5.0 stars 93 totalReview James Sullivan
Posted by anonymous
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 7 weeks later 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!
Posted by TD
Jim Sullivan recently represented my 14 year old son – he had been charged with indecency with a child; a felony sex crime. The state doesn't take these cases lightly and was seeking to have my son on felony probation for 2 to 3 years. He could have been ordered to register as a sex offender and could not have got his records sealed until age 19. Instead, Jim suggested that my son go ahead and complete the juvenile sex offender treatment program first and then he would work to persuade the DA to dismiss the case entirely. After a year of counseling, my son successfully completed the program, yet the DA still wanted my son to be on 2 full years of probation. Our family had already been through enough and couldn't imagine enduring anything else. However, Jim ultimately was able to persuade the DA to dismiss it. Of all of the outcomes that it could have resulted in, obviously a dismissal is what I had prayed for but honestly didn't expect. I was shocked and grateful. Our family can finally begin the healing process and move on. Thank you Jim!
Posted by anonymous
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.
Posted by anonymous
Mr. Sullivan demonstrated the up-most character and effort in working my case. He is a man of his words and has great passion for what he does. This lawyer is not like the ordinary. Full of wisdom, advice, character, and integrity, Mr.James Sullivan delivers exceptional legal services. He comes with no judgment or generalizations and every message and contact is completely personalized and satisfactory. He was very patience in all explanations and would ensure that I was completely aware of the situation and all possible outcomes. I would highly recommend him in any case, for he is determined to help the people. It was a blessing to my family and I to have you by our side,and Thank you again James Sullivan. You are the man.
Posted by anonymous
Mr. Sullivan represented my adult 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 is an addict and committed a series of drug store robberies over a 3 month period in order to get money for drugs after losing his job. He would pass a note to a cashier, saying he had a gun (which he did not have), and demanded money, which was then given to him. He thought he had found a solution to his cash flow problems, so he continued to rob. Of course, he eventually got caught. He was charged with 2 aggravated robberies and a regular robbery. The only reason he wasn’t charged with 3 aggravated 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. Instead of a weapon, he had concealed a plastic Wii remote under his shirt and pretended to have a gun. However, in the news, I was shocked to see a story about my son that claimed he was the person of interest in a dozen robberies. It seemed it was just going to be a matter of time before more charges were brought against my son.
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 reset the first court appearance of my son. He visited my son in the jail and spent several hours getting to know my son and his life story. He cared about him and wanted to get him the best
Over the next 3 months, Mr. Sullivan continued to work for my son, eventually getting a surprisingly lenient plea bargain and I couldn’t be happier. My son admitted guilt to 2 regular robberies and was sentenced to 7 years in TDC. He could be eligible for parole in as little as 10 months if he is a model prisoner. Furthermore, part of the
plea bargain was that no other charges would be brought forth. Had a dozen aggravated robbery charges been
brought forward, there is a good chance my son would have been in prison for life! The sentence range for one
aggravated robbery is from 5 years to life in prison. The State could have asked the judge to stack the
sentences of those cases. Instead, of the 3 charges already on the books, 1 aggravated robbery charge was
dismissed, and the other aggravated robbery charge was reduced to a regular robbery. The sentence range for
a regular robbery is from 2 to 20 years in prison. Without Mr. Sullivan working on the case, I doubt that would
Maybe you think my son deserved to be in jail for life, but when you get to know him and the story behind the story, you wouldn’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 needs help to recover. Now he has that chance. He really 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!
Posted by A. H.
I met Lawyer Sullivan at a time when I needed a lawyer for my teenage son. He helped us through a tough time in our lives for that we are most grateful. He work hard and dilentgly to get my son probation. At the end of his probationary term his charges would be cleared from his record. During the process Lawyer Sullivan was always honest and extremely nice to us. I truly appreciated his patient and most of all his genuine concern for my son's future. I can say that he's indeed one of the most humble lawyers I've every met. Thank you for all your help! I recommend Lawyer Sullivan to anyone who needs legal help. Keep of the awesome work. I pray for abundance of success to you sir and your family.
