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Stalking | Houston Criminal Attorney James Sullivan Fights for his Clients

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Harris County Stalking Defense

Stalking is a serious felony offense. Stalking allegations in Houston can arise from different situations, such as from a failed relationship where one partner still wants to maintain contact with the other partner.  And, stalking charges are often filed based solely on the accusations of the alleged victim.

If a law enforcement officer in Texas has probable cause that an accused committed the offense, the officer has authority to immediately arrest that person without a warrant. Even if a proper investigation did not take place, an immediate arrest for stalking could still occur based on the accusations.

Stalking charges can result in serious punishment and consequences, including lengthy prison time and a large fine.  Such a conviction can also adversely impact your future, such as by losing many educational, employment, housing and public assistance opportunities. However, if you have been charged with a stalking offense, it is important to know that you do not necessarily have to face a criminal conviction.

It is important to hire an experienced Houston criminal defense lawyer because criminal charges for stalking do not have to result in a conviction and the resulting lifelong consequences. In order to convict you, the state prosecutor must prove to a jury that you committed every element of the felony offense beyond a reasonable doubt.  With an experienced trial lawyer defending you, this is a very difficult burden to meet, and any reasonable doubt in the mind of any of the members of the jury can result in a not guilty verdict or a hung jury.  Therefore, it is vital to contact an experienced criminal attorney in Houston who will fight for you.

If you have been charged with the criminal offense of stalking in Harris county or any of the surrounding counties in Texas, contact James G. Sullivan and Associates for a free phone consultation at 281-546-6428.  Attorney James (Jim) Sullivan is an experienced trial lawyer who will fight for your rights, freedom and future.

Stalking in Houston

According to section 42.072 of the Texas Penal Code, a person can be charged with stalking if the person, on more than one occasion and in the same course of conduct that is directed specifically at another person, knowingly engages in conduct that:

  • the person knows or reasonably should know will be regarded as threatening bodily injury or death to the alleged victim, a family member or household member of the alleged victim, or another person the alleged victim is dating;
  • the person knows or reasonably should know will be regarded as threatening damage to the alleged victim’s property;
  • causes the alleged victim, a family member or household member, or person they are dating to be fearful of death, serious bodily injury or property damage;
  • would cause a reasonable person to fear bodily injury or death to themselves, a family or household member, or person they are dating; and/or
  • would cause a reasonable person to fear their property will be damaged.

Punishment for Stalking in Houston

Chapter 12 of the Texas Penal Code lists the felony punishment for stalking in Houston.

A first stalking offense is charged as a third degree felony.  A conviction for such a felony is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from two to 10 years and a fine up to $10,000.

A second stalking offense is charged as a second degree felony. A conviction for such a felony is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from two to 20 years and a fine up to $10,000.

In addition to the punishment described above, a person that has been convicted of a stalking offense may suffer any of the following penalties and consequences:

  • A criminal record;
  • Unable to apply for certain jobs, professions or occupations;
  • Unable to be admitted into certain educational programs;
  • Ineligible to own or possess a gun or firearm;
  • Ineligible to receive certain kinds of governmental assistance;
  • Ineligible to vote or hold public office;
  • Loss of certain professional licenses; and/or
  • Public humiliation and embarrassment.

James G. Sullivan and Associates | Harris County Stalking Lawyer

James Sullivan graduated from 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.

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

Houston Murder / Manslaughter Charge Defense

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Homicide Defense Lawyer in Harris County Texas

Murder | Manslaughter | Negligent Homicide

James (Jim) Sullivan is an experienced Harris County 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 graduated 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.

Located in northwest Houston, and serving the counties of southeast Texas, James G. Sullivan and Associates provides those accused of murder, manslaughter and negligent homicide with an aggressive, experienced defense. Since 1994, Sullivan has defended at trial several clients accused of murder and homicide related charges.

In his most recent murder case in February 2015, Sullivan forced the State to agree to 15 years in prison on the second jury trial setting. Prior to trial, the State only offered 45 years. Sullivan’s client carried a gun to a college age party held in a family’s backyard. To scare off several hostile men that wanted to fight him, the client fired a warning shot over them and accidentally struck and killed an innocent bystander.

In 2014, Sullivan assisted his associate Nancy Botts in a murder trial in which the accused initially lied to the investigating officer and even tried to hide the firearm and cover up the physical evidence. Their client claimed self defense in killing a drug addict with a shotgun at close range, however his credibility was destroyed by the lies he initially told to investigators. Even though the jury did find their client guilty, Botts was able to secure a 16 year prison sentence. Prior to trial, the State again only offered 45 years.

In 1995, Sullivan successfully defended a 21 year old man in a negligent homicide trial. His client was accused of killing a young man in a head-on car accident on Eldridge Parkway 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. The force of the impact caused the engine from one of the cars to be ejected and thrown about 50 feet from the car. Unfortunately, the sports car the decedent was driving did not have air bags, and the driver was killed instantly when his head hit the steering wheel. The prosecutor and even other defense attorneys predicted his client would be convicted and receive 10 years in prison. Sullivan argued that his client hydroplaned across lanes and that it was just an accident. The jury agreed and found his client not guilty.

Homicide charges, ranging from manslaughter and negligent homicide to capital murder, are very serious and carry serious consequences if convicted.

When facing murder charges, it is essential to have an experienced criminal defense attorney at your side to get the best possible outcome.

The different homicide charges carry the following penalties:

  • Capital Murder: Life imprisonment or the death penalty
  • Murder: 5 years to Life in prison
  • Manslaughter: 2 to 20 years in prison
  • Negligent Homicide: 180 days to 2 years in a state jail. However, if a deadly weapon is found to have been used, the range is 2 to 10 years in prison.

Contact a Skilled Houston Murder Defense Lawyer

The outcome of your case is significantly affected by the experience of the criminal defense lawyer you hire. It is important to hire a reputable attorney with extensive trial experience, especially murder trial experience. James Sullivan will help you understand the charges against you and discuss your options.

To consult in confidence with an experienced Houston criminal defense lawyer, contact Attorney James Sullivan at 281-546-6428.

 

Sex Crimes

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Houston Sex Crimes Lawyer

IMG_2934BSex Crimes Defense Attorney in Harris County, Texas

A conviction for a felony sex crime carries with it a criminal record, the stigma of having to register as a sex offender and years in prison. The mere allegations alone of committing a sex crime can severely and negatively impact family, work and social relationships and can lead to divorce, increased alcohol or drug use and thoughts of suicide. Before you are overburdened with stress and anxiety, contact an experienced Harris County sex crimes defense lawyer.

The criminal defense lawyers at James G. Sullivan and Associates work hard to defend the rights and protect the futures of their clients. They have the necessary knowledge and legal training to defend these challenging cases. James (Jim) Sullivan graduated from Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, the most selective and prestigious trial advocacy program in America.

James G. Sullivan and Associates will fight for you if you have been charged with or being investigated for

Harris County Sex Crimes Lawyer

If you have been charged with a felony sex crime, contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at James G. Sullivan and Associates today. They will dedicate their time, talent and energy to defending your rights, freedom and future.

