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Criminal Mischief

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Houston Criminal Mischief Lawyer

Defense Attorney representation in Harris County, Texas for over 20 years

If you are charged with any type of criminal mischief, you need to know and understand the potential crimes you are facing.

In Houston, criminal mischief offenses are generally defined as intentionally damaging another person’s property. Types of damage are commonly referred to as destruction, alteration and defacement. Minor actions associated with criminal mischief often include vandalism or graffiti, and more serious actions include the destruction of the property.

Criminal Mischief Houston

According to Tex. Penal Code § 28.03, the following conduct can result in being charged with criminal mischief in Harris County:

  • Intentionally or knowingly damaging or destroying another person’s tangible property;
  • Intentionally or knowingly tampering with the tangible property of another person and causing financial loss or substantial inconvenience to him or a third person;
  • Intentionally or knowingly making markings, including inscriptions, slogans, drawings, or paintings, on the tangible property of another person.

Penalties for Criminal Mischief

Depending on the value of the destruction or property damage, you could face misdemeanor or felony offense punishment. Chapter 12 of the Texas Penal Code defines the applicable penalties you may face with a criminal mischief offense:

  • Class C Misdemeanor – A fine of up to $500 can be charged to you if the financial loss amounts to less than $100, or causes substantial inconvenience to another being.
  • Class B Misdemeanor – A fine of up to $2,000 and/or a jail sentence of up to 180 days can be charged to you if the financial loss amounts to less than $750 but at least $100 or more.
  • Class A Misdemeanor – A fine of up to $4,000 and/or a jail sentence of up to one year can be charged to you if the financial loss amounts to less than $2,500 but at least $750, or your criminal mischief offense causes impairment or disruption of any public water supply.
  • State Jail Felony – A fine of up to $10,000 and/or a jail sentence ranging from 180 days to two years can be charged to you if the financial loss amounts to less than $30,000 but at least $2,500 or more; less than $2,500 if a home was damaged through the use of an explosion weapon or firearm; less than $2,500 if a fence used to hold livestock, game animals, or poultry was destroyed or damaged; or less than $30,000 if your criminal mischief offense caused the impairment or disruption of public communications, gas power supply, transportation or any other public service.
  • Third Degree Felony – A fine of up to $10,000 and/or a jail sentence from two to ten years can be charged to you if the financial loss amounts to less than $150,000 but at least $30,000.
  • Second Degree Felony – A fine of up to $10,000 and/or a jail sentence from two to twenty years can be charged to you if the financial loss amounts to less than $300,000 but at least $150,000 or more.
  • First Degree Felony – A fine of up to $10,000 and/or a jail sentence from five to 99 years or life imprisonment can be charged to you if the financial loss amounts to $300,000 or more.

Criminal Mischief Defense and Representation

Criminal mischief might not seem like a major crime, but the fact that the damages could put peoples’ lives in jeopardy and disrupt public and private property this makes criminal mischief a much more serious offense, especially as the value of damage increases.

Therefore criminal mischief charges should not be taken lightly and it is important to have an experienced and aggressive Houston criminal attorney working with you to build the best possible defense for your case.

Contact Attorney James Sullivan

If you or a loved one is facing a criminal mischief offense, contact Attorney James (Jim) Sullivan today at (281) 546-6428 to schedule a free confidential consultation.

James Sullivan is an experienced Houston 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.

Fort Bend County Online Solicitation of a Minor Lawyer

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Protecting Your Teen’s Future

Did you know that if your 18-year-old son received a nude photo of his 16-year-old girlfriend from her via cell phone, your son could be charged with possession of child pornography in Texas? This behavior is called “sexting”, an increasingly common phenomenon that can have devastating consequences for teenagers and young adults.

Attorney James Sullivan aggressively defends teens and young adults accused of online solicitation of a minor, possession of child pornography and related sex crimes. Sullivan believes that one mistake should not ruin a teen’s life. His goal is to keep the charge from affecting your son or daughter’s future.

Fort Bend County Sexting Defense Lawyers

Sexting involves receiving or sending a sexually explicit photo of a child younger than 18 via a mobile phone.  Even if your adult son or daughter consented to the sexting, he or she could end up in jail and be forced to register as a sex offender for the rest of his or her life.  In addition to alerting the public about the sex offense, sex offender registration will impact your son or daughter’s ability to get a job, travel freely and to live in certain areas.

Sugar Land Online Solicitation Defense Lawyers

Online solicitation occurs when one knowingly solicits a minor (a person who represents himself or herself as younger than 17 years of age) for sex over the Internet. This can include social networking sites, chat rooms, e-mail and text messaging.  Even if your son or daughter were just role playing, engaging in a fantasy, did not intend for the meeting to occur, the meeting did not occur, he or she can be charged with a sex offense.

Aggressive Defense

Most people and even some grand jurors understand the difference between a teen making a bad decision by flirting through technology and an adult possessing child pornography.  However, if the teen is 18 years or older, Texas law does not distinguish the two.  Because your teen’s future is at stake, it is essential that you fight the charges.

