except where noted.  Past results are not a guarantee of a similar result in any future case.
NOTES: 1° = 1st Degree Felony, 2° = 2nd Degree Felony, 3° = 3rd Degree Felony

AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony)

Won a dismissal for a 15 year old boy accused of having consensual sex with a 12 year old girl in her bedroom while two teenage friends allegedly listened in the adjoining room.  The boy could then petition to have his juvenile record sealed immediately.
RESULT: NON-SUITED (DISMISSED)

SEXUAL ASSAULT (2° Felony)
Won a dismissal one month before trial for a 16 year old boy accused of forcibly raping a 17 year old girl at her home.  Prior to the dismissal, the State sought a determinate sentence which could have resulted in incarceration for up to 20 years and could have required the boy to register as a sex offender until the age of 28.  The boy could then petition to have his juvenile record sealed immediately.

RESULT: NON-SUITED (DISMISSED) after Case was set for a Jury Trial
 
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD (2° Felony)
Won a dismissal for a 13 year old boy accused of fondling a 12 year old girl against her will at school.  Prior to the dismissal, the State offered a year of probation at home, however the boy would have had to wait until he was 21 in order to seal his record.  The boy could then petition to have his record sealed immediately.
RESULT: NON-SUITED (DISMISSED)
 
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony)
Secured reduction to a misdemeanor assault for a 16 year old boy charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child involving his six year old half sister. On the day of trial, Sullivan persuaded the State to  reduce the charges from a Determinate Sex Offense Felony case to a misdemeanor non-sex offense assault and to allow his client to receive one year probation on a misdemeanor assault charge. Two years after his probation is over, the child can petition the court to seal his record.
RESULT: REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT on the Jury Trial setting
 
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD (2° Felony)
Secured reduction to a misdemeanor for a 14 year old boy charged with indecency with a child.  He and two other boys were accused of fondling a 13 year old girl at school against her will.  Prior to trial, Sullivan persuaded the State to reduce the charges from a Determinate Sex Offense Felony to a misdemeanor non-sex offense indecent exposure and allowed his client to receive probation at home.  Two years after his probation is over, the child can petition the court to seal his record.
RESULT: REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR INDECENT EXPOSURE after case was set for a Jury Trial
 
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD (2° Felony)
Secured reduction to a misdemeanor for a 15 year old boy charged with indecency with a child.  He allegedly forced a six year girl who was visiting his family to fondle him in his bedroom.  In this case, the boy’s pastor gave a statement to police, alleging that the boy admitted that he allowed the girl to touch him.  The boy absolutely denied that and stated that the girl tried to touch him and he told her not to.  Sullivan arranged a polygraph examination of the boy and the boy passed.  The State still refused to dismiss the case. On the tenth jury trial setting close to his 18th birthday, Sullivan persuaded the State to reduce the charge from a Determinate Sex Offense Felony to a misdemeanor non-sex offense assault and allowed his client to receive two months probation at home.  By the tenth trial setting, some two and one-half years after the case first started, the State ultimately reduced the case from a Determinate Sex Offense Felony to a misdemeanor non-sex offense assault.  His client  subsequently enrolled in college.  Two years after his probation is over, the child can petition the court to seal his record.
RESULT: REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT with probation at home after case was set for a Jury Trial
 
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD (2° Felony)
Secured reduction to a misdemeanor for a 14 year old boy accused of fondling a 7 year old boy outside in their apartment complex.  On the day of trial, Jim Sullivan persuaded the State to reduce the charges from a serious felony to a misdemeanor and to allow his client to receive one year probation at home.  Two years after his probation is over, the child can petition the court to seal his record.
RESULT: REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR PUBLIC LEWDNESS
 
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony)
Secured a two year indeterminate probation at home with the father for a 12 year old boy who was caught in the act of molesting his six year old cousin.  During a series of interviews, the boy divulged that he had been raped by an 18 year old acquaintance who lived in the neighborhood.  The father filed charges against that adult.  Sullivan persuaded the State to allow his client to receive probation without sex offender registration.  He can have his record sealed at age 21.
RESULT:  TWO YEAR INDETERMINATE PROBATION AT HOME WITHOUT REGISTRATION
 
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony)
In Liberty county, secured a two year indeterminate probation with placement with an older sister  in Harris county for a 16 year old mentally challenged boy who was caught in the act of fondling a 5 year old boy in the neighborhood.  During a lengthy consultation with Sullivan at the detention center, the boy divulged that at age six he had been molested by a teenage cousin. Sullivan persuaded the State and the court to allow his client to receive probation without sex offender registration.  He can have his record sealed at age 21.
RESULT:  TWO YEAR INDETERMINATE PROBATION AT HOME WITHOUT REGISTRATION
 
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony)
In Montgomery county, secured a two year indeterminate probation with placement with the maternal grandmother in Chicago for a 12 year old boy caught fondling a 5 year old boy in the neighborhood. He initially persuaded the court to allow his client to stay at home with his parents and younger siblings, however his client later admitted to his therapist that he also had fondled a younger half-brother in his home during the same time period.  Sullivan then persuaded the court to allow his client to be placed with his grandmother and to receive out-patient counseling even though the probation department sought placement at a residential treatment center in central Texas.
RESULT:  TWO YEAR INDETERMINATE PROBATION AT HOME WITH GRANDMOTHER WITHOUT REGISTRATION

Galveston Juvenile Sex Crime Defense Attorney Jim Sullivan Can Defend Your Child

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Attorney Jim Sullivan

Galveston County Juvenile Sex Offense Defense Lawyer Jim Sullivan is Board Certified in Juvenile Law.  He is a recognized expert in Juvenile Law and has been defending juveniles and adults since 1994. Among the more than 83,000 active lawyers in Texas, there are only 38 lawyers Board Certified in Juvenile Law in private practice.

