Galveston Criminal Lawyer James Sullivan defends clients in courts throughout southeast Texas. Serving Greater Houston and Galveston since 1994. Board Certified. Call (281) 546-6428 for a free phone consultation.
GOOGLE TESTIMONIALS – RECENT CRIMINAL AND JUVENILE CASES
I was recently charged with a felony that I didn’t know existed, Injury to a child under the age of 15. I spanked my 14 yr. old daughter with a belt after she stole one of my vehicles for the second time. I am a registered nurse and single mother of two girls. For me this was an all or nothing situation. Being a nurse I cannot have a conviction on my record and I couldn’t take a plea bargain to a lesser charge. My livelihood and family’s future were on the line. I needed a lawyer I could trust and who is known for getting the job done.
I contacted James Sullivan who took the time on the first initial call to talk to me over 45min explaining the charge and answering every question I had. He accepted my case and in less than 2 days I had to appear in court. Mr. Sullivan guided me every step of the way, through a very emotional time in my life.
My case was won when it was dismissed by the grand jury with a “No Bill”. I read another review referring to James Sullivan as the King of No Bills and I can testify he is. Mr. Sullivan is passionate about what he does and understands the importance of his clients’ needs. My gratitude cannot be expressed enough through this review. If you are looking to hire a lawyer, stop and look no further you have found the best man for the job. Thank you, Jim Sullivan for the flawless victory over my case and saving my future.
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: Mr. Sullivan is a true patriot and definitely the attorney you want serving beside you.
I am very grateful to Attorney Sullivan for his work on my case. He is very professional and I have the utmost respect for him. He helped me in a time of need and he worked diligently on my case. When I was struggling, he was understanding and compassionate to what I was going through. Any time I called he was quick to return my calls and answer any questions that I had. I am so grateful to have him as my lawyer. His fees are reasonable, his results superb. I highly recommend Mr. James Sullivan. He went above and beyond to help me through this rough time in my life.
My wife and I attended the rodeo this past February with a couple who are close friends of ours. Needless to say, we drank a little more than usual and took an Uber back to my house. As the night progressed on, my buddy and I got into an altercation that ended up with me making a drunken mistake and striking him in the face with my fist. Law enforcement was called to my house and I ended up being arrested for assault with bodily injury. I am a first responder, and needless to say, that kind of mark on my record would have ended my 20 yr career. When I returned home the next day, I immediately began my research to find a good attorney with a stellar background and who was also financially feasible. After hours of research, it was without question that Jim Sullivan was the man for the job.
I truly can’t say enough about this man. From the initial meeting where I shared my story to the day we were in court, Mr. Sullivan was compassionate, steadfast, and resilient to my needs and getting the case dismissed. His interaction with the district attorney was genuine while being dedicated to the mission of having these charges dropped. In the end, Mr. Sullivan fought for me, my family , and my career with an outcome better than I had imagined. The charges were dismissed. I can now continue my life in a career I am very passionate about and it is all thanks to Mr. Sullivan. Thank you, sir. You are truly the best.
Hiring James Sullivan was the best decision we could have made in a very bad situation. Our 16 year old son was charged as a juvenile with aggravated sexual assault of a child and because of the age difference between him and the victim, the prosecutor was intent on a determinate sentence which would have labeled our son as a sex offender and felon for life. Our son may have had to register as a sex offender until age 28 and could never get his record sealed. Mr. Sullivan worked diligently to work out an informal agreement between our son and the county prosecutor that would allow our son to complete a sex offender therapy program and demonstrate rehabilitation. As we live in a different county from the one where the incident occurred, this was a very unusual situation. Mr. Sullivan even found a very qualified therapist in our area as we could not use the county’s providers due to the distance.
However, part of the informal agreement was that our son submit to polygraph tests. Although he had admitted to everything there was to admit in disclosing his sexual history, he could not pass a polygraph. This would have negated the agreement and once again our son would be facing a determinate sentence. Mr. Sullivan asked if our son had ever been treated for a mental health disorder. When he was younger, our son had been treated for an anxiety disorder. Based on his intuition and observation, Mr. Sullivan suggested that our son exhibited characteristics of Asperger’s Syndrome, a type of high-functioning autism, and that could explain his inability to pass a polygraph. We were a little skeptical at first, but had him tested, and our son was indeed diagnosed with Asperger’s, a part of the Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Despite proof of the diagnosis, the county prosecutor continued to insist on moving forward to negate the agreement and have my son receive a determinate sentence. Over a two month period, Mr. Sullivan pressured the county prosecutor to back off and allow my son to finish the informal agreement. Mr. Sullivan even had a reputable civil rights attorney waiting by to file a discrimination suit based on my son’s disability. Finally, the county prosecutor relented and agreed to an indeterminate sentence probation and to transfer it to our own county. Our son will not have to undergo any more polygraph testing, will have the opportunity to complete his program and eventually to have his records sealed.
Throughout the process, Mr. Sullivan was thorough, compassionate and respectful. He was a rock for our family in a very turbulent time and we could not have asked for a better outcome.
Atty. James Sullivan addressed my case and overall situation with an impressive amount of humanity and sympathy. This was quickly made apparent as our first conversations concerned the root cause of the behavior that led to my arrest more than the technical legal aspects of its consequences. Atty. Sullivan made the effort to understand me and where I came from in order to address the underlying behavioral issue. That is, to ensure not only the resolution of the legal problem at hand but also the prevention of further complications with the law. At that time, my situation was further complicated because I had a similar case pending in FL relating to my addiction. Atty. Sullivan even went as far as to search for addiction support groups in my area and suggest a few, and his generosity moved me to begin attending meetings close by. They’ve helped me tremendously.
Atty. Sullivan was able to obtain an arrangement at the first court setting that resulted in a case dismissal at the second court setting after I showed concrete evidence that I was seeking help for my addiction. A better outcome could not be desired. I was given the chance to get my life on track. I have stayed sober ever since and am now returning to work as a professional in my field. Atty. Sullivan also charges very reasonable fees. For all that he did for me I owe thanks to Atty. Sullivan.
Being arrested for the first time, I wasn’t sure who to turn to for help. Long story short, I did something that I shouldn’t have, spanked my daughter with an umbrella. I was under a lot of stress and it didn’t help that her behavior was drastically changing for the worst. The next day I was questioned by the police. I waived my rights and told the police of the incident. Consequently, I was charged with a felony, Injury to a child.
I was new to Houston and I had no family or close friends. Not knowing any better I first hired the worst attorney in Houston. It was the worst experience EVER. I found him online and now wish I had first read his reviews. The first meeting went well. He said that he had worked with the prosecutor, he knew the judge personally and that he has dealt with similar cases recently. I paid him the full retainer fee. I felt that I was in good hands until we spoke the next day. His tone, demeanor and attitude had changed. I believe his intentions were to have me indicted then charge me thousands of dollars to attempt to get me probation. He didn’t even consider presenting a defense to the Grand Jury. I felt frustrated, hopeless and stuck.
After speaking to my husband we decided to hire another lawyer. After doing hours of research we agreed to speak to attorney Jim Sullivan, and boy we are glad we did! He was very knowledgeable, straightforward and caring. He offers free consultations and his charges are reasonable. Our first 2 conversations lasted about 30-45 mins. I explained everything that happened in detail, he helped me understand the law and spoke about his previous cases. I felt a sense of relief when we ended our conversations. Unlike the previous attorney we had hired, Mr. Sullivan knew what he was doing. Mr. Sullivan told us he would first fight the case at the Grand Jury and would need to prepare a defense packet. He explained the process and told me exactly what he needed. Two weeks after turning in the packet, the Grand Jury dismissed my case!!!!!!!