James Sullivan & Associates | Fort Bend County Criminal Lawyers

NTL-top-100-member2James 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 online solicitation of a minor charges.

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
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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What Should I Know About Talking to the Police in Texas?

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

What are my rights when the police want to speak to me?

A police officer may approach any person on the street and ask him questions. The officer does not need evidence you have done anything illegal. You have the right not to answer his questions, and you also have the right to walk away from him. You should ask him, “Am I free to leave?” If he answers “yes,” you know that you are not under arrest and may walk away. Walk away. Do not run because running from the officer could be seen as guilty conduct. If you walk away, the officer may still follow you or even stop you. If he follows you, understand that you are not under arrest. If he then stops you, consider yourself under arrest.

If the police ask to talk with you about an investigation, it is always a good idea to talk with a lawyer first. If you decide to speak to the police, what you say may be used against you if you are charged with a crime or delinquency. The police are highly trained in questioning people suspected of breaking the law. You are not going to outsmart or outwit them. This is not a game. It is serious business. What you tell the police could get you arrested and cause lifelong problems. Therefore, ask for a lawyer before talking to the police.

When can the police stop me? What are my rights?

The police may stop you if they have a valid reason to suspect you broke the law. If an officer tells you to stop moving, you should stop moving. Technically, such a stop is not an arrest, but the officer can “frisk” you (that is, he can do a pat down search of your clothing) if he reasonably believes you may have a weapon. Even so, you still have rights when stopped in this way. If the officer questions you or asks to search your bags or clothes, you can refuse, but always be respectful when you are asserting your legal rights.

What are Miranda rights? When do I have them?

Whether at the police station or on the street, everyone has Miranda rights when (1) a person is in police custody, and (2) the police are going to ask the person questions. If the police just approach you on the street and ask you a question, you are not in custody and do not have Miranda rights. If you are under arrest, you are absolutely in custody and have Miranda rights, but again only if the police want to ask you questions. The issue of custody sometimes can be a little hazy if the situation falls somewhere between merely a question and an arrest. If you are in custody and the police are going question you, then the officer must read you your Miranda warnings (tell you what your Miranda rights are) before they begin asking you questions.

Can you explain what these Miranda rights really mean?

The two essential Miranda rights are

  1. the right to remain silent, and
  2. the right to have an attorney be present and advise you when being questioned by the police.

Before he asks you questions, the officer must tell you these rights. He should also tell you that anything you say to him can be used against you when your case goes to court, and if you cannot afford to hire a lawyer, one will be appointed to represent you (the judge will arrange for a lawyer to represent you).

The right to remain silent means the officer cannot make you answer his questions at all about the accusations against you. If you decide to answer questions after the officer has told you your rights, then anything you say can be used as evidence against you in court. If you decide to start answering questions, you still have the right to remain silent and can stop answering any questions at any time. You also have the right to have a lawyer be present and advise you during questioning. You have this right even if you and your family cannot afford to hire a lawyer. If you tell the officer you want a lawyer with you during questioning, he will have to stop questioning you until the court can arrange for a lawyer to represent you. If you begin answering questions and then change your mind, you can still ask for a lawyer, and the officer has to stop asking you questions until you get a lawyer, but everything you said before you asked for a lawyer can be used as evidence against you in court.

What if the officer does not read me my Miranda rights?

If the officers does not ask question you, he does not have to “Mirandize” you (tell you your Miranda rights). If you are not in custody when he questions you, he also does not have to read you your Miranda rights. The Miranda rule means that if you are in custody then the police must read you your rights before they interrogate you. “Interrogate” means to ask questions or otherwise say something designed to get a response from someone. Therefore, if the police are not going to question you, they do not have to give you your Miranda warnings.

If you are in custody but say things on your own without the police doing or saying anything, what you say can be used as evidence against you in court. But if you are in custody and the police do not read you your rights before they interrogate you, then anything you say in response to the interrogation by the police cannot be used to prove your guilt at a trial. The fact that the officer did not read you your Miranda rights does not mean that you cannot be found guilty by the court. It just means that any statements you made to the police while in custody in response to their interrogation cannot be used against you. If you say something to the officer when he did not ask you a question, your statement can be used against you even if the officer did not read you your rights. Even if the officer does not read you your rights, your statements to him could still be used against you at trial if you testify at trial and tell the court something different from what you told the officer.

What if I am not under arrest and the officer asks me questions?

As explained above, you always have the right to refuse to answer the questions of a police officer. An officer must read you your rights only when you are in what is called “custody”. The police do not need to read you your rights if you are not in custody. Often, an officer will contact someone to speak with him. Maybe the officer thinks the person is a witness. Maybe he believes the person is a suspect but cannot prove it. If the person decides to talk to the officer, what he says could be used against him if he is ever charged with a crime. If the police want to talk with you about an investigation, it is a good idea to talk with a lawyer first.

What if the officer didn’t read me my rights when I was arrested? Shouldn’t the charges be dropped?