Contact James Sullivan & Associates for a free phone consultation at (281) 546-6428 about your sex crime charges in Harris County (Houston), Montgomery County (Conroe), Fort Bend County (Richmond), Brazoria County (Angleton), Galveston County (Galveston), Matagorda County (Bay City), Waller County (Hempstead), Washington County (Brenham), Liberty County (Liberty), Chambers County (Anahuac), Jefferson County (Beaumont) and throughout Texas.  This is one of Sullivan’s many client reviews on AVVO:

I cannot thank you enough for your help with my case in Montgomery county. It was a very serious accusation against me.  My teenage nephew falsely accused me of molesting him.  You took our initial call on a weekend and assured us then that everything would turn out fine. You explained that it was very important for a good attorney to get involved before indictment because you believed a good defense attorney could get the case no billed by the grand jury.  And, that’s exactly what you did.  You are very talented and professional at what you do. I cannot thank you enough for standing beside me, believing in me and and most importantly, your confidence. You are truly a super lawyer.

–Posted by a Criminal Client on November 11, 2012

Certainly, each case is different.  Similar results may not be obtained in your case and past performance is no guarantee of future results.

OFFENSEACTUAL RESULTSCT #
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child (1˚ felony) in Galveston CountyNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client, a 17 year old teen with autism, accused of forcing his younger special needs brother to give him oral sex)10th
Indeceny with a Child by Contact (2° Felony) in Brazoria CountyCASE REDUCED AT TRIAL SETTING TO NON-SEX FELONY ENTICING A CHILD with deferred adjudication (Client was accused of touching his young stepdaughter)412th
ONLINE SOLICITATION OF A MINOR (2° Felony) in Montgomery CountyPSI Hearing: 7 years Deferred Adjudication probation (Client was accused of showing up to meet with underage female in HPD sting operation initiated with Craig's List ad. Prosecutor only offered prison time)9th
Sexual Assault (2° Felony) in Harris CountyCASE NOT FILED (Two teenage boys allegedly sexually assaulted a 17 year old female female. Thorough investigation by Sullivan within days of being hired cast serious doubt on the complainant's credibility and was enough to persuade the police to close the investigation without charges being filed)
Indecency with a Child by Contact (2° Felony) in Montgomery CountyCASE DISMISSED BY STATE PRIOR TO FIRST COURT SETTING (13 year old boy allegedly touched his 5 year old niece inappropriately in his bedroom. Thorough investigation by Sullivan within days of being hired was enough to persuade the prosecutor to do the right thing without client having to go through juvenile processing, an exceptionally rare result)CCL 5
Sexual Assault of a Child (2° Felony) in Fort Bend CountyCASE CLOSED after completion of Boundary counseling (16 year old boy allegedly forced his girlfriend to have sex with him against her will) – Agreement was reached with prosecutor to not file case and for client to participate in first offenders program.
Indecency with a Child by Contact (2° Felony) in Galveston CountyCASE DISMISSED after completion of deferred prosecution (13 year old boy allegedly touched a girl inappropriately while riding home on the school bus)CCL 2
Indecency with a Child by Contact (2° Felony) in Waller CountyPSI HEARING: 6 years TDC (Adult client originally faced 25 years to Life on Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child. Client had sexual contact with a 13 year old stepdaughter over a one year period)506th
Indecency with a Child by Contact (2° Felony) in Montgomery CountyCASE DISMISSED (16 year old boy allegedly touched a female student inappropriately at his high school)CCL 5
Online Solicitation of a Minor (2˚ felony)CASE DISMISSED (19 year old man was accused of talking about sex related topics with a 12 year old girl online although there was no intention of ever meeting up with her. James Sullivan and his associate Nancy Botts totally disagreed with the law that has ruined hundreds of lives by making it a felony just to talk about sex topics with minors online or people pretending to be minors, so they filed a pre-trial writ of habeas corpus challenging the constitutionality of the law. While his appeal was still pending, a similar appeal filed earlier on a different case by a Houston colleague accomplished the same result. On October 30, 2013, the Court of Criminal Appeals declared Texas Penal Code §33.021(b) unconstitutional on 1st Amendment grounds. The next day, the client’s case was dismissed)182nd
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child (1˚ felony)NOT GUILTY VERDICT BY JURY (James Sullivan persuaded a jury in the 314th District Court of Harris County to find his 15 year old male client not guilty of molesting his niece. The client was accused of inserting his finger into the sexual organ of his 2½ year old niece and his 4 year old nephew was an alleged eyewitness. The niece did have injuries documented in a medical examination, 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. Prior to trial, the State sought a determinate sentence which, if convicted of the felony, 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)314TH
Indecency with a Child (2° Felony) in Montgomery CountyCASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Adult client was accused of sexually abusing his 16 year old nephew) – Case was presented to Grand Jury before charges were filed.
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child (1˚ felony) in Montgomery CountyCASE DISMISSED (A 16 year old boy with autism was 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. Before Sullivan could set the case on the trial docket, the State did the right thing and dismissed the case)359th
Indecency with a Child (2° felony) in Montgomery CountyCASE DISMISSED (a 15 year old boy was accused of holding a 15 year old girl down on the floor during class and fondling her through her clothing against her will) 359th
Indecency with a Child (2° felony) in Montgomery CountyCASE DISMISSED (an 11 year old boy was accused of fondling two other students against their will while on the school bus)359th
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child (1˚ felony)CASE DISMISSED ON DAY OF JURY TRIAL (A 15 year old boy 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. Prior to trial, the State sought a determinate sentence which, if convicted of the felony, 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)315th
Sexual Assault (2˚ felony)CASE DISMISSED AFTER CASE SET FOR JURY TRIAL (A 16 year old boy was accused of forcibly raping a 17 year old girl at her home. Prior to the dismissal, the State sought a determinate sentence which, if convicted of the felony, 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)315th
Indecency with a Child (2° felony)CASE DISMISSED (A 13 year old boy was accused of fondling a 12 year old girl against her will at school. Prior to dismissing the case, the State offered his client probation at home)315th
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child (1˚ felony) in Montgomery CountyCASE DISMISSED (A 12 year old boy was accused of fondling a 2 year old girl at his home)359th
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child (1˚ felony) in Fort Bend CountyCASE REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT (A 16 year old boy was accused of fondling with digital penetration his 14 year old sister against her will when he was 14 and she was 12 years old)CCL 2
