Case Results

Houston Criminal Attorney James (Jim) Sullivan has represented more than 3,000 clients in criminal and juvenile courts in Harris and surrounding counties.  The cases listed in the graph below and the detailed accounts that follow it represent just a small fraction of those by James Sullivan.  The cases listed in the graph cover just those between 2008 to May 2012.  A graph covering the cases represented since 1994 would be much too lengthy to post.  However, all of the Harris county criminal cases (which have not been sealed or expunged) can be verified with their case number through the website of the district clerk at http://www.hcdistrictclerk.com/eDocs/Public/Search.aspx.

Note: When a Grand Jury No Bills a felony complaint, it means that the case is dismissed and the accused can seek an expunction of the criminal records relating to that accusation.  All felony cases listed were no billed after the grand jury reviewed an extensive packet prepared by James Sullivan.

1° = 1st Degree Felony, 2° = 2nd Degree Felony, 3° = 3rd Degree Felony, SJF = State Jail Felony, A = Class A Misdemeanor, B = Class B Misdemeanor

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

CRIMINAL OFFENSERESULTS IN 2015CASE #
THEFT (B)CASE DISMISSED prior to first court setting (Juvenile client allegedly stole $50 from his mother)JUVENILE
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)JURY 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)JUVENILE
THEFT (B)CASE DISMISSED BY STATE after client completed a 1 year pretrial diversion (Client allegedly shoplifted)1998533
THEFT (B)CASE DISMISSED BY STATE after client completed a 9 month pretrial diversion (Client allegedly shoplifted)1972216
THEFT (B)CASE DISMISSED BY STATE after client completed 6 month pretrial diversion (Client allegedly shoplifted)1975870
POSSESSION OF MARIHUANA (B)CASE DISMISSED BY STATE after client completed a 1 year pretrial diversion (Client allegedly was found to be in possession of marihuana)1957888
THEFT (B)CASE DISMISSED BY STATE after client completed a 1 year pretrial diversion (Client allegedly shoplifted)1961773
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE enhanced (3° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of injuring his 15 year old daughter. She was being rebellious and he spanked her with a belt to correct her)1459744
THEFT (B)CASE DISMISSED BY STATE after client completed 6 month pretrial diversion (Client allegedly shoplifted)1986847
THEFT (B)CASE DISMISSED BY STATE after client completed 6 month pretrial diversion (Client allegedly shoplifted)1987131
POSSESSION OF A PROHIBITED WEAPONCASE DISMISSED BY STATE (Client was allegedly in possession of metal knuckles)2008703
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE (2° Felony)CASE 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)1467006
PCS (SJF)CASE REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR ATTEMPTED PCS with 1 year deferred adjudication1457447
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE (A)CASE DISMISSED BY STATE (Juvenile client allegedly struck her father)JUVENILE
THEFT (SJF)CASE DISMISSED BY STATE after client completed 1 year pretrial diversion (18 y/o client and his friend allegedly stole over $1500 in clothing from store)1414083
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony) in Brazoria CountyPunishment reduced to 9 months probation at home until age 18 (At age 16, Client got into a fight with an 18 year old drug dealer in Brazoria County 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)JUVENILE
THEFT (SJF)CASE REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR THEFT with deferred adjudication (Client allegedly stole equipment from his workplace)1456673
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE (A) in Montgomery CountyCASE REDUCED TO NON FAMILY VIOLENCE MISDEMEANOR OF UNLAWFUL RESTRAINT with deferred adjudication prior to first jury trial setting (Client was originally charged with felony of Assault Family Member by Impeding Breathing in case # 14-0809346)14-302714
EVADING DETENTION (B)CASE DISMISSED BY STATE (17 year old client and 3 friends allegedly ran away from the police. Sullivan persuaded the State to dismiss the 3 friends' cases also)2013501
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE (A) in Liberty CountyCASE DISMISSED BY STATE after completion of anger management class and 6 month pretrial diversion where client did not even have to report101035
ONLINE SOLICITATION OF A MINOR (2° Felony) in Montgomery CountyPSI Hearing: 7 years Deferred Adjudication probation (Client was accused of showing up to meet with underage female in HPD sting operation initiated with Craig's List ad. Prosecutor only offered prison time)14-05-05506-CR
RETALIATION (3° Felony)JURY TRIAL SETTING: DISMISSED BY STATE (Juvenile female client allegedly threatened the mother of an assault victim, a boy at the same school. The boy had been attacked by the client's then boyfriend)JUVENILE
EVADING DETENTION (B)CASE DISMISSED (Client and his friends were falsely accused of evading detention. When Sullivan told the State he was going to set the case for a jury trial, the State dismissed his client's case along with his friends' cases)2013501
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE (A)CASE DISMISSED BY STATE (18 year old client allegedly assaulted her father)2012218
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony) in Galveston CountyCASE REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT with time served prior to 1st Jury Trial setting (client was accused of threatening an acquaintance with a firearm)14CR3171
PCS at school (SJF)CASE REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR with 6 months deferred adjudication (17 year old client was charged with having unprescribed Adderall at school)1457447
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER BY IMPEDING (3° Felony) in Montgomery CountyCASE DISMISSED BY STATE when Sullivan turned in a defense packet for the Grand Jury. Whether than present the case to the Grand Jury, the State dismissed the felony and refiled the case in county court as a Misdemeanor Assault involving Family Violence . That case was then dismissed by the State and refiled as a Misdemeanor Unlawful Restraint one week before trial. Client then received deferred adjudication and will be able to seal his record two years after completing deferred (Client was initially accused of choking his wife)14-0809346
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony) in Brazoria CountySTIPULATED TO 9 MONTHS PROBATION at home until age 18 (At age 16, Client got into a fight with an 18 year old drug dealer that was captured on film and that resulted in the dealer requiring brain surgery and several months of recovery. At the first court setting, the State only offered 5 years determinate probation or certification to adult court with deferred adjudication. Sullivan refused and insisted on a jury trial. At next court setting, the State backed down and agreed to a brief indeterminate probation. Sullivan's client can get his record sealed at age 19. With a determinate probation, his client could never get his record sealed or could have wound up in adult prison if he violated his probation)JUVENILE
TERRORISTIC THREAT (A) in Montgomery CountyCASE DISMISSED (Client was accused of threatening to shoot a police officer. Fortunately the entire episode was captured by audio and video recorders. It was clear that the Chinese immigrant was telling the officer in broken English that she would sue him if he arrested her for not signing a speeding ticket, although he claimed she said she was going to "shoot" him)14-301033
CREDIT CARD ABUSE (SFJ)CASE DISMISSED (Client was accused of using a stolen credit card to buy gas)1449889
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE (A)CASE DISMISSED two days before Jury Trial (Client was accused of striking his adult daughter)1941000