No. In order to arrest you, the police do not have to read you your rights. An officer only has to read you your rights if (1) he is taking you into custody, and (2) he is going to interrogate you.

Contact James Sullivan to consult with an experienced Houston Criminal Lawyer at (281) 546-6428.

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 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 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 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

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.

Client Testimonials

 

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.

IMG_2922BHouston Identity Theft Lawyer

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.

Juvenile

Monday, November 11th, 2013

TESTIMONIALS – JUVENILE CASES

In May 2013, we learned that our 16 year old son had been accused by his cousin of sexually assaulting him. We were frantic. The charges were outrageous and totally false.  We first hired a local attorney who claimed he knew what he was doing. We were soon dissatisfied with his services, so we hired Attorney James Sullivan. Unlike the first attorney, Sullivan is board certified and an expert in juvenile law. Sullivan came out to our home and spent several hours getting to know us, our son and the details of the case. Our son is a gifted musician, has Asperger’s Syndrome, is kind and follows rules. There is no way our son would abuse his cousin or anyone else. We believed that the cousin’s father, a registered sex offender, may have abused him and forced him to make the accusation. The police did no meaningful investigation whatsoever. James Sullivan, however, investigated the alleged crime scene, the background of the accuser’s parents, interviewed the investigating officer and our son’s counselor. Within one week of being hired, Sullivan said he was ready to take the case to a jury trial but was confident that he could force the prosecutor to dismiss the case. We only had to go to court once. Sullivan told the prosecutor that if he did not dismiss the charges then he would ask the court for a speedy trial. The prosecutor asked for a one month reset date to review the case. Within three weeks, Sullivan called us with the news that the prosecutor had dismissed the charges. We were ecstatic and grateful. James Sullivan is a good lawyer and he really cares for his clients. He saved our son’s life and future. I highly recommend him.

~Grateful Parents in Montgomery County

Last year, August 2013, our family entered into the hardest trial and hardship of our lives to date when our teenage son was accused of fondling his younger sister and later arrested for indecency with a child.  Our world was shaken, turned upside down and inside out.  During a time like this, you feel vulnerable and helpless.  We searched high and low for a good attorney. We found Mr. Jim Sullivan.  Words could never express the gratitude we have for Mr. Sullivan. He helped us through a gut-wrenching ordeal.  He was there whenever we needed him.  He got us the results we hoped for and was completely understanding and discreet about our situation. We cannot recommend him enough or sing his praises enough to ever repay him for what he did for our son.  If you need help, talk to him and let him lead and guide you through, what is surely, a most difficult and trying time.  I promise you will not be disappointed.

~A Mormon mother in Harris County (AVVO Review)

I want to give Mr. Jim Sullivan special thanks for helping me with my son’s case in Harris county juvenile court.  My son was accused of sexual assault against my grand-daughter.  When Mr. Sullivan took my call, it was on a Sunday night and I thank him for listening and taking the time to view all the details of the allegation.  We ended up at a jury trial in Court 314.  The judge was tough, but Mr. Sullivan was able to prove my son was innocent and 12 jurors returned a Not Guilty verdict.  I was so relieved and very thankful.  My son graduates in a couple of months.  We needed to resolve this problem to move forward with his education.  I will always be grateful to Mr. Sullivan for his kindness and his hard work with my son’s case.  Thank you.

~A mother in Highlands, Texas

Hi Jim, I was on the jury panel for the defendant on March 19 & 20, 2013 in the 314th [Juvenile District] Court.  My congratulations on winning the case [an Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child].  I believe justice was served.  The harsh treatment you received from the court was NOT a factor in deciding the case but it WAS noticed and mentioned during deliberations by all the jury members.  Glad to see you took the higher ground.  Your closing statement was very well prepared and was helpful in our decision making process. Best of Luck, it was an honor to be there.

~Juror, Houston, Texas (an e-mail sent from a juror in a 1st degree felony sex case in which the State sought a determinate sentence)

Our initial ordeal with the juvenile justice system was devastating. Our trust that justice would prevail and our belief that our first attorney [who is now a juvenile court judge] had our interests first and foremost were destroyed. So when we again had to approach the court, we were at a loss as to which attorney to choose. Mr. Sullivan’s website indicated that he was more knowledgeable than most and had a passion and understanding about the need for justice for our children. He looked at my son as a whole person and not just a case number. His quick responses, direct communication and follow-ups helped to reassure us. He did not let us down. If we had had a competent, decent, ethical attorney a few years ago, we would have had a different outcome even then. We will never forget what Mr. Sullivan did for us and words cannot express our heartfelt gratitude. If you need an attorney for your daughter or son, I would highly recommend Mr. Jim Sullivan.  If your child needs a lawyer, Jim is definitely your guy!