Posted by Jesus Arteaga
I want to thank Mr. Sullivan for representing me. He helped me throughout a very critical stage of my life; I was going through a divorce and then also being charged with a felony theft. In search of an attorney, I went online and what caught my interest in Mr. James Sullivan is that he is a Christian and has amazing reviews.
On September 23rd I was at the Houston airport rushing through a TSA check point. I mistakenly grabbed someone else’s Tag Heuer watch. It was an exact duplicate of my watch. When I realized it was not my watch, I contacted the TSA Lost and Found Department. I was then given instructions to return it when I got back to Houston airport. After being deployed as a merchant marine for 25 days, I returned the watch on October 19, 2015. By that time I found out I was being charged with theft. In February, Mr. Sullivan and I tried to retrieve the watch from the TSA. By then no one in the airport knew anything about the watch and there were no records nor videos.
In court I had the opportunity to see Mr. Sullivan go against the most hard-headed prosecutor and just how he approached her in a professional manner gave me peace of mind. I had so much to lose, not only my freedom but also my career. Long story short the felony charges were dismissed by the chief prosecutor after I paid $4,720 in restitution for the value of the watch. I am grateful to be able to keep my career. I've had my career for 8 years now and counting thanks to Mr. Sullivan and I thank him for listening and believing in me, not allowing the prosecutor to convict me of a crime I did not commit. I recommend Mr. Sullivan not just to anyone who is in search of a good honest Christian, but a man I consider to be the best defense attorney.
Posted by Ofelia
I would like to make a comment regarding Jim Sullivan. He recently represented my granddaughter in a drug case that would've been an obstacle for her future, and possibly in the way of getting into college. First we arranged a meeting at his office. He had spoken to my granddaughter, explaining that her mistake could cost her, her future. Letting her know that college is a main priority in having a successful life. He also explained to my granddaughter and I the process of going into the courtroom, and what he shall request for them to seal the case. Everything went well as planned. He is a Man of his Word. Genuinely honest, and truly cares about an individual's future. I definitely recommend him. His prices are very reasonable. I loved how everything fit in place with him being my granddaughters lawyer. He is the Lawyer that will change your life for the better. Such an amazing Lawyer. Thank you for everything.
Me gustaría hacer un comentario acerca de Jim Sullivan . Él recientemente representó a mi nieta en un caso de drogas que han sido un obstáculo para su futuro , y posiblemente en la forma de entrar en la universidad. En primer lugar nos organizó una reunión en su oficina. Había hablado con mi nieta, explicando que su error podría costarle , su futuro . Haciéndole saber que la universidad es una prioridad principal en tener una vida exitosa . También explicó a mi nieta y yo el proceso de entrar en la sala del tribunal , y lo que deberá solicitar para ellos para sellar el caso . Todo fue bien como planificado. Él es un hombre de palabra .Realmente honesto y verdaderamente se preocupa por un futuro de un individuo. Definitivamente lo recomiendo . Sus precios son muy razonables . Me encantó lo que todo encaje en su lugar con él siendo mi abogado de mi nieta . Él es el abogado que cambiará su vida para mejor . Tal Abogado increíble . Gracias por todo.
Posted by anonymous
Mr. James Sullivan,
I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for your assistance in our child’s case. Having never been in this situation before, I found myself doing a significant amount of research into finding an attorney. As it turned out, you were the most experienced attorney not only with this type of case, but also for this age group. You immediately set my mind at ease with your willingness to communicate, even agreeing to meet on the weekend before any payments had been made. Fees were made clear up front and no additional charges were added during the process.
One of the first things that made an impression on us upon meeting you was that you had a genuine interest in helping our child, not only through this situation, but to succeed in the future. You were able to communicate a sense of urgency to us while remaining calm and sympathetic. We truly appreciate your ability to focus your extensive experience on ensuring our child’s future education and career. One bad choice could have easily led to the destruction of that future if not handled correctly. Thank you for having the vision and ability to safeguard that future for us.
In general, I would like to recommend you to anyone having a difficult time making their decision on whom to engage as a representative in the juvenile court system. I find you to be of the highest moral character, and to be an ethical and straight forward professional. In short, you were able to ensure for us the best possible outcome to an extremely serious situation for a very reasonable price. It is difficult for me to express how deeply we all appreciate what you were able to do for our family.
Posted by P.E
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!!