INJURY TO A CHILD (3° Felony)CASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client was accused of causing bodily injury to his 10 year old nephew)1446872
MURDER (1° Felony)PLED TO 15 YEARS TDC on 3rd Jury Trial setting (Client fired a warning shot to scare off 7 thugs that were about to fight him and his two friends and accidentally hit and killed an acquaintance. The State originally charged him with intentional Murder and only offered 45 years TDC. The State reindicted him one day before the third trial setting with felony murder, accusing him of committing an aggravated assault that resulted in a killing)1457842
AGGRAVATED ROBBERY (1° Felony)CASE TO BE DISMISSED after completion of deferred prosecution on a reduced charge of Theft from Person (16 year old Client was the passenger in a pickup truck and participated in a beer theft outside a convenience store that resulted in the beer deliveryman being run over by the 17 year old driver)JUVENILE
CRIMINAL OFFENSERESULTS IN 2014CASE #
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD BY EXPOSURE (3° Felony) in Fort Bend CountyDeferred Prosecution on a class B misdemeanor Indecent Exposure (11 year old client was accused of exposing himself in class, client claimed he had to scratch himself because of jock itch, female classmate claimed he asked her to look at his erect penis)JUVENILE
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE (A)CASE DISMISSED prior to first court setting (Client allegedly struck her mother in public and was witnessed by a CPS worker that was passing by and that called the police)JUVENILE
ARSON (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED (16 year old Client and his 16 year old friend were accused of burning down a fence and backyard tool shed. Sullivan argued that it was the result of an accident and his client's case was dismissed. The teenage co-actor was represented by a court-appointed attorney and received a felony probation)JUVENILE
SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (2° Felony) in Fort Bend CountyCASE TO BE CLOSED after completion of Boundary counseling (16 year old boy allegedly forced his girlfriend to have sex with him against her will)JUVENILE
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD BY CONTACT (2° Felony) in Galveston CountyCASE TO BE DISMISSED after completion of deferred prosecution (13 year old boy allegedly and inappropriately touched a girl while riding home on the school bus)JUVENILE
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD BY CONTACT (2° Felony) in Montgomery CountyCASE DISMISSED BY STATE PRIOR TO FIRST COURT SETTING (13 year old boy allegedly touched his 5 year old niece in his bedroom. Thorough investigation by Sullivan within days of being hired was enough to persuade the prosecutor to do the right thing before the first court setting, an exceptionally rare result)JUVENILE
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE BY IMPEDING BREATHING (3° Felony) in Brazoria CountyCASE REDUCED to class B misdemeanor Attempted Assault with $500 fine and no jail time (Client allegedly choked his pregnant wife after an argument)71876
BURGLARY OF A HABITATION (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED after completion of deferred prosecution (Client allegedly participated in burglary with 6 other teens and stole $20,000 in cash)JUVENILE
ASSAULT AGAINST A PUBLIC SERVANT (3˚ felony)CASE DISMISSED after completion of deferred prosecution (Client allegedly slapped her teacher in class)JUVENILE
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE (A)CASE DISMISSED BY STATE ON JURY TRIAL SETTING (Client was falsely accused of assault by his wife in order for her to justify an “emergency” job transfer back to her hometown)1920300
THEFT (SJF)CASE TO BE DISMISSED upon completion of Pre-Trial Intervention (Client and his friend allegedly tried to shoplift over $1,500 in expensive clothing from a J.C. Penney store)1414083
BURGLARY OF A BUILDING (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED after completion of deferred prosecution (16 year old boy allegedly broke into a garage and attempted to steal a firearm)JUVENILE
ASSAULT (A)CASE DISMISSED after completion of deferred prosecution (16 year old boy allegedly attacked a fellow student in his high school locker room)JUVENILE
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE (A)CASE DISMISSED after completion of deferred prosecution (Client allegedly hit her mother)JUVENILE
THEFT BY PUBLIC SERVANT (3° Felony)CASE NOT FILED (Client, a law enforcement officer, was being investigated for theft of cash)CASE NOT FILED
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD BY CONTACT (2° Felony) in Waller CountyPSI HEARING: 6 years TDC (Client originally faced 25 years to Life on Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child. Client had sexual contact with a 13 year old stepdaughter over a one year period)13-03-14372, 13-03-14373
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD BY CONTACT (2° Felony) in Montgomery CountyCASE DISMISSED (16 year old Client allegedly touched a female student inappropriately at his high school)JUVENILE
ASSAULT AGAINST A PUBLIC SERVANT (3˚ felony)CASE DISMISSED after completion of deferred prosecution (Client allegedly hit an Assistant Principal)JUVENILE
RESULTS IN 2013
INJURY TO A CHILD (3° Felony)CASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client, a law enforcement officer, was accused of causing bodily injury to his 12 year old daughter by striking her in the face and arm)CASE NOT YET FILED
ONLINE SOLICITATION OF A MINOR (2˚ felony)CASE DISMISSED (19 year old client was accused of talking about sex related topics with a 12 year old girl online although there was no intention of ever meeting up with her. James Sullivan and his associate Nancy Botts totally disagreed with the law that makes it a felony just to talk about sex topics with minors online, so they filed a pre-trial writ of habeas corpus challenging the constitutionality of the law. While the appeal was still pending, a similar appeal filed earlier on a different case by a Houston colleague accomplished the same result. On October 30, 2013, the Court of Criminal Appeals declared Texas Penal Code §33.021(b) unconstitutional based on First Amendment grounds)1361992, 1361993
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE (A) in Montgomery CountyCASE DISMISSED (Client allegedly attacked her husband)13-290068
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD BY CONTACT (2° Felony) in Montgomery CountyCASE DISMISSED (Client allegedly abused a fellow student at his high school. The case was dismissed before the third court setting.)JUVENILE
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony) in Montgomery CountyCASE DISMISSED (Client allegedly abused his younger cousin. Law enforcement did a minimal investigation. Sullivan conducted a thorough investigation and was ready for trial by the first court setting. The State requested a one month reset to review the case and then dismissed the case before the second court setting.)JUVENILE
THEFT (B)CASE DISMISSED (Client allegedly stole from her employer)1914995
PROSTITUTION (B)CASE DISMISSED upon completion of Pre-Trial Intervention (Client allegedly solicited a prostitute for sex for a fee)1832160
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE (A) in Montgomery County CASE DISMISSED (Client allegedly hit his girlfriend)13-290218
EVADE BY MV (3° Felony) in Galveston CountyCASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Evading with 2 years of deferred adjudication probation (Client allegedly fled from law enforcement at a high rate of speed)13-CR-0887
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Indecent Exposure with 2 years of probation at home (Client allegedly abused his younger sibling)JUVENILE
TERRORISTIC THREAT (A)RECEIVED DEFERRED PROSECUTION ON JURY TRIAL SETTING (Client allegedly threatened to shoot and kill a neighbor. Prior to trial, the State only offered an out of home placement)JUVENILE