~T.W., Houston, Texas

You never know–until it happens–that something once thought of as “kids experimenting” or “playing doctor” between siblings can actually be a 1st degree felony (Aggravated Sexual Assault). Not that I would ever knowingly condone such behavior; however, that’s the way it happened with our family. It’s amazing to me that children can be guilty of such serious offenses when they (we) don’t even know these laws apply to such seemingly innocent or misguided behavior. In actuality, it’s totally out of the parents hands once CPS or Juvenile Services are involved. This is why you MUST obtain legal counsel immediately to protect your children’s rights. I wasn’t even sure we even needed an attorney until I called Mr. Sullivan and he informed me just how serious the situation was. He was very compassionate, direct, and even came to our home for the first consultation. I can only speak for our experience, but my grandson was able to surrender voluntarily; was walked through the detention process, and didn’t have to spend even one night in juvenile detention. Additionally, Mr. Sullivan was able to get the first hearing set within 3 weeks and, to our amazement, was able to negotiate a 1st degree felony down to a class B misdemeanor. Even the Judge commented on what a good deal he got. Fortunately, my grandson is getting the counseling he needs instead of incarceration and a sex offense on his record. We are very grateful for our outcome and I highly recommend Mr. Sullivan.

R.D., Houston, Texas (AVVO Review)

As an attorney myself, when concerns arose over an incident involving my son, I knew the extreme importance of finding an attorney who is Board Certified in juvenile law. Board Certified lawyers are highly specialized – enough that the State recognizes them for their expertise. My search led me to Jim Sullivan and I cannot thank him enough. He is extremely well-versed in this highly specialized area of law, kind, compassionate and non-judgmental. He spent a great deal of time understanding the incident involving my son and providing us guidance. Thankfully, it appears that this will turn out to only be a “learning opportunity” for my son but, I have Jim’s number in my phone and will call him immediately if the need arises.

~Concerned Mom

Jim Sullivan helped our son and family through a very difficult time.  On a Friday evening in February 2012, our son was handcuffed and taken from our home for detainment at the Juvenile facility (Fort Bend County) on a class 3 Felony charge of stalking. We were informed that we would not be able to see him until visiting hours Monday.  Our lives had been turned upside down and our son’s support system (his family) had been ripped out from under him.

My husband, who is lawyer, immediately began researching Houston area juvenile attorneys.  Based on Jim’s profile and qualifications, my husband called him late Friday evening.  Jim answered the phone and arranged to meet us at the Juvenile Detention Facility early Saturday afternoon.

Jim connected with our son immediately. It was apparent he cared about him as a whole person, not just the kid who suddenly found himself in trouble.  He was more than just a lawyer to my son. He shared his own experiences and his positive attitude about life and relationships.  Jim is not only a good lawyer but a good role model for our children.

The Felony charge did not stick and we are thankful for Jim’s help and counsel.

~Anonymous from Fort Bend County (AVVO Review)

When I needed a lawyer to defend my teenage son who was charged with a felony sex offense, it was a stroke of luck that Jim Sullivan answered his phone when I called.  My husband and I were frantic, worried and confused, but Jim answered our questions and we were especially reassured to know that not only did he have many years of experience with similar cases but that he was also Board Certified in Juvenile Law.  Like many families who understandably go through a harrowing ordeal when their teenagers face serious criminal charges, Jim’s dedicated and competent representation gave us a good comfort level and eased our fears.  He always treated us courteously and professionally.  Because Jim is intelligent, open-minded and competitive, he has proved to be a great lawyer who represented my son to the best of his ability and negotiated a deal with the prosecutor to reduce the felony charge to a misdemeanor assault–an extraordinary result for my son.  In two years, my son can get his juvenile record expunged and then apply for admission to a top university.

Jim Sullivan is a genuinely good man who really cares about the case result and how it will affect his clients’ future life, so he aims to secure decisions in their best interests and for that we are truly grateful.

~Concerned Mom in Fort Bend County (AVVO Review)

Professional, personable, reliable. This lawyer takes care of you. He helps children and parents in their time of need. He explains thoroughly the situation and makes sure you completely understand what is going on before moving forward. He will fight for your freedom. I hope I never have any more problems but if I do I will call Jim Sullivan he is the best in my eyes.

~Tracy McLaughlin, Houston, Texas

Jim Sullivan is truly an excellent attorney. He went the extra mile for my son.  One afternoon while I was at work, I received a phone call from Deer Park Police Department.  My son had been picked up from school in Huntsville, Texas and charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.  I became frantic and terrified to death.  I knew an offense like this would ruin my child’s life and not only that, but it was going to be hard to fight and he was already being treated as if he was guilty.  Later he was turned over to Juvenile Detention with no intention of release.  I spoke with several attorneys and they could only offer a plea bargain, saying “that he is guilty and would have to report as a sex offender until he was 28.”  My son was 15 years old at the time.  They did not give me much faith in going to trial.  This meant my son is guilty and that he was going to do some time.  I continued to search for an attorney and then I found Jim Sullivan. I called him and he agreed to meet at my convenience. I told him about my son’s situation and he said he believed that he could help. He suggested taking the case to trial. He gathered all the information he needed from me and then he went to work.  First he got my son released from Juvenile Detention and back into my custody.  Then he hired a private investigator and continued working on my son’s case.  One afternoon, about a month before trial, I received a call from Jim stating that my son’s case had been dismissed.  I cannot explain the relief my heart felt when I got this news, but I can say that I thank God for Jim Sullivan.  He gave my son’s life back.  Jim put time, patience and dedication into my child’s case. For this I am truly grateful.