There are MANY things that I liked about Mr. Sullivan. He is the person who picks up when you call (not a receptionist). He is flexible. He accepts payments plans. He is honest. He responds to calls/text within hours. He listens without interrupting. He works outside regular business hours (weekends, after 6pm). He treats you like you are his priority and he is very caring. The only thing that I didn’t like about this experience was the fact that I didn’t find him sooner. I would definitely recommend Mr. Sullivan to family and friends.
Jim Sullivan is honest and hard-working. He loves the law and knows it well. Every interaction I have had with him has been positive and I will continue to use Jim as my legal representation in the future. All communication was timely, professional and directly from him. Jim promptly responded to questions via phone or email. Fees for services were reasonable and he was able to get court fees reduced significantly. Jim was able to take on my case and prepare with just 3 days notification. I felt confident by his side and he accomplished everything he set out to do in regards to helping me. Jim took the time to get to know me and listen to what was important to me. I will not hesitate to refer friends or family to Jim Sullivan, knowing they too will be in capable hands.
Mr. Jim Sullivan is a great lawyer. There are many reasons to say he is good at what he does. Mr. Sullivan not only helps you get the best result in your case but he also cares for you and your future. He will help you with your case and even so when the case is done he will still be there to help you get on the right path.
In my experience it was a juvenile case with a felony charge. Me and my mother were very worried and didn’t know what to expect. My younger brother is a 15 year old and was charged with evading by motor vehicle. Some friends took him for a ride and then asked him to drive. He ended up in a high speed chase from the cops and crashed a car that he didn’t know was stolen. My brother had a court-appointed lawyer, had been to 2 detention hearings and was not released to us. Therefore we decided to look for a lawyer and that’s when we came across Mr. Sullivan. We were very nervous, didn’t know if we had made the right choice, but once we spoke to Mr. Sullivan we knew God had put him in our path. His goal was not only to get my brother out but to help him with his future. We felt like he was with us all the way. He visited my brother at the detention center before his court date. He showed us he was determined and took his job seriously. We are so grateful to him. My brother is now home doing much better.
In less than two weeks Mr. Sullivan got my brother a court date, got him released and most importantly got him a 6 month deferred probation so he can later get his record sealed. Mr. Sullivan really is the best. No other lawyer could have done better in our situation. He led us to the best case scenario we could have hoped for and again I am so grateful for his success and our decision to hire him. We highly recommend Mr. Jim Sullivan, not only does he do juvenile but he also does adult criminal cases. We have told our whole family about him. He is the best choice to call in a tough situation and his fees are very reasonable and affordable. I thank him so much. Mr. Sullivan won’t be forgotten.
Mr. Sullivan got my Aggravated Assault of a Family Member with a firearm reduced to a misdemeanor. Thanks, Jim…
I recommend Mr. Sullivan 100% to anyone trying to get the best result in their felony case. I was very impressed with his professionalism and care. He was never late to any of my court settings and he gave me good advice on what to do to help my case. He soon became more than a lawyer and more like a friend by being there for me on my struggles with my case and life.
I was charged with aggravated assault of a family member with a firearm. My case was a really bad one, but Mr. Sullivan was able to get the best result possible. I expected to get 15 years or more in prison, but at the end of everything he worked out a deal for a misdemeanor where I only spent four months in Harris County jail. This was a slap on the hand compared to what I expected.
Mr. Sullivan was very diligent in his work and knew what he was doing at all times. He even speaks really good Spanish and was able to communicate with my sister since she doesn’t speak English well. I recommend Mr. Sullivan to anyone looking for a professional, responsible, caring, smart, and effective lawyer. He really cares for his clients and that’s something that is hard to find nowadays. He even helped me with a great payment plan. He is worth way more than what he asked me for and I am greatly appreciative for his work, professionalism, and friendship. He is a very smart person and he is always giving advice for life betterment. I really admire him and don’t have anything negative to say. He is so humble and a great person to be around. He knows the law like the palms of his hands and even on the first day he prognosticated what the prosecutor’s offer was going to be (15 years TDC) and what he was going to get it down to (1 year HCJ) and he did it even though I thought it was impossible. Thank God for people like him, thanks to him I’m done with all my problems now and I’m thankful to him for everything he did, thank you Mr. Sullivan.
From start to finish it was an amazing experience with Jim Sullivan. He took care of me and my family like we were his own. He was always prompt with any action needed in my case. I was wrongfully accused of aggravated assault of a family member and Jim worked hard to get my case dismissed.
My wife suffers from anxiety and the meds she took made her susceptible to negative influence. After hurricane Harvey we made the mistake of letting one of her sisters and her children stay with us. If I had known she was a homewrecker and had already destroyed several other marriages, I never would have allowed it. Like they say, no good deed goes unpunished.
I learned later that my wife and her siblings were all traumatized as children when their drunken father threatened to shoot them if they called the police after he had abused their mother. All of the kids grew up with nightmares of that event. It affected them differently and each one dealt with or didn’t deal with it differently. My wife had recently begun having recurring nightmares of it.
It wasn’t long after my wife’s sister moved in that she began to cause problems in my own marriage. I asked her to leave, but my wife wouldn’t allow it for the sake of her kids, so I briefly left the house. Before I got back, my wife texted me not to return, and so I stayed away. What I didn’t know was that soon after that my wife had shared the nightmare with her sister, and her sister took advantage of her weak state and convinced her that the nightmare was real and that it was I that I had threatened her with a gun, not her father. Her sister had the police called out and they told this false story.
I didn’t know this until I found out there was a warrant out for my arrest several days later. I also found out that my wife had taken over my cell phone account and had my phone shut off, and so I didn’t know that the police were trying to reach me to get my side of the story. I was forced to borrow money to hire a lawyer and then pay for a bond. Because of the false charges, my business almost went under and I was in dire straits for a long time.
Jim Sullivan spent many months fighting my case. He was always in court on time with all the documentation needed during the case. He became more like a friend then an attorney because he had my back. Early on, my wife’s ex-husband and her sister even lied to the DA to try to get my bond revoked, but because of Jim’s great relationship with the court he kept that from happening. The judges trust him. He’s a good man and a great attorney. I feel very blessed to of had him in my corner. If it wasn’t for him I don’t think this case would’ve been dismissed. I really appreciate everything he’s done for me and my family and he will be my attorney for as long as he is practicing law. Thank you for everything you’ve done for us Jim, I don’t know where I’d be without you brother.
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.
In July 2017, my then 16 year old stepson was accused of a sex crime involving a young half-sister in a different county. CPS got involved and then law enforcement. Our son denied the allegations. CPS closed their file in August with no finding, but in February we received word that we had to appear in court the next week. We were shocked and unprepared.
After searching online, we decided to hire James Sullivan as our son’s attorney. Sullivan is board certified in juvenile law and has defended more than 100 juveniles and adults charged with sex crimes. He understands the complexities of these cases. We met with him on Friday of that week which left him only one business day to prepare.
My wife spoke with Mr. Sullivan over the phone and described our son’s family history. My wife divorced her first husband, the biological father, less than a year after our son was born. The biological father himself was sexually abused by his own father as a child. During custody visits, he was not allowed to leave our son in his father’s care unsupervised, but he did so anyway. Our son has no memory of being abused by his paternal grandfather, but he may have been.