As parents, we know that children are naturally curious about their sexuality.  In these modern times, children are reaching the onset of puberty at a younger and younger age (girls as young as nine and boys as young as ten).  Their curiosity leads to natural experimentation.  Unfortunately, such experimentation sometimes conflicts with state laws, and children as young as ten can be arrested and charged with serious felony offenses such as aggravated sexual assault of a child, sexual assault or indecency with a child.
 
Juvenile sex crimes, of course, can stem from other reasons.  Children can be influenced to act out when they have been exposed to pornography or live sex.  They will mimic the sexual behavior they have seen.  And, of course, children who have been sexually abused will act out on those behaviors–sometimes years later.  In such cases, it is very common that the child was abused at a young age by an older cousin, a babysitter, a coach or other such person close to the child.  This prior abuse does not excuse the child’s actions, but it is definitely mitigating.  Without counseling and intervention, the child is likely to re-offend.  If the child later re-offends as an adult, he could face a life sentence in prison.
 
DIGNITY, EMPATHY AND COMPASSION
Galveston Juvenile Sex Crime Attorney Jim Sullivan can help you and your child get through this difficult ordeal with dignity, empathy and compassion.  He is sensitive to the emotional and psychological needs of children.  He has  represented a number of juvenile boys and girls who themselves had been victimized at a young age and had not reported it to their parents or to the authorities.  In fact, it was only through his sensitive, patient and thought-provoking conversation with the child that he was able to draw out the prior abuse.
 
Attorney Jim Sullivan will work hard to persuade the State to non-suit (dismiss) your child’s case, to obtain an acquittal (not guilty) at trial or as a last result to negotiate a reasonable plea bargain.  From the outset, he will work to have your child released from the detention center and then work toward keeping him or her at home and from having to register as a sex offender.  In fact, not one of his juvenile clients has had to register as a sex offender.  Such registration can be devastating to a child’s development and to his or her future.  To view a current list of juvenile and adult sex offenders, go here.
 
Texas Juvenile Sex Crime Attorney Jim Sullivan is an expert in the field of juvenile law and has successfully represented juveniles charged with sex offenses and other felony and misdemeanor offenses in Houston and throughout southeast Texas (see Case Results below).  He has a proven track record in juvenile sex offense representation and is truly concerned about the many juveniles who do not have competent legal representation.
 
POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES OF JUVENILE SEX OFFENSES:
 
DISCRETIONARY TRANSFER TO CRIMINAL COURT
An aggravated sexual assault of a child offense is a first degree felony.  If the juvenile is 14 years of age or older at the time of the alleged offense, the State can seek to have the juvenile transferred to criminal court and stand trial as an adult.  In adult court, the range of punishment is from five years to life in prison.Indecency with a child can be either a second or third degree felony.  If the juvenile is 15 years of age or older at the time of the alleged offense, the State can seek to have the juvenile transferred to criminal court and stand trial as an adult.  In adult court, the range of punishment is from 2 years to 10 or 20 years in prison.
 
DETERMINATE SENTENCE
Instead of a transfer to criminal court, the State can also seek a determinate sentence for a juvenile aged 10 or older for a juvenile felony sex offense.  If this were to happen, a juvenile could never seal (expunge) his juvenile record.  He could be placed on probation for up to 10 years with automatic transfer to adult probation at age 18.  He could also be sent to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department for up to 40 years for a first degree felony, up to 20 years for a second degree felony and up to 10 years for a third degree felony.  If sent to TJJD and to be eligible for parole, he first has to stay a minimum of 3 calendar years for a first degree felony, 2 calendar years for a second degree felony and 1 calendar year for a third degree felony.  If the juvenile does not parole out by age 19, then he is automatically transferred to adult prison, although depending on his behavior he could be transferred as early as age 16.
 
INDETERMINATE SENTENCE
Instead of the severe consequences of a transfer to adult court or determinate sentence, the State can proceed with an indeterminate sentence.  In such a case, the juvenile could petition the court to seal his record at age 19 so long as he is not currently having to register as a sex offender.  Also, the juvenile could receive probation until age 18.  As a condition of probation, he could be placed outside his home for sex offender counseling and treatment.  He could also be sent to TJJD where he could be held until age 19.  In most of his negotiated cases, Jim Sullivan has been able to reach an agreement with the State wherein his client receives an indeterminate sentence probation at home for two years, which is the minimum statutory required length of probation for a felony sex offense.
 
SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION
The Judge can also order the juvenile to register as a sex offender until age 28.  The defense attorney may be able to persuade the State to agree to defer registration, i.e. the Judge will make the decision regarding sex offender registration after the juvenile completes his or her sex offender counseling.  Jim Sullivan has been successful in his cases to either defer the registration decision or to not require the juvenile to register at all.
 
DE-REGISTRATION – EXCUSING SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION
Jim Sullivan has also been successful in persuading juvenile courts to allow juveniles to be excused from further sex offender registration that would otherwise be required by Chapter 62 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.  A juvenile ordered to register as a sex offender only has two chances to request de-registration as a sex offender.  Therefore, it is important to retain an attorney experienced in the process.  Ideally, it is better to request de-registration prior to the juvenile’s 18th birthday when he would otherwise have to begin registering as an adult until age 28.  However, the juvenile can still request de-registration even after having reached age 18 or older.  If you or your child were ordered to register as a sex offender by a juvenile court and want to be excused from further registration or if your child is charged with a sex offense, then call Jim Sullivan at 281-546-6428.  He can help you and he wants to hear from you.
 
CASE RESULTS - JUVENILE SEX OFFENSES
The case histories below represent a few of the many juveniles charged with sex offenses that Jim Sullivan has represented.  All cases were in Harris county (Houston), except where noted.  Past results are not a guarantee of a similar result in any future case.
NOTES: 1° = 1st Degree Felony, 2° = 2nd Degree Felony, 3° = 3rd Degree Felony

AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony)

Won a dismissal for a 15 year old boy accused of having consensual sex with a 12 year old girl in her bedroom while two teenage friends allegedly listened in the adjoining room.  The boy could then petition to have his juvenile record sealed immediately.
RESULT: NON-SUITED (DISMISSED)

SEXUAL ASSAULT (2° Felony)
Won a dismissal one month before trial for a 16 year old boy accused of forcibly raping a 17 year old girl at her home.  Prior to the dismissal, the State sought a determinate sentence which could have resulted in incarceration for up to 20 years and could have required the boy to register as a sex offender until the age of 28.  The boy could then petition to have his juvenile record sealed immediately.

RESULT: NON-SUITED (DISMISSED) after Case was set for a Jury Trial
 
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD (2° Felony)
Won a dismissal for a 13 year old boy accused of fondling a 12 year old girl against her will at school.  Prior to the dismissal, the State offered a year of probation at home, however the boy would have had to wait until he was 21 in order to seal his record.  The boy could then petition to have his record sealed immediately.
RESULT: NON-SUITED (DISMISSED)
 
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony)
Secured reduction to a misdemeanor assault for a 16 year old boy charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child involving his six year old half sister. On the day of trial, Sullivan persuaded the State to  reduce the charges from a Determinate Sex Offense Felony case to a misdemeanor non-sex offense assault and to allow his client to receive one year probation on a misdemeanor assault charge. Two years after his probation is over, the child can petition the court to seal his record.
RESULT: REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT on the Jury Trial setting
 
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD (2° Felony)
Secured reduction to a misdemeanor for a 14 year old boy charged with indecency with a child.  He and two other boys were accused of fondling a 13 year old girl at school against her will.  Prior to trial, Sullivan persuaded the State to reduce the charges from a Determinate Sex Offense Felony to a misdemeanor non-sex offense indecent exposure and allowed his client to receive probation at home.  Two years after his probation is over, the child can petition the court to seal his record.
RESULT: REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR INDECENT EXPOSURE after case was set for a Jury Trial
 
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD (2° Felony)
Secured reduction to a misdemeanor for a 15 year old boy charged with indecency with a child.  He allegedly forced a six year girl who was visiting his family to fondle him in his bedroom.  In this case, the boy’s pastor gave a statement to police, alleging that the boy admitted that he allowed the girl to touch him.  The boy absolutely denied that and stated that the girl tried to touch him and he told her not to.  Sullivan arranged a polygraph examination of the boy and the boy passed.  The State still refused to dismiss the case. On the tenth jury trial setting close to his 18th birthday, Sullivan persuaded the State to reduce the charge from a Determinate Sex Offense Felony to a misdemeanor non-sex offense assault and allowed his client to receive two months probation at home.  By the tenth trial setting, some two and one-half years after the case first started, the State ultimately reduced the case from a Determinate Sex Offense Felony to a misdemeanor non-sex offense assault.  His client  subsequently enrolled in college.  Two years after his probation is over, the child can petition the court to seal his record.
RESULT: REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT with probation at home after case was set for a Jury Trial
 
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD (2° Felony)
Secured reduction to a misdemeanor for a 14 year old boy accused of fondling a 7 year old boy outside in their apartment complex.  On the day of trial, Jim Sullivan persuaded the State to reduce the charges from a serious felony to a misdemeanor and to allow his client to receive one year probation at home.  Two years after his probation is over, the child can petition the court to seal his record.
RESULT: REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR PUBLIC LEWDNESS
 