~Percilla L., Huntsville, Texas

Jim Sullivan is truly a man who goes above and beyond for his clients, the majority of which are children. These kids can’t properly speak for themselves in a court of law, but Jim can and does.  This man’s dedication to these children is phenomenal!  He is committed to giving these kids a chance to start fresh.

Our son was almost 13 years old when we called on Jim in mid-2008, and he had been charged with a serious felony offense (aggravated sexual assault of a child).  It was a Sunday when we made the call.  Jim answered the phone and urged us to come in that evening.  He sat with us for three and a half hours listening to and coming to understand our story.  He was our second attorney.  The first had misrepresented himself as a juvenile defense attorney and was unable to get our son released from juvenile detention.  It was terrifying to have to start over in the middle of chaos, but Jim calmed the air so quickly and helped us move forward.

Jim took our son’s case that Sunday evening and changed our boy’s life.  Jim got our son back in our custody immediately.  He connected with our son and gained his trust, something the previous attorney had no time to do.  Jim always remembered he was our son’s attorney, not ours, and he treated our son with respect even though he had managed to land himself in a situation undeserving of it.  Jim spent time preparing our son for what was happening now and what could be expected in the future.  He was always prompt in returning phone calls; that is if I had to leave a message at all.  I was usually able to reach him right away even in the evening when I did not expect to.

Jim knew that we had just paid our previous attorney in full and that we were financially in a bind.  He didn’t make us feel unimportant while we gathered the funds he would need to defend our son.  He always treated us as if we had paid in full the minute we walked through his door.  This man is not about money!  I truly believe that he does all that he can to provide his services at a minimal cost.

Jim also knew that our son was from a home of divorce and that he would have to do double time on correspondence between father and mother.  He did so with the utmost patience and respect to both sides.  Jim kept the peace when it wasn’t his responsibility.  Remember, Jim is the child’s attorney and not the parents.  However, he took the time to help us come together on some very important issues.  Just know that my son was grateful at the peace that was created.

My son is now moving on with his life in the custody of his parents and not the state of Texas, because a man named Jim Sullivan believes he has a duty to children and he wakes up to the call of that duty every day and meets it with the utmost integrity.

~Tammie P., Houston, Texas

I am thankful that my son and I had Jim Sullivan for our attorney. It is so rare to find a personable lawyer who will fight for your child’s justice.  I am happy he was my son’s attorney; if you ever need an awesome lawyer who actually cares about his clients look for Jim Sullivan. I always keep his card just in case someone I know needs an honest hard working talented lawyer for adults and children. Jim Sullivan will take care of you and your loved ones. 

~T.L.M., Houston, Texas

Mr. James Sullivan, I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for your assistance in our child’s case. Having never been in this situation before, I found myself doing a significant amount of research into finding an attorney. As it turned out, you were the most experienced attorney not only with this type of case, but also for this age group. You immediately set my mind at ease with your willingness to communicate, even agreeing to meet on the weekend before any payments had been made. Fees were made clear up front and no additional charges were added during the process.

One of the first things that made an impression on us upon meeting you was that you had a genuine interest in helping our child, not only through this situation, but to succeed in the future. You were able to communicate a sense of urgency to us while remaining calm and sympathetic. We truly appreciate your ability to focus your extensive experience on ensuring our child’s future education and career. One bad choice could have easily led to the destruction of that future if not handled correctly. Thank you for having the vision and ability to safeguard that future for us.

In general, I would like to recommend you to anyone having a difficult time making their decision on whom to engage as a representative in the juvenile court system. I find you to be of the highest moral character, and to be an ethical and straight forward professional. In short, you were able to ensure for us the best possible outcome to an extremely serious situation for a very reasonable price. It is difficult for me to express how deeply we all appreciate what you were able to do for our family.

~Client, Houston, Texas

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TESTIMONIALS – CRIMINAL CASES

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CASE RESULTS

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Criminal

Monday, November 11th, 2013

TESTIMONIALS – CRIMINAL CASES

Jim Sullivan is a lawyer that cares.  He is willing to put himself and his career on the line for justice and he works hard for what is right. Last year, he represented me in a case in which I was wrongly charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon (a very serious felony).  Jim Sullivan was able to prove in trial to a jury that I acted in self-defense.  Jim spent several months and countless hours on my case. Most lawyers never go to trial. Even though the State offered me deferred adjudication probation, Mr. Sullivan advised me not to take it and to insist on a jury trial.  During trial, the State was clearly frustrated by Mr. Sullivan’s skillful ability in cross-examining the State’s witnesses and portraying what the case was really about–that I had the right to use a gun to defend myself against what I reasonably believed to be two men trying to rob me in a dark parking lot outside a club.  By the close of evidence, the State felt so bad about their case that they strongly argued that the jury should have the right to find me guilty of a misdemeanor assault, but it didn’t matter.  The jury reached the right verdict and found me not guilty.  The false accusations were then expunged and my record was once again clean.  My family and I were very fortunate and blessed to have such a good attorney on our side and we now consider him a good friend.  I served in the military for 10 years, including a combat tour in Iraq.  To fellow Veterans: Jim is a true patriot and definitely the attorney you want serving beside you.