POSSESSION OF MARIHUANA (B)CASE DISMISSED upon completion of Pre-Trial Intervention1819857
POSSESSION OF MARIHUANA (B)CASE DISMISSED (Client allegedly had marihuana in his possession)1897431
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony) in Jackson County (Edna)PRIVATE PLACEMENT at Pegasus School for 9-12 months of sex offender counseling and then probation at home without sex offender registration (Probation Department originally recommended placement at TJJD, formerly known as TYC)JUVENILE
BURGLARY OF A HABITATION WITH INTENT TO COMMIT AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (1° Felony)CASE REDUCED to Burglary of a Habitation with intent to commit misdemeanor assault (2° Felony) with 5 years TDC when Sullivan was setting the case for trial (Client was accused of breaking into a neighbor’s downstairs apartment by going 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)1370138
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)1369319
INJURY TO A CHILD (3° Felony) in Matagorda County (Bay City)CASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of causing bodily injury to her 10 year old son by striking him in his ribs)CASE NOT YET FILED
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD (2° Felony) in Fort Bend County (Richmond)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Assault with no disposition (Client accused of touching his 12 year old younger sister when he was 14. Case was resolved after client finished sex offender counseling)JUVENILE
AGGRAVATED ROBBERY (1° Felony)(2 Cases)DETERMINATE PROBATION at home for 3 years instead of being certified to stand trial as an adult (16 year old client with Arabic ancestry drove 2 guys on a crime spree--robbing several people 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. Sullivan counseled the child and his Anglo mother that it was clear that the client had taken on the thuggish lifestyle of his co-actors and that he should go to boot camp to re-think his future before he turned 17. The boy refused and the mother enabled him to avoid any serious consequences to his serious behavior. UPDATE: Several months later, the young man at 17 was arrested for a felony evading detention by motor vehicle, a 3 ˚ felony felony, and the mother again posted bond against his attoney's advice. A few months later, the young man was charged with several robberies and aggravated robberies. Fortunately, co-counsel was able to arrange for him to receive a deferred adjudication in the 339th district court for the new cases. On July 8, 2014, Sullivan persuaded the State to keep him on probation and to transfer the probation to adult court to go along with the probation in the 339th district court)JUVENILE
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony)JURY TRIAL: NOT GUILTY (15 year old client was accused of abusing his 2½ year old niece and her 4 year old brother was an alleged eyewitness. Niece did have injuries documented in a medical examination, but a thorough defense investigation uncovered severe credibility issues with the children and their mother, the outcry witness, and other reasonable explanations for the injuries were not investigated by law enforcement)JUVENILE
INTERFERING WITH DUTIES OF PUBLIC SERVANT (B)CASE DISMISSED (Client was a decorated Iraqi war veteran with PTSD and accused of being drunk at a bar and interfering with a police investigation)1855206
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE ENHANCED (3° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Assault with time served, 3 days in county jail. (Client had 2 previous Assault family violence convictions involving a different complainant)1360460
POSSESSION OF MARIHUANA (B)CASE DISMISSED (Client accused of possessing marihuana at his high school)1873091
RESULTS IN 2012
THEFTCASE DISMISSED (Client accused of stealing an I-Pad from a restaurant)1861238
AUTO THEFT (3° Felony)CASE DISMISSED (Client accused of stealing an acquaintance’s car)JUVENILE
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD (2° Felony) in Montgomery County (Conroe)CASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of sexually abusing his 16 year old nephew)CASE NOT YET FILED
POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (B)CASE DISMISSED (Client accused of possessing Xanax without a prescription)1836380
THEFT (SJF) in Jefferson County (Beaumont)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Theft (Client 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)08-02655
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE BY IMPEDING BREATHING (3° Felony), ASSAULT FV (A), ASSAULT FV (A), RESISTING ARREST (B)CASES DISMISSED after completion of deferred prosecution (Client with severe psychological problems accused of committing assault against her mother on 2 separate occasions and her sister’s boyfriend)JUVENILE
ARSON (1° Felony)CASE DISMISSED (Client accused of setting fire to a house while using drugs. When Sullivan was setting the case for a jury trial, the State dismissed the charge.)JUVENILE
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony) in Brazoria County (Angleton)CASE REDUCED to Enticing a Child (3° felony) with probation at home (13 year old client was originally accused of sexually abusing a 6 year old stepsister. With the reduction, client can never be made to register as a sex offender)JUVENILE
FAILURE TO STOP AND RENDER AID (3° Felony)CASE DISMISSED after completion of deferred prosecution (Client was originally accused of Aggravated Assault after running over drug dealer to save friend’s life. The complainant suffered a broken hip. The State re-filed the case when Sullivan was setting it for a jury trial and then later dismissed it)JUVENILE
MOTION TO ADJUDICATE GUILT (Assault Family Member)(A)MADJ DISMISSED by State. Client re-instated on probation. (Client falsely accused of having contact with complainant without permission of the court)1355748
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER BY IMPEDING (3° Felony)CASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of choking his girlfriend)1356656
PCS 4G - 200G (Enhanced to 1° Felony)Deferred Adjudication probation at home (Sullivan persuaded the judge to grant client deferred adjudication probation with outpatient drug treatment even though client had a prior felony drug conviction)1352705
EVADING ARREST BY MOTOR VEHICLE (3° Felony)Deferred Adjudication probation at home (After preparing case for trial, persuaded court to grant client deferred adjudication probation on his third evading by motor vehicle case even though client had prior felony convictions)1316057
EXHIBITION OF FIREARM AT SCHOOL (3° Felony)CASE DISMISSED after completion of deferred prosecution (Client accused of threatening to bring a gun to school to shoot other students)JUVENILE
THEFT (B)CASE DISMISSED (Client accused of shoplifting and successfully completed a Pre-Trial Intervention)1765259
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER (2° Felony) and ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER (A)CASE DISMISSED after completion of deferred prosecution (Client accused of hitting mother and on a later date threatening her with a steak knife)JUVENILE
MOTION TO ADJUDICATE GUILT (Possession of Marihuana)(B)MADJ DISMISSED by State. Client re-instated on probation. (Client hired James Sullivan after firing her first attorney)1794186
HARBORING A RUNAWAY (A)CASE DISMISSED (Client accused of giving shelter to a runaway teenager)1845325
INJURY TO A CHILD (1° Felony)CASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of breaking his infant son’s leg and 3 ribs. The doctors failed to consider “brittle bone” disease as the reason for the bond fractures)1340646
THEFT (A)CASE DISMISSED (Client accused of stealing a cell phone at a party)1812130