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child (1˚ felony)CASE REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT ON DAY OF JURY TRIAL (a 16 year old boy was accused of sexually abusing his 6 year old half-sister. Prior to trial, the State sought a determinate sentence which, if convicted on the felony, 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)315th
Indecency with a Child (2° felony)CASE REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR INDECENT EXPOSURE ON DAY OF JURY TRIAL (A 14 year old boy was accused along with two other boys of fondling a 13 year old girl at school against her will. Prior to trial, the State sought a determinate sentence which, if convicted on the felony, 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)315th
Indecency with a Child (2° felony)CASE REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR PUBLIC LEWDNESS ON DAY OF TRIAL (A 14 year old boy was accused of fondling a 7 year old boy outside in their apartment complex)315th
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child (1˚ felony) in Brazoria CountyCASE REDUCED TO NON-SEX FELONY OF ENTICING A CHILD (a 13 year old boy was accused of fondling his 6 year old stepsister. When the boy was 7, he was sexually abused by an older brother but never received any counseling. Unfortunately, six years later, he impulsively acted out on the behaviors he learned at a young age)CCL 2
Sexual Assault of a ChildCASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Adult client was accused of having sex with 16 year old girl that falsely claimed she was 18) – Case # 1332791185th
(2° Felony)
Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration (Habitual Felony enhanced)SENTENCED TO 2 YEARS TDC ON SECOND JURY TRIAL SETTING AFTER ORIGINALLY FACING 25 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON (Adult client was accused of failing to register after the 5th year) – Case # 1319150337th
Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration (3° Felony)CASE DISMISSED (Adult client was accused of violating sex offender registration rules) - Case # 1283222228th
Sexual Assault (2° Felony)JURY TRIAL - JURY FOUND CLIENT GUILTY AND RECOMMENDED PROBATION (Adult client received 5 years of probation. Prior to trial, State’s best offer was 5 years at TDC) – Case # 1072069178th
(2° Felony)
Motion to De-Register as a Sex OffenderGRANTED (A registered juvenile sex offender was allowed to de-register. Now 18, the client wanted to transfer to Texas A&M)314th
(2° Felony)
Motion to Adjudicate Guilt (Indecency with a Child) (2° Felony)MADJ DISMISSED AND ADULT CLIENT RE-INSTATED ON PROBATION - Case # 1114342339th
Sexual Assault of a ChildCASE DISMISSED AFTER CASE WAS SET FOR JURY TRIAL (Adult client faced sex offender registration for life) – Case # 1220515179th
(2° Felony)
Compelling Prostitution of a Child (2° Felony) (Felony Habitual enhanced)SENTENCED TO 5 YEARS TDC PRIOR TO SECOND JURY TRIAL SETTING AFTER FACING 25 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON (Adult client was accused of forcing a 16 year old runaway girl to have sex for money)179th
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child (1° Felony)CASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Adult client was accused of molesting his sister-in-law) – Case Expunged177TH
Indecency with a ChildSENTENCED TO 2 YEARS TDC ON JURY TRIAL SETTING AFTER FACING 25 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON – Case # 1202760178th
(Felony Habitual enhanced)
Motion to Revoke Probation (Indecency with a Child) (2° Felony) in Fort Bend CountyMOTION TO REVOKE DISMISSED AND JUVENILE CLIENT WAS RE-INSTATED ON PROBATION2
Possession of Child Pornography (2° Felony)5 YEARS PROBATION (Case was first filed in Criminal District Court as an adult case, later dismissed and re-filed in Juvenile Court one week before client’s 18th birthday, an exceptionally rare event. Government knew about child pornography when Client was 16 but did not execute search warrant until one week after his 17th birthday. Client does not have to register as a sex offender)314TH
Sexual Assault of a ChildCASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Adult client was accused of consensual sex with underage female) – Case # 1231727179th
(2° Felony)
Possession of Child Pornography (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED – Case # 1218086176th
Promotion of Child Pornography (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED – Case # 1218087176th
Indecency with a Child (3° Felony)CASE REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR INDECENT EXPOSURE – Case # 1227653232nd
Indecency with a Child by Contact (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED315th
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child (1° Felony) in Montgomery CountyCASE DISMISSED ON SECOND JURY TRIAL SETTING (Adult client was accused of sexually abusing his adopted daughter. Allegation arose soon after client filed for divorce from his wife) – Case Expunged359th
Indecency with a Child by Contact (2° Felony)CASE REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT313th
Motion to Adjudicate Guilt (Indecency with a Child) (2° Felony)MADJ DISMISSED AND CLIENT RE-INSTATED ON PROBATION - Case # 1125649179th
Motion to De-Register as a Sex OffenderGRANTED (A registered juvenile sex offender was allowed to de-register. Now 17, the client wanted to de-register before he applied to attend college)314th
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child (1˚ felony) in Liberty CountyPROBATION (a 16 year old mentally challenged boy was caught in the act of fondling a 5 year old boy in the neighborhood. During a lengthy interview by Sullivan with the child at the detention center, the boy divulged that he had been molested at age six by a 14 year old cousin. Sullivan persuaded the State and the court to allow his client to receive probation with an older sister in Harris county)CCL
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child (1˚ felony) in Jackson CountyPROBATION (A 15 year old boy was accused of sexually abusing a younger brother over a one year period of time. Like so many juvenile sex offenders, the accused was exposed to explicit sex videos online via unsupervised Internet access at a young age and began acting out with a sibling. The probation department originally recommended placement at TJJD, formerly known as TYC, however Sullivan persuaded the prosecutor to be placed with the grandparents following a 9 to 12 months of sex offender counseling at a private placement at Pegasus School in Lockhart)CCL
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child (1˚ felony)PROBATION (A 12 year old boy was caught in the act of sexually abusing his 6 year old cousin. During a series of interviews with Sullivan, the boy divulged that he had been raped by an 18 year old acquaintance that had lived in the neighborhood. Sullivan persuaded the prosecutor to allow his client to receive probation and to live at home with his father)315th
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child (1˚ felony) in Montgomery CountyPROBATION (A 12 year old boy was caught in the act of fondling a 5 year old boy in the neighborhood. Sullivan initially persuaded the court to allow his client to stay at home with his parents and younger siblings, however his client later admitted to probation to fondling a younger half-brother in his home. Sullivan then persuaded the court to place his client with his grandmother in Chicago and to receive out-patient counseling even though the probation department sought placement at a residential treatment center)CCL 4

Grand Jury

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Harris County Grand Jury Defense