~Jeremy P., Houston, TX 

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.

~K.M., Conroe, TX (AVVO Review

Mr. Sullivan demonstrated the up-most character and effort in working my case. He is a man of his words and has great passion for what he does. This lawyer is not like the ordinary. Full of wisdom, advice, character, and integrity, Mr.James Sullivan delivers exceptional legal services. He comes with no judgment or generalizations and every message and contact is completely personalized and satisfactory. He was very patience in all explanations and would ensure that I was completely aware of the situation and all possible outcomes. I would highly recommend him in any case, for he is determined to help the people. It was a blessing to my family and I to have you by our side,and Thank you again James Sullivan. You are the man.

~Client, Houston, TX (AVVO Review)

I hired Jim Sullivan for my daughter’s felony evading arrest and theft case. I could not be any happier with my decision. He is an amazing attorney and a very compassionate and understanding human being. Both of my daughter’s cases were dismissed! I would highly recommend Jim Sullivan to anyone needing a criminal defense attorney.

~Tracie Hinson, Tomball, TX 

I was so blessed to have met James Sullivan. His values, ethics and professionalism made us win the case for one of my Contractors. As recommended by him, the case was impeccably argued before the Grand Jury and it was no billed. Given his track record, I have now taken the liberty of calling him “The King of NO-BILLED” Thank you so much for your help. God Bless you!

~K. Ache, Houston TX (AVVO Review) 

I want to thank Attorney Jim Sullivan for helping me with my case. I had a probation violation on an Assault Family Violence case in Criminal District Court which resulted in jail time. Mr. Sullivan represented me and, even though my probation officer recommended revocation, he managed to get the Motion to Adjudicate Guilt dismissed on the first setting and I was released from jail later that night.

The terms of my probation included that I not have contact with my wife until completion of my BIPP counseling sessions which were for 18 weeks. My probation officer claimed that I violated my probation by returning to my house and that was false. Mr. Sullivan interviewed my mother and my wife about what really happened and then proved to the prosecutors and the probation department representative that I did not break the rules and that I should be released back to probation so that I could keep my job to provide for my children. 

He thoroughly prepared for the first court setting and I am very grateful for him for going above and beyond in helping my case and would recommend him to anyone who needs not only an experienced criminal defense attorney but also an attorney who treats you like a real friend. So, with that being said, thank you Jim Sullivan for an outstanding job.

~Kelvin, Houston, TX (AVVO Review) 

As an attorney, Jim Sullivan is low profile, down to earth, insightful, and most importantly, effective. I had met with other attorneys that presented a tough and flashy image and claimed to be the best in town, but I chose Jim because I trusted his integrity, capability and sincerity to do his best in representing me in the criminal case [Theft] that was charged against me. I was proven to have made a sound judgment – Jim had my case totally dismissed without a trial setting, two months after the charge was made against me. From what I have observed, Jim does not just apply a standard formula to a case and then proceed in the legal system’s “production line.” Instead, he thinks outside the box and he catches details that are critical to properly define the nature of an event and he goes on to breakthrough a seemingly impossible situation. Jim is a very good attorney, a good man and a true blessing.

~Kay, Houston, Texas

Jim Sullivan is a great lawyer. He saved me from a lifetime of sex offender registration.  Before I hired him, another lawyer told me I might get probation but I’d still have to register. My life would’ve been over if that happened. I couldn’t get a job. I couldn’t support my family. Only Mr. Sullivan had the confidence that he could beat my case.

I had met this girl on Facebook. The girl said she was 18 and had a child of her own. I was 24. We dated during the summer and then she said I got her pregnant. When her mama found out, she called the police. That’s when I learned that the girl was only 16 at the time. I got charged with Sexual Assault of a Child and was looking at doing 2 to 20 years in prison. 

The lawyer I first spoke to said I committed statutory rape and that there was no defense. He wanted to charge a large fee just to try and get me probation. I then spoke with Mr. Sullivan. He assured me that I had a good chance of getting the case no billed or dismissed by the grand jury and then getting my arrest records expunged. At first I didn’t know what he was talking about it because I had never heard of a grand jury before, so he explained it to me how he was going to do it. Mr. Sullivan told me he had gotten other sex cases dismissed the same way. He also charged less than the other lawyers.

I am so glad that I found Mr. Sullivan. He did what he said he was going to do. Within 3 months of being charged, he got my case no billed by the grand jury. I cannot thank him enough for what he did for me.  He really saved my life.  I recommend him to anyone who needs a criminal lawyer. In my mind, he is the best. 