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER/ IMPEDING BREATHING (3° Felony)CASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of choking his wife during an argument)1336650
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of intentionally trying to drive into and strike her girlfriend)1341002
EVADING BY MOTOR VEHICLE (3° Felony)CASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of evading police in her car when she drove about ½ mile at the posted speed limit before stopping at a friend’s house after a police officer had switched on his strobe lights)1338389
STALKING (3° Felony) in Fort Bend CountyCASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Terroristic threat with probation at home (Client accused of threatening to kill high school class mate and following her around. When Sullivan was going to set the case for a jury trial, the State agreed to reduce it)JUVENILE
SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of having sex with 16 year old girl that falsely claimed she was 18)1332791
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION (SJF)Client received 2 Years TDC on second jury trial setting after originally facing 25 years to Life in prison (Client accused of failing to register after the 5th year)1319150
FELON IN POSSESSION FIREARM (3° Felony) & UUMV (SJF)Client received 6 months in state jail facility after facing 5 years to Life in prison1320193, 1322637
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD BY EXPOSURE (3° Felony)Client received Deferred Adjudication probation at pre-trial conference setting after facing 5 years to Life in prison (Client accused of exposing himself to teenage stepdaughter)1319350
BRIBERY (1°)Client received Deferred Adjudication probation after facing 5 years to Life in prison 1329665
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF (Class A Misdemeanor)CASE DISMISSED (Client and his friends were accused of damaging an empty apartment next to their school)JUVENILE
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE (A)CASE DISMISSED (Client accused of injuring ex-wife after divorce was final. Client insisted he was innocent. State dismissed the case “in the interest of justice”)CC 11-836
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED after completion of deferred prosecution (Client accused of threatening to stab classmate in the neck with a pair of sharp scissors)JUVENILE
EVADING ARREST BY MOTOR VEHICLE (3° Felony)CASE DISMISSED (Client, a disabled Army veteran, was accused of fleeing police after an alleged shoplifting)1328289
ROBBERY (2° Felony)CASE REDUCED 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)1306891
ACTUAL RESULTS IN 2011
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)1321679
POSSESSION OF MARIHUANA (B)CASE DISMISSED1788479
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION (3°)CASE DISMISSED1283222
EVADE ARREST BY MOTOR VEHICLE (Felony Habitual enhanced facing 25 years to Life in TDC)Client received 5 years TDC after facing 25 years to Life in prison1320824
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE (A) in Liberty County (Liberty)CASE DISMISSED (Client accused of hitting his wife)96222
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE 2 ND OFFENDER (Felony Habitual enhanced facing 25 years to Life in TDC)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Assault after facing 25 years to Life in prison1318813
DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED (B)CASE DISMISSED1778741
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Assault 1317892
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE (2° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor AssaultJUVENILE
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE 2 ND OFFNDER (Enhanced to 2° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Assault1320509
MOTION TO ADJUDICATE GUILT (THEFT)(SJF)Deferred Adjudication revoked and sentenced to time served in (100 days HCJ under §12.44a) (Client had a reasonable due diligence argument regarding the failure of the police to arrest the defendant soon after the violation of probation)926980
THEFT FROM A PERSON (SJF)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Theft with Deferred Adjudication1317454
TERRORISTIC THREAT (B)CASE DISMISSED after completion of deferred prosecution (Client accused of organizing group to take over middle school and threatened to kill teachers)JUVENILE
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony) Probation at home for two years with counseling and no sex offender registrationJUVENILE
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MOTION TO ADJUDICATE GUILT (BURGLARY OF A HABITATION)(2° Felony)MADJ DISMISSED by State. Client re-instated on probation.1245594
BURGLARY OF A HABITATION (2° Felony)CASE REDUCED to Burglary of a Building (SJF) with 6 months in HCJ under §12.44a1284911
MOTION TO ADJUDICATE GUILT (ROBBERY)(2° Felony)MADJ DISMISSED by State. Client re-instated on probation.1303014
MOTION TO ADJUDICATE GUILT (BURGLARY OF A HABITATION)(2° Felony)MADJ DISMISSED by State. Client re-instated on probation.1287859
MOTION TO ADJUDICATE GUILT (AGGRAVATED ROBBERY)(1° Felony)MADJ DISMISSED by State. Client re-instated on probation.1219184
MOTION TO ADJUDICATE GUILT (BURGLARY OF A HABITATION)(2° Felony)MADJ DISMISSED by State. Client re-instated on probation.1736017
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCECASE DISMISSED BY STATE ON JURY TRIAL SETTINGJUVENILE
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony) and INDECENCY WITH A CHILDProbation at home for 1 year with counseling and no sex offender registration (Family hired attorney after client had confessed to police and began counseling)1281492,
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (1° Felony enhanced from 2° Felony based on prior penitentiary trips)Client received 5 years TDC on jury trial setting after facing 5 years to Life in prison (State only offered 10 years prior to trial)1281493
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)Client received Deferred Adjudication probation after PSI Hearing with testimony of complainant (Client with mental illness stabbed his girlfriend in the arm and upper back. State only offered prison time)1287564
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of intentionally driving into and hitting the new girlfriend of her ex-boyfriend)1302447
TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE (3° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Possession of Marihuana1304674
SEXUAL ASSAULT (2° Felony)JURY TRIAL . Client received Probation from the Jury. Prior to trial, State’s best offer was 5 years at TDC (Client accused of sexually assaulting a woman he invited to his home)1072069
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Assault1303747
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of hitting man in head with beer bottle outside a bar; client claimed self-defense)1302814
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Assault1265758
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AGAINST PUBLIC SERVANT (1° Felony)CASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Police Officer shot at 4 unarmed teenagers in a truck and claimed that client pointed a gun at him)1291937
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)JURY TRIAL - NOT GUILTY ( Client believed he was about to be robbed by 2 men outside a bar; client claimed self-defense )1280973
POSSESSION OF MARIHUANA (B)CASE DISMISSED after it was set for a jury trial1728531
CARRYING A WEAPON (A)CASE DISMISSED after it was set for a jury trial1728532
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE (Felony Habitual enhanced facing 25 years to Life in TDC)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Assault on jury trial setting after facing 25 years to Life in prison1290473
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE (Felony Habitual)CASE DISMISSED after facing 25 years to Life in prison1270822
BURGLARY OF A HABITATION (2° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Trespass1298554