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

(1)    Grand Jury and, if indicted,

(2)    Jury Trial

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

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

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

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

CRIMINAL OFFENSERESULTCASE #
ALL CASES DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY OR THE STATE WERE BASED ON DEFENSE PACKETS
ARSONNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of starting a gas fire in the garage of a house. Client suffers from epilepsy and the fire started during the postictal period of an epileptic seizure)1559536
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER in Fort Bend CountyNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of threatening her mother with a knife)17-DCR-079237
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBERNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of threatening his girlfriend with a knife and inflicting a serious wound on the back of her head)1539739
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD in Galveston CountyNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client, a 17 year old teen with autism, accused of forcing his younger special needs brother to give him oral sex)17-CR-0197
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER/IMPEDING BREATHINGNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of suffocating his wife with a pillow)1535634
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER/IMPEDING BREATHINGNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of choking his immigrant wife, however she actually attacked him and tried to goad him into hitting her. When he refused, she called 911. He believes she did this so she could then claim she was a battered spouse under mmigration law and petition to stay in the U.S. after a divorce)1537660
AGGRAVATED ROBBERYNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of being the driver in an aggravated robbery)1523678
INJURY TO A CHILDNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of causing bodily injury to her 9 year old daughter. The grand jury agreed that her daughter's injury was the result of being reasonably disciplined)1522880
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client, a disabled vet, shot and seriously wounded a former friend who was high on drugs, broke in his house right after being ordered to leave the premises and attempted to attack him)1505948
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT in Montgomery CountyNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client shot and seriously wounded a violent felon who was trying to steal his car at nighttime)16-03-02825
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBERNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of throwing a 12 lb glass trophy at his father and hitting him in the back)1480035
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER (Felony Habitual)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY AFTER FACING 25 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON (Client accused of slashing her ex-girlfriend's face. A witness at the scene supported client's version that her ex-girlfriend attacked her first with a broken wine bottle and cut her wrist and that her ex-girlfriend was accidentally injured in a struggle over the bottle)1478883
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER/IMPEDING BREATHINGNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of choking his wife during an argument)1479091
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER enhanced with a prior Assault FM caseNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client used reasonable discipline against his 15 year old daughter and was accused of abusing her. She was being rebellious and he spanked her with a belt to discipline her)1459744
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBERNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of trying to run her baby's daddy over with her Jeep and with their young son on the front passenger seat and in view of two nearby independent witnesses. In reality, he threw his bicycle in front of her Jeep to cause her to come to a screeching halt and then cursed at her. After she drove off, he lied to the witnesses about what happened)1467006
INJURY TO A CHILDNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of causing bodily injury to his 10 year old nephew)1446872
SEXUAL ASSAULTCASE CLOSED BY THE STATE (16 year old juvenile client and 17 year old adult client were both accused of raping a 17 year old female friend. After reading the defense packet for the grand jury, the State chose to close the file without any charges being filed)CASE NOT YET FILED
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER/IMPEDING BREATHING in Montgomery CountyDISMISSED BY THE STATE (Client accused of choking his wife during an argument. The State refused to present the case to the grand jury, dismissed the felony and refiled it as a misdemeanor)14-08-09346-CR
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBERNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client shot his brother in the side after his brother stabbed him in the arm. The client's brother was high on synthetic marihuana)1443039
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of shooting another guy's motorcycle twice while the guy was on it after the guy had broken the client's custom table)1431964
AGGRAVATED ROBBERY NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of shooting a gun into the ceiling of a restaurant and robbing patrons of their cell phones)1419975
INJURY TO A CHILDNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client, an officer in law enforcement, used reasonable discipline against his teenage daughter and was accused of abusing her)CASE NOT YET FILED
SEXUAL ASSAULT in Brazoria CountyNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client, an elected official, was accused of sexual assault by his girlfriend)CASE NOT YET FILED
INJURY TO A CHILD in Matagorda CountyNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client used reasonable discipline against her 10 year son and was accused of abusing him after she accidentally slapped him on his side when he was resisting the hand spanking)CASE NOT YET FILED
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD in Montgomery CountyNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of sexually abusing his 16 year old nephew)CASE NOT YET FILED
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER/IMPEDING BREATHINGNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of choking his girlfriend during an argument)1356656
INJURY TO A CHILDNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of breaking his infant son’s leg and 3 ribs. The hospital ER physician did not consider other medical disorders as a cause)1340646
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER/IMPEDING BREATHINGNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of choking his wife during an argument)1336650
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBERNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of intentionally trying to drive into and strike her girlfriend)1341002
EVADING BY MOTOR VEHICLENO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of evading police in her car when she drove about ½  mile after the officer switched on his strobe lights)1338389
SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILDNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of having sex with 16 year old girl who falsely claimed she was 18)1332791
BURGLARY OF A HABITATIONNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused breaking into home while homeowner was home, however client had credible alibi witnesses at the time of the alleged burglary)1321679
AGGRAVATED ASSAULTNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of intentionally driving into and striking the new girlfriend of her ex-boyfriend)1302447
AGGRAVATED ASSAULTNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of hitting man in head with beer bottle outside a bar; client claimed self-defense)1302814
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AGAINST PUBLIC SERVANTNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Police Officer shot at 4 unarmed teenagers in a truck and claimed that client pointed a gun at him)1291937
AGGRAVATED ASSAULTNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of hitting other woman in head with metal pole)1281977
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE 2 nd OFFENDER (Felony Habitual)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY AFTER FACING 25 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON (Client accused of hitting wife multiple times after both had been drinking)1281428
SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILDNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of consensual sex with underage female)1283460
AGGRAVATED ASSAULTNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of injuring another man, using knuckles)1275771
AGGRAVATED ASSAULTNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client was accused of using a knife to threaten another man who the client accused of stealing his property from his apartment)1270564
SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILDNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of consensual sex with underage female)1264919
FORGERY OF A FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of knowingly passing a counterfeit $100 bill at store)1252585
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILDNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of molesting his sister-in-law)1241754
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILDNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of molesting his sister-in-law)1241755
SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILDNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of consensual sex with underage female)1231727
AGGRAVATED ASSAULTNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY1203539
BURGLARY OF A HABITATION WITH INTENT TO COMMIT ASSAULTNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client was accused of breaking into an apartment and attacking the occupants after a drug deal went bad)1182231

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

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Houston Juvenile Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer James Sullivan Gets Proven Results

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Harris County Juvenile Sex Offense Attorney James Sullivan

IMG_2934BIf your child was arrested, contact Houston Juvenile Attorney James Sullivan at (281) 546-6428 for a free confidential consultation.  Houston Juvenile Sex Offense Lawyer James Sullivan is Board Certified in Juvenile Law.  Juvenile Law is different than criminal law. Note: Among the more than 83,000 active lawyers in Texas, there are only 38 lawyers Board Certified in Juvenile Law and in private practice in the state of Texas.

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.

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.

