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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.

Fort Bend County Sexual Assault Lawyer | Sugar Land Sex Crimes Attorney James Sullivan

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Fort Bend County Sexual Assault of a Child Lawyers

Sugar Land Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys

In Texas, Statutory Rape is charged as Sexual Assault of a Child, a serious felony offense. If convicted as an adult, the defendant is required to register as a sex offender for life. If the alleged child victim is between 14 to 16 years of age, the crime is a second degree felony and punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison for each count in the indictment. If the alleged child victim is under 14 years of age, the crime is a first degree felony and punishable by 5 to 99 years in prison for each count in the indictment.

Under Investigation?  Contact Sugar Land Sexual Assault Defense Attorney James Sullivan at 281-546-6428.

These cases seem to be more and more common. A 23 year old male name “John” goes to a friend’s house party and meets an attractive, willing woman who says she is 18 years of age. They have consensual sex in one of the bedrooms. Several days later, he learns that she is really 14 years of age and that her mother found out about it and called the police.

John now faces serious sex offense charges. There are several important legal issues to consider:

  • In Texas, for purposes of the Sexual Assault of a Child and Indecency with a Child crimes, a child does not become an adult until age 17. For other sexual-related offenses, including Possession of Child Pornography and Sexual Performance of a Child, the age of an adult is 18 years.
  • In Texas, it is not a defense that the accused did not know the child’s real age. So, the alleged victim could have lied about her age to the accused and the accused will still face criminal charges.
  • The alleged victim cannot legally consent to sexual relations unless the alleged victim is 14 years of age or older and there is only a 3 year or less difference between the ages of the alleged victim and the accused.
  • In Texas, only one eye-witness, the alleged victim, is sufficient for conviction, so long as the jury believes the alleged victim beyond a reasonable doubt.
  • In Texas, neither genital trauma nor DNA evidence is required for a conviction.
  • In Texas, voluntary intoxication is not a defense. So, if the accused goes to a party, gets drunk and sleeps with an underage girl, he cannot use his intoxication as a defense to the crime of Sexual Assault of a Child.
  • In Texas, each separate sexual act can be separately charged within one indictment and, if there is a conviction, each Count can be stacked or served consecutively.

Experienced Fort Bend County Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys

With these types of sexual offenses, there are many other legal issues involved. If a person is charged with sexual assault of a child, possession of child pornography or any type of sex offense, it is important to retain a criminal defense attorney who is experienced defending Texas sex offenses.

James Sullivan and Associates are Fort Bend County Criminal Defense Attorneys with over 45 combined years of defense experience.  James Sullivan is also board certified in Juvenile Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  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 in private practice.  You can call James Sullivan and Associates right now at 281-546-6428 for a free confidential consultation.

Sugar Land Sex Crimes Lawyer James Sullivan Wins Cases at the Grand Jury Level

Why Fight a Felony Case at the Grand Jury Level?

Sugar Land Sex Crimes Defense Attorney James Sullivan has been very successful in getting Sexual Assault of a Child cases No Billed (dismissed) by the Grand Jury.  In just the past few years, Sullivan has fought these cases and prevailed in five such cases in neighboring Harris County as detailed below.  When a case is No Billed by the Grand Jury, the accused has the right to immediately seek an expunction of his criminal record.  Because prosecutors generally seek to present the case to the Grand Jury between the first and setting court setting, it is extremely important to hire a defense attorney right away.  Unless a defense attorney requests that the prosecutor hold the felony case from the Grand Jury in order to prepare a defense packet, the prosecutor will seek an indictment from the Grand Jury.

Once an accused is indicted, this option is no longer available.  If found guilty by a jury or if placed on deferred adjudication probation for this type of offense, the accused would be required to register as a sex offender for life.  Time is of the essence in retaining a knowledgeable Sugar Land sexual assault defense attorney.

James Sullivan and Associates | Houston Texas Sex Crimes Defense Attorney

James Sullivan 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 has a proven record of defending people from all walks of life, faiths and countries in courts throughout Texas.

Contact James Sullivan and Associates for a free consultation at 281-546-6428 about your allegations of sexual assault in Harris County (Houston), Montgomery County (Conroe), Fort Bend County (Richmond), Brazoria County (Angleton), Matagorda County (Bay City), Waller County (Hempstead), Washington County (Brenham), Liberty County (Liberty),  Chambers County (Anahuac) and Jefferson County (Beaumont).  James Sullivan is an experienced Houston criminal defense lawyer who will work hard to get you the best result for your particular situation.

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

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DATE CASE # CT # TEXAS CRIMINAL OFFENSE ACTUAL RESULT
ALL CASES NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY WERE BASED ON DEFENSE PACKETS
04/19/12 1332791 185th SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (2° Felony) NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of having consensual sex with underage girl he met on online after she falsely claimed that she was 18)
12/03/10 1283460 232nd SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (2° Felony) NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of consensual sex with underage female)
08/24/10 1264919 232ND SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (2° Felony) NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of consensual sex with underage female)
04/28/10 1220515 179TH SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (2° Felony) DISMISSED BY STATE PRIOR TO TRIAL SETTING (Client accused of committing sexual assault against a young relative)
11/23/09 1231727 179TH SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (2° Felony) NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of consensual sex with underage female)

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Fort Bend County Felony Defense Lawyer | Richmond Texas Criminal Attorney James Sullivan

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Fort Bend County Felony Lawyers

If you have been charged with a felony, such as possession of a controlled substance, aggravated assault, murder, sexual assault, aggravated robbery or assault by impeding breathing, it is important that you have an experienced Fort Bend County criminal lawyer to represent you. James G. Sullivan and Associates have significant jury trial experience as felony defense attorneys.