–Will O., Houston

We hired Attorney Jim Sullivan to represent our 39 year old son who was charged with Aggravated Assault Family Violence in Harris County [Houston]. Our son suffers from schizoaffective disorder. He was not on his medication when he got into an argument with his wife and seriously injured her with a knife [stabbed her in the arm and back]. Attorney Jim Sullivan was the second attorney to represent our son in this difficult case where the prosecution only offered prison time. Sullivan believed that our son’s only hope for probation was to ask the Judge to decide punishment in a PSI hearing. The complainant insisted on testifying during the hearing. Sullivan skillfully cross-examined her and got her to admit that she cheated on our son during their relationship, got pregnant by another man and led our son to believe that the child was his. Soon after the birth, our son learned through DNA testing that he was not the biological father, however he still chose to raise the child, love him and treat him like his own son. After hearing all of the evidence, the Judge gave our son deferred adjudication so that he could get on with his life. We are very grateful for what Attorney Jim Sullivan did for our family. 

~N.T., Houston, Texas

If anyone could say dealing with an attorney is a pleasure, we would be the first ones in line to speak up.  If one could compare doctors and attorneys, in that each of us needs a family physician, then I state attorney Jim Sullivan would be our family attorney.  As parents we found ourselves lost and not knowing where to turn when our son was in trouble having faced issues our youth of today face on a regular basis. Mr. Sullivan put us at ease right away. He has represented our son twice in the past 4 years, the first being a charge of felony possession which he had reduced to a misdemeanor and this last time a BMV with an early dismissal from probation and the court ordering the defendant’s guilty plea withdrawn.  In other words with no guilty plea the court ordered the verdict set aside and the indictment dismissed.  Mr. Sullivan has proven to be a man of integrity, honesty and true concern for his clients.  I hope we never have to use our family attorney again, but we give him a 5 STAR rating for anyone needing an attorney with the highest credentials.  Thank you Mr. Sullivan. 

~G.S and D.S., Katy, Texas

Jim Sullivan saved my life.  I had never been in trouble before.  I am a single mom with three kids.  A neighbor’s boy, an 11 year old bully, beat up my 9 year old son.  My 10 year old son then went outside and gave the bully a black eye.  The bully ran home and told his momma that I had hit him.  His momma came over and attacked me.  The next day that woman called the police and I got arrested for a felony, Injury to a Child.  I spent 2 weeks in jail for something I didn’t do before my momma got enough money together to pay the bondsman.  Before Jim Sullivan defended me, I was afraid. I thought the best I could get was probation.  I just don’t trust the law.  I’ve seen too many people go to trial, lose and get a lot of prison time.  But Jim believed in me.  When we first went to court, Jim told me the government was offering me deferred adjudication on the felony, but he said that I shouldn’t take it.  Jim told me he would fight my case all the way to trial and that there was no way he was gonna let me plead guilty when I was innocent.  Over the next few months, he worked on my case.  He came to my neighborhood and spent many hours talking to witnesses.  On my first trial setting, Jim told me that the government was now offering me a better deal–deferred adjudication on a misdemeanor assault, but Jim told me that I should not take it because I was not guilty of that either.  He was sure he would win my case at trial and I believed him. Over 6 months, we went to court 10 different times. Finally, on my third trial setting, the government dismissed my case!  I thank God that Jim was my attorney.  He truly cared about me and my family.  I cannot thank him enough.  Because of him, I still have a clean record and I can still work to support my kids. 

~D. Shepherd, Houston, Texas (AVVO Review)

Jim Sullivan is a good lawyer and a good person. My son got arrested for drug possession at age 18 at his high school in Collin County Texas (near Dallas). I thought his future education plans were over, but Jim Sullivan worked hard to persuade the prosecutor to reduce the case to a class C misdemeanor and allow my son a 90 day deferred adjudication. He successfully completed the probation and his case was dismissed. Most importantly, after Jim Sullivan counseled my son for several hours over several days, my son finally saw the light and gave up his daily weed smoking habit. While his former friends now have criminal records for drug use, my son changed his life for the better, graduated from high school and is working full time for a good company. 

~W.H.S., Collin County, TX

I was charged with Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration, a serious felony offense. I was innocent of the accusation, however I did not think that any attorney would believe my story. When I left prison, I joined a Christian church (Houston Victory Ministry) and lived in one of their homes. The main mission of the church is to “restore men back to God’s purpose”. In my criminal case, law enforcement came to the church to verify that I was in fact living there as that was where I was registered. The day that they visited I was working. A resident living in a different house who did not know me misinformed the police and told them I did not live there. Rather than talking to the ministers of the church or anyone in authority, they simply filed felony charges against me, and I did not want to be arrested and have to rely on the services of a court-appointed attorney. It took several months for me to earn the money to post my bond and to hire Attorney Jim Sullivan. Even with letters from my pastor, the prosecutor was still not willing to dismiss the case and only offered 4 years in prison. My attorney insisted on setting the case for trial because the state was not willing to do the right thing.  When my attorney talked to the chief prosecutor about getting a date for a jury trial, the State finally gave in and dismissed my case.  Mr. Sullivan did an awesome job for me. He believed in me and my case from the beginning. He took pictures of the facility, talked to witnesses and prepared the case for trial.  In other words, he did his job.  So, I just want to encourage anyone needing a good criminal defense lawyer, Mr. Sullivan is the one to go to.  I am a Christian and I believe with all my heart that God sent him to me.  God bless. 