CaseFactsResults
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a ChildJames Sullivan persuaded a jury in the 314th District Court of Harris County to find his 15 year old male client not guilty of molesting his niece. The client was accused of inserting his finger into the sexual organ of his 2½ year old niece and his 4 year old nephew was an alleged eyewitness. The niece did have injuries documented in a medical examination, 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 Child15 year old boy 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 Child in Montgomery County16 year old boy with autism was 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. Before Sullivan could set the case on the trial docket, the State did the right thing and dismissed the case.Dismissed
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child13 year old boy accused of touching his younger step-brothers. Sullivan persuaded the prosecutor to dismiss the case upon completion of juvenile sex offender counseling.Dismissed
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child in Montgomery County12 year old boy was accused of fondling a 2 year old girl at his home.Dismissed
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child in Brazoria County13 year old boy was accused of fondling his 6 year old stepsister. When the boy was 7, he was sexually abused by an older brother but never received any counseling. Unfortunately, six years later, he impulsively acted out on the behaviors he learned at a young age.Reduced to enticing a child
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child in Fort Bend County16 year old boy was accused of fondling with digital penetration his 14 year old sister against her will when he was 14 and she was 12 years old.Reduced to misdemeanor assault
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child in Montgomery County13 year old boy accused of having sex with and impregnating his 11 year old sister. Sullivan persuaded the prosecutor to reduce the case if client completed juvenile sex offender counseling.Reduced to public lewdness
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child16 year old boy was accused of sexually abusing his 6 year old half-sister.Reduced to misdemeanor assault on day of trial
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child in Liberty County16 year old special needs boy was caught in the act of fondling a 5 year old boy in the neighborhood. During a lengthy interview by Sullivan with the child at the detention center, the boy divulged that he had been molested at age six by a 14 year old cousin. Sullivan persuaded the State and the court to allow his client to live with an older sister in Harris county.Probation
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child in Orange County15 year old boy was accused of performing oral sex on a 12 year old boy. Sullivan persuaded the state to reduce the case to indecency with a child.Probation
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child in Jackson County15 year old boy was accused of sexually abusing a younger brother over a one year period of time. Like so many juvenile sex offenders, the accused was exposed to explicit sex videos online via unsupervised Internet access at a young age and began acting out with a sibling. The probation department originally recommended placement at TJJD, however Sullivan persuaded the prosecutor to place him with his grandparents following a 9 to 12 months of sex offender counseling at a private placement at Pegasus School in Lockhart)Probation
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child in Montgomery County12 year old boy was caught in the act of fondling a 5 year old boy in the neighborhood. Sullivan initially persuaded the court to allow his client to stay at home with his parents and younger siblings, however his client later admitted to probation to fondling a younger half-brother in his home. Sullivan then persuaded the court to place his client with his grandmother in Chicago and to receive out-patient counseling even though the probation department sought placement at a residential treatment center.Probation
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child12 year old boy was caught in the act of sexually abusing his 6 year old cousin. During a series of interviews with Sullivan, the boy divulged that he had been raped by an 18 year old acquaintance that had lived in the neighborhood. Sullivan persuaded the prosecutor to allow his client to receive probation and to live at home with his father.Probation
Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child in Montgomery CountyCASE DISMISSED AFTER FIRST COURT SETTING (11 year old boy was accused of sexual assault against his older sister over a lengthy period of time. Investigation by Sullivan and the children's parents determined that the boy was actually the victim. The sister herself was a victim at a young age and was acting out with her younger brother)CCL 1
Indecency with a Child by Contact in Montgomery County13 year old boy accused of touching his 5 year old niece in his bedroom. Thorough investigation by Sullivan within days of being hired was enough to persuade the prosecutor to do the right thing without client even having to go through juvenile processing, an exceptionally rare result.Dismissed prior to first court setting
Indecency with a Child by Contact in Montgomery County16 year old boy accused of touching a female student at his high school.Dismissed
Indecency with a Child in Montgomery County15 year old boy was accused of holding a 15 year old girl down on the floor during class and fondling her through her clothing against her will.Dismissed
Indecency with a Child in Montgomery County11 year old boy was accused of fondling two other students against their will while on the school bus.Dismissed
Indecency with a Child13 year old boy was accused of fondling a 12 year old girl against her will at school.Dismissed
Indecency with a Child14 year old boy was accused along with two other boys of fondling a 13 year old girl at school against her will. Case was reduced on day of trial.Reduced to misdemeanor indecent exposure
Indecency with a Child15 year old boy was accused of fondling a 6 year old girl who was visiting him at home. Case was reduced on day of trial.Reduced to misdemeanor assault
Indecency with a Child14 year old boy was accused of fondling a 7 year old boy outside in their apartment complex. Case was reduced on day of trial.Reduced to misdemeanor public lewdness
Indecency with a Child in Galveston County13 year old boy allegedly touched a girl inappropriately while riding home on the school bus. Sullivan persuaded the prosecutor to grant a deferred prosecution with counseling.Dismissed
Indecency with a Child14 year old boy accused of touching a 10 year old girl.Dismissed
Indecency with a Child15 year old boy accused of touching a 12 year old girl.Reduced to misdemeanor assault
Motion to De-Register as a Sex OffenderGRANTED (A registered juvenile sex offender was allowed to de-register. Now 17, the client wanted to de-register before he applied to attend college)314th
Motion to Revoke Probation (Indecency with a Child) in Fort Bend CountyMotion to revoke dismissed and juvenile client was re-instated on probation.Dismissed
Possession of Child Pornography15 year old boy accused of downloading child pornography images and videos from the internet to his school-issued tablet. James Sullivan persuaded the judge to grant deferred prosecution after he first arranged for his client to take and complete juvenile sex offender counseling.Dismissed after deferred prosecution
Possession of Child PornographyCase was first filed in Criminal District Court as an adult case, later dismissed and re-filed in Juvenile Court one week before client's 18th birthday, an exceptionally rare event. Government knew about child pornography when Client was 16 but did not execute search warrant until one week after his 17th birthday. Client does not have to register as a sex offender)5 years determinate probation
Promotion of Child Pornography in Montgomery County15 year old boy accused of forwarding a pic of himself engaging in a lewd sex act with another child. Sullivan persuaded the prosecutor not to file charges if client completed a counseling program.Case closed without charges filed
Sexual Assault16 year old boy accused of forcibly raping a 17 year old girl at her home.Dismissed on day of trial
Sexual Assault of a Child in Fort Bend County16 year old boy allegedly forced his girlfriend to have sex with him against her will. Sullivan persuaded prosecutor to not file case and for client to participate in first offenders program.Case closed without charges filed
Sexual Assault in Brazoria County16 year old boy was accused of sexual assault against an 18 year old girl during a teen drinking party.Case closed without charges filed

WARNING TO PARENTS ABOUT SMART PHONES

Attorney Sullivan regularly warns parents of the dangers of unsupervised internet access for children, especially via a smart phone (e.g., I-Phone), but can also be by other mobile devices (e.g., I-Pad), computers or gaming systems (e.g., Play Station or Xbox).  The danger is that children and young adults can easily access websites that offer free high speed, hard core pornography.  These websites offer videos displaying every sexual deviancy imaginable and can easily warp the minds of children and young adults.

Since 1994, Sullivan has defended hundreds of juveniles and adults accused of felony sex offenses, including juveniles as young as 10. Over the last few years, about 80 percent of his juvenile cases stemmed from juveniles acting out with other children after having viewed hard core pornography on their own or a friend’s smart phone, computer or gaming station.  Obviously, cell phone service, gaming system and other internet related providers need to better warn parents of the dangers of these devices.  By researching online or reading over the owner’s manual, you can learn how to block access to porn on your child’s smart phones although these filters are not 100% effective.

CASE EXAMPLES

The stories of Sullivan’s juvenile clients that stemmed from exposure to online pornography are heart wrenching, yet almost completely avoidable. Case examples include: a 13 year old boy impregnating his 11 year old sister, a 10 year old boy paying a 6 year old girl who lived next door for oral sex, a 14 year old boy engaging in sex acts with his 12 year old brother over a one year period, a 15 year old boy frequently having sex with his 12 year old adopted sister over a one year period and many more.