James G. Sullivan and Associates are experienced defense attorneys and can effectively represent you at all pre-trial hearings, jury trials and (if necessary) sentencing hearings. The attorneys have successfully represented clients charged with felony offenses throughout Texas. If you are facing an aggravated assault or other felony offense, then you need an experienced Richmond, Texas criminal trial lawyer to defend you.

Fort Bend County Criminal Lawyers Fighting for Your Rights, Freedom and Future

Choosing a criminal defense lawyer to defend you may be the most important decision you will make in your case. Whether you have been charged with a crime or are under investigation by law enforcement, your rights, your freedom and your future are at risk. It is critical to have the counsel of an experienced criminal attorney as early as possible.

Because a conviction results in a criminal record and could also result in incarceration in prison, a felony charge must be taken seriously. Unless the charge is expunged or non-disclosed (sealed), a felony will show up on a background check. Once you are convicted, it will stay on your record forever.

Being convicted or accused of a felony can have devastating consequences. Hiring an experienced criminal attorney can make the difference between being found guilty or not guilty.

To discuss your felony case involving aggravated assault, burglary of a habitation, child abuse, drug possession, drug delivery, aggravated robbery or any other felony defense matter with an experienced criminal attorney, call James G. Sullivan and Associates for a free confidential consultation at (281) 546-6428.

Richmond, Texas Felony Charge Defense Attorneys

Levels of Felony Offenses in Texas

In Texas, there are five levels of felonies: Capital, First Degree, Second Degree, Third Degree and State Jail.

  • Capital felonies are punishable by life imprisonment without parole or by death in capital cases in which the State seeks the death penalty.
  • First Degree felonies are punishable by 5 to 99 years or Life in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
  • Second Degree felonies are punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
  • Third Degree felonies are punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
  • State Jail felonies are punishable by 180 days to 2 years in a state jail and up to a $10,000 fine.

James G. Sullivan and Associates have extensive trial experience defending against felony charges. They have successfully defended people in criminal and juvenile court on felony charges, including the following:

  • Aggravated Assault
  • Aggravated Kidnapping
  • Aggravated Robbery
  • Assault by Impeding Breathing (choking)
  • Assault against a Public Servant
  • Auto Theft
  • Burglary of a Habitation or Building
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Porn Possession
  • Drug Defense, including Drug Possession and Drug Trafficking
  • DWI Defense
  • Evading by Motor Vehicle
  • Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
  • Intoxication Manslaughter
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder
  • Negligent Homicide
  • Online Solicitation of a Minor
  • Sexual Assault of a Child, including Indecency with a Child
  • White Collar Crime, including Credit Card Abuse, Embezzlement, Insurance Fraud and Identity Theft

Fort Bend County Criminal Attorneys Fighting for Your Rights, Freedom and Future

Do not be intimidated and do not give up hope.You may have been arrested and charged, but that does not mean that the police followed proper procedure or that the prosecutor has sufficient evidence to prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. James G. Sullivan and Associates have succeeded in getting hundreds of criminal cases dismissed, no billed (dismissed) by the grand jury and in obtaining not guilty verdicts from juries. Talk to an experienced criminal trial lawyer before you even consider giving up and entering a plea of guilty.

NTL-top-100-memberThe defense attorneys at James G. Sullivan and Associates work as a team and will fight to get you justice. They will answer all of your questions so that you will know what to expect in a criminal case and help you and your family to make informed decisions. They will use their 45 years of combined experience and extensive legal knowledge to zealously defend you against serious felony charges.

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.

Contact James G. Sullivan and Associates

James G. Sullivan and Associates use their extensive trial experience and knowledge of the law to defend their clients. If you are facing a felony or misdemeanor charge and need an experienced Houston criminal trial lawyer, they can help.

To discuss your case in confidence with an experienced Harris County criminal law attorney, call James G. Sullivan for a free consultation at (281) 546-6428.

Contact James Sullivan & Associates for a free consultation at (281) 546-6428 about your allegations of child abuse or child neglect in the areas of Harris County (Houston), Montgomery County (Conroe), Fort Bend County (Richmond), Brazoria County (Angleton), Matagorda County (Bay City), Waller County (Hempstead), Washington County (Brenham), Liberty County (Liberty), Chambers County (Anahuac) and Jefferson County (Beaumont). James Sullivan is an experienced Texas family crimes lawyer who will work hard to get you the best result for your particular situation.

Fort Bend County Child Abuse Lawyer | Richmond Texas Criminal Lawyer James Sullivan

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Fort Bend County Child Abuse Defense Law

Parents, family members, guardians or caretakers of children are often alarmed or stunned that they are accused of child abuse or neglect in the Greater Houston area. Because of reporting requirements in Texas, law enforcement officers usually will investigate almost all reports of discipline or physical abuse, including slapping, hitting, spanking, kicking, beating, broken bones or any welts, bruises or marks on the child.

Although bruises and marks alone are insufficient evidence for a child abuse conviction, allegations of child neglect or abuse can result in serious consequences if the alleged abuser is convicted or placed on probation, including jail time, fines, irreparable harm to reputation, humiliation, loss of parental rights and/or a permanent criminal record.

Under Investigation? Call Richmond, Texas Criminal Lawyer James Sullivan at (281) 546-6428 to discuss your case.