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony)
Secured a two year indeterminate probation at home with the father for a 12 year old boy who was caught in the act of molesting his six year old cousin.  During a series of interviews, the boy divulged that he had been raped by an 18 year old acquaintance who lived in the neighborhood.  The father filed charges against that adult.  Sullivan persuaded the State to allow his client to receive probation without sex offender registration.  He can have his record sealed at age 21.
RESULT:  TWO YEAR INDETERMINATE PROBATION AT HOME WITHOUT REGISTRATION
 
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony)
In Liberty county, secured a two year indeterminate probation with placement with an older sister  in Harris county for a 16 year old mentally challenged boy who was caught in the act of fondling a 5 year old boy in the neighborhood.  During a lengthy consultation with Sullivan at the detention center, the boy divulged that at age six he had been molested by a teenage cousin. Sullivan persuaded the State and the court to allow his client to receive probation without sex offender registration.  He can have his record sealed at age 21.
RESULT:  TWO YEAR INDETERMINATE PROBATION AT HOME WITHOUT REGISTRATION
 
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony)
In Montgomery county, secured a two year indeterminate probation with placement with the maternal grandmother in Chicago for a 12 year old boy caught fondling a 5 year old boy in the neighborhood. He initially persuaded the court to allow his client to stay at home with his parents and younger siblings, however his client later admitted to his therapist that he also had fondled a younger half-brother in his home during the same time period.  Sullivan then persuaded the court to allow his client to be placed with his grandmother and to receive out-patient counseling even though the probation department sought placement at a residential treatment center in central Texas.
RESULT:  TWO YEAR INDETERMINATE PROBATION AT HOME WITH GRANDMOTHER WITHOUT REGISTRATION

Fort Bend County Juvenile Sex Crime Defense Attorney Jim Sullivan Can Help

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
Attorney Jim Sullivan

Fort Bend County Juvenile Sex Offense Defense Lawyer Jim Sullivan is Board Certified in Juvenile Law.  He is a recognized expert in Juvenile Law and has been defending juveniles and adults since 1994. Among the more than 83,000 active lawyers in Texas, there are only 38 lawyers Board Certified in Juvenile Law in private practice.

As parents, we know that children are naturally curious about their sexuality.  In these modern times, children are reaching the onset of puberty at a younger and younger age (girls as young as nine and boys as young as ten).  Their curiosity leads to natural experimentation.  Unfortunately, such experimentation sometimes conflicts with state laws, and children as young as ten can be arrested and charged with serious felony offenses such as aggravated sexual assault of a child, sexual assault or indecency with a child.
Juvenile sex crimes, of course, can stem from other reasons.  Children can be influenced to act out when they have been exposed to pornography or live sex.  They will mimic the sexual behavior they have seen.  And, of course, children who have been sexually abused will act out on those behaviors–sometimes years later.  In such cases, it is very common that the child was abused at a young age by an older cousin, a babysitter, a coach or other such person close to the child.  This prior abuse does not excuse the child’s actions, but it is definitely mitigating.  Without counseling and intervention, the child is likely to re-offend.  If the child later re-offends as an adult, he could face a life sentence in prison.
DIGNITY, EMPATHY AND COMPASSION
Richmond, Texas Juvenile Sex Crime Attorney Jim Sullivan can help you and your child get through this difficult ordeal with dignity, empathy and compassion.  He is sensitive to the emotional and psychological needs of children.  He has  represented a number of juvenile boys and girls who themselves had been victimized at a young age and had not reported it to their parents or to the authorities.  In fact, it was only through his sensitive, patient and thought-provoking conversation with the child that he was able to draw out the prior abuse.
Attorney Jim Sullivan will work hard to persuade the State to non-suit (dismiss) your child’s case, to obtain an acquittal (not guilty) at trial or as a last result to negotiate a reasonable plea bargain.  From the outset, he will work to have your child released from the detention center and then work toward keeping him or her at home and from having to register as a sex offender.  In fact, not one of his juvenile clients has had to register as a sex offender.  Such registration can be devastating to a child’s development and to his or her future.  To view a current list of juvenile and adult sex offenders, go here.