It is important for juveniles to receive professional counseling. In one memorable case, the children did not receive the counseling they needed and were later charged with serious felony sex offenses.  In that case, Sullivan was hired to represent a 14 year old boy who had fondled his 7 year old stepsister. The boy had two older brothers who were 15 and 16 years of age. The 15 year old was also accused of fondling the stepsister, and the 16 year old was accused of molesting children in a neighboring county.  Sullivan’s associate Nancy Botts was hired to represent the 15 year old. The 14 and 15 year old brothers received probation. The 16 year old was certified to stand trial as an adult. He was represented by a different law firm.

Seven years earlier when the older brother was 9 years old he began acting out sexually with his younger brothers, then ages 7 and 8. At that time, the older brother had received a smartphone as a Christmas present, used it to look at pornography online, shown the videos to his younger brothers and then began acting out with them in their bedroom. When they were caught in the act, the three brothers were separated and placed with different relatives. Unfortunately, none of the three children received any counseling.  Fast forward seven years and the three brothers are arrested and charged separately with serious felony sex offenses.

Houston Prostitution Lawyer | Harris County Solicitation of Prostitution Attorney James Sullivan

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Prostitution / Solicitation

In Houston, allegations of prostitution or solicitation often stem from intricate sting operations conducted by law enforcement. These operations target adult entertainment clubs, massage parlors, escort services and other adult establishments. In addition, law enforcement frequently operate reverse sting operations by having an undercover police officer pose as a street walker or call girl. Prostitution or solicitation charges can result in serious penalties and consequences, including public embarrassment, jail or prison sentences, a criminal record and/or hefty fines.

Keep in mind that before you can be convicted of this crime of moral turpitude the state prosecutor must prove to a judge or jury every element of your alleged prostitution or solicitation offense beyond a reasonable doubt. Against an experienced defense attorney, it can be very hard for a prosecutor to meet this burden of proof at trial, and if the judge or jury has any reasonable doubt you committed every element of the offense, you could be found not guilty or the prosecutor could dismiss or reduce the charges prior to trial. Therefore, it is crucial to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney who can craft the best possible defense strategy for your case.

Harris County Prostitution Defense LawyerThe National Trial Lawyers

If you have been charged with the criminal offense of prostitution or solicitation in Harris county (Houston), or any of the surrounding counties in Texas, including Montgomery (Conroe), Waller (Hempstead), Liberty (City of Liberty), Fort Bend (Richmond), Brazoria (Angleton), Galveston (City of Galveston) or Washington (Brenham), contact James G. Sullivan and Associates for a free consultation at (281) 546-6428.  Attorney James (Jim) Sullivan is an experienced trial lawyer who will fight for your rights, freedom and future.

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.

Houston Prostitution Offenses

Prostitution – According to Texas Penal Code § 43.02, a person commits this offense if he knowingly:
1) Offers to engage in, agrees to engage in or engages in sexual conduct for a fee; or
2) Solicits another person in a public place to engage in sexual conduct for hire.

Promotion of Prostitution – According to Texas Penal Code § 43.03, a person commits this offense if he knowingly:
1) Receive money or other property pursuant to an agreement to participate in the proceeds of prostitution; or
2) Solicits another to engage in sexual conduct with another person for compensation.

Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution – According to Texas Penal Code § 43.04, a person commits this offense if he knowingly owns, invests in, controls, supervises or manages a prostitution enterprise that uses two or more prostitutes.

Compelling Prostitution – According to Texas Penal Code § 43.05, a person commits this offense if he knowingly:

1) Causes another by force, threat or fraud to commit prostitution; or
2) Causes by any means a child younger than 18 years to commit prostitution, regardless of whether that person knows the age of the child at the time of the offense.

Prostitution Penalties in Houston

Chapter 12 of the Texas Penal Code defines the penalties for prostitution and solicitation offenses. These penalties can vary depending on the age of the individual involved in the offense, the type of offense and whether or not the accused has any prior convictions. In Texas, the possible punishments for prostitution and solicitation offenses are:

  • A person charged with compelling prostitution of a child under the age of 18 can face a conviction for a felony of the first degree, which is usually punishable by a prison sentence ranging from five years to 99 years or life imprisonment and/or a fine up to $10,000.
  • A person charged with any other compelling prostitution offense or solicitation of a child under the age of 14 can face a conviction for a felony of the second degree, which is usually punishable by two years to 20 years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000.
  • A person charged with aggravated promotion of prostitution or solicitation of a person between the ages of 14 and 17 can face a conviction for a felony of the third degree, which is usually punishable by two years to 10 years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000.
  • A person charged with a fourth or subsequent conviction for a prostitution offense can face a conviction for a state jail felony, which is usually punishable by a fine up to $10,000 and/or a state jail sentence ranging from 180 days to two years.
  • A person charged with promotion of prostitution or a second or third prostitution offense can face a conviction for a Class A misdemeanor, which is usually punishable by jail sentence up to one year and/or a fine up to $4,000.
  • A person charged with a first prostitution offense can face a conviction for a Class B misdemeanor, which is usually punishable by jail sentence up to 180 days and/or a fine up to $2,000.

IMG_2923bJames G. Sullivan and Associates | Houston Solicitation Attorney

Contact James Sullivan & Associates for a free initial consultation at (281) 546-6428 about your prostitution charges in Harris County (Houston), Montgomery County (Conroe), Fort Bend County (Richmond), Brazoria County (Angleton), Galveston County (Galveston), Matagorda County (Bay City), Waller County (Hempstead), Washington County (Brenham), Liberty County (Liberty), Chambers County (Anahuac), Jefferson County (Beaumont) and throughout Texas.

Houston Juvenile Lawyer | Harris County Juvenile Law Attorney James Sullivan

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Houston Juvenile Lawyer

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

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

Juvenile Law Is Not Criminal Law

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

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

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

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

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

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

–Posted by a Juvenile Client on August 22, 2014

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

Serving Juveniles in Southeast Texas Since 1994

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

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

 

Houston Possession of Child Pornography Lawyers | Harris County Sex Crimes Attorneys

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Houston Possession of Child Pornography Lawyer Defends Texas Clients

Child pornography is a very serious sex crime in Texas.  A conviction for this felony sex offense carries with it a criminal record, the stigma of having to register as a sex offender for life and years in prison.  The mere allegations alone of possessing, distributing or creating child pornography can severely and negatively impact family, work and social relationships and can lead to divorce, increased alcohol or drug use and thoughts of suicide.  Before you are overburdened with stress and anxiety, contact an experienced Harris County child porn defense attorney today.

NTL-top-100-memberThe criminal defense lawyers at James G. Sullivan and Associates work hard to defend the rights and protect the futures of their clients.  In addition to over 20 years of experience, they have the necessary knowledge and legal training to defend these challenging cases.  Houston attorney James Sullivan was honored to attend the Trial Lawyers College founded by legendary lawyer Gerry Spence and to be invited to join The National Trial Lawyers organization.