Charges or accusations of child neglect or abuse do not have to result in a criminal conviction. To do so, each and every element of the offense has to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt by the state prosecutor.   This burden of proof is very high and the State often has difficult in meeting it. If the jury has a reasonable doubt you committed every element of the offense, you will be found not guilty. If the State does not believe they can prove their case at trial, the State may offer to reduce the charges to a misdemeanor or even dismiss the charges outright. Therefore, it is extremely important that you contact an experienced criminal trial lawyer in the Greater Houston area who will investigate your case and suggest the best legal strategy to defend you.

Richmond, Texas Child Abuse Lawyer

Contact James Sullivan & Associates for a free consultation at (281) 546-6428 about your allegations of child abuse or child neglect.

What is Child Abuse in Fort Bend County?

Texas law defines abuse under Texas Family Code §261.001(1) as any of the following acts or omissions:

   Mental or emotional injury to a child that results in an observable and material impairment in the child’s growth, development, or psychological functioning;

   Allowing a child to be in a situation where the child receives mental or emotional injury;

   Physical injury or threat of substantial harm to the child;

   Failure to make a reasonable effort to prevent the acts of another person that results in physical injury that results in substantial harm to the child;

   Sexual conduct harmful to a child’s emotional, mental or physical welfare including conduct that constitutes the offense of continuous sexual abuse of young child or children (Texas Penal Code §21.02), indecency with a child (TPC § 21.11) sexual assault (TPC §22.011) or aggravated sexual assault (TPC § 22.021);

   Failure to make a reasonable effort to prevent sexual conduct harmful to a child;

   Compelling or encouraging a child to engage in sexual conduct such as prostitution or pornography;

   Using a controlled substance by a person in a way that the use results in mental, emotional or physical injury to a child;

   Causing, allowing or encouraging a child to use a controlled substance; and/or

   Causing, allowing, encouraging, or engaging in a sexual performance by a child (TPC § 43.25).

What is Child Neglect in Fort Bend County?

Neglect is defined by TFC §261.001(4) as:

   Leaving a child in a situation where the child would be exposed to a substantial risk of physical or mental harm, without arranging for necessary care for the child, and the demonstration of an intent not to return by a parent, guardian, or managing or possessory conservator of the child;

   Placing a child in or failing to remove a child from a situation that a reasonable person would realize requires judgment or actions beyond the child’s level of maturity, physical condition, or mental abilities and that results in bodily injury or a substantial risk of immediate harm or harmful sexual conduct;

   The failure to seek medical care for a child that results in a substantial risk of death, disfigurement or bodily injury or with the failure resulting in an observable and material impairment to the growth, development, or functioning of the child; and/or

   The failure to provide a child with food, clothing or shelter necessary to sustain the life or health of the child, excluding failure caused primarily by financial inability unless relief services had been offered and refused.

Fort Bend County Child Abuse Crimes

According to TPC § 22.04, an individual can be charged with child abuse, injury to a child or child neglect if they intentionally, knowingly, recklessly or with criminal negligence cause a child:

   Serious bodily injury,

   Serious mental deficiency, impairment or injury, or

   Bodily injury.

An individual can also be charged with child abuse if they fail to act on behalf of or care for a child the alleged offender had a legal or statutory duty to act on behalf of or if they have assumed care for the child, such as parent or an owner of or an employee of a child day care.

Texas law defines as a child as anyone 14 years of age or younger, according to TPC § 22.04(c)(1).

Bodily injury is defined as any physical pain, illness or impairment of any physical condition, according to TPC § 1.07(a)(8) . Serious bodily injury is defined as any bodily injury that causes permanent impairment or loss of any body part or organ, substantial risk of death, or serious permanent disfigurement, according to TPC § 1.07(a)(46).

Fort Bend County Child Abuse Punishment

The possible punishments and penalties for child abuse offenses are defined in Chapter 12 of the Texas Penal Code. The degree of conviction and punishment varies depending on the alleged offender’s mental state and the degree of injury caused to the child as a result of the abuse or neglect.

   An individual charged with a child abuse offense involving criminal negligence by the alleged offender can be convicted of a state jail felony. A state jail felony is punishable by 180 days to two years in jail and/or a fine up to $10,000.

   An individual charged with a child abuse offense involving reckless actions by the alleged offender that resulted in bodily injury can be convicted of state jail felony. A state jail felony is punishable by a fine up to $10,000 and/or a jail sentence ranging from 180 days to two years.

   An individual charged with a child abuse offense involving intentional or knowing actions by the alleged offender that resulted in bodily injury can be convicted of a felony of the third degree.  A felony of the third degree is punishable by two to ten years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000.

   An individual charged with a child abuse offense involving reckless actions by the alleged offender that resulted in serious bodily injury or serious mental injury can be convicted of a felony of the second degree. A felony of the second degree is punishable by two to 20 years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000.

   An individual charged with a child abuse offense involving intentional or knowing actions by the alleged offender that resulted in serious mental injury or serious bodily injury can be convicted of a felony of the first degree. A felony of the first degree is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from five to 99 years and/or a fine not more than $10,000.

What are the Duty to Report Child Abuse Laws in Texas?

According to TFC §261.101, anyone who has reason to believe a child’s mental or physical health or welfare has been adversely affected by abuse or neglect is required to make a report with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

Additionally, anyone who is considered a child care professional is required to make the report within 48 hours. A professional in Texas is anyone who is licensed or certified by the state or is an employee of a facility licensed or certified by the state and has direct contact with children in the normal course of their job. Child care professionals can include nurses, doctors, mental health practitioners, attorneys, members of the clergy, teachers, reproductive service clinic or facility employees, juvenile probation officers, juvenile detention or correctional officers, and/or day-care employees.