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE BY CHOKING (3° Felony)CASE DISMISSED on jury trial setting1285290
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE (A)CASE DISMISSED on jury trial settingJUVENILE
DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED (DWI) 1 ST OFFENDER (B)CASE DISMISSED1649077
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE (A)CASE DISMISSEDJUVENILE
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Deadly Conduct 1290201
FAILURE TO STOP AND GIVE INFORMATION (FSGI) (B)CASE DISMISSED1721804
EVADING ARREST BY MOTOR VEHICLE (3° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Evading Arrest1293958
POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 4-200g (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED1291050
BURGLARY OF A HABITATION (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSEDJUVENILE
EVADING ARREST BY MOTOR VEHICLE (State Jail Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Evading Arrest1292309
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE 2 ND OFFENDER (3° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Assault1290883
ROBBERY (2° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor AssaultJUVENILE
ATTEMPTED BURGLARY OF A HABITATION (3° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Trespass of a Habitation1289876
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (Felony Habitual)CASE DISMISSED prior to jury trial setting after facing 25 years to Life in prison1239044
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Deadly Conduct 1285161
DWI 1 ST OFFENDER (B)CASE DISMISSED1620865
MOTION TO ADJUDICATE GUILT (AGGRAVATED ASSAULT)(2° Felony)MADJ DISMISSED by State. Client re-instated on probation.1260519
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of hitting other woman in head with metal pole)1281977
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE (Felony Habitual)CASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY after facing 25 years to Life in prison (Client accused of hitting wife multiple times after both had been drinking)1281428
MOTION TO ADJUDICATE GUILT (THEFT)(State Jail Felony)MADJ DISMISSED by State. Client re-instated on probation.1242240
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Assault 1290201
RESULTS IN 2010
SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of consensual sex with underage female)1283460
ARSON (Habitation)(1° FELONY)CASE REDUCED to a misdemeanor Criminal Mischief (Client allegedly tried to destroy the apartment of his ex-girlfriend by setting her bed on fire)1271051
MOTION TO DE-REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDERMOTION GRANTED. Juvenile sex offender allowed to de-registerJUVENILE
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE BY CHOKING (3° Felony)CASE DISMISSED1267878
POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 1-4g (3° Felony)CASE DISMISSED1267877
ASSAULT AGAINST PUBLIC SERVANT (3° Felony)CASE DISMISSED1274492
THEFT (State Jail Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Theft and Client received Deferred Adjudication1261476
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY1275771
BURGLARY OF A HABITATION (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED1268926
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF (B)CASE DISMISSEDJUVENILE
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Assault 1280607
BURGLARY OF A HABITATION (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED1277540
MOTION TO ADJUDICATE GUILT (Robbery)(3° Felony)MADJ DISMISSED ; CLIENT RE-INSTATED ON PROBATION1227382
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY1270564
POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (State Jail Felony)CASE DISMISSED1275133
MOTION TO ADJUDICATE GUILT (Theft)CASE DISMISSED . Probation terminated without a conviction.1231097
DWI 2 ND OFFENDER (A)CASE DISMISSED1703584
SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of consensual sex with underage female)1264919
MOTION TO ADJUDICATE GUILT (INDECENCY WITH A CHILD)(2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED ; CLIENT RE-INSTATED ON PROBATINO1114342
MOTION TO ADJUDICATE GUILT (DWI 3 RD OFFENDER)(3° Felony)CASE DISMISSED . CLIENT RE-INSTATED ON PROBATION.1067890
POSSESSION OF MARIHUANA (B)CASE DISMISSED JUVENILE
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF (B)CASE DISMISSEDJUVENILE
POSSESSION OF MARIHUANA (A)CASE DISMISSED1610477
BURGLARY OF A HABITATION (2° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Trespass and client received Deferred Adjudication probation.JUVENILE
ROBBERY (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED1260791
POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (State Jail Felony)CASE DISMISSEDJUVENILE
UNAUTHORIZED USE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE (State Jail Felony)CASE DISMISSEDJUVENILE
POSSESSION OF MARIHUANA (B)CASE DISMISSEDJUVENILE
ASSAULT (A)CASE DISMISSED1659992
POSSESSION OF A PROHIBITED WEAPON (3° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Unlawfully Carrying a WeaponJUVENILE
POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (State Jail Felony)CASE DISMISSEDJUVENILE
SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED prior to jury trial setting. Client faced 2 to 20 years in prison and sex offender registration for life.1220515
COMPELLING PROSTITUTION OF A CHILD (Felony Habitual)(2° Felony)Client received 5 years TDC prior to second Jury Trial setting after facing 25 years to Life in prison (Client accused of forcing a 15 year old runaway girl into performing acts of prostitution)1220516
POSSESSION OF MARIHUANA (B)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia1670880
ATTEMPTED DISARMING POLICE OFFICER (STATE JAIL FELONY)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Resisting Arrest1256293
FORGERY OF FINANCIAL INSTRUMENT (3° FELONY)CASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of passing a counterfeit $100 bill at store)1252585
FORGERY OF FINANCIAL INSTRUMENT (STATE JAIL FELONY)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Forgery1247461
ROBBERY (3° Felony)CASE REDUCED to Theft from a Person (SJF)1256660
POSSESSION OF MARIHUANA (B)CASE DISMISSEDJUVENILE
POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN SCHOOL ZONE (State Jail Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled SubstanceJUVENILE
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony)CASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of molesting his sister-in-law)1241754
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony)CASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of molesting his sister-in-law)1241755
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD (Felony Habitual)Client received 2 years TDC on jury trial setting after facing 25 years to life in prison1202760
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD (3° Felony)CASE DISMISSED prior to jury trial setting1063539
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Terroristic ThreatJUVENILE
UNAUTHORIZED USE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE (State Jail Felony)CASE DISMISSED prior to jury trial setting1251123
MOTION TO REVOKE PROBATION (INDECENCY WITH A CHILD)(2°) in Fort Bend County (Richmond)MRP DISMISSED by State. Client re-instated on probation.JUVENILE
POSSESSION OF MARIHUANA (B)CASE DISMISSED1644635
POSSESSION OF MARIHUANA (B)CASE DISMISSED1647249
POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY (2° Felony)Probation at home for 5 years (Case first filed in 176 th Criminal District Court as adult case, later dismissed and re-filed in Juvenile Court. Government knew about child pornography when Client was 16 but did not execute search warrant until one week after his 17th birthday. Without the case being moved to juvenile court, the client would have had to register as a sex offender for life. Instead, he does not have to register at all)JUVENILE
