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Kidnapping | Harris County Criminal Lawyers

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Houston Kidnapping Defense

Kidnapping is a serious felony offense and occurs when a person intentionally or knowingly abducts another person—usually a child. Kidnapping of children most commonly occurs when a couple is separating or divorcing. The people involved are often parents, relatives, or guardians of the victim and the circumstances are both legally complicated and emotionally charged.

It is important to hire an experienced Houston criminal defense lawyer because criminal charges for kidnapping or a related offense do not have to result in a conviction and the resulting lifelong consequences. You may have been acting fully within your rights and could be eligible for a reduction or dismissal of your charges under the Texas Penal Code. In order to convict you, the state prosecutor must prove to a jury that you committed every element of the felony offense beyond a reasonable doubt. With an experienced trial lawyer defending you, this is a difficult burden to meet, and any reasonable doubt in the mind of any of the members of the jury can result in a not guilty verdict or a hung jury.  Therefore, it is vital to contact an experienced criminal attorney in Houston who will fight for you.

Harris County Kidnapping Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with kidnapping in Harris County, Fort Bend County, Montgomery County, or any of the surrounding counties, contact James G. Sullivan and Associates for a free phone consultation at 281-546-6428. Attorney James (Jim) Sullivan is an experienced trial lawyer who will fight for your rights, freedom and future.

Restrain vs. Abduct under Texas Law

In Texas criminal law, these two terms are very important. The difference in meaning between these terms as applied to the facts of your case could affect the seriousness of the charges against you, how your case is handled and whether or not your case has the potential to be dismissed by the grand jury or prosecutor.

According to section 20.01(1) of the Texas Penal Code, “Restrain” means to restrict a person’s movements without consent by moving the person from one place to another or by confining the person. Restraint is “without consent” if it is accomplished by:

  1. force, intimidation, or deception, or
  2. any means, including acquiescence of the victim, if:
    1. the victim is under 14 years of age and the parent or guardian have not acquiesced; or
    2. the victim is between 14 to 17 years of age and is taken outside of the state and outside of a 120-mile radius from the victim’s residence and the parent or guardian have not acquiesced in the movement.

According to section 20.01(2) of the Texas Penal Code, “Abduct” means to restrain a person without consent with intent to prevent his rescue by holding the individual in a place where he is not likely to be found or by threatening violence.

Kidnapping related charges

The purpose of defining restraint and abduction in the code is to provide guidance on how the three different kidnapping related offenses should be charged. These three related offenses are unlawful restraint, kidnapping and aggravated kidnapping.

Unlawful Restraint

According to section 20.04 of the Texas Penal Code, a person can be charged with unlawful restraint if he restrains another person. It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this section that the person restrained was younger than 14 years of age; the actor was a relative of the child; and the actor’s sole intent was to assume lawful control of the child.

Unlawful Restraint is a Class A Misdemeanor, except the offense is a:

  1. State Jail Felony if the person restrained is under 17 years of age; or
  2. Third Degree Felony if the actor recklessly endangers the victim; or the actor restrains a public servant.

Kidnapping

According to section 20.03 of the Texas Penal Code, a person can be charged with kidnapping if he abducts another person. It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this section that the abduction did not involve threats of violence; the actor was a relative of the person abducted; and the actor’s sole intent was to assume lawful control of the victim.

Kidnapping is a Third Degree Felony.

Aggravated Kidnapping

According to section 20.04 of the Texas Penal Code, a person can be charged with kidnapping if he abducts another person with the intent to:

  1. hold him for ransom;
  2. use him as a shield or hostage;
  3. facilitate the commission of a felony or the flight after the attempt or commission of a felony;
  4. inflict bodily injury on him or violate or abuse him sexually;
  5. terrorize him or a third person;
  6. interfere with the performance of any governmental or political function.

A person commits an offense if the person abducts another person and uses or exhibits a deadly weapon during the commission of the offense.

Kidnapping is a First Degree Felony, except a Second Degree Felony is possible if the defendant voluntarily releases the victim in a safe place.

The penalties for these offenses are severe and can significantly impact your future, such as by losing many educational, employment and housing opportunities. A conviction for kidnapping will also prevent you from ever owning or possessing a firearm. An experienced Harris County kidnapping defense lawyer will be able to review your case and fight to get your charges dismissed or reduced.