Failure to make a report of child abuse or neglect as provided by Texas law can result in being charged with a misdemeanor or state jail felony offense.

James Sullivan & Associates | Fort Bend County Child Neglect Attorney

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.

Contact James Sullivan & Associates for a free consultation at (281) 546-6428 about your allegations of child abuse or child neglect in the areas of Harris County (Houston), Montgomery County (Conroe), Fort Bend County (Richmond), Brazoria County (Angleton), Matagorda County (Bay City), Waller County (Hempstead), Washington County (Brenham), Liberty County (Liberty), Chambers County (Anahuac) and Jefferson County (Beaumont). James Sullivan is an experienced Texas family crimes lawyer who will work hard to get you the best result for your particular situation.

Theft Crimes – Fort Bend County Criminal Lawyer | Richmond Texas Theft Attorney James Sullivan

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Fort Bend County Theft Crime Attorneys

Richmond, Texas Theft Crime Lawyers James Sullivan and Associates represents clients on misdemeanor and felony theft offenses in Fort Bend and the surrounding counties.  Theft of any amount is a very serious crime.  It is a crime of moral turpitude (dishonesty) and a conviction for theft can adversely affect you for the rest of your life.  You really cannot afford a conviction for theft on your record.  Each year, hundreds of people contact James Sullivan in order to get their theft convictions expunged from their record because they cannot get a job but unfortunately a theft conviction cannot be expunged or sealed (non-disclosed).  Young adults especially may not know about or consider the far-reaching effects of having a theft conviction on their record.  James Sullivan can discuss with you the possible options in order to later get your theft case record sealed or expunged.

What is Theft?

A person commits theft if he unlawfully takes another person’s property without their consent and with the intent to deprive the owner of the property [Texas Penal Code Sec. 31.03].  Obviously, if he did not intend to take the other person’s property, then it is not theft.  For example, in an alleged shoplifting case, if you place a case of beer on the rack under your shopping cart, forget about it and then walk out of the grocery store without paying for it, you should not be held responsible.  Or, if your child puts an item in your shopping bag without your knowledge and you leave the store without paying for it, you should not be convicted of theft.

What Could Happen if I Get Caught Stealing?

If you have been charged with shoplifting or any other theft related crime, you need a Richmond theft crime attorney to represent you.  You may face serious consequences if you have been arrested for theft in the Greater Houston area.  Your penalties will vary depending on the value of what you allegedly stole and other factors.  Theft crimes include shoplifting, hot checks, fraud, embezzlement and identity theft.  Theft crime can range from class C misdemeanor (such as a traffic violation level offense) to a first degree felony.  Burglary of a motor vehicle is a class A misdemeanor.  Auto theft is usually charged as a felony offense unless the value of the motor vehicle stolen is less than $1,500.  Other felony theft related crimes include credit card abuse (state jail felony), burglary of a building (state jail felony) and burglary of a habitation (2nd degree felony).

Fort Bend County Criminal Trial Lawyers

Richmond, Texas theft crime lawyer James Sullivan will discuss with you the seriousness of your charge and the various effective defense strategies that are best suited for your particular case.  Before you make your plea in court, it is important that you consult a theft crimes defense lawyer.   A Richmond criminal trial lawyer may be able to win your case at trial or persuade the prosecutor to dismiss the charges.   Another possible outcome is deferred adjudication.

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 theft charges in Fort Bend County (Richmond), Harris County (Houston), Montgomery County (Conroe), 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.

CRIMINAL OFFENSEACTUAL RESULTSCT #
TheftCASE DISMISSED (Client allegedly stole from her employer), Case # 19149956
Theft (2° Felony)CASE REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR THEFT (Client was accused of stealing over $170,000 in property from his employer. Thorough investigation by defense counsel revealed serious discrepancies in company inventory records), Case # 1369319262nd
TheftCASE DISMISSED WITHOUT A TRIAL SETTING (Client was accused of stealing an I-Pad from a restaurant), Case # 18612387
Auto TheftCASE DISMISSED (Client was accused of stealing an acquaintance’s car)314
Theft (State Jail Felony) in Jefferson County (Beaumont)CASE REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR THEFT with no restitution (Client was accused of stealing over $10,000 from his employer and allegedly signed a voluntary confession. Thorough investigation by defense counsel cast serious doubt on the State’s ability to prove their case at trial), Case # 08-02655District Court
TheftCASE DISMISSED (Client accused of shoplifting), Case # 17652594
TheftCASE DISMISSED (Client accused of stealing a cell phone at a party), Case # 18121304
Motion to Adjudicate Guilt (Theft)( State Jail Felony)PROBATION REVOKED AND SENTENCED TO TIME SERVED (100 days HCJ under §12.44a)(Client had a reasonable due diligence argument regarding failure of the police to arrest the defendant soon after the violation of probation), Case # 926980337th
Theft (State Jail Felony)CASE REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR THEFT and client received a deferred adjudication probation, Case # 1261476338th
Motion to Adjudicate Guilt (Theft)MADJ DISMISSED. Probation terminated without a conviction, Case # 12310973
Theft (State Jail Felony)REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR THEFT, Case # 1238796262nd
TheftCASE DISMISSED, Case # 155825013
Theft (State Jail Felony)REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR THEFT and client received deferred adjudication probation, Case # 1201179339th
Theft (State Jail Felony)CASE DISMISSED, Case # 1197048351st
Theft (State Jail Felony)REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR THEFT and client received deferred adjudication probation, Case # 1202504178th
TheftCASE DISMISSED, Case # 149153814
TheftCASE DISMISSED, Case # 99133488
TheftCASE DISMISSED315th