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Deadly Conduct and client received 6 months Deferred Adjudication probation on jury trial setting1226099
DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED 3 RD OFFENDER (3° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor DWI1233929
RETALIATION (Felony Habitual)CASE REDUCED to Retaliation (SJF) after facing 25 years to Life in prison1223760
POSSESSION OF MARIHUANA (B)CASE DISMISSED1635993
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE BY IMPEDING BREATHING (3° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Assault1239319
ACTUAL RESULTS IN 2009
POSSESSION OF MARIHUANA (B)CASE DISMISSEDJUVENILE
POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (State Jail Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance1229447
VIOLATION OF PROBATIONMRP DISMISSED by State. Client re-instated on probation.JUVENILE
TRESPASS TO HABITATION (A)CASE DISMISSEDJUVENILE
POSSESSION OF MARIHUANA (B)CASE DISMISSED1610544
SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of consensual sex with underage female)1231727
POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED1218086
PROMOTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED1218087
VIOLATION OF PROBATIONMRP DISMISSED by State. Client re-instated on probation.JUVENILE
THEFT (State Jail Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Theft1238796
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE (2° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor AssaultJUVENILE
POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (State Jail Felony)CASE DISMISSEDEXPUNGED
POSSESSION OF A DANGEROUS DRUG (A)CASE DISMISSED1630094
POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCECASE DISMISSED1630095
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Deadly Conduct1221493
PCS (2° Felony enhanced)CASE REDUCED to PCS (SJF) on jury trial setting1222195
GRAFFITI AT SCHOOL (State Jail Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Criminal MischiefJUVENILE
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD (3° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Indecent Exposure1227653
POSSESSION OF MARIHUANA (B)CASE DISMISSEDJUVENILE
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD BY CONTACT (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSEDJUVENILE
POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (State Jail Felony)CASE DISMISSED1217540
MOTION TO ADJUDICATE (BURGLARY OF A HABITATION)(2°)MADJ DISMISSED ; Probation terminated without a conviction1072666
ROBBERY (4 separate cases)(Felony Habitual)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 sentence was an extraordinary result)1185502
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE (2° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Assault1194679
MOTION TO REVOKE PROBATION (DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED 3 rd Offender)(3°)MRP DISMISSED by State. Client re-instated on probation.1147859
AGGRAVATED ROBBERY (2 cases)(1 case dismissed)(1° Felony)CASE REDUCED to Aggravated Assault (2° Felony) and Client received Deferred Adjudication Probation1205480
POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (State Jail Felony)CASE DISMISSED1225666
POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (State Jail Felony)CASE DISMISSED1225856
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED after completion of deferred prosecutionJUVENILE
MOTION TO REVOKE PROBATION (DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED 3 RD Offender)(3°)MRP DISMISSED by State. Client re-instated on probation.1147859
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE (2°)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Deadly Conduct1222418
MOTION TO ADJUDICATE GUILT (BURGLARY OF A HABITATION)(2°)MADJ DISMISSED by State. Client re-instated on probation.1179695
EVADING ARREST BY MOTOR VEHICLE (State Jail Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Evading and Client received Deferred Adjudication1219160
BURGLARY OF A HABITATION (2°)CASE DISMISSEDJUVENILE
INJURY TO A CHILD (3°)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Injury to a Child and Client received Deferred Adjudication1211527
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE (A)CASE DISMISSEDJUVENILE
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)CASE DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY1203539
BURGLARY OF A HABITATION (2°)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Trespass prior to jury trial setting1200321
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE (2° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Assault on jury trial setting1183601
MOTION TO ADJUDICATE GUILTY (POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 4-200g)(2°)MADJ DISMISSED by State. Client re-instated on probation.1117545
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (2 cases in Montgomery County)(1° Felony)CASES DISMISSED on second jury trial setting. Client had faced 5 years to Life in prison08-03-03138 CR
MANSLAUGHTER (4 cases)(3° Felony)CASES DISMISSED (Client crashed car into tree, killing 4 child passengers and causing to himself irreversible brain injuries. Client was ruled unfit to proceed at a motion hearing initiated by Sullivan. All four Manslaughter cases were dismissed on client’s 18 th birthday)JUVENILE
FORGERY (State Jail Felony)CASE DISMISSED1205243
THEFT (B)CASE DISMISSED1558250
ASSAULT (A)CASE DISMISSEDJUVENILE
THEFT (State Jail Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Theft and Client received Deferred Adjudication probation1201179
ASSAULT (A)CASE DISMISSED1567575
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF (A)CASE DISMISSEDJUVENILE
ROBBERY (2° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Theft1194487
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD (2° Felony)CASE REDUCED misdemeanor Assault with 6 months of probation at home and no sex offender registrationJUVENILE
THEFT (State Jail Felony)CASE DISMISSED1197048
CREDIT CARD ABUSE (State Jail Felony)CASE DISMISSED1197049
THEFT (State Jail Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Theft and Client received Deferred Adjudication probation1202504
BURGLARY OF A HABITATION (2° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Trespass1185149
ASSAULT AGAINST PUBLIC SERVANT (3° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Attempted Assault Against a Public Servant1182184
POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (State Jail Felony)CASE DISMISSED1182185
MOTION TO ADJUDICATE GUILT (INDECENCY WITH A CHILD)(2° Felony)MADJ DISMISSED by State. Client re-instated on probation.1125649
ABANDONING A CHILD (3° Felony)CASE DISMISSED1184044
MOTION TO ADJUDICATE GUILT (BURGLARY OF A HABITATION)(2° Felony)MADJ DISMISSED by State. Client re-instated on probation.1092900
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)1182231
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)CASE REDUCED to misdemeanor Assault1173402
VIOLATION OF PROBATIONMRP DISMISSED by State. Client re-instated on probation.JUVENILE
CARRYING A WEAPON (A)CASE DISMISSEDJUVENILE
THEFT (B)CASE DISMISSED1491538
POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 4-200g (Fayette County) (2°)CASE DISMISSED after completion of a pre-trial diversion programEXPUNGED
POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCECASE DISMISSED1530102
MOTION TO DE-REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDERMOTION GRANTED. Client was allowed to de-register as a juvenile sex offender.JUVENILE
MOTION TO ADJUDICATE GUILT (POSSESSION OF A DANGEROUS DRUG)MADJ DISMISSED by State. Client re-instated on probation.1394502
GRAFFITI AT SCHOOL (State Jail Felony)CASE DISMISSEDJUVENILE
THEFT (B)CASE DISMISSED9913348
THEFT (B)CASE DISMISSEDJUVENILE
RESISTING ARREST (B)CASE DISMISSED1500823
INSURANCE FRAUD (SJF)CASE DISMISSED (Client allegedly had her vehicle destroyed so she could collect insurance)1119948