Child Pornography and the Internet

Individuals suspected of possession or distribution of child pornography are generally located and tracked online by state and federal law enforcement officers.  Then, usually after a brief period of surveillance, task forces move in to seize computers, smart phones and other hardware that could contain images and videos related to the offense.

If law enforcement seized your computer, contact knowledgeable legal counsel immediately.  The criminal defense lawyers at James G. Sullivan and Associates will examine the search warrant or other procedures that law enforcement used and will also scrutinize any evidence that they took from your computer.  As they are well versed in the law and proper procedures used in child porn cases, the attorneys are better able to spot issues with law enforcement procedures and to rebut the prosecution’s arguments.

The Defense Team that Will Fight for You

An experienced child porn defense team will include trial attorneys and experts who can challenge the government’s allegations and present evidence to back your innocence.  James G. Sullivan and Associates will bring in psychologists, computer technicians and other experts to assist in strengthening your defense and rebut the charges against you.  In addition to the experts, the experienced trial attorneys will work together to dissect the government’s case from all sides in order to be fully prepared to fight for you throughout all steps of the legal process, from preliminary appearance to jury trial.  They have decades of legal experience fighting felony and misdemeanor cases at trial and get proven results.

Contact a Harris County Possession of Child Pornography Lawyer

If you have been charged with possession of child pornography or any other related sex offense, contact the experienced Harris County child porn defense attorneys at James G. Sullivan and Associates today.  They will dedicate their time, talent and energy to defending your rights, freedom and future.

Contact James Sullivan & Associates for a free initial consultation at (281) 546-6428 about your possession of child pornography charges in Harris County (Houston), Montgomery County (Conroe), Fort Bend County (Richmond), Brazoria County (Angleton), Galveston County (Galveston), Matagorda County (Bay City), Waller County (Hempstead), Washington County (Brenham), Liberty County (Liberty), Chambers County (Anahuac), Jefferson County (Beaumont) and throughout Texas.

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Family Violence Case Results | Houston Family Violence Lawyer James Sullivan

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

IMG_2923bHarris County Family Violence Defense

Houston Criminal Lawyer James Sullivan has represented more than 3,000 clients in criminal and juvenile courts in Harris and surrounding counties since 1994.  The cases listed in the graph below represent just the family violence cases since January 2008.  A graph covering the cases represented over the past 20 years would be much lengthier.

James Sullivan also attended the Trial Lawyers College founded by Legendary lawyer Gerry Spence and was invited to join The National Trial Lawyers organization. Sullivan is also Board Certified in Juvenile Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Sullivan is one of only 38 such certified lawyers in private practice in Texas.

Note: When a Grand Jury dismisses a felony complaint (by way of no bill), it means that the grand jury did not find probable cause and the accused can seek an expunction of the criminal record.  All felony cases dismissed by the grand jury were no billed after the grand jury reviewed an extensive defense packet prepared by Attorney James Sullivan.

1° = 1st Degree Felony, 2° = 2nd Degree Felony, 3° = 3rd Degree Felony, SJF = State Jail Felon

Facing Domestic Assault or Family Violence related Criminal Charges?

Contact James Sullivan, a Houston Criminal Lawyer, at (281) 546-6428 for a free consultation

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CRIMINAL OFFENSEACTUAL RESULTS - FAMILY VIOLENCE CASESCT #
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER in Fort Bend CountyCASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client was accused of threatening her mother with a knife)268th
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBERCASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client was accused of slashing her ex-girlfriend's face. A witness at the scene supported client's version that her ex-girlfriend attacked her first with a broken wine bottle and cut her wrist and that her ex-girlfriend was accidentally injured in a struggle over the bottle)180th
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBERCASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of trying to run her baby's daddy over with her Jeep and with their young son on the front passenger seat and in view of two nearby independent witnesses. In reality, he threw his bicycle in front of her Jeep to cause her to come to a screeching halt and then cursed at her. After she drove off, he lied to the witnesses about what happened)180th
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBERCASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client shot his brother in the side after his brother stabbed him in the arm. The client's brother was high on synthetic marihuana)248th
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBERCASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of threatening his girlfriend with a knife and inflicting a serious wound on the back of her head)177th
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBERCASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of intentionally trying to drive into and strike his girlfriend)183rd
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBERCASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client was accused of throwing a 12 lb glass trophy at his father and hitting him in the back)178th
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBERPSI HEARING: RECEIVED DEFERRED ADJUDICATION PROBATION (Client with mental illness stabbed his girlfriend in the arm and upper back. State only offered prison time)174th
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBERCASE REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR DEADLY CONDUCT with 30 days of actual jail time (Client accused of ramming his car into his girlfriend's car with her in it)230th
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBERJURY TRIAL SETTING: REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT (Client was accused of stabbing her boyfriend with a knife)232nd
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE 2nd OFFENDERCASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of hitting wife multiple times after both had been drinking. As a felony habitual, client faced 25 years to Life in prison)174th
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE 2nd OFFENDERCASE DISMISSED (Client accused of hitting his girlfriend. As a felony habitual, client faced 25 years to Life in prison)176th
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE 2nd OFFENDERCASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client was accused of abusing his 15 year old daughter even though he used reasonable discipline against her. She was being rebellious and he spanked her with a belt to discipline her)208th
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE 2nd OFFENDERJURY TRIAL SETTING: REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT (Client was accused of hitting his girlfriend. As a felony habitual, client faced 25 years to Life in prison)338th
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE 2nd OFFENDERREDUCED TO CLASS A MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT with jail time already served (3 days)(Client had 2 previous Assault family violence convictions involving a different complainant. Client accused of injuring his wife's neck)182nd
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER BY IMPEDING BREATHINGCASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client was accused of choking his wife during an argument)180th
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER BY IMPEDING BREATHINGCASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client was accused of choking his wife during a physical altercation in which the client was slapped and scratched)351st
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER BY IMPEDING BREATHINGCASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of suffocating his wife with a pillow)263rd
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER BY IMPEDING BREATHINGCASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of choking his immigrant wife, however she actually attacked him and tried to goad him into hitting her. When he refused, she called 911. He believes she did this so she could then claim she was a battered spouse under mmigration law and petition to stay in the U.S. after a divorce)182nd
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER BY IMPEDING BREATHINGREDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT with two years of defeferred adjudication probation (Client accused of choking his wife and was facing 2-20 years in prison as a family violence second offender)263rd
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE BY IMPEDING BREATHINGJURY TRIAL SETTING: REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT conviction with jail time already served (two days). Best offer prior to trial was 4 years in prison (Client accused of choking his wife and breaking one of her ribs)178th
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE BY IMPEDING BREATHINGJURY TRIAL SETTING: REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT with one year of defeferred adjudication probation (Client accused of choking his wife)179th
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE BY IMPEDING BREATHINGCASE REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT with jail time already served (6 days) (Client was accused of choking his spouse)351st
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER BY IMPEDING BREATHINGCASE REDUCED TO MISDMEANOR ASSAULT by reckless conduct with 1 year of deferred adjudication probation at trial setting (Client was accused of choking his spouse)339th
CONTINUOUS ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE in Montgomery CountyREDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT with one year of deferred adjudication probation and no finding of family violence (Client accused of hitting his wife on two different days of the same week)221st
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBERJURY TRIAL SETTING: CASE DISMISSED BY STATE (Client slapped his adult daughter after she cursed him to his face)8
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBERJURY TRIAL SETTING: CASE DISMISSED BY STATE (Client allegedly committed an assault against her spouse)7
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBERJURY TRIAL SETTING: CASE DISMISSED BY STATE (Client was falsely accused of assault by his girlfriend)6
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBERJURY TRIAL SETTING: CASE DISMISSED BY STATE (Client was falsely accused of assault by his wife in order for her to justify an emergency job transfer back to her hometown)13
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBERCASE DISMISSED (Client was accused of injuring his girlfriend at the time they had a heated argument and broke up)4
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBERCASE DISMISSED (Client was accused of his injuring his pregnant wife. Prosecutor agreed to dismiss the case after some marital counseling)6
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBERCASE DISMISSED (Client was accused of hitting his adult son after his son stole his work truck to buy drugs)5
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER in Montgomery CountyCASE DISMISSED (Client allegedly attacked her husband. When Sullivan was going to set the case for a jury trial at the first setting, the State agreed to dismiss the case after some brief counseling that did not involve the BIPP program)2
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER in Montgomery CountyCASE DISMISSED (Client allegedly attacked his girlfriend. When Sullivan was going to set the case for a jury trial at the first setting, the State agreed to dismiss the case after some brief counseling that did not involve the BIPP program)2
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER in Waller CountyCASE DISMISSED (Client was accused of injuring ex-wife after divorce was final. Client insisted he was innocent. State dismissed the case in the interests of justice)County Court
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER in Liberty CountyCASE DISMISSED (Client was accused of hitting his spouse)County Court
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER BY IMPEDING BREATHINGCASE REDUCED TO MISDMEANOR ASSAULT with 4 weekends of work instead of jail time. Client accused of choking his girlfriend. She then went to get her gun and they fought over the weapon until he could remove it from the house. Client served prison time in another state and could have faced 25 years to life in prison.230th