When we met with Mr. Sullivan, he explained the urgency in making a decision as our son was already 17. If we fought the case at trial and won the nightmare would be over, but if we lost the consequences would be a disaster for our son’s future. At a minimum, the DA’s office would seek a determinate sentence which would lead to a public record of an adult probation or even prison sentence that could never be sealed.
Mr. Sullivan would do whatever our son wanted, but he said he could probably persuade the DA to let our son have probation until age 18 and our son would have to finish the sex offender treatment program.
After our son described what happened when he visited his half-sister and her outcry the next morning, Mr. Sullivan said the specific details, the immediate outcry and his family history made the allegations seem credible. He asked our son if he would be willing to take a polygraph test. As fortune would have it, he was able to schedule a polygraph that same afternoon.
Unfortunately, our son failed the polygraph and then came clean about what he did. We met back with Mr. Sullivan and our son said he wanted to try and get probation. We only had to go to court twice. Mr. Sullivan worked out a great deal with the DA. Our son will be on probation for less than 9 months and will have to finish the treatment program. If he does so, he will not have to register as a sex offender and will be able to get his record sealed.
Mr. Sullivan took a genuine, vested interest in our son as a person and a young man facing an incredible ordeal. We couldn’t have asked for any better representation nor do I think we would have gotten it. This wasn’t about a win in court, this was about making sure that the rest of my son’s life would not be defined by one terrible moment.
Mr. Sullivan is everything one needs a lawyer to be. His expertise is time and money well invested. If you or your family need representation, I highly recommend that you put your faith in Mr. Sullivan as my wife, son, and I did.
I was accused of family violence which would impact my college education as well as my future career. Extremely scared and not knowing what to do, I quickly looked up multiple lawyers in the area. Having already called a few, I decided to call attorney James Sullivan to have another option. James, who goes by Jim, talked to me on the phone for well over an hour, giving me extremely level-headed legal advice based on his experience and previous cases. I decided to hire him over the other lawyers because Jim was genuinely concerned and wanted to help me. Jim was always there for me whenever I had questions whether it be on the phone or via email. In the end, Jim managed to help me reach a resolution to my case. I am extremely grateful for his work as well as him being there for not only me but also my family during a seemingly desolate situation. Thank you so much Jim, happy holidays and have a great new year.
When I got in trouble with the law I was lost and didn’t know what to do. I was looking up attorneys online and after contacting countless lawyers I finally found Jim Sullivan. The moment I decided to go with him I knew I had made the right choice. He was upfront and honest about my case and how much time I could possibly face. From the jump Jim went out and collected all the evidence needed so that he could help me get the best deal on my case. A couple months after all my legal troubles started Jim had taken care of them and got my serious felony down to a misdemeanor with 4 weekends of community service, way better than the 25 years to life sentence I was facing. Jim is honest and cares. If you are looking for a good attorney I suggest this be the guy you hire.
I want to express my sincere appreciation to Mr. Sullivan, for the care, consideration and respect he showed my family and son, he is truly an answer to our prayers. A few months ago, our 14 yr old son who is kind, funny, caring and who had never been in any trouble EVER, made a poor decision that resulted in him being arrested at school and sent to ALC for 30 days awaiting a court date. Our son heard of some other boys at his school going into the girls bathroom on a dare to see if they could get in and out without getting caught. Due to immaturity and curiosity our son decided he’d try it and was caught by a female student. He had his cell phone out and was accused of trying to film a girl in a stall, a serious invasion of her privacy. Our sons cell phone was taken away, searched and no recordings were found, however the officer scared our son into saying he was trying to film her. The parents of the girl pressed felony Invasive Recording charges against our son.
This was a very scary and stressful time for our family, we felt like we were in a nightmare, we were frantic to help our son. Mr. Sullivan has a great reputation working with juveniles, so we met with him. He spent over 2 hours talking to us, getting to know us and our son, asking the why’s, when’s, and how’s of my son’s actions that day. I appreciated the personal stories he had to offer and love the fact that he is a strong Christian man.
I remember his advice to our son about having a strong “moral compass”, how every decision in life is a choice and that a moral compass would guide him to make the right decisions. Mr. Sullivan explained the wisdom of learning from mistakes and staying on the right path in life, and that the wrong path can easily become a “slippery slope” of one bad decision after another leading to painful consequences and a difficult life.
Mr. Sullivan is kind, understanding and non-judgmental and gave our son some powerful words. He calmed our fears by telling us we needed to take care of our son and ourselves and he’d be working hard to get us through this with the best possible outcome. My husband and I tried hard not to worry, but our son’s future was at stake. Mr. Sullivan made us feel confident and gave us wonderful words of wisdom to help us through.
Fast forward to our court date, our son had the real possibility of being convicted of a felony, which would have hurt our son’s life. Mr. Sullivan felt strongly that our son wasn’t a bad or deviant kid but a teenage boy who is immature, didn’t think his decision through and acted impulsively.
Being in the juvenile courthouse and standing with our son in front of the judge was a very overwhelming experience and which I don’t ever want to do again. Mr. Sullivan’s argument to the judge was strong, precise and valid and resulted in an outcome that was better than we could have hoped. Our son received a pretrial diversion, an alternative to prosecution, where our son remains under our supervision with some restrictions and after 6 months results in the felony being dismissed and the opportunity to get his record sealed. Mr. Sullivan then had a very heartfelt conversation with our son explaining the importance of taking the pretrial diversion seriously and successfully completing it and also the dire consequences should he not do so.
As a parent of two great sons, I NEVER imagined that we would ever be dealing with anything like this. I want to thank Mr. Sullivan for not only defending our son in such a professional and kind manner but also how he put himself in our shoes by looking at our situation as if he were the teen in trouble and also the anxious parent! I truly believe this could have gone very bad, but thanks to this brilliant man our son has his future back!
With the deepest respect and appreciation,
I am so glad that I met Attorney Jim Sullivan. He was very helpful and he calmed my nerves when I first met him.He spent over three hours talking to me and my father about ways to get my case resolved.He didn’t have to go this late but he took his time and explained everything thoroughly to me and explained step-by-step what needed to be done. Miss Nancy Botts, another lawyer that works with Jim, was also amazing and talked to me and my family about my case. She went out of her way to come and meet me because I was not allowed to stay with my family during the case. So she met with me and went over everything that happened and also met with my family and also wrote down what happened and took evidence of everything that went on. I was very nervous because I was facing a 1st degree felony of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon family violence. And that could’ve meant five years to life in prison. Never in my wildest dreams did I every imagine I would be in such a situation but fortunately Jim and Nancy saw the good in me and wanted to help me out.Because of their exhaustive and meticulous work my case was no billed by the grand jury in Fort Bend County. I appreciate everything Jim and Nancy have done and I will recommend them to anybody who inquires about criminal defense attorneys. Because of them I have my freedom and I will be able to continue to pursue my life’s goal in grad school.
I have had epilepsy since 2010. In July 2017 I had a seizure and while in a postictal state following the seizure I lit a gasoline fire on the garage’s concrete floor of a rental house. It was an irrational attempt to defend my wife from a former friend and tenant who was attacking her. During the attack, he accidentally knocked over a gas can that spilled gas. The fire stopped the attack but also spread to the gas can, which my wife immediately threw into the front yard and was extinguished by the police that arrived a few moments later. My wife had called the police a few minutes before because the former friend had threatened to get his gun. He is also a drug user and violent, but his father is a police officer. As a result, even though my wife’s parents witnessed what happened, I was the one arrested by the police and charged with arson after the fire marshal’s office got involved.