Texas Juvenile Sex Crime Attorney Jim Sullivan is an expert in the field of juvenile law and has successfully represented juveniles charged with sex offenses and other felony and misdemeanor offenses in Houston and throughout southeast Texas (see Case Results below).  He has a proven track record in juvenile sex offense representation and is truly concerned about the many juveniles who do not have competent legal representation.
POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES OF JUVENILE SEX OFFENSES:
DISCRETIONARY TRANSFER TO CRIMINAL COURT
An aggravated sexual assault of a child offense is a first degree felony.  If the juvenile is 14 years of age or older at the time of the alleged offense, the State can seek to have the juvenile transferred to criminal court and stand trial as an adult.  In adult court, the range of punishment is from five years to life in prison.Indecency with a child can be either a second or third degree felony.  If the juvenile is 15 years of age or older at the time of the alleged offense, the State can seek to have the juvenile transferred to criminal court and stand trial as an adult.  In adult court, the range of punishment is from 2 years to 10 or 20 years in prison.
DETERMINATE SENTENCE
Instead of a transfer to criminal court, the State can also seek a determinate sentence for a juvenile aged 10 or older for a juvenile felony sex offense.  If this were to happen, a juvenile could never seal (expunge) his juvenile record.  He could be placed on probation for up to 10 years with automatic transfer to adult probation at age 18.  He could also be sent to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department for up to 40 years for a first degree felony, up to 20 years for a second degree felony and up to 10 years for a third degree felony.  If sent to TJJD and to be eligible for parole, he first has to stay a minimum of 3 calendar years for a first degree felony, 2 calendar years for a second degree felony and 1 calendar year for a third degree felony.  If the juvenile does not parole out by age 19, then he is automatically transferred to adult prison, although depending on his behavior he could be transferred as early as age 16.
INDETERMINATE SENTENCE
Instead of the severe consequences of a transfer to adult court or determinate sentence, the State can proceed with an indeterminate sentence.  In such a case, the juvenile could petition the court to seal his record at age 19 so long as he is not currently having to register as a sex offender.  Also, the juvenile could receive probation until age 18.  As a condition of probation, he could be placed outside his home for sex offender counseling and treatment.  He could also be sent to TJJD where he could be held until age 19.  In most of his negotiated cases, Jim Sullivan has been able to reach an agreement with the State wherein his client receives an indeterminate sentence probation at home for two years, which is the minimum statutory required length of probation for a felony sex offense.
SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION
The Judge can also order the juvenile to register as a sex offender until age 28.  The defense attorney may be able to persuade the State to agree to defer registration, i.e. the Judge will make the decision regarding sex offender registration after the juvenile completes his or her sex offender counseling.  Jim Sullivan has been successful in his cases to either defer the registration decision or to not require the juvenile to register at all.
DE-REGISTRATION – EXCUSING SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION
Jim Sullivan has also been successful in persuading juvenile courts to allow juveniles to be excused from further sex offender registration that would otherwise be required by Chapter 62 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.  A juvenile ordered to register as a sex offender only has two chances to request de-registration as a sex offender.  Therefore, it is important to retain an attorney experienced in the process.  Ideally, it is better to request de-registration prior to the juvenile’s 18th birthday when he would otherwise have to begin registering as an adult until age 28.  However, the juvenile can still request de-registration even after having reached age 18 or older.  If you or your child were ordered to register as a sex offender by a juvenile court and want to be excused from further registration or if your child is charged with a sex offense, then call Jim Sullivan at 281-546-6428.  He can help you and he wants to hear from you.
CASE RESULTS - JUVENILE SEX OFFENSES
The case histories below represent a few of the many juveniles charged with sex offenses that Jim Sullivan has represented.  All cases were in Harris county (Houston), except where noted.  Past results are not a guarantee of a similar result in any future case.
NOTES: 1° = 1st Degree Felony, 2° = 2nd Degree Felony, 3° = 3rd Degree Felony

AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony)

Won a dismissal for a 15 year old boy accused of having consensual sex with a 12 year old girl in her bedroom while two teenage friends allegedly listened in the adjoining room.  The boy could then petition to have his juvenile record sealed immediately.
RESULT: NON-SUITED (DISMISSED)

SEXUAL ASSAULT (2° Felony)
Won a dismissal one month before trial for a 16 year old boy accused of forcibly raping a 17 year old girl at her home.  Prior to the dismissal, the State sought a determinate sentence which could have resulted in incarceration for up to 20 years and could have required the boy to register as a sex offender until the age of 28.  The boy could then petition to have his juvenile record sealed immediately.

RESULT: NON-SUITED (DISMISSED) after Case was set for a Jury Trial
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD (2° Felony)
Won a dismissal for a 13 year old boy accused of fondling a 12 year old girl against her will at school.  Prior to the dismissal, the State offered a year of probation at home, however the boy would have had to wait until he was 21 in order to seal his record.  The boy could then petition to have his record sealed immediately.
RESULT: NON-SUITED (DISMISSED)
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony)
Secured reduction to a misdemeanor assault for a 16 year old boy charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child involving his six year old half sister. On the day of trial, Sullivan persuaded the State to  reduce the charges from a Determinate Sex Offense Felony case to a misdemeanor non-sex offense assault and to allow his client to receive one year probation on a misdemeanor assault charge. Two years after his probation is over, the child can petition the court to seal his record.
RESULT: REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT on the Jury Trial setting
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD (2° Felony)
Secured reduction to a misdemeanor for a 14 year old boy charged with indecency with a child.  He and two other boys were accused of fondling a 13 year old girl at school against her will.  Prior to trial, Sullivan persuaded the State to reduce the charges from a Determinate Sex Offense Felony to a misdemeanor non-sex offense indecent exposure and allowed his client to receive probation at home.  Two years after his probation is over, the child can petition the court to seal his record.
RESULT: REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR INDECENT EXPOSURE after case was set for a Jury Trial
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD (2° Felony)
Secured reduction to a misdemeanor for a 15 year old boy charged with indecency with a child.  He allegedly forced a six year girl who was visiting his family to fondle him in his bedroom.  In this case, the boy’s pastor gave a statement to police, alleging that the boy admitted that he allowed the girl to touch him.  The boy absolutely denied that and stated that the girl tried to touch him and he told her not to.  Sullivan arranged a polygraph examination of the boy and the boy passed.  The State still refused to dismiss the case. On the tenth jury trial setting close to his 18th birthday, Sullivan persuaded the State to reduce the charge from a Determinate Sex Offense Felony to a misdemeanor non-sex offense assault and allowed his client to receive two months probation at home.  By the tenth trial setting, some two and one-half years after the case first started, the State ultimately reduced the case from a Determinate Sex Offense Felony to a misdemeanor non-sex offense assault.  His client  subsequently enrolled in college.  Two years after his probation is over, the child can petition the court to seal his record.
RESULT: REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT with probation at home after case was set for a Jury Trial
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD (2° Felony)
Secured reduction to a misdemeanor for a 14 year old boy accused of fondling a 7 year old boy outside in their apartment complex.  On the day of trial, Jim Sullivan persuaded the State to reduce the charges from a serious felony to a misdemeanor and to allow his client to receive one year probation at home.  Two years after his probation is over, the child can petition the court to seal his record.
RESULT: REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR PUBLIC LEWDNESS
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony)
Secured a two year indeterminate probation at home with the father for a 12 year old boy who was caught in the act of molesting his six year old cousin.  During a series of interviews, the boy divulged that he had been raped by an 18 year old acquaintance who lived in the neighborhood.  The father filed charges against that adult.  Sullivan persuaded the State to allow his client to receive probation without sex offender registration.  He can have his record sealed at age 21.
RESULT:  TWO YEAR INDETERMINATE PROBATION AT HOME WITHOUT REGISTRATION
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony)
In Liberty county, secured a two year indeterminate probation with placement with an older sister  in Harris county for a 16 year old mentally challenged boy who was caught in the act of fondling a 5 year old boy in the neighborhood.  During a lengthy consultation with Sullivan at the detention center, the boy divulged that at age six he had been molested by a teenage cousin. Sullivan persuaded the State and the court to allow his client to receive probation without sex offender registration.  He can have his record sealed at age 21.
RESULT:  TWO YEAR INDETERMINATE PROBATION AT HOME WITHOUT REGISTRATION
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony)
In Montgomery county, secured a two year indeterminate probation with placement with the maternal grandmother in Chicago for a 12 year old boy caught fondling a 5 year old boy in the neighborhood. He initially persuaded the court to allow his client to stay at home with his parents and younger siblings, however his client later admitted to his therapist that he also had fondled a younger half-brother in his home during the same time period.  Sullivan then persuaded the court to allow his client to be placed with his grandmother and to receive out-patient counseling even though the probation department sought placement at a residential treatment center in central Texas.
RESULT:  TWO YEAR INDETERMINATE PROBATION AT HOME WITH GRANDMOTHER WITHOUT REGISTRATION

Richmond Texas Criminal Lawyer Jim Sullivan Knows the Value of a Good Legal Defense

Thursday, April 19th, 2012
Oscar Wilde in his favourite coat. New York.
Oscar Wilde
Fort Bend County Criminal Lawyer Jim Sullivan knows the value of a good legal defense.  With over 18 years of legal experience, he has represented thousands of clients and caused hundreds of cases to be dismissed, no billed by the grand jury or found not guilty by a jury.
A cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. -Oscar Wilde, writer (1854-1900)
The countless clients who were satisfied with his representation know the value of a good legal defense because their freedom, livelihood and family life were saved.  Too many accused pay too little for their legal defense, get what they pay for and it ultimately costs them more than they can afford.  Others pay too much for their legal defense by lawyers who base their legal fees on the potential client’s income or residential area code. These same lawyers may charge an exorbitant flat fee which includes a trial, knowing that most criminal cases will not need a trial.
Attorney Jim Sullivan is Board Certified in Juvenile Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  He offers legal services that are affordable to most people, but he is definitely not the least expensive criminal attorney in town.  Jim Sullivan cares about his clients and works hard to get the best result for them.  If you need a Richmond / Ft Bend County Criminal Lawyer, you can call Attorney Jim Sullivan right now at 281-546-6428.
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RICHMOND, TEXAS & FORT BEND COUNTY CRIMINAL LAWYERS
Serving clients throughout Texas, including Houston, Galveston, Angleton, Pearland, Alvin, Sugar Land, Bellville, Clear Lake, Conroe, Pasadena, La Grange, La Porte, Missouri City, Texas City, Friendswood, Richmond, Rosenberg, Corpus Christi, Brownsville, San Antonio, Laredo, El Paso, El Campo, Austin, San Marcos, Dallas, Denton, Plano, Lubbock, Midland, Anahuac, Beaumont, Hempstead, Huntsville, Liberty, The Woodlands, Humble, Tomball, League City, Bellaire, Deer Park, and Katy and other communities in Austin County, Brazoria County, Chambers County, Colorado County, Fayette County, Fort Bend County, Galveston County, Harris County, Jefferson County, Liberty County, Montgomery County, Waller County, Walker County and Wharton County.