   AGGRAVATED ROBBERY

 James 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, the prosecutor dismissed the second aggravated robbery. 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.

VERDICT: NOT GUILTY

 

NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE

James Sullivan defended a 21 year old man accused of killing a young man in a head-on car accident in northwest Houston. The accused allegedly had traces of cocaine in his system, was driving over the speed limit in the rain, on the wrong side of the road, and with “bald” tires. The force of the impact caused the engine from one of the cars to be ejected and thrown about 50 feet from the car. Unfortunately, the sports car the decedent was driving did not have air bags, and the driver was killed instantly when his head hit the steering wheel.

The accused denied using drugs and testified he was on his way to work for a local service station. The accused had auto insurance. Sullivan hired a drug toxicologist expert who conducted his own lab tests and questioned the validity of the blood tests conducted by the Houston Police Lab. Photographs of the accused’s tires reflected that they had sufficient tread and the inspection sticker was current on his car.  Due to the heavy rain, his car hydroplaned across lanes and struck the decedent’s car head on. A witness testified he was going 5-10 miles above the speed limit. To be guilty of negligent homicide, Sullivan argued to the jury, requires gross negligence and not simple negligence. After only 10 minutes of deliberation, the jury returned a not guilty verdict.

VERDICT: NOT GUILTY

 

AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD

James Sullivan represented a 40 year old man accused in two cases of sexually assaulting his 6 year old daughter in Ft. Bend County. The accusations arose one week after the accused contacted an attorney to file for divorce. The outcry witness, the child’s mother, had threatened her husband not to leave her or he would never see his children again. By viewing the child’s videotaped interview from the Children’s Assessment Center and carefully observing her demeanor, body language and the manner in which she responded to the questions of the forensic interviewer, Sullivan could tell that the child had been coached. Sullivan also interviewed several witnesses who corroborated the motivation for the mother to file false charges.

RESULT: BOTH CASES DISMISSED ON SECOND TRIAL SETTING

 

BURGLARY OF A HABITATION

James Sullivan represented a 14 year old boy who–along with six others–was accused of breaking into a home and stealing a safe containing about $15,000 in cash. A police officer arrested his client, took him to the police station and obtained a signed confession from him. James’s client said the officer browbeat a false confession out of him and that he was actually swimming at a YMCA at the time of the burglary. In addition to his alibi witnesses, James also subpoenaed to trial the five teenagers who had actually committed the crime and who were already on probation.

VERDICT: NOT GUILTY

 

MANSLAUGHTER (4 CASES)

James Sullivan represented a 16 year old boy who was charged with four cases of manslaughter based on his alleged reckless driving. His client allegedly drove his father’s car in excess of the speed limit, lost control, drove off the road and hit a tree. In the accident, his 16 year old best friend, two 15 year old girls and his 5 year old sister were killed on impact. None of the children were wearing their seat belts. The State sought to certify his client as an adult and to transfer his case to criminal district court where he would have faced 2-20 years in prison on each case. Sullivan was convinced that his client was severely brain injured due to the accident and was not competent. Sullivan persuaded the court to reset the case for a psychiatric evaluation. The evaluation came back that his client was indeed incompetent. An expert witness for the defense testified at trial that his client was incompetent and not likely to ever regain competency. The court agreed. After his client turned 18, Sullivan persuaded the State to dismiss the charges.

RESULT: ALL 4 FELONY CASES DISMISSED

 

ASSAULT

James Sullivan represented a large 13 year old boy accused of attacking his behavioral adjustment teacher and seriously injuring her in the hallway outside her classroom. The Houston Press covered the trial in an article entitled “School Scam? Did a teacher fabricate a student assault to collect disability?” After finding his client not guilty, the jury asked Sullivan how charges could be filed against the teacher for perjury and insurance fraud.

VERDICT: NOT GUILTY

 

POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

James Sullivan represented a 13 year old girl accused of possession between 1-4 grams of cocaine. She was at an apartment with her boyfriend and two other teenage couples. One of the couples got into a fight. That girl called a friend who in turn called the police. When a police officer arrived at the door, that couple jumped out the back window and ran away. The officer entered the apartment without a warrant, claiming he heard what he thought were the sounds of a body being dragged across the floor. In a suppression hearing, Sullivan elicited from the officer that he did not hear any such sounds at all. Hence, there was no valid emergency to justify his warrantless search and seizure. The judge granted Sullivan’s motion to suppress evidence of the possession.

RESULT: CASE DISMISSED

 

AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD

James Sullivan represented a 34 year old pregnant woman who–along with her live-in boyfriend–was charged with sexually assaulting her 12 year old daughter. The daughter was interviewed on two separate occasions at the Children’s Assessment Center. In the first interview, the girl said that her mother was involved, but in her second interview, she suggested that her mother was not involved. Sullivan attended the trial of her boyfriend who was represented by another attorney and was found guilty by the jury. Sullivan was prepared to represent the mother at trial the following week.

RESULT: FELONY CASES DISMISSED ON THIRD TRIAL SETTING

 

AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD

James Sullivan represented a 19 year old man accused of repeatedly molesting his 14 year old half- sister over a period of several years. In the same videotaped interview at the Children’s Assessment Center, the half-sister also accused her uncle of raping her at his mobile home while his wife was outside attending a party. Her physical exam came back as normal. Through a thorough investigation, Sullivan was able to show that the complainant had falsely accused at least one other teenager of sexually assaulting her. Sullivan was also able to show clear bias and other motivation for her false charges.

RESULT: CASE DISMISSED ON DAY OF TRIAL

 

SEXUAL ASSAULT

James Sullivan represented a 16 year old boy accused of raping a 17 year old girl at her home. After a lengthy investigation, Sullivan was able to cast doubt on the credibility of his accuser in several ways, including the fact that his client did attend football practice at the time that his accuser claimed that he had followed her home and raped her.

RESULT: CASE DISMISSED

 

AGGRAVATED ROBBERY

James Sullivan represented a 19 year old man who was accused of trying to rob a man with a knife in the parking lot of his apartment complex. His client said that he was outside looking for his girlfriend and had accosted the man because he had seen her talking to him later. He denied pulling a knife on him. Sullivan investigated the background of the accuser and the circumstances of the incident. He then prepared an informational packet for the Grand Jury and had his client ready to testify.

RESULT: CASE NO-BILLED BY GRAND JURY

 

AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD & INDECENCY WITH A CHILD

James Sullivan represented a 16 year old boy accused of molesting his six year old half-sister. After a thorough investigation of the home environment, Sullivan was able to show that–if the girl had been molested–the stepfather, a convicted drug user, was the likely perpetrator.