Contact James Sullivan & Associates for a confidential consultation at (281) 546-6428 about your assault family violence charges in Harris County (Houston), Montgomery County (Conroe), Fort Bend County (Richmond), Brazoria County (Angleton), Galveston County (Galveston), Matagorda County (Bay City), Waller County (Hempstead), Washington County (Brenham), Liberty County (Liberty), Chambers County (Anahuac), Jefferson County (Beaumont) and throughout Texas.

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Identity Theft Defense | Houston White Collar Crime Lawyer James Sullivan

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Identity Theft Defense Law

In Texas, all kinds of fraud are considered serious criminal offenses.  However, throughout the state, the white collar crime of identity theft is becoming more and more common.  For that reason, law enforcement focuses on those allegedly involved in this criminal action and they are then aggressively prosecuted in criminal court.  Identity theft is usually committed when a person uses someone else’s personally identifying information without their permission, including their name, social security number, or credit or debit card information.

The punishment for identity theft can be severe.  It is important to protect your reputation, freedom and future by retaining a criminal defense attorney who can effectively defend you in court. A skillful trial lawyer may be able to get the charges against you dismissed or reduced to a misdemeanor prior to trial.  In order to convict you at trial, the prosecutor has the burden to prove you committed each and every element of the felony offense beyond a reasonable doubt.  If the jury has a reasonable doubt, you will be acquitted.  Therefore, it is essential to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer who will work with you to craft the best legal defense.

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Identity theft is a serious felony offense. In addition to lengthy incarceration and steep fines, a felony charge may result in a permanent criminal record that could ruin your reputation, employment and future.  Indeed, just being charged with a felony offense can result in extreme stress and anxiety.

Houston criminal attorney James G. Sullivan is experienced in defending white collar crimes such as identity theft.  With almost 20 years of criminal defense work, Sullivan has the knowledge and experience to put forth an aggressive and productive defense strategy.

Contact James Sullivan at (281) 546-6428 for a free confidential consultation and preliminary case analysis.

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Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information under Texas Law

According to Texas Penal Code §32.51(b), a person commits identity theft if the person, with intent to harm or defraud another, obtains, possesses, transfers, or uses an item of identifying information of another person without the other person’s consent.

According to Texas Penal Code §32.51(a)(1), “Identifying information” means information that alone or in conjunction with other information identifies a person, including a person’s:

  1. name and date of birth;
  2. unique biometric data, including the person’s fingerprint, voice print, or retina or iris image;
  3. unique electronic identification number, address, routing code, or financial institution account number;
  4. telecommunication identifying information or access device; and
  5. social security number or other government-issued identification number.

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Punishment for Houston Identity Theft

In Texas, the punishment for identity theft is listed in Chapter 12 of the Texas Penal Code.  Depending on the number of items obtained, possessed, transferred, or used, a conviction can result in a range of punishment as follows:

  1. If the number of items obtained, possessed, transferred, or used is less than five, a person charged with identity theft can be convicted of a state jail felony, which is punishable by a state jail sentence ranging from 180 days to two years and a fine of up to $10,000.
  1. If the number of items obtained, possessed, transferred, or used is five or more but less than 10, a person charged with identity theft can be convicted of a third degree felony, which is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from 2 to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
  2. If the number of items obtained, possessed, transferred, or used is 10 or more but less than 50, a person charged with identity theft can be convicted of a second degree felony, which is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from 2 to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
  3. If the number of items obtained, possessed, transferred, or used is 50 or more, a person charged with identity theft can be convicted of a first degree felony, which is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from 5 to 99 years or life and a fine up to $10,000.

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James G. Sullivan and Associates | Harris County Identity Theft Attorney

If you are charged with identity theft in Texas, it is important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney.  In addition to representing you in court, it may be possible for such an attorney to defend you at the grand jury level.  If your case has not yet been indicted by the grand jury, a knowledgeable attorney may be able to persuade the grand jury to no bill (dismiss) your case.  If that were to happen, the case would be over, and you would have the right to seek an expunction of the charge from your record.  If your case has already been indicted, an experience trial attorney may still be able to get your case dismissed, reduced to a misdemeanor or won at trial.

James G. Sullivan and Associates have a professional and experienced legal team with decades of experience in fighting criminal cases at trial.  They provide personal attention and exceptional legal services.  They will fight to protect your rights, freedom and future.

NTL-top-100-memberJames 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.

Contact James Sullivan & Associates for a free initial consultation at (281) 546-6428 about your white collar crime charges in Harris County (Houston), Montgomery County (Conroe), Fort Bend County (Richmond), Brazoria County (Angleton), Galveston County (Galveston), Matagorda County (Bay City), Waller County (Hempstead), Washington County (Brenham), Liberty County (Liberty), Chambers County (Anahuac), Jefferson County (Beaumont) and throughout Texas.

Contact James Sullivan at (281) 546-6428 for a free confidential consultation and preliminary case analysis.