Liberty Criminal Lawyer Jim Sullivan Prompts Questions From Clients

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

portrait of Leo Tolstoy
Board Certified in Juvenile Law, Liberty Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer Jim Sullivan prompts questions from individuals accused in criminal and juvenile court.  Some individuals are shocked and bewildered as to why they are charged with any criminal offense, much less the felony or misdemeanor that they are accused of committing.  By carefully going over and over what happened with the accused in precise detail, Attorney Jim Sullivan is able to draw out and prompt questions as to what really occurred and offer his legal opinion as to why the person is charged with that particular criminal offense and whether or not their actions or inaction met the elements of that offense.  It is a real, albeit brief and focused, education in the law. 

Real education begins with a question in the life of the learner. ~Leo Tolstoy, Russian writer, 19th century

The Texas Penal Code and its application and interpretation to the facts in any particular case requires experience and understanding.  A vast and ever growing collection of appellate court opinions from the Texas Courts of Appeal and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals gives guidance to the legal practitioner in articulating sound legal arguments to educate and persuade the prosecutor to dismiss or reduce the charges, to quash the indictment or to persuade the jury at trial to find the accused not guilty.  Liberty County Criminal Defense Attorney Jim Sullivan has practiced criminal law since 1994.  If you need a Liberty Criminal or Juvenile Lawyer, you can call Jim Sullivan right now at 281-546-6428.
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LIBERTY, TEXAS & LIBERTY COUNTY CRIMINAL LAWYERS
Serving clients throughout Texas, including Houston, Galveston, Angleton, Pearland, Alvin, Sugar Land, Bellville, Clear Lake, Conroe, Pasadena, La Grange, La Porte, Missouri City, Texas City, Friendswood, Richmond, Rosenberg, Corpus Christi, Brownsville, San Antonio, Laredo, El Paso, El Campo, Austin, San Marcos, Dallas, Denton, Plano, Lubbock, Midland, Anahuac, Beaumont, Hempstead, Huntsville, Liberty, The Woodlands, Humble, Tomball, League City, Bellaire, Deer Park, and Katy and other communities in Austin County, Brazoria County, Chambers County, Colorado County, Fayette County, Fort Bend County, Galveston County, Harris County, Jefferson County, Liberty County, Montgomery County, Waller County, Walker County and Wharton County.

Houston Criminal Defense Lawyer Jim Sullivan Prompts Questions From Clients

Thursday, April 19th, 2012
Attorney Jim Sullivan

Board Certified in Juvenile Law, Houston Criminal Defense Lawyer Jim Sullivan prompts questions from individuals accused in criminal and juvenile court.  Some individuals are shocked and bewildered as to why they are charged with any criminal offense, much less the felony or misdemeanor that they are accused of committing.  By carefully going over and over what happened with the accused in precise detail, Jim Sullivan is able to draw out and prompt questions as to what really occurred and offer his legal opinion as to why the person is charged with that particular criminal offense and whether or not their actions or inaction met the elements of that offense.  It is a real, albeit brief and focused, education in the law.

Real education begins with a question in the life of the learner. ~Leo Tolstoy, Russian writer, 19th century

 The Texas Penal Code and its application and interpretation to the facts in any particular case requires experience and understanding.  A vast and ever growing collection of appellate court opinions from the Texas Courts of Appeal and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals gives guidance to the legal practitioner in articulating sound legal arguments to educate and persuade the prosecutor to dismiss or reduce the charges, to quash the indictment or to persuade the jury at trial to find the accused not guilty.  Houston Criminal Trial Attorney Jim Sullivan has practiced criminal law since 1994.  If you need a Houston criminal or juvenile lawyer, you can call Jim Sullivan right now at 281-546-6428.

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Serving clients throughout Texas, including Houston, Galveston, Angleton, Pearland, Alvin, Sugar Land, Bellville, Clear Lake, Conroe, Pasadena, La Grange, La Porte, Missouri City, Texas City, Friendswood, Richmond, Rosenberg, Corpus Christi, Brownsville, San Antonio, Laredo, El Paso, El Campo, Austin, San Marcos, Dallas, Denton, Plano, Lubbock, Midland, Anahuac, Beaumont, Hempstead, Huntsville, Liberty, The Woodlands, Humble, Tomball, League City, Bellaire, Deer Park, and Katy and other communities in Austin County, Brazoria County, Chambers County, Colorado County, Fayette County, Fort Bend County, Galveston County, Harris County, Jefferson County, Liberty County, Montgomery County, Waller County, Walker County and Wharton County.

Houston Criminal Attorney James Sullivan Defends Clients from Rogue Prosecutors

Monday, February 27th, 2012

013Houston Misdemeanor Lawyers Jim Sullivan and Associates represent clients accused in criminal court throughout the State of Texas, including in Harris, Fort Bend, Brazoria, Galveston, Waller, Montgomery, Liberty and Chambers County.  They have stood up to prosecutors with questionable ethics and secured acquittals from juries, no bills from grand juries and even dismissals from the prosecutors.  If you want dedicated Houston Criminal Defense Attorneys to represent you, call Jim Sullivan and Associates right now at 281-546-6428.