Shoplifting – Fort Bend County Theft Lawyer | Richmond Texas Criminal Attorney James Sullivan

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Fort Bend County Shoplifting Attorneys

Fort Bend County Theft Crime Defense Lawyer

Richmond, Texas Theft Crime Lawyers James Sullivan and Associates represents clients on misdemeanor and felony theft offenses in Fort Bend and the surrounding counties.  Theft of any amount is a very serious crime.  It is a crime of moral turpitude (dishonesty) and a conviction for theft can negatively affect you for the rest of your life.  You really cannot afford a conviction for theft on your record.  Each year, hundreds of people contact Attorney James Sullivan in order to get their theft convictions expunged from their record because they cannot get a job but unfortunately a theft conviction cannot be expunged or sealed (non-disclosed).  Young people especially may not know about or consider the far-reaching effects of having a theft conviction on their record.  James Sullivan can discuss with you the possible options in order to later get your theft case record sealed or expunged.

Need a Richmond, Texas Shoplifting Lawyer? Contact James Sullivan and Associates at (281) 546-6428 for a free confidential consultation.

What is Theft?

A person commits theft if he unlawfully takes another person’s property without their consent and with the intent to deprive the owner of the property [Texas Penal Code Sec. 31.03].  Obviously, if he did not intend to take the other person’s property, then it is not theft.  For example, in an alleged shoplifting case, if you place a case of beer on the rack under your shopping cart, forget about it and then walk out of the grocery store without paying for it, you should not be held responsible.  Or, if your child puts an item in your shopping bag without your knowledge and you leave the store without paying for it, you should not be convicted of theft.

If you have been charged with shoplifting or any other theft related crime, you need a Fort Bend County theft crime attorney to represent you.  You may face serious consequences if you have been arrested for theft in Richmond or the surrounding area.  Your penalties will vary depending on the value of what you allegedly stole and other factors.  Theft crimes include shoplifting, hot checks, fraud, embezzlement and identity theft.  Theft crime can range from class C misdemeanor (such as a traffic violation level offense) to 1st degree felony.  Burglary of a motor vehicle is a class A misdemeanor.  Auto theft is usually charged as a felony offense unless the value of the motor vehicle stolen is less than $1,500.  Other felony theft related crimes include credit card abuse (state jail felony), burglary of a building (state jail felony) and burglary of a habitation (2nd degree felony).

Fort Bend County theft crime lawyer James Sullivan will discuss with you the seriousness of your charge and the various effective defense strategies that are best suited for your particular case.  Before you make your plea in court, it is important that you consult a theft crimes defense lawyer in Richmond, Texas.

Attorney James Sullivan

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.  Sullivan is also certified in Juvenile Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Contact James Sullivan & Associates for a free initial consultation at (281) 546-6428 about your theft charges in Fort Bend County (Richmond), Harris County (Houston), Montgomery County (Conroe), 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.

 

Burglary of a Habitation – Fort Bend County Burglary Lawyer | Richmond Texas Criminal Attorney James Sullivan

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Fort Bend County Burglary Attorney

If you have been charged with burglary of a habitation, take immediate action and call an attorney.  Even if you are being investigated by the police and charges have not yet been filed, you should not wait.  An experienced Fort Bend County criminal attorney may be able to fight and win your case at the grand jury level.  If that happens, you would have the immediate right to get the criminal records expunged.

If you wait until you are arrested, this option may no longer be available.  Also, burglary cases are complex and punishment is severe.  The court could impose huge fines.  You could lose your freedom.  You need the counseling, guidance and defense of an experienced Fort Bend County criminal trial lawyer to fight for the best result.

Richmond, Texas Attorney for Burglary of a Habitation

At the Law Office of James Sullivan & Associates, we know what is at stake when our clients face serious felony charges.   Our job is to fight for your rights, freedom and future.  We have experience fighting burglary cases at the grand jury level and at jury trial.

Contact James Sullivan & Associates for a free initial consultation at (281) 546-6428 about your burglary charges.

What is Burglary of a Habitation?

Texas law defines burglary under Texas Penal Code §30.02 as unlawful entry into (or remaining concealed within) a home, business or any type of enclosed structure with the intent to commit a felony, theft or an assault.  Although most burglary cases involve theft, the act itself is not limited to theft.  For example, if a person breaks into an apartment in order to attack someone, that person would be charged with burglary of a habitation.

Burglary of a habitation is a second degree felony.  You could be sentenced to 2 to 20 years in prison. The burglary is enhanced to a first degree felony with imprisonment up to 99 years or life if you entered the habitation with the intent to commit or actual commission of a felony other than felony theft (for example, aggravated assault or sexual assault).  In addition, you could be fined $10,000.

Richmond, Texas Criminal Attorney James Sullivan has been fighting the State on felony criminal cases since 1994 and gets proven results.  With an available team of experienced investigators and experts, Sullivan prepares a strong defense and fights to get you the best result.  Depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, that could include reduced charges, dismissal or acquittal at trial.

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.

James Sullivan & Associates | Fort Bend County Burglary Defense Lawyer

Contact James Sullivan and Associates at 281-546-6428 for a free consultation about your burglary crime charges. James Sullivan is an experienced Houston criminal attorney with a proven record of defending fellow Texans accused of burglary offenses in criminal and juvenile courts throughout Harris County Texas and the surrounding counties of Montgomery County, Fort Bend County, Waller County, Brazoria County, Galveston County and Liberty County.