Punishment for Kidnapping related offenses in Texas

Chapter 12 of the Texas Penal Code lists the punishment for kidnapping related offenses in Texas.

A Class A Misdemeanor is punishable by up to a $4,000 fine; confinement in jail for up to 1 year; or both.

A State Jail Felony is punishable by between 180 days to 2 years in a state jail; and by up to a $10,000 fine.

A Third Degree Felony is punishable by between 2 to 10 years in prison; and up to a $10,000 fine.

A Second Degree Felony is punishable by between 2 to 20 years in prison; and up to a $10,000 fine.

A First Degree Felony is punishable by between 5 to 99 years or life in prison; and up to a $10,000 fine.

Depending on the facts of the case, there may be mitigating circumstances that reduce the severity of the charges. These circumstances include the age difference between the victim and the defendant, the relationship between the victim and the defendant, whether violence was used against the victim and other ulterior motives of the defendant. It is important to contact an experienced Houston kidnapping lawyer to learn if any of these mitigating circumstances might apply in order to get your case reduced or dismissed.

James G. Sullivan & Associates | Houston Kidnapping Defense Attorneys

James Sullivan graduated from Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, the most selective and prestigious trial advocacy program in America. Sullivan has a proven record of defending people from all walks of life, faiths and countries in courts throughout southeast Texas.

Contact James Sullivan & Associates for a free phone consultation at 281-546-6428 about your kidnapping charges in Harris County (Houston), Montgomery County (Conroe), Fort Bend County (Richmond) or Brazoria County (Angleton).

Unlawful Restraint | Harris County Criminal Lawyers

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Unlawful Restraint

Houston Violent Crime Attorneys

In the United States, people have the freedom to live and move about freely. Thus it is illegal to interfere with a person’s liberty against his or her will by restricting the person’s movements, by moving the person from one place to another or by confining the person. Because illegal restraint or confinement can leave long lasting psychological trauma on victims, the laws regarding unlawful restraint are strictly enforced by Texas law enforcement and prosecutors frequently seek severe punishment. If you have been charged with unlawful restraint, it is important that you contact an experienced violent crimes defense lawyer.

Houston Unlawful Restraint Attorneys

If you have been charged with unlawful restraint in the Greater Houston area, including Katy, Cypress, Jersey Village, Bellaire, Spring, Humble, Pasadena, Channelview, Conroe, The Woodlands, Hempstead, Richmond, Sugar Land, Missouri City, Pearland, Angleton, Friendswood and Galveston, you can contact the law offices of James G. Sullivan and Associates at (281) 546-6428 for a free phone consultation and case evaluation. They are experienced criminal trial lawyers who will fight for your rights, freedom and future.

What is Unlawful Restraint in Texas?

According to §20.02 of the Texas Penal Code, a person can be charged with unlawful restraint if he or she intentionally or knowingly restrains another person without consent by using force, intimidation, or deception. However, unlawful restraint can be done by any means, including acquiescence of the victim, if:

  • the victim is a child less than 14 years of age or an incompetent person and the parent, guardian, or person or institution acting in loco parentis has not acquiesced in the movement or confinement; or
  • the victim is a child between 14 years of age or older and younger than 17 years of age, the victim is taken outside of the state and outside a 120-mile radius from the victim’s residence, and the parent, guardian, or person or institution acting in loco parentis has not acquiesced in the movement.

In addition, there are affirmative defenses which might be used by the defense to get the charges dismissed.

Punishment for Unlawful Restraint in Harris County

Unlawful restraint is charged as a Class A misdemeanor, however it can be enhanced to a State Jail Felony if the victim was a child less than 17 years of age.

It can also be enhanced to a Third Degree felony if the offender recklessly exposes the victim to a substantial risk of serious bodily injury, the offender knowingly restrains an on duty public servant, or the offender while in custody restrains any other person.