In the Houston Chronicle today, Daniel Medwed, a law professor at the University of Utah who teaches and writes about wrongful convictions, put the spotlight on rogue prosecutors in the State of Texas.  Who are these rogue prosecutors?  They are prosecutors who intentionally and knowingly withhold and refuse to disclose evidence that exonerates an accused.  Rather than acknowledge that the wrong person was initially accused and dismiss the case, they continue to prosecute an innocent person and thus allow the responsible party to go free.
In the case of the wrongly accused Michael Morton (see below), it is possible that Debra Masters Baker may not have been killed by Mark Norwood had the State allegedly not pursued a conviction against a person that evidence indicated was innocent and that the State withheld from the defense.  The prosecutor in that case is now a state district judge and is being investigated by a “court of inquiry” by a Fort Worth judge appointed by the Texas Supreme Court.
When prosecutors behave badly

By Daniel S. Medwed
When most of us break the law, we pay the price. Submit your income tax return late? You’re on the hook for penalties and interest. Go too fast rushing to pick up your daughter from school? Wham, here comes a speeding ticket. And if you get caught committing a crime? Well, chances are good that you will be charged and eventually convicted.
But what about lawbreaking by America’s prosecutors, the officials in our country entrusted with the power to charge people with crimes and to litigate those matters in court? What happens when they violate the Constitution and refuse to disclose evidence that exonerates an accused? Very little. Even if their misdeeds are uncovered, they seldom suffer personally. Disciplinary sanctions are rare, let alone criminal penalties.
Texas has a sad history of prosecutors suppressing evidence before trial that supports a criminal defendant’s innocence. From 2007 to 2009, no fewer than six wrongful convictions were overturned in Dallas County alone because previous prosecutors withheld evidence from the defense that they were constitutionally obligated to disclose. Take the case of James Curtis Giles, a man convicted of a horrific 1982 North Dallas rape.
Before the trial started, Dallas prosecutors had information pointing to another man— James Earl Giles— as the culprit but neglected to turn over that material to the defense.
James Curtis Giles spent a decade in prison and another 14 years on parole as a registered sex offender before DNA testing exonerated him. Fortunately, current Dallas County prosecutor Craig Watkins has made rectifying wrongful convictions a priority in his administration.
But a key question remains: When individual prosecutors break the law and hide evidence that signals a defendant’s innocence, what price should they pay?
Former Williamson County prosecutor (now state district judge) Ken Anderson is about to learn the answer to that question.
A Bexar County judge asked the Texas Supreme Court to convene a novel “court of inquiry” to explore whether Anderson violated any criminal laws and ethics rules in prosecuting Michael Morton for murder 25 years ago.  Last week, the Texas Supreme Court accommodated that request by appointing a Fort Worth judge to handle the inquiry.
In 1987, Morton was convicted of killing his wife, Christine, in their north Austin house. It appears as though Anderson may have concealed police reports and other evidence pointing to Morton’s innocence — including a report indicating that Morton’s 3-year-old son saw another man attack his mother — in an effort to secure a conviction at trial.
Indeed, last year DNA testing of biological evidence from the crime scene linked another man, Mark Norwood, to Christine Morton’s murder.
Had Anderson come forward with the exculpatory evidence in 1987, Michael Morton most likely would not have spent time in prison and Debra Masters Baker may have avoided death.  Norwood has been tied to the 1988 slaying of Baker.
The eyes of the nation are on the Texas criminal justice system, once again, but this time for positive reasons. Let’s hope the unique court of inquiry becomes a paradigm for how rogue prosecutors should be forced to account for their behavior in a public forum.
Let’s also hope that justice prevails, including the possibility — if the evidence supports it— of some form of punishment against Anderson.
It would be a small price to pay, after all, if it helps stop future prosecutors from acting above the law.
Medwed is a professor of law at the University of Utah who teaches and writes about wrongful convictions.

LIBERTY COUNTY TEXAS CRIMINAL ATTORNEY JAMES SULLIVAN FIGHTS FOR HIS CLIENTS

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Liberty County Texas Criminal Defense

Channelview, Texas Criminal Lawyers

James (Jim) Sullivan is an experienced Liberty County 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 LawyersProven 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.

Philosophy

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).

Reputation

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.

Contact Attorney James Sullivan

If you are under investigation or have been charged with a crime or delinquency, call Houston 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.

 

 

LEAGUE CITY / GALVESTON COUNTY TEXAS CRIMINAL LAWYER JAMES SULLIVAN CAN DEFEND YOU

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Galveston County Criminal Defense

League City, Texas Criminal LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers

Galveston Criminal Defense Attorneys James Sullivan and Associates have handled over 3,000 cases and have over 45 years experience defending adults and  juveniles in criminal and juvenile courts in Harris County and throughout southeast Texas.

James (Jim) Sullivan is an experienced Galveston Criminal Lawyer. 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.

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.

Philosophy

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).

Reputation

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.

Contact Attorney James Sullivan

If you are under investigation or have been charged with a crime or delinquency, call Galveston Criminal 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.