Attorney Jim Sullivan was highly recommended to me by an associate that works at a law firm in Houston. I gave Mr. Sullivan a call that day and spoke with his associate Nancy Botts, who took thorough notes on the case, and passed the word onto Jim who then returned my call within hours. We spoke about 45 minutes about my incident and what all took place. He agreed to accept my first degree felony case that day for a very reasonable amount of money. Shortly after that we all met in person for a few hours to discuss the entire story, my medical problem and the erratic behavior that took place. After asking my wife and her parents detailed questions about their observations that day and the next, he believed that my condition played a role in the event. He believed strongly from day one that the charges were wrong and unjust. Jim always represented himself to be confident in our ability to have my case dismissed from court, long before ever having to go to trial. Jim said that it is exceedingly rare for an epilepsy defense to work, but he was confident he could do it.
Hurricane Harvey caused a delay in my case due to the courthouse flooding. Jim Sullivan always represented me in timely, professional, and caring fashion. He spent immense amounts of time researching epilepsy, learning what it is, the various types of seizure, how it affects a person, along with tons of man hours putting together an incredible defense packet to present to the grand jury. He also asked my neurologist detailed questions about whether a simple partial seizure could explain my erratic behavior, my memory recall two hours later when I was questioned by the police and other pertinent details of the case. The neurologist agreed that a simple partial seizure was entirely plausible and possible, that my behavior would have been non-volitional and agreed to write a letter explaining why. Once the grand jury read over the lengthy defense packet, the week after Thanksgiving, my case was no billed.
Throughout this entire process, I had two brain surgeries and am now seizure free. Jim Sullivan and his practice were amazing and I would highly recommend him to friends, family, and everyone. Lord forbid if I am ever again in a situation that would involve his expertise, I will certainly call Jim Sullivan and seek his counsel before ever trying anyone else.
Seeking for a criminal defense attorney? I highly recommend Attorney James G. Sullivan! He is very professional, ethical, wise n overall down to earth. When I met him, he made me feel at ease (no judgement) and that’s extremely important! His expertise resolved my legal issue in a timely manner!
In May 2017 our son was arrested on our own property and charged with deadly conduct after a group of teens tried to jump him after school. Our son cannot defend himself because of serious shoulder injuries. When one of the teens tried to shove me aside to get to him, our son went in the house and got an unloaded AR-15 to scare them off. Our son should not have had access to it, but our gun safe had mistakenly been left unlocked. The police arrived at that very moment and instead of arresting the teen that put his hands on me and threatened my son’s life, they arrested my son.
At the first detention hearing, a court-appointed attorney didn’t spend any time with us to learn the full story and couldn’t get my son released. My husband started searching for the Best Juvenile Defense Lawyers in Harris County. Well, we found the BEST when we hired Attorney Jim Sullivan. I called late in the evening after leaving the Juvenile Detention center and thought I would get an answering service but instead Jim answered the phone! He was very knowledgeable about Juvenile Law and took time to explain and also comfort me as we have never been in this situation before. After talking with Jim for an hour, we arranged to meet with him at his office. We knew from that very moment that he was God sent! He has a great story behind him as well! He genuinely cares about his clients and their future.
Jim Sullivan had told us about a deadly conduct case last year where the district court judge did not release his client, so he asked for and got a quick jury trial setting and then won that case at trial. It just so happened that our son’s case was assigned to the same judge’s court. At our first setting in court, Jim asked for a discretionary detention hearing. Jim told the judge that our son was innocent and that this was a trial or dismissal case. This time the judge agreed and released our son back home to us! About 6 weeks later, with Jim’s hard work and dedication, the deadly conduct charge was dismissed! We are forever grateful for Mr. Sullivan!
I issue my highest recommendation to Attorney Jim Sullivan, who proved to be an honest, hard-working professional that thoroughly defended my ex-husband and friend, Johnny, when he found himself in bleak circumstances. Johnny was charged with aggravated assault nine days after he shot a man in self-defense when the man broke into his home.
On March 16, 2016, Johnny visited me, and told me that he was very concerned that a former friend and neighbor he had allowed to stay at his house for a few days was acting erratic and hostile, and that household items were missing. He said he only allowed Kyle to stay at his house to keep him from being arrested following a family argument. Due to his concerns, Johnny said that morning he repeatedly asked Kyle to leave, then told him to leave by 5:00 pm, but Kyle was still there when Johnny went home after work. I suggested he tell the man to leave one more time, and then to call the police if he refused to go.
Around 10:00 p.m. that night Johnny dialed the police after Kyle verbally threatened him and again refused to leave. Once the police were called, Kyle did exit the house, and Johnny locked all the doors. Witnesses outside the house verified that Kyle returned minutes later, beat on the front door, yelled threats, and then entered the house through the garage and then doggie door. Kyle had apparently disabled the garage door lock. Johnny, 53, was disabled from a duty-related accident that left one leg slightly crooked and held together with titanium rods. In addition, a motorcycle accident the previous year left him unable to form a complete fist on his writing hand and he had a titanium elbow. The bottom line was that Johnny could not run and he could not defend himself. Therefore, in self-defense, he shot Kyle in the upper chest when he got within a foot of him, fists up and yelling. Police came, Kyle was taken for treatment, and initially Kyle told the police that he was at fault and did not want to press charges.
However, nine days later Kyle pressed charges and my friend, who was a former Air Force K-9 Security Officer and a member of the Patriot Guard, was arrested. After Johnny posted a bond, he missed his first court date because he wasn’t notified of it. He then contacted Mr. Sullivan, who took his case and managed to get his bond re-instated. Sadly, the day before the new court date Johnny was involved in another motorcycle accident. Mr. Sullivan kept working on Johnny’s case while Johnny was hospitalized for 23 days.
Johnny remarked on how much time and effort Mr. Sullivan took to gather witness statements and to write a persuasive defense packet for the grand jury. He visited Johnny multiple times at the hospital and at his home, and took photographs of the house to give the grand jury a clear idea of how events unfolded. He gave Johnny hope that things would get better. As a direct result of Mr. Sullivan’s efforts, Johnny’s aggravated assault case was no billed.
Although his health worsened and Johnny passed away a few weeks later, he was vindicated in defending himself in his own home. Johnny died at home in his own bed, a free man.
I fully recommend Mr. Sullivan as a fair, thorough attorney for anyone who finds themselves in a difficult situation, and needs help and hope. Thank you Jim for helping my friend.
Congratulations on a job well done. I believe I was extremely fortunate to meet and then hire you to represent my son in this serious matter. We want to thank you for caring and to put all that time and effort in his case. He could have been away from family until he turned 19. Instead with your knowledge and expertise he got 6 months deferred prosecution at home and will then be able to get his record sealed. Thank You
I highly recommend Mr. Sullivan, courteous and highly professional. I never had an issue trying to get a hold of Mr. Sullivan when needed and was with me throughout the whole process.
I cannot thank Jim Sullivan as much as I want to for the huge help with my case in Harris County. I was falsely accused of theft at work, fired and charged with theft. I was looking and looking and got a recommendation for this great man from a friend. What started as a call became a face to face conversation. He understood what I was going through and listened to all the fine details of my case. He told me he would try his best to get things fixed. And as he said he would he was by my side every court date making sure I was getting good representation. I am one of the Dreamer kids who was brought here as a child and a plea to a theft charge would’ve resulted in my not ever becoming a U.S. citizen. As a result of his hard work in court date after court date, he got my cased solved and dismissed. I was so glad. I felt the weight lifted off my back. I cannot thank you enough for standing beside me, believing in me and your confidence. You are truly a great man and for that I wanted to thank you.
