Harris County Criminal Lawyers

James (Sully) Sullivan has worked as a Houston Criminal Defense Attorney since 1994. Sullivan has fought the government in jury trials on behalf of clients in Harris County Criminal and Juvenile District Courts in downtown Houston.

James Sullivan graduated from Baylor University and South Texas College of Law. He later graduated from Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College, the most selective and prestigious trial advocacy program in America.


James Sullivan has a good reputation in the legal community. Sullivan is honored by fine lawyers who endorse him on AVVO. He is also very grateful for clients who write testimonials on his behalf. Sullivan defends people from all walks of life, faiths and countries in courts throughout Texas.

Defending Your Freedom

James Sullivan chose to become a criminal lawyer. It was not by accident. Fighting the government and defending people come natural to him—he was born into a diverse, dynamic family of conservative Baptists and liberal social activists. Unlike many colleagues who practice criminal law, Sullivan has never prosecuted anyone and never will. That is not him. His entire career is devoted to defending people accused of crimes and delinquencies.

Proven Results

James Sullivan gets results. Since 1994, Sullivan has defended more than 3,000 people charged with every kind of criminal case and juvenile case, including murder, aggravated robbery, drug cases, and domestic assault.


James Sullivan practices criminal law with a simple philosophy. If a client says he is not guilty, and if the prosecutor will not dismiss the charge, then Sullivan advises his client that they should fight the case at a jury trial. Unlike many other attorneys, Sullivan does not try to convince an innocent person to plead guilty. Instead, Sullivan fights for his clients’ freedom and reputation.

Legal Services for a Reasonable Fee

James Sullivan offers a full range of affordable legal services in his criminal defense law practice.  Unlike many other attorneys, Sullivan charges separate fees on trial and non-trial cases.

Cares About His Clients

James Sullivan cares about his clients and is concerned about their future. He counsels with clients at his office for a minimum of one hour. He listens to their concerns, answers all of their questions and discusses legal strategies. Because Sullivan understands that people need to honor work and family commitments, he offers early evening, weekend and same day appointments along with free parking.

Contact Attorney James Sullivan

If you are under investigation or have been charged with a crime, call James Sullivan to discuss your case. Sullivan generally tries to answer his own phone so that you can speak to an attorney directly. He wants to hear from you and to help you. Call him today. Don’t go to court alone.

To schedule an appointment or to discuss your case, contact James Sullivan at (281) 546-6428 for a free phone consultation.

Grand Jury Defense

If you are charged with a felony offense, James Sullivan may be able to get your case no billed (dismissed) by the grand jury, but you need to hire him before or soon after your first court setting. If your felony case is dismissed by the grand jury, you may have the immediate right to get your criminal record expunged. Many of Sullivan's clients have been able to do this within a few months of being arrested.

Board Certified

Houston Criminal Defense Attorney James Sullivan is Board Certified in Juvenile Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2004. Sullivan is one of only 68 board certified juvenile lawyers in Texas.


James Sullivan speaks conversational Spanish, having studied Journalism, Latin American and Asian Studies at Baylor University. He graduated with honors in 1990. He then lived in Mexico City and traveled throughout Mexico prior to entering law school. In 1993, he graduated from South Texas College of Law. He and his wife Araceli have been married over 30 years and have two children. They worship at a Catholic Church. Sullivan is also an Eagle Scout.

Nancy Botts

Associate Attorney Nancy Botts has been licensed since 1988 and obtained her law degree from the University of Houston. As a Houston Criminal Defense Attorney, Nancy Botts' main interest is in the areas of search and seizure law and drug defense. She has good results in drug defense cases. Other Houston criminal lawyers have consulted her for years about these subjects. She aggressively defends all felony and misdemeanor drug possession and drug delivery cases. She has successfully fought possession and delivery of controlled substance cases for amounts ranging from less than one gram to several kilograms. She also has a strong commitment to offering each client the best possible representation.

Areas of Practice

Arson, Aggravated Assault, Assault Family Violence, Assault by Impeding Breathing, Auto Theft, Burglary of a Habitation, Criminal Mischief, Criminal Trespass, Deadly Conduct, Drug Defense, Drug Possession, Drug Delivery, Evading, Felony, Firearm / Weapon Offenses, Fraud, Harassment, Homicide, Insurance Fraud, Manslaughter, Misdemeanor, Probation Violation, Record Sealing (Non-Disclosure), Record Expungement, Robbery, Shoplifting, Stalking, Theft, White Collar Crime, and all Juvenile Crime, Juvenile Certification, Juvenile Record Sealing and Juvenile Sex Offenses.