~Robert G., Houston, TX

Jim Sullivan is a person of trust and integrity and most of all honest.  During a horrible time in my life, I was charged with a felony for insurance fraud.  Needless to say, I had a spotless record, never been in trouble with the law.  During some unfortunate circumstances, I ended up in court and had no idea on what was going to happen to me next.  By the grace of God I found Jim Sullivan, an angel that walks the earth. I was scared to death; he walked me through the legal process with dignity and integrity.  Not knowing anything about the system, he explained every detail and never left my side.  With his professionalism and trust, I was able to get through this horrible nightmare.  I thank God for Jim every day.  He impacted my life so much.  I was not able to do it without him.

~Donna H., Houston, TX

It was late on a Saturday afternoon when I found myself caught up in a very serious legal situation [2º felony Theft].  I was terrified and didn’t know where to turn.  I made a few calls and ended up speaking with Jim Sullivan.  He had me come into his office that same day and spent several hours speaking with me and getting the background on my situation.  Mr. Sullivan was never judgmental or condescending.  He listened to my story and believed in me.

Mr. Sullivan saw me through what was by far the worst time of my life.  He represented me very well and his expertise as well as his belief in me helped me to realize a reasonable ending to my ordeal.  I would recommend Jim Sullivan without any reservation.

~B.B., Houston, TX

Jim Sullivan helped me every step of the way to get my record clean.  He is a very dedicated professional that truly listens to you and provides a way out when you are involved in a criminal situation.  I made a very foolish mistake of shoplifting and thought that I could never get my reputation back.  However, he made sure to make every effort possible to get me out of this trouble.  I thank God that I found him because without him I would have remained a criminal in the eyes of the public.  Jim Sullivan is a man of trust, hard work and dedication.  There is no doubt about that.  I would highly recommend him to anyone needing a criminal lawyer.

~Denisse P., Houston, TX

I recommend Jim Sullivan to anyone who needs brilliant legal representation. In a legal jungle, Jim is a lion.  Never intimidated, Jim courageously defended my rights and freedoms and we won. My cases [Indecency with a Child] were difficult and complicated, but Jim handled everything with cool, calm competence. I was facing up to 20 years of incarceration for false accusations, so the stakes were high. Jim came through for me. [Both felony cases in Montgomery county were dismissed on the second trial setting]

~T.P., Houston, TX

Although my case [evading detention by motor vehicle] is still active and not resolved yet due to scheduling, I know that Mr.Sullivan cared about me as a person and helped me get my case lowered to a less severe charge. In the future, my charge may be dismissed after I fulfill my contract [pretrial diversion]. I appreciated his willingness to help, to delegate the personal and medical matters with the DA in Houston. I think that Mr.Sullivan is very professional and is willing to help anyone with sincerity and honesty. If anyone needs a good defense attorney, please get Mr.Sullivan!

(Updated Comment one month later): Today the case was dismissed!! It was better than I expected. I didn’t have to wait 6 mo-1 year.

~Cindy H., Houston, TX

I have known Attorney Jim Sullivan since he began practicing criminal and juvenile law in 1994. He has represented me and other family members in several difficult legal matters. I would highly recommend him if you need a defense attorney.

~Kimberly C., Collin County, TX

The good Lord was looking out for my son when he was assigned Jim Sullivan as his attorney. An attorney who truly cares about the future of his clients well-being, long term. Mr. Sullivan did not see my son as a SPN number. He sees him as a human being who God has placed in his path for a reason. Thank you so much for all of your efforts!

~Betty B., Houston TX

We recently hired Mr. Sullivan’s legal services on behalf of my 18 yr old son who was involved in a car accident involving injury [Failure to Stop and Render Aid]. I was impressed with Mr. Sullivan’s professionalism and understanding as well as his knowledge of laws. He listened to our case and wanted to help. He was very thorough, clear and quick to respond in his explanations while defending our case to the DA and Judge.  We are very pleased with the results and outcome and I would highly recommend using Mr. Sullivan services.

~J. Garcia, Houston, TX

We certainly would use Mr. Sullivan again if the need arises. He was swift in calling us back, meeting with us on a Sunday, and making the necessary arrangements in court. We were able to get the pre-trial diversion situation handled promptly.

~Cynthia P., Houston, TX

Jim Sullivan is an extremely good attorney. He actually cares about your case and wants the best for you just as much as you do. He is reliable and very professional. I am so glad to have found such a good attorney like him. I would recommend him to any teenager or even an adult. He knows what he is doing and he makes the atmosphere a little more relaxing. I have never gotten in trouble with the law until this past year and he has not only helped me with my court case, but he has given me a good word of encouragement and I am very confident that my case will be settled the exact way that I am hoping for.

~M.A.C., Houston, TX

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