James Sullivan Esq. was very knowledgeable as to the situation in my legal question. I would recommend this attorney for any person in need of a criminal lawyer. Thank God for professionals in the practice of law.
I’m so grateful to have met Jim Sullivan at a time in my life when I felt so lost and discouraged . I was dealing with a case of family violence where my husband falsely accused me in order to gain citizenship. I was going to divorce him when I found out he was cheating on me. I was very hesitant to find an attorney and a friend of mine told me about Jim. The moment I spoke with him I immediately felt hope after seeing how confident he was about the case .The first court setting he worked hard for my freedom and proved to me that he was there for me . He promised me this case would be dismissed and handled properly and indeed he stuck to his word. He’s a great attorney I surely recommend him to everyone in need, wouldnt have known what to do without him. I can finally live a normal life again , thanks Mr. Jim sullivan
My 19 year old son was charged with Aggravated Assault of a Family Member in February 2017. Thanks to Attorney Jim Sullivan his case was dismissed by the grand jury only 3 months later.
My son had gone to a party with his girlfriend and a massive fight broke out. Both were pulled in and had to defend themselves. During this fight my son’s girlfriend fell and hurt herself pretty badly, but because they had been drinking she did not realize it at the time. After the fight was over they decided to go home, but thankfully another boy realized that they could not drive and offered to drive them home in my son’s truck.
When they arrived at my home the boy noticed that my son’s girlfriend was bleeding and accused my son of beating her. Of course my son had not done such a thing and both he and his girlfriend began to defend him. The boy would not listen and slashed my son’s truck tire and proceeded to call the police.
The boy left and the situation started a fight between my son and his girlfriend. Both suffer from depression and she is also bi-polar. My son took his knife out and threatened to kill himself. Sadly this was not the first time that my son has attempted to kill himself. When the police arrived they arrested my son and charged him with aggravated assault. The girlfriend screamed and yelled at them that my son had done nothing to her, but they did not listen. I understand that the scene they pulled up on may have caused them to believe that my son had hurt his girlfriend, but he hadn’t.
I was terrified of the consequences and googled attorneys in my area. Jim Sullivan popped up and I began to read all the reviews. I found his website and proceeded to read his bio. He specializes in aggravated assault cases and is a Christian. I was sold immediately so I reached out to him. After speaking with him the first time his main concern was my son’s well-being and his depression. That is when I immediately knew that I had contacted the right attorney.
About a month after hiring Jim Sullivan, my son got himself in trouble again. He was out one night and hit a parked car with his truck. He was afraid and made the wrong decision to not stop to give his information. He went to a friend’s house and the police were able to track him down and arrest him. He was charged with Failure to Give Information, a misdemeanor. At this point Jim rushed to finish preparing and turn in a defense packet on the first case and began working on this new case. Jim managed to persuade the prosecutor to dismiss the new case in exchange for my son performing 40 hours of community service and taking a decision making class.
And then we waited for the felony case to be presented to the grand jury. During this time my son continued to go out with his girlfriend, not realizing that he had a 90 day protective order against him instead of a 60 day like he believed because of the first case. The prosecutor made Jim Sullivan aware of the situation and Jim convinced him not to press further charges. By the grace of God, my son did not incur any further charges. Finally, we heard the good news that the grand jury dismissed the felony case.
Jim Sullivan was a godsend during a time that was most critical to my son’s future. I know how devastating these charges could have been, but Jim immediately invested himself in my son and his welfare. Unfortunately I have had previous experience with the criminal court system in Harris County and never have I encountered an attorney who not only took the time to work on the case, but also took the time out of his busy schedule to show he cared. Jim always took the time to speak to my son about his actions and his future. He recommended books and documentaries for my son to read and view. He always had positive words to say to my son. I highly, highly recommend Jim Sullivan. He is not only a brilliant and gifted attorney, but also a great man who shows compassion and understanding for those that make mistakes.
I Googled “Houston family violence lawyer” and Mr. Sullivan came up. I did my research and was very satisfied with his ratings and case results. I decided to call him and unlike other offices the lawyer is the one that answers! That’s a first, and when I spoke to him the first time he made me feel like I could trust him. My husband is a habitual felon. This is his 2nd family violence case so he was looking at anywhere from 25 years to life in prison. However, Mr. Sullivan was able to get the case reduced down to a misdemeanor and my husband will only do a few days in the county! It went from an enhanced felony habitual case all the way down to a misdemeanor. Thank you Jim for everything you did for my husband. Everyone that asks me if I know a good lawyer I will give them your card.
My brother and I hired Jim Sullivan after reading his bio and his many positive client reviews online. My brother needed to be represented on a serious stalking charge in which he faced up to 10 years in prison. My brother has had a rough go in life, he has struggled with bipolar disorder all his life of 53 years. This illness led to multiple addictions starting with gambling then he turned to substance abuse. He finally thought he found true love and got married in 2004. Shortly thereafter they experienced problems. The marriage did not last long, but my brother continued to pursue her. His ex-wife had my brother arrested multiple times throughout the years. My brother wasn’t going to stop pursuing his ex-wife even after being warned by law enforcement which landed him with a warrant for his arrest.
My brother was in serious trouble until he met with Mr. Sullivan. We met with Mr. Sullivan on a Saturday afternoon and we were immediately impressed by his vast knowledge of the law and his keen understanding of the psychological problems from which my brother suffered. He spent several hours with us, giving my brother excellent counsel by sharing different stories he had experienced in life and in the courtroom. After years of trying to convince my brother to try medication, Mr. Sullivan was able to breakthrough all of my brother’s excuses and convince him to seek psychiatric treatment and counseling. With my brother’s lengthy history and problems, Mr. Sullivan made it clear to him that it would mean the difference between probation or prison. Furthermore, without medical help, his life would continue to be difficult with his cycling between the highs of mania and lows of depression. Mr. Sullivan told him that he was as concerned for the rest of his life as he was about the serious charge that got him arrested. Once my brother accepted his genuine and sincere advice, he began taking medication and attending counseling. This changed his life, you can say Mr. Sullivan saved my brother’s life literally.
In court the prosecutor would not agree to probation and only offered my brother prison time, so Mr. Sullivan advised my brother that he would have to ask for probation from the judge during a punishment hearing. Recently, my brother had that PSI hearing. His ex-wife testified against him and said she had been afraid of him since their divorce and also claimed that he would call her cell phone hundreds of times a day and leave harassing messages. Through his questioning of her, Mr. Sullivan was able to show that just a few years ago she frequently used my brother to drive her around the state for her job and even spent many nights with him in the same hotel room. As to the phone calls, Mr. Sullivan was able to show that she had created a Google voice account just for him to call and had a co-worker give him her new number. Wanting to hear her voice recording, he would call that number repeatedly and leave sweet messages. His ex-wife admitted that those calls were only saved online and were not sent to her cell phone.
My brother also testified and spoke about his lifelong problems with bipolar disorder, his past problems with substance abuse and of never being on medication. For the first time since his childhood, he said he felt normal, no more mood swings. He sincerely apologized for his actions. He said he had moved on and had not tried to contact his ex-wife for almost a year.
Mr. Sullivan was able to persuade the Judge to grant deferred probation and keep my brother out of prison and this allowed him to continue his progress. Mr. Sullivan eloquently persuaded the Judge that with treatment one can change their behavior and live a normal life. I could not have asked for a better attorney than Jim Sullivan. I highly recommend this attorney, he is very wise counsel and deeply cares about his clients.
