5.0 stars 93 totalReview James Sullivan
Posted by Pink
Our 17 year old son was falsely accused of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Our family is truly grateful for your kindness, expertise, hard work and dedication in working to get his case dismissed.
Our son has Asperger’s syndrome (autism spectrum disorder), ADHD and other learning disabilities. Although I have been divorced from my son’s biological father for 16 years, his father continued to be abusive towards my son when they were together. At the time of the accusation, my son had just turned 17, which meant that he would be charged as an adult and if convicted would have to register as a sex offender for life. This would have destroyed him, our family and those of our other children.
In July 2016, I learned that his biological father and his wife were accusing my son of a serious sex crime against their son. My son is a very honest child. He tells me everything. With his father, he was always scared of him so he would do whatever he said. His father and his stepmom both claimed that my son confessed to this alleged crime against his half-brother who also was autistic and has Prader-Willi syndrome. His half-brother had gotten in trouble at school for inappropriately touching a teacher and exposing himself to other children, but instead of figuring out the problem there, my son was accused of a serious sex crime.
In Feb 2017, I received a call from the police dept. I was told that my son had a warrant out for his arrest and to bring him to the county jail. That night I searched the internet and found our angel, Attorney Jim Sullivan. I didn't know that criminal lawyers had autistic specialties. I read the reviews. I instantly knew that he was it. God sent him to us.
That next day, my husband (his stepdad) and I brought our son in, paid bond, and took him to the county jail. That was a scary nightmare. I immediately called Jim Sullivan. I called, and I was shocked. He answered immediately. We literally spent hours on the phone. He was incredible. I felt as if I was talking to one of my family members. He answered all of my questions. This was one of the most terrifying times in our lives. We knew our son was innocent, but it didn't seem to matter to the other parties involved or the law. So many things went wrong in the process while booking him in. He was supposed to be in and out, but he was in jail for 19 hours. Being autistic, that was extremely scary and confusing.
Our son did not understand why his dad would say that he did something so awful and he didn't understand why when he's innocent that he was treated like he was. Jim Sullivan was there every second of the process. We met with him the next day. He was amazing. He truly understood Jade and listened to everything we had to say. He was so kind. His fees were reasonable and he truly, truly cared about our son and freeing him from this nightmare. I believe he put his whole heart into it as if my son was a part of his family. Jim is a unique man and lawyer. He was always there and always had a very quick, if not immediate response, when contacting him. We only had to go to one court one time.
Jim Sullivan and his associate Nancy Botts prepared a very thorough defense packet. In mid-April 2017, our case went to the grand jury. That afternoon we got a call from Jim saying his case was no billed (dismissed).
Those of you who are reading this, don't look any further. Jim Sullivan is THE one. It was one of these reviews that made me know that he was the one. Jim always knew that our son was innocent and although this was an extremely difficult case, Jim did it. He freed our son of this horrific crime, gave him his life back, and freed him of his father for good. I have dealt with other lawyers. There is no one out there like this man. Look no further. Call Jim Sullivan.
Posted by Miriam
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.
Posted by Lori
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.
Sister Lori, Houston, TX
Posted by yonathan d.
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.
Posted by anonymous
My son was with his friends at another one of their friend's home when the friend that lived there pulled his dad's guns out and they were taking pictures with them. Well, my son and the other friend left the house with the gun and my son was charged with Theft of a firearm (Felony). On top of that he was on a deferred in another county during the time he caught this case. He also finished a deferred the year before for aggravated assault charge. My son is only 15 and made these stupid decisions. At first we had a public defender and he was doing nothing to help us. They were talking about locking my son up. I searched online and found Mr. Sullivan and so glad I did. First visit he spent like 2 hours talking to my son. My son felt comfortable with him immediately. He also gave my son a book to read which helped him alot "The 6 most important decisions you'll ever make". When it was time for court, Mr. Sullivan told them he felt my son should be home with me and it should be a deferred so that it would not affect his future. He spoke with the prosecutor and stood his ground. Guess what, my baby got his deferred. I just started crying. That is very rare for that to happen. He is also working on the other case and I am confident he will come through. This man truely cares about kids. If you are looking for a lawyer, do not hesitate to contact him.
Posted by anonymous
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.
Posted by Tammy Siddique
When i say losing i am referring to the juvenile system.My 16 year old was being accused of felony evading arrest,He was on his own street riding a dirt bike and did not stop when police put on lights ,he went across street to woods and put bike down walked out woods ,they took him to a holding jail and called his father and I. I was scared for my son I called Mr, Sullivan he instantly calmed my fears over the phone with his kindness and apparent intellect. My husband meet him the next day in his office,he patiently explained everything to him,., all are options. He got a felony down to a misdemeanor and the fees were fair. Thank you Mr. Sullivan
Posted by anonymous
When our 15 year old child was faced with a serious felony offense, possession of child pornography, we did not know where to turn. Through research on Houston attorneys specializing in Juvenile Justice, we located Jim Sullivan. Based on his credentials and outstanding reviews, we contacted him regarding the situation. From the beginning, even before charges were filed, Sullivan provided excellent counsel. Even though it took a year for the police to conduct their investigation, he was continually available to answer questions and offer guidance. During this time he also listened to and advised our child not only regarding his situation, but on actions to take to help turn his life around. While not minimizing the severity of the situation, Sullivan nevertheless provided hope.
Throughout the court sessions, Sullivan always had our child’s best interest at heart. Given there was no question regarding guilt, he was very frank about potential outcomes and offered strategies to minimize repercussions. Even though the State would not drop the case, Sullivan was able to persuade the Court to take into consideration our child’s sincere remorse, professional counseling, probationary reports, school achievements, and community involvement. Through his representation, our child received deferred prosecution, and following the sealing of his records, an opportunity for a normal life.
Grateful Parents Houston, Texas
Posted by anonymous
I contacted Jim Sullivan about a Burglary of a Building case my son received in February 207. I was so upset and didn't see no way out of this and just new my son future was over. During our initial conversation I told him what the case consisted of and he asked me about my child and told me what he can do for us in court. When we went to his office and he talked to my son for about 2 hours. During that 2 hour visit he not only spoke to him regarding the case he spent most of the 2 hours informing him that yes you made a mistake, but this don't have to end of your life, but the beginning of the rest of your new life. He gave my son a book called "The Six Most Important Decisions You'll Ever Make" to read to help him in his new path. My son and I actually read the book together and it's very good. We arrived for court Wednesday, 04/05/17 and my son received a " 6 month Deferred Adjudication" so October 6, 2017 this nightmare is completely over on a case that was a Felony 2 and carried up to 2 years state jail time. This was on our FIRST court appearance and we never had to approach the Judge as he mentioned to me in our initial conversation. There others that was involved in this same case their court dates were reset to May. April 5/2017 not only changed by son like it changed mines. I can't tell you enough how Jim Sullivan is so highly recommended by me.
Posted by anonymous
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.