RESULT: FELONY CASES REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR ON DAY OF TRIAL

 

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AGAINST A PUBLIC SERVANT (POLICE OFFICER)

James Sullivan represented a deranged woman who walked up to a police officer in a grocery store and lunged at him with a butcher knife. Fortunately, the officer was able to subdue and arrest her without either of them being physically injured. It was soon learned that the woman had a lengthy documented history of mental illness. In the first hearing, Sullivan persuaded a jury to find his client incompetent to stand trial with no substantial likelihood of regaining competency. His client was then committed to a state hospital for treatment. In a later court trial, Sullivan persuaded the court to find his client not guilty by reason of insanity.

VERDICT: NOT GUILTY BY REASON OF INSANITY

 

INDECENCY WITH A CHILD

James Sullivan represented a 14 year old boy accused of touching a 13 year old girl in her genital area against her will behind the bleachers in the school gymnasium. After interviewing several eyewitnesses and taking photos of the scene, Sullivan was able to cast doubt on the girl’s version of events.

RESULT: FELONY CASE REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR ON DAY OF TRIAL

 

FELONY THEFT

James Sullivan represented a middle-aged businessman accused of felony theft for allegedly fencing over $60,000 in stolen inventory from a local business. Through an intensive investigation, Sullivan learned that the co-defendant knowingly sold the inventory at a steep discount through his client to a distributor who had to have known the inventory was stolen. Sullivan was able to present his client as a naive broker who only received $8,000 in what he thought was a legitimate fee from the transaction. On the second trial setting, the State agreed to reduce the charges to a misdemeanor, allow his client to receive deferred adjudication probation so that he would not receive a conviction, and allow his client to pay back only $8,000 in restitution.

RESULT: FELONY REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR ON SECOND TRIAL SETTING

 

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

James Sullivan represented a 21 year old man accused of attacking a man with a broken beer mug and seriously injuring him. When the police went to question the accused, they found a large amount of cocaine in the apartment where he had spent the night. He was not charged with drug possession. After a thorough investigation, Sullivan prepared an informational packet, including the accused lengthy rap sheet and affidavits from witnesses, for the Grand Jury.

RESULT: CASE NO-BILLED BY GRAND JURY

 

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

James Sullivan represented a woman who was accused of biting off her ex-boyfriend’s tongue. Through an investigation, Sullivan was able to show that she probably acted in self-defense as he was attempting to rape her while high on drugs.

RESULT: FELONY REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR PRIOR TO TRIAL SETTING

 

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

James Sullivan represented a 40 year old woman who allegedly stabbed her wheel-chair bound husband in the chest with a kitchen knife. The woman had a long history of mental illness and allegedly had stabbed him on a previous occasion. Through a lengthy investigation, Sullivan learned that he had a lengthy crack cocaine addiction and had been brain-injured in a prior car accident.  Sullivan was prepared to present a compelling justification argument of self-defense.

RESULT: FELONY REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR ON DAY OF TRIAL

 

DISARMING OF A POLICE OFFICER

James Sullivan represented a man with a lengthy criminal record who– after binge drinking at a nearby cantina–broke into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment when she refused to talk to him. He then threatened to kill himself. He went to the kitchen, grabbed a steak knife and proceeded to stab himself in the chest. After making several superficial puncture wounds, he told her that he was going to call the police and attack them with the knife so they would kill him.

He then called the police on himself. When they arrived, he wisely threw the knife down and rushed at them screaming, “Shoot me! Shoot me! Tase me! Tase me!”. Fortunately for him, they did not grant his request, but instead tackled him to the ground. He then attempted to grab one of the officers’ weapons. Sullivan persuaded the State not to charge his client with Burglary with the intent to commit assault as his client had no intent to assault his ex-girlfriend and persuaded the State to reduce the felony Disarming case to a misdemeanor Attempted Disarming as his client had no intent to use the weapon against the officers but apparently only against himself.

RESULT: FELONY REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR

 

ASSAULT AGAINST A POLICE OFFICER & EVADING BY MOTOR VEHICLE

James Sullivan represented a 16 year old boy who was accused of two felony charges: Assault on a Police Officer for allegedly striking an undercover police officer with his car and Evading by Motor Vehicle for continuing to drive away. At the jury trial, Sullivan argued that his client had just been jumped by two teens and was trying to drive away when a guy walked up with a gun drawn that he believed was trying to car jack him. The gun man was an undercover police officer who flashed his ID card and identified himself. In his pain and confusion, his client understandably did not believe him and drove off. The passenger side mirror on his car struck the officer. After several hours of deliberation, the jury could not reach a verdict. The State then agreed to dismiss the felony assault charge, reduce the felony evading case to a misdemeanor and let his client receive deferred prosecution so that he would not receive a conviction.

VERDICT: HUNG JURY

 

ATTEMPTED MURDER

James Sullivan represented a 25 year old man who was the alleged local leader of MS-13, a notorious El Salvadoran gang. His client allegedly shot a fellow gang member in the back after a night of heavy drinking. By comparing the caliber of the bullet fired to the respective firearms of the gang members, Sullivan was able to show that the complainant was shot by a different member of the gang.

RESULT: CASE DISMISSED

 

INDECENCY WITH A CHILD

James Sullivan secured a reduction to a misdemeanor for a 14 year old boy charged with a second degree felony of indecency with a child. On the day of trial, the Stated reduced the charges from a determinate felony case to a misdemeanor indecent exposure and allowed him to receive probation at home.

RESULT: FELONY CASE REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR

 

ROBBERY (4 CASES)

James Sullivan represented a 40 year old man with a lengthy felony criminal record dating back 15 years. His client had a severe drug problem. He previously had served 8 years of a 25 year sentence as a habitual felon for burglary of a habitation. Two days after being released from prison on a drug case, he was arrested on four cases of robbery and was suspected in at least four other cases. He allegedly snatched purses from women causing minor injuries while driving his father’s truck which, along with him, was later identified by witnesses. Facing 25 to Life as a habitual felon for the second time, he opted for trial. He had 10 years left on his parole.

RESULT: 10 YEARS TDC ON 2 CASES, 2 CASES DISMISSED ON TRIAL SETTING

 

BURGLARY OF A HABITATION WITH INTENT TO COMMIT ASSAULT

James Sullivan represented a 23 year old woman accused of breaking into an apartment along with a male drug dealer and attacking several people who had been asleep. The woman insisted that she was falsely accused but wanted to accept a plea bargain just to get out of jail to take care of her two young children and ailing mother. Her family could not afford to post her bond and the judge refused to lower it. Sullivan was able to persuade his client to stay in jail and to allow him to conduct a quick investigation because he strongly believed that his client was innocent. Sullivan located several witnesses who corroborated her version of events that she was not involved in the drug deal gone bad but was only attempting to assist the male who was being attacked by several people with a knife. He then prepared an informational packet for the Grand Jury and had his client ready to testify.

RESULT: CASE NO-BILLED BY GRAND JURY