Jim Sullivan comes highly recommended as he represented my son which is a juvenile. My son was in trouble for an assault case and stolen car. He spent time with my son and explaining him that it is understandable that juveniles do make mistakes and gave him awesome advice as our cases went on. There was true intentions behind mr. Sullivan’s advice. He was there to help, mentor and explained that it was up to my son to take his advice and not make the same mistakes. We are very thankful that we chose him to represent us and encourage any other parents that face the same situations to hire him. One of our sons cases were successfully dismissed and we are still working on the other one. Thank you Jim!
My son got arrested May 8th and a friend convinced me that I needed to get him a lawyer and don’t let him have a public defender so I contacted her found a lawyer and she was going to charge $9,000 the lady that was paying for my son’s attorney decided that she wasn’t going to pay anymore when I showed up to court I ask for a public defender the judge didn’t granted he said that Malik would need to get an attorney because he was working show out of desperation and in tears didn’t know what to do I called the other lawyer that I just fired for help she referred me out to attorney and they wanted $35,000 that I did not have still in tears when it spoke to my friend about it he referred me to mr. Sullivan mr. Sullivan talk to me and he said he would charge $3,000 for the same case they were going to charge me $35,000 for the case like I didn’t quite hear him correctly but he said if I can come with 1500 in the beginning and 1500 the end he would take the case he took the case my Son is on probation doing three years he went from 5 to life sentence to 2 to 5 years with probation attorney Sullivan is a blessing he’s down to earth very reasonable and if I had to use him again and again I would
Phenominal Lawyer! My son was charged with Theft of a Firearm (Felony) in Harris County. When he received this charged he was on a deferred in Fort Bend County for trespassing. When he received the trespassing charge he was almost done with his deferred in Harris County for a fight he had at school considered (misdemeanor). He is 15 and have made real stupid decisions as you can see. The court appointed us a lawyer and he was doing nothing to help. He was never prepared and didn’t seem serious about his job which forced me to search online. I spoke with a few lawyers and it didn’t seem as if they were caring for my son. My son is a star football player and does community service because he loves it. He has shown he is remorseful. As i continued my search i found James Sullivan. After speaking with James I felt at ease. We scheduled a face to face with my son and he spoke with him for about 2 hours explaining everything thoroughly. He also gave him a book “The 6 most important decisions you’ll ever make” and it was really helpful. Prosecutors kept talking about locking my son up under the Sargents supervision. Mr. Sullivan believed he can get my son probation under my supervision. They then offered a strict probation for 18 months. Mr. Sullivan suggested 6 months deferred again. Which rarely happens. Once in front of the Judge Mr. Sullivan presented why he felt deferred was best and guess what, Judge granted deferred. I started crying tears of joy. This man is amazing. On top of that, he got the case in Fort Bend dismissed today. This man is such a man of god and always aims for the best outcome. Thank you again Mr. Sullivan for caring for my son just as you would care for your own.
On May 6,2016 i was arrested for domestic violence, soon as the cops came to my house they handcuff me,put me in the patrol car to investigate.On that night,my wife for hours,hours nag me to the point i jumped on top of her to tell her stop it.The cops said my wife said that i tried to choke her,that they seen bruise marks on her neck.The police took me to jail and this was my first time going to jail at the age of 45.I hired Mr. James Sullivan to be my attorney and when he requested the picture of my wife neck and 911 call,the state did not have it at all so there wasn’t enough evidence to build a package for the grand jury to get a no bill.The day i went back to court the prosecutor didn’t want to drop the charges but he didn’t want to do a trial by jury because there wasn’t enough evidence to get a conviction but the deal was that if i pled guilty,the state would lower the charge from a felony to a class A misdemeanor because i never been in any trouble before so i took that deal to avoid a trial by jury and sometime the jury don’t get it right by me being a black man getting a fair trial.I explain to Mr Sullivan that i can’t have a felony on my record to keep my job that i worked for 25 year’s.Mr. Sullivan got the felony dismissed of off my record so i can maintain employment at my job and i thank him very much for the hard work he has done.If anyone gets in trouble i would suggest 100% that you need to hire Mr.James Sullivan,he would be the lawyer i would want to handle my family violence case.
Being arrested for the first time, I wasn’t sure who to turn to for help. Long story short, I did something that I shouldn’t have, spanked me daughter with an umbrella. I was under a lot of stress and it didn’t help that her behavior was drastically changing for the worst. The next day I was questioned by the police. I waived my rights and told the police of the incident. Consequently, I was charged with a felony, Injury to a child. I was new to Houston and I had no family or close friends. Not knowing any better I hired the worst attorney in Houston, J. Carrol. It was the worst experience EVER. The first meeting went well. He said that he had worked with the prosecutor, he knew the judge personally and that he has dealt with similar cases recently. I paid him the full retainer fee. I felt that I was in good hands until we spoke the next day. His tone, demeanor and attitude had changed. I believe his intentions were to have me indicted then charge me thousands of dollars to attempt to get me probation. He didn’t even consider presenting the case to the Grand Jury. I felt frustrated, hopeless and stuck.
After speaking to my husband we decided to hire another lawyer. After doing hours of research we agreed to speak to attorney Jim Sullivan, and boy we are glad we did! He was very knowledgeable, straightforward and caring. He offers free consultations and his charges are reasonable. Our first 2 conversations lasted about 30-45 mins. I explained everything that happened in detail, he helped me understand the law and spoke about his previous cases. I felt a sense of relief when we ended our conversations. Unlike the previous attorney we had hired, Mr. Sullivan knew what he was doing. Mr. Sullivan told us that we would need to prepare a Grand Jury packet, he explained the process and told me exactly what he needed. Two weeks after submitting the packet to the Grand Jury, my case was dismissed!!!!!!!
There are MANY things that I liked about Mr. Sullivan; he’s the person who picks up when you call (not a receptionist), he is flexible, he accepts payments plans, he is honest, he responds to calls/text within hours, he listens without interrupting, he works outside regular business hours (weekends, after 6p), he treats you like you are his priority and he is very caring. The only thing that I didn’t like about this experience was the fact that I didn’t find him sooner. I would definitely recommend Mr. Sullivan to family and friends.
He is an amazing lawyer and has done so much for me without hesitation. He is an outstanding person and will obviously do anything for his clients. I highly recommend him.
I would like to thank you for all the effort that you have put into my case. You are a really determined and motivated attorney. My case involved possession of child porn. My charges was broken down to an obscenity charge.The number of years that I would have faced with the charge of possession would had been from two to twenty years in prison, and I would have had to register as a sex offender for the rest of my life. Instead, now I have deferred adjudication probation for only five years and my record can be sealed five years after I finish probation, which I am of course going to hire you for it. You saved my life, I cannot thank you enough. I will for sure recommend you to others.
Best Juvenile Attorney in Houston!!!! I wanted to say Thank you so much for what you did for our son and our family. Our son was being charged with a felony and this could have wrecked his entire life. He was doing a favor for someone he considered a friend, and for that was not thinking straight. Mr. Sullivan met with us, spoke to our son for almost 2 hours getting to know him, listening to the whole story and really caring about our son’s future. He really does understand these kids and understands how a mistake should not cost them their future. Mr. Sullivan took our case and ran with it full speed. After sitting all day in court and watching all the other lawyers and cases, we felt very confident and relaxed knowing we were in good hands. When our son’s case came up Mr. Sullivan approached the judge with the prosecutor, told his story and explained the circumstances around this mistake he made. The judge immediately ruled in our favor and our son never even had to go before the judge. For this we will be forever grateful that Mr. Sullivan believed in our son’s future, knowing he is a good kid and deserved another chance. Hands down we are confident to say Mr. Sullivan is the Best Juvenile Attorney in Houston!!