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

CRIMINAL OFFENSEACTUAL RESULTSCT#
Burglary of a Habitation (2° Felony)JURY TRIAL: NOT GUILTY (Client accused of breaking into a home with 6 other juveniles and stealing over $25,000 in cash from a safe)313th
Burglary of a Habitation with intent to commit aggravated assault (1° Felony)CASE REDUCED TO BURGLARY OF HABITATION WITH INTENT TO COMMIT MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT (2° Felony) when Sullivan was setting the case for trial (Client was accused of breaking into a neighbor’s downstairs apartment through the air vent and then threatening a 17 year old girl who was home alone. Client was originally offered 12 years on the aggravated felony through his court-appointed attorney) , Case # 1370138228th
Burglary of a Habitation (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED 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), Case # 1321679184th
Burglary of a Habitation (2° Felony)CASE REDUCED TO BURGLARY OF A BUILDING (State Jail Felony), Case # 1245594232nd
Burglary of a Habitation (2° Felony)REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR TRESPASS, Case # 1298554232nd
Burglary of a Habitation (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED (Client was accused of being the lookout on a burglary of a habitation)315th
Attempted Burglary of a Habitation (3° Felony)CASE REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR TRESPASS OF A HABITATION (Client was accused of trying to break into an apartment. The tenant was inside and observed window screens being removed from the side of the apartment) , Case # 1289876232nd
Burglary of a Habitation (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED , Case # 1268926339th
Burglary of a Habitation (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED, Case # 1277540232nd
Burglary of a Habitation (2° Felony)CASE REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR TRESPASS and client received deferred prosecution313th
Burglary of a Habitation (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED315th
Burglary of a Habitation (2° Felony)REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR TRESPASS TO HABITATION prior to jury trial setting, Case # 1200321337th
Burglary of a Habitation (2° Felony)CASE REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR THEFT, Case # 1185149232nd
Burglary of a Habitation with Intent to Commit Assault (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of breaking into house after a drug deal went bad) , Case # 1182231179th

Aggravated Robbery – Fort Bend County Criminal Lawyer | Richmond Texas Criminal Attorney James Sullivan

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Fort Bend County Aggravated Robbery Lawyer

Richmond, Texas Robbery Defense Attorney

Robbery itself is a serious felony that occurs when you injure someone or threaten to injure or kill someone while in the course of committing theft (Texas Penal Code §29.02). If convicted of robbery, you face 2 to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

Aggravated robbery is more serious and the penalties more severe. If convicted of aggravated robbery, you face 5 to 99 years or life in prison and a fine up to $10,000 (Texas Penal Code §29.03).

Robbery cases are complex and the penalties are severe. It is important to retain a Fort Bend County criminal lawyer with the experience in defending these cases. Attorney James Sullivan has fought aggravated robbery cases at trial and has also been successful in persuading prosecutors to dismiss robbery cases. Sullivan also has experience in getting several such cases no billed (dismissed) by the grand jury. Of course, each case is different and the results depend on the unique facts and circumstances of each case.

The Fort Bend County criminal trial lawyers at the Law Office of James G. Sullivan and Associates have over 45 combined years of defending felony and misdemeanor cases at trial. They are dedicated to obtaining the best result for their clients either through litigation or negotiation.

Richmond Aggravated Robbery Lawyer

Fighting for Your Rights, Freedom and Future

A robbery becomes aggravated robbery when a knife, gun or other deadly weapon is used, or when you cause serious bodily injury to another. Other factors that can increase the robbery to an aggravated robbery involve the age or disability of the alleged victim.

NTL-top-100-memberAt the Law Office of James Sullivan & Associates, we know what is at risk when our clients face aggravated robbery charges.  Our job is to fight for your rights, freedom and future.  Attorney James Sullivan has been fighting felony and misdemeanor charges at trial since 1994, and we will use our extensive experience to get you the best possible result.  James Sullivan attended the Trial Lawyers College founded by legendary lawyer Gerry Spence and was invited to join The National Trial Lawyers organization.

Contact James Sullivan & Associates for a free initial consultation at (281) 546-6428 about your robbery charges in Fort Bend County (Richmond), Harris County (Houston), Montgomery County (Conroe), 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.