After some strong arming by the fire marshall’s office for my son’s felony arson case, I was so nervous and looked up Jim Sullivan. I hired him based on his results, and I could not be happier that I did! He got my son’s case on the next docket, after an attempt at delay from the DA. My son was home within 24 hours after his unnecessary arrest and trumped up charges. Mr. Sullivan got to work, and on my son’s next court date he was given a deferred option that will take this off his record with 6 months of supervised good behavior! Thank you Mr. Sullivan!!
As if that was not enough, Mr. Sullivan sat down with my son and gave him some very good advice about where he should head with his future. My son is now excited to learn more about the areas he mentioned, and I appreciate Mr. Sullivan going beyond his lawyer job description and being a mentor!
Super Lawyer! 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.
My 13 yr old son was charged in Fort bend County with resisting arrest and assault against a public servant, a police officer. I hired Jim Sullivan as his lawyer. Since we are new to Houston we did not know any attorneys. I did a Google search and found reviews, achievements and testimony from other lawyers about Jim Sullivan. After searching online for attorneys over several days I realized that Jim Sullivan is the best and I wanted the best for my son. After Jim Sullivan met with us at his office for two hours, he said he would set the case for a jury trail on the first court setting unless the prosecutor dismissed the felony assault and agreed to a deferred prosecution on the misdemeanor resisting so that my son could get his cases dismissed and then get his record sealed. Jim Sullivan agreed my son did not cause the officer to get a broken finger during the arrest and the arrest itself was unlawful, however as he explained it is still illegal to resist an unlawful arrest. Jim Sullivan then met with the prosecutor to discuss the case and to get a copy of the offense report and surveillance video. when we went to court a month later, Jim Sullivan did what he said he would do. He pressured the prosecutor to dismiss the felony and then during court hearing he persuaded the judge to give my son a deferred on the misdemeanor. For these reasons I recommend this humble and efficient lawyer to parents who wish the best for their children. He gave psychological support and good advice for my son. He told my son that he is very smart, but that he had to study harder to make better grades and especially straight A’s so that he could get into a top college. On the way back home my son told me he will call Jim Sullivan when he goes to college to inform him of his achievements. I thank God for giving me peace through attorney Jim Sullivan.
The beginning of this year I found out I had an assault charge filed against me from last year. As it was my first time being in trouble I had no clue what to do. I went to court 2 times with a court appointed attorney who was absolutely no help. I knew if I didn’t hire an attorney the court case wouldn’t go in my favor. My fiancée reached out to Mr. Sullivan and he immediately helped out. I felt so much relief after hiring him. When we called him, we initially wanted deferred adjudication because the prosecutors had only been offering jail time through the court appointed attorney. I was planning to attend nursing school to become a registered nurse, and I knew that those plans would be ruined with an assault case on my record. Fortunately, after months of going back and forth to court, Mr. Sullivan got my case completely dismissed! I highly recommend him as your attorney. He worked so hard for my family, and is great at what he does.
Thank you again!
Being falsely accused of a crime is a very dramatic experience. In my case, a family member accused me of assaulting a minor and they pushed very hard to get me charged. When they finally got a DA to take felony charges 10 months after the alleged crime, I did some research and hired James Sullivan. He met with me a day after calling him and began to meticulously outline my defense. He interviewed the witnesses, then put together a very strong defense packet for the Grand Jury which included detailed statements from witnesses that stated there was no contact with the minor and witnesses that heard my family member coaching the child on how to lie to the police and DA. The Grand Jury no-billed my case and the case was removed from my record. Going through a criminal case is a very scary and stressful experience. I can say that any fears or questions I had were just a phone call or an email away from being answered by Mr. Sullivan. He was always available to discuss my case and explain the criminal process, and let me know step by step how we were going to win my case. I would highly recommend James Sullivan with any of your criminal defense needs.
Mr. Sullivan is wonderful as both a lawyer and a friend! I was recently undergoing an instance where I didn’t think I would need help to prove my innocence, however things are not always as they seem. Mr. Sullivan was not judgmental of my actions at all and helped me step by step through my struggle. I don’t know how I would have conquered the case without his help, advice, and compassion. In the end, my criminal case was dismissed and I can get my record expunged! If you are ever accused of a crime, he will always be by your side.
In late May of 2016 my 15 year old son was arrested and taken to the juvenile detention center for a felony crime he did not commit, Deadly Conduct. After being falsely accused and wrongfully admitted to the Harris County Juvenile Detention Center, I met with and hired Mr. Sullivan. He walked us through the process and helped my family and son better understand what needed to be done. The day of the detention hearing in court, we had all of the proof and evidence to help get my son out of detention. The judge of the court was completely unjust. After refusing to consider the video evidence that proved my innocent or to even hear from my family members who were willing to supervise my son at all times if released, the judge quickly ruled to keep my innocent son detained. Mr. Sullivan was furious at the system that caused my son to be arrested and held for a crime he did not commit while at the same time the adult who actually committed the crime was only charged with a misdemeanor and spent just a few days in jail. Mr. Sullivan immediately requested a trial by jury. We were able to get a trial setting in the next 3 weeks, which was amazing considering the fact that most cases take 3-6 months or longer to get to a trial. Mr. Sullivan explained that court-appointed attorneys such as the one first appointed to my son’s case never take cases to a jury trial, but instead only have bench trials where the judges make the final decision. If the court-appointed attorney had stayed on the case, my son would still be in detention and I believe he would probably have been found guilty by the judge. Instead, thanks to Mr. Sullivan my son was found innocent by a unanimous vote from the jury. Mr. Sullivan stopped at nothing to help our son and prove him innocent. My son walked out of detention just 7 weeks after his arrest with no record. Mr. Sullivan’s knowledge of the criminal and juvenile justice systems helped in so many ways. Mr. Sullivan was not pushy, arrogant, or air-headed like most attorneys. Instead, he kept a down-to-earth low-profile, encouraged my son as if he were his own and won our case successfully and peacefully. Thank you so much Mr. Sullivan for helping my family and my son!
On March 4, 2016, my son was arrested and charged with aggravated assault in Montgomery County. Around 1am that night 5 men came to my son’s apartment in 2 different vehicles, one stolen along with guns, ski masks and gloves. My son heard them outside and looked from the balcony and saw one of them attempting to steal his car. Afraid and uncertain he grabbed his gun and yelled “get the hell away from my car!” The other 4 guys were heading to his apartment so my son fired 3-4 warning shots with the intention to scare them away. Unfortunately he struck one of them in the chest and they took off.
Not realizing at the time that one of them was hit he went back into the apartment. A couple hours later my son’s apartment was surrounded by state police and detectives. After receiving a phone call from the officers telling him what he had done he was left to surrender, but before he surrendered and afraid to go outside he dismembered the gun because he didn’t want the officers to think he was armed and dangerous.
Four days later we hired criminal defense lawyer James Sullivan to defend my son. That same day James visited my son in the jail and began to investigate his case. My son’s bond was $100,000 and he was a first time offender with a good history and awesome background, however he had gotten into a situation and we needed the best lawyer with a lot of experience and knowledge regarding criminal matters.
James Sullivan asked the prosecutor to hold the case from the grand jury so he could prepare a defense and also fought to get his bond lowered. After 3 court and bond hearings, James got the bond lowered from $100,000 all the way down to $15,000 and then we got him out. James then worked meticulously with my son, prepared and turned in a defense packet and a month later the grand jury dismissed his aggravated assault. However the prosecutor pushed for and got an indictment for tampering with evidence. The next day James went to court and fought to get a low bond on the new case of only $1,500 so that my son would not go back to jail.
We were thrilled to get the aggravated assault charge dismissed because it was the most serious but fully expected him to have to plead to the new charge. However at the next court hearing James Sullivan refused to settle and persuaded the prosecutor to do the right thing and dismiss the tampering charge as well. James knew that my son was not only a first time offender but also a hard working young man that was afraid for his life and simply defended himself and his property. After an almost 6 month ordeal, my son got his life back. I have never personally met Mr. Sullivan. I live several states away, but he handled these cases as if I was a resident in Texas. I am so pleased with his good work that not only would I highly recommend him to others but I will definitely keep him around. Hopefully we will never need his services again but if we do James Sullivan is definitely the man that you can count on to help you and defend you properly.
In December 2014, I was charged with misdemeanor theft after shoplifting at my local grocery store. I was under a lot of personal stress and made the worst decision of my life that day. As a recent graduate with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, if I were convicted of theft, I would never be able to find a job in my field. I was so blessed to have met Attorney Jim Sullivan who helped me to obtain a Pretrial Diversion and consequently gave me a second chance in life. Before hiring Jim, I had read many good reviews about him and I am now writing one myself. Jim spent his entire Saturday afternoon talking to my husband and me and asking thoughtful questions about my case, my life and our background. I overcame great hardship, persevered and studied really hard to earn admission into a prestigious university. To have a theft conviction or even a deferred adjudication on my record would be devastating.
Jim Sullivan helped me gather all the information I needed for the Pretrial Diversion application and went above and beyond the requirements to make sure the DA would feel how regretful I was for my mistake and would allow me a second chance in life. Jim not only spent many hours proofreading and editing my application and giving me advice, he also requested additional information and wrote a follow up letter to the prosecutor to overcome her resistance to my initial application. Thanks to his hard work, commitment and belief in me, I was granted a Pretrial Diversion. Jim Sullivan truly saved my life and allowed me to take responsibility for my mistake without compromising my future and career. He went to court three times with me and was always there to support me. My case was difficult because as I was not yet working I did not meet the requirements for the PTD, but Jim was able to convince the prosecutor that I should be granted the PTD anyway.
My husband and I are so glad to have met Jim Sullivan, not only as a great lawyer, but also as a wonderful person who sincerely cares about his clients. -Y
Mr. Sullivan represented my son and I cannot be more thankful that I found him! He was able to work out a surprisingly good plea bargain for my son. My son was an addict and had committed a series of robberies over a 3-month period in order to get money for drugs after losing his job. He passed a note to a cashier, saying he had a gun (which he did not have), and demanded money, which was given to him. He thought he had solved his cash-flow problem. So, he repeated his robbery, several times. But of course, he got caught. He was charged with 2 armed robberies and a simple robbery. The only reason he wasn’t charged with 3 armed robberies was because he had been chased from the scene of his last robbery, caught with the money he had taken, but did not have a gun. However, in the news, I saw a shocking story about my son that claimed he was the person of interest in a dozen robberies. It was just going to be a matter of time before more charges were brought against my son. However, I found Mr. Sullivan’s website, and sent him an email in the middle of the night, and he answered. He showed up early the next morning to re-set the first court appearance of my son. Over the next 3 months, he continued to work for my son, eventually getting a surprisingly lenient plea bargain. My son admitted guilt to 2 simple robberies and was sentenced to 7 years in TDC. He will be eligible for parole in about 10 months, if he is an exemplary prisoner. Further, part of the plea bargain was that no other charges would be brought forth. Had a dozen armed robbery charges been brought forward, there is a good chance my son would have been in prison the rest of his life! The minimum sentence for one armed robbery is 20 years. But, of the 3 charges already on the books, the simple robbery charge was dropped entirely, and the 2 armed robbery charges were reduced from armed robbery to simple robbery. (Simple robbery does not carry nearly as harsh penalties as armed robbery.) Without Mr. Sullivan working on the case, I doubt that would have happened. Maybe you are thinking my son should be in jail for life. But when you get to know the story behind the story, you don’t feel that way. My son is not going to be an addict the rest of his life. And he didn’t break the law when he wasn’t an addict. He is a person who needed help to recover. Now he has that chance. He really wants to and wants to start going to Narcotics Anonymous meetings as soon as he is in a place where they have them. He has told me that he feels that “doing time” has saved his life, and Mr. Sullivan has made it possible for him to enjoy it again someday. I will continue to pray for Mr. Sullivan. He is the most genuinely compassionate person I have ever met!
He helped me get this nightmare off my record so it doesn’t affect my future! He also gave me some pretty awesome advice!
Mr. Sullivan represented my son twice and both times he did an excellent job. My son has bipolar disorder and ADHD and Mr. Sullivan understood how that affected my son’s choices and actions. The first time he represented my son he was a juvenile. What impressed me is he spoke to my son and listened to what he had to say. He treated him with respect. The first occasion my son was given some classes and the offense was dropped from his record.
The next time we called upon Mr. Sullivan my son was now considered an adult and was being wrongfully accused by the police of evading detention. After Mr. Sullivan heard my son’s side of the story he agreed to defend him. He asked us to provide our detailed account of the situation in writing and we did. When we had our first court hearing it was evident that the DA’s office was not going to dismiss the case. Mr. Sullivan told my son that if he wanted to go to trial he would fight for him, but it was up to him. I appreciated him asking and fighting for my son!
I believe the tenacity of Mr. Sullivan and his insistence on a jury trial are what finally persuaded the DA’s office to dismiss charges for my son. Not only did this happen for our son, but the 3 other young men being wrongfully accused also were dismissed. So essentially Mr. Sullivan helped them all by listening, understanding and believing my son and then not allowing us to give up proving it to be a false accusation!
I would recommend Mr. Sullivan to anyone who is looking for an honest, understanding, and tenacious attorney!
I must say Mr Sullivan is a man of his word. I have a pretty long record so when I had got arrested for Aggravated assault on a family member for my 3rd time, I seriously believed that there was NO hope, but I was wrong. Mr sullivan made sure to make my case a top priority and reassured me that everything would be just fine when I had my doubts, due to my past convictions. My ex girlfriend tried to assault me with a broken wine bottle when i kept telling her i no longer wanted to be with her but when I kept attempting to keep the glass from cutting either one if us, she accidently got hurt in the process. I helped her clean her wound but I asked her to leave as I felt that night had already brought too much drama, and she was highly intoxicated and persistent about gettin aggressive if I didn’t take her back. A month later a warrant was issued for my arrest and I got picked up by the police at my home one morning. I’m forever grateful that I found out about the warrant right before I got arrested because I read about Mr. Sullivan on Google and I decided that he was the man that I wanted to handle my case. My punishment ranges from 2-20 years and I knew for sure with my long record and the seriousness of that crime that the d.a wouldn’t offer me the minimum. Mr sullivan was very down to earth and really cared about gettin this case dismissed for me so that I could get back in school and continue my life as a productive member of society. Several weeks passed because the prosecutor kept delaying the process, and I started to get a bit discouraged but Mr. Sullivan’s confidence and reassurance about my case and all of the evidence he gathered for me helped me so much. Sure enough everything he told me that he would do, he did. He got my case dismissed and I’m back in school just like he said to me. Thank you so much Mr. Sullivan, youre truly a blessing and I don’t know what I would’ve done without you