CASEFACTSRESULT
Aggravated Robbery (2 separate cases)Sullivan represented a 25 year old man accused of 2 separate armed robberies, including a home invasion across the street from the South Houston Police Department. The chief of police and another police officer testified in trial that they positively identified Sullivan's client as one of the three armed robbers who fled on foot from the scene. The police initially suspected Sullivan's client because his vehicle was left behind at the scene. After the jury returned a not guilty verdict in the first case, the prosecutor dismissed a second prior aggravated robbery charge. If convicted of either robbery case, the accused faced 25 years to life in prison. Sullivan then represented his client at a parole revocation hearing and his client was kept on parole.Not guilty
Aggravated RobberyClient accused of being the driver in an aggravated robbery.No billed
Aggravated RobberyClient accused of trying to rob a man in his apartment complex.No billed
Aggravated RobberyClient accused of using a firearm to rob several restaurant patrons of their cell phones after firing a round into the ceiling.No billed
Aggravated RobberyClient accused of robbing a restaurant with a handgun.No billed
Aggravated RobberyClient accused of robbing another man in the street. State reduced case to misdemeanor theft and granted deferred adjudication.Reduced to misdemeanor Theft
Aggravated RobberyREDUCED TO ROBBERY with 7 years TDC (Client was charged with 2 aggravated robberies and allegedly committed 12 separate robberies of drug stores in a 2 month period)177th
Aggravated RobberyREDUCED TO AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AT PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE SETTING (Client allegedly struck a teenager in the face with a rifle and stole his cell phone)209th
Aggravated Robbery5 YEARS OF DEFERRED ADJUDICATION (19 year old carjacked a Lexus from a woman using a tire iron)339th
Aggravated Robbery (2 Cases)3 YEARS OF DETERMINATE PROBATION AT HOME (16 year old client drove 2 guys on a crime spree--robbing several people at knifepoint in a short period of time. One guy got away and the other who was 17 received 3 years at TDC on a reduced aggravated assault charge)315th
RobberyREDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT ON JURY TRIAL SETTING (Client accused of stealing cell phone after attacking his girlfriend)(State only offered 4 years in prison before trial) Case # 1306891339th
Theft from a PersonREDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR THEFT and granted 2 years DADJ337th
RobberyREDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT313th
RobberyCASE DISMISSED232nd
RobberyREDUCED TO THEFT FROM A PERSON (State Jail Felony)232nd
Robbery (4 separate cases) (Felony Habitual enhanced)SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS TDC ON JURY TRIAL SETTING (Client was facing 25 years to Life in prison. Client was accused of committing 4 separate robberies within 24 hours of being released from prison. Client still had 10 years left on his parole, so for him a 10 year concurrent sentence was an extraordinary result)179th
Aggravated Robbery (2 cases) (1 case dismissed)CASE REDUCED TO AGGRAVATED ASSAULT and client received deferred adjudication probation177th
RobberyCASE REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR THEFT179th

Aggravated Assault – Fort Bend County Criminal Lawyer | Richmond Texas Defense Attorney James Sullivan

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Aggravated Assault

Aggravated assault or assault with a deadly weapon is a serious felony offense in Fort Bend County.  A conviction for aggravated assault can result in severe penalties, 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. A conviction for such a crime of violence will also prevent you from ever owning or possessing a firearm.

It is important to hire an experienced Fort Bend County criminal defense lawyer because criminal charges for aggravated assault 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.

Attorney James Sullivan

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

Aggravated Assault in Fort Bend County

According to section 22.02 of the Texas Penal Code, an individual can be charged with aggravated assault if they cause serious bodily injury to another or use or exhibit a deadly weapon during the commission of an assault offense.

According to section 22.01 of the Texas Penal Code, an individual can commit assault in Texas if they intentionally or knowingly cause or threaten to cause bodily injury to another person, or cause offensive physical contact to another person.

What is Bodily Injury and Serious Bodily Injury in Texas?

According to section 1.07(a)(8) of the Texas Penal Code, “bodily injury” means physical pain, illness, or any impairment of physical condition.

According to section 1.07(a)(46) of the Texas Penal Code, “serious bodily injury” means bodily injury that creates a substantial risk of death or that causes death, serious permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ.

What is a Deadly Weapon in Texas?

According to case law, three things can qualify as deadly weapon:

  1. firearms;
  2. anything manifestly designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of inflicting death or serious bodily injury; or
  3. anything else that in the manner of its use or intended use is capable of causing death or serious bodily injury.

Examples of Deadly Weapons

There are not many deadly weapons listed as such per se. According to Section 46.01 of the Texas Penal Code, deadly weapons commonly used during the commission of aggravated assault offenses can include any of the following:

  • Clubs
  • Explosive weapons,
  • Firearm,
  • Handgun,
  • Illegal Knife (such as a knife with a blade over five and one-half inches; a hand instrument designed to cut or stab another by being thrown; a dagger, including but not limited to a dirk, stiletto, and poniard; bowie knife; sword; or spear.)
  • Knife,
  • Knuckles,
  • Machine gun,
  • Short-barrel firearm,
  • Switchblade knife
  • Chemical dispensing device, and
  • Zip gun.

Deadly by Manner and Means of Use

Furthermore, according to case law, there is an extensive list of things that can be proven to be deadly by the way the accused used them during the commission of the aggravated assault offense, including:

  • HIV
  • Hammer
  • Pipe
  • Fire
  • Hand
  • Foot
  • Coke bottle
  • Leg of a bar stool
  • Ax handle
  • Motor vehicle
  • Shank
  • Screwdriver
  • BB gun
  • Wooden stick
  • Dustpan
  • Gasoline
  • Dumpster in which a baby is discarded

Punishment for Aggravated Assault in Fort Bend County

Chapter 12 of the Texas Penal Code lists the felony punishment for aggravated assault in Richmond, Texas.

Aggravated assault is usually 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.

However, aggravated assault can be charged as a first degree felony if the assault was committed against:

  • a family member or significant other and causes that person serious bodily injury;
  • a public servant while the public servant was discharging an official duty
  • a security officer while the officer is performing a duty as a security officer; or
  • in retaliation against a witness, prospective witness, informant, or person who has reported the occurrence of a crime.

A conviction for a first degree felony is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from five to 99 years or life in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

Criminal charges for aggravated assault can also result in a first degree felony conviction if the accused is:

  • in a motor vehicle,
  • knowingly discharges a firearm at or in the direction of a habitation, building or vehicle,
  • is reckless as to whether the habitation, building or vehicle is occupied,
  • and causes serious bodily injury to any person.

The punishment for this offense is also a prison sentence ranging from five to 99 years or life in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

Defenses to Aggravated Assault in Fort Bend County

Occasionally, and in certain circumstances, there may be legal defenses available to aggravated assault. It is important to discuss with an experienced Richmond criminal defense attorney the elements of your criminal charges as that attorney can evaluate your case and advise you as to any appropriate defense.

  • Self-Defense. According to Section 9.31 of the Texas Penal Code, a person is permitted to use force, and sometimes deadly force, against the immediate threat of injury or bodily harm.
  • Lack of a Deadly Weapon. If your criminal defense attorney can show that a deadly weapon was not present, used or exhibited during the commission of the assault offense, the state prosecutor may reduce or dismiss the aggravated assault charges against you.
  • Lack of Intent. Intent is a required culpable mental state to all assault offenses. If your criminal defense lawyer can demonstrate that you did not have the requisite intent to commit assault, the state prosecutor may reduce or dismiss the aggravated assault charges against you.

IMG_2922BGrand Jury Defense for Aggravated Assault Charges

If you are accused of aggravated assault, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away because he may be able to win your case at the grand jury.  Once your felony case has been indicted by the grand jury, this option is no longer available.  Attorney James Sullivan has fought and won many felony cases at the grand jury level throughout his almost 20 years of legal practice, including over 20 felony cases in just the past few years.  When a case is dismissed (no billed) by the grand jury, the accused has the immediate right to seek an expunction of the felony charge from their record.  Sullivan has been able to do this for many of his clients accused of felony offenses.

James G. Sullivan and Associates | Richmond, Texas Aggravated Assault Attorney

Contact James Sullivan & Associates for a free initial consultation at (281) 546-6428 about your robbery charges in Fort Bend County (Richmond), Harris County (Houston), Montgomery County (Conroe), 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.

CRIMINAL OFFENSEACTUAL RESULTSCT #
Aggravated Assault in Fort Bend CountyCASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client allegedly threatened her mother with a knife)268th
Aggravated AssaultCASE DISMISSED 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)351st
Aggravated Assault in Montgomery CountyCASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client shot and seriously wounded a violent felon who was trying to steal his car at nighttime)359th
Aggravated AssaultNOT GUILTY VERDICT BY JURY (Client believed he was about to be robbed by 2 men outside a bar; client claimed self-defense)232nd
Aggravated Assault in Montgomery CountyREDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR UNLAWFUL RESTRAINT WITH DEFERRED ADJUDICATION AFTER IT WAS SET FOR A JURY TRIAL (Client allegedly pistol whipped an adult teen after he and his 3 friends endangered him and his family by egging the front windshield of his car early in the morning and causing him to run off the road, causing over $4,000 in damages to his car)359th
Aggravated Assault Family ViolenceCASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of throwing a 12 lb glass trophy at his father and hitting him in the back)178th
Aggravated Assault Family Violence (Felony Habitual)CASE DISMISSED 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)180th
Aggravated AssaultJURY TRIAL SETTING: DISMISSED BY STATE (Juvenile client allegedly attacked an older boy with a handmade weapon after the older came over to his house to kill him)315th
Aggravated Assault Family ViolenceCASE 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 AssaultREDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR DEADLY CONDUCT WITH TIME SERVED AFTER IT WAS SET FOR A JURY TRIAL (Client was accused of threatening a woman with a firearm in Galveston County)405th
Aggravated Assault Family ViolenceCASE REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR DEADLY CONDUCT with 30 days of actual jail time (Client accused of ramming into his girlfriend's car with her in it with his car)230th
Aggravated Assault in Brazoria CountyPUNISHMENT reduced to 9 months regular probation at home (At age 16, Juvenile client got into a fight with an 18 year old drug dealer that resulted in the dealer requiring brain surgery. The State only offered 5 years determinate probation or to certify him as an adult with deferred adjudication. Sullivan insisted on a jury trial or a regular probation that could be sealed at age 19. The State backed down and agreed)CCL 4
Aggravated Assault Family ViolenceCASE 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 AssaultCASE DISMISSED 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)
Aggravated AssaultCASE DISMISSED (Juvenile client ran over drug dealer to save friend's life. The complainant suffered a broken hip. The case was re-filed as a Failure to Stop and Render Aid and then the new case was also later dismissed)315th
Aggravated Assault Family ViolenceCASE DISMISSED (Juvenile client was accused of threatening her mother with a steak knife)315th
Aggravated Assault Family ViolenceCASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client was accused of intentionally trying to drive into and strike his girlfriend)183rd
Aggravated AssaultCASE DISMISSED (Juvenile client was accused of threatening to stab classmate in the neck with a pair of sharp scissors)314th
Aggravated Assault Family ViolenceCLIENT RECEIVED DEFERRED ADJUDICATION PROBATION AFTER SENTENCING HEARING (Client with mental illness stabbed his girlfriend in the arm and upper back. State only offered prison time)174th
Aggravated Assault Family ViolenceCASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of intentionally driving into and hitting the new girlfriend of her ex-boyfriend)232nd
Aggravated AssaultCASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of hitting man in head with beer bottle outside a bar; client claimed self-defense)232nd
Aggravated Assault Against a Public ServantCASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Police Officer shot at 4 unarmed teenagers in a truck and claimed that client pointed a gun at him) - Case # 1291937263rd
Aggravated AssaultCASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of hitting other woman in head with metal pole) - Case # 1281977174th
Aggravated AssaultCASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client allegedly brandished a knift and threatened another guy who had stolen his property) - Case # 1270564176th

 

Fort Bend County Juvenile Lawyer | Richmond Texas Juvenile Law Attorney James Sullivan

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Fort Bend County Juvenile Lawyer

NTL-top-100-memberRichmond, Texas Juvenile 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 possession of marihuana to felony murder.  He provides a strong legal defense.

James Sullivan is Board Certified in Juvenile Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  He 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 attended 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.

Contact James Sullivan & Associates for a free initial 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.