According to Chapter 12 of the Texas Penal Code, a person charged with unlawful restraint can receive any of the following punishment and consequences if they are convicted of the offense:

  • A person convicted of a Class A misdemeanor can be sentenced to up to a year in jail, and/or a fine of up to $4,000;
  • A person convicted of a State Jail felony can be sentenced between 180 days to 2 years in a state jail, and a fine of up to $10,000; and,
  • A person convicted of a Third Degree felony can be sentenced between 2 to 10 years in prison, and a fine of up to $10,000.

Although the punishment for unlawful restraint is less severe than that of kidnapping, it is still a serious offense. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who will provide effective and aggressive representation.

Unlawful Restraint Defense in Houston

If you have accused of unlawfully restraining someone in Harris County, Montgomery County, Fort Bend County, Waller County or Brazoria County, contact the law offices of James G. Sullivan and Associates. We are experienced defense lawyers in northwest Houston who will make every effort to help you receive the best outcome for your particular case.  Call (281) 546-6428 for a free phone consultation and case evaluation, the first step in providing you a strong defense.

Harris County Stalking Defense | Houston Criminal Attorneys

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Harris County Stalking Defense

Stalking is a serious felony offense. Stalking allegations in Houston can arise from different situations, such as from a failed relationship where one partner still wants to maintain contact with the other partner.  And, stalking charges are often filed based solely on the accusations of the alleged victim.

If a law enforcement officer in Texas has probable cause that an accused committed the offense, the officer has authority to immediately arrest that person without a warrant. Even if a proper investigation did not take place, an immediate arrest for stalking could still occur based on the accusations.

Stalking charges can result in serious punishment and consequences, including lengthy prison time and a large fine.  Such a conviction can also adversely impact your future, such as by losing many educational, employment, housing and public assistance opportunities. However, if you have been charged with a stalking offense, it is important to know that you do not necessarily have to face a criminal conviction.

It is important to hire an experienced Houston criminal defense lawyer because criminal charges for stalking do not have to result in a conviction and the resulting lifelong consequences. In order to convict you, the state prosecutor must prove to a jury that you committed every element of the felony offense beyond a reasonable doubt.  With an experienced trial lawyer defending you, this is a very difficult burden to meet, and any reasonable doubt in the mind of any of the members of the jury can result in a not guilty verdict or a hung jury.  Therefore, it is vital to contact an experienced criminal attorney in Houston who will fight for you.

If you have been charged with the criminal offense of stalking in Harris county or any of the surrounding counties in Texas, contact James G. Sullivan and Associates for a free phone consultation at 281-546-6428.  Attorney James (Jim) Sullivan is an experienced trial lawyer who will fight for your rights, freedom and future.

Stalking in Houston

According to section 42.072 of the Texas Penal Code, a person can be charged with stalking if the person, on more than one occasion and in the same course of conduct that is directed specifically at another person, knowingly engages in conduct that:

  • the person knows or reasonably should know will be regarded as threatening bodily injury or death to the alleged victim, a family member or household member of the alleged victim, or another person the alleged victim is dating;
  • the person knows or reasonably should know will be regarded as threatening damage to the alleged victim’s property;
  • causes the alleged victim, a family member or household member, or person they are dating to be fearful of death, serious bodily injury or property damage;
  • would cause a reasonable person to fear bodily injury or death to themselves, a family or household member, or person they are dating; and/or
  • would cause a reasonable person to fear their property will be damaged.

Punishment for Stalking in Houston

Chapter 12 of the Texas Penal Code lists the felony punishment for stalking in Houston.

A first stalking offense is charged as a third degree felony.  A conviction for such a felony is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from two to 10 years and a fine up to $10,000.

A second stalking offense is charged as a second degree felony. A conviction for such a felony is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from two to 20 years and a fine up to $10,000.

In addition to the punishment described above, a person that has been convicted of a stalking offense may suffer any of the following penalties and consequences:

  • A criminal record;
  • Unable to apply for certain jobs, professions or occupations;
  • Unable to be admitted into certain educational programs;
  • Ineligible to own or possess a gun or firearm;
  • Ineligible to receive certain kinds of governmental assistance;
  • Ineligible to vote or hold public office;
  • Loss of certain professional licenses; and/or
  • Public humiliation and embarrassment.

James G. Sullivan and Associates | Harris County Stalking Lawyer

James Sullivan graduated from the Trial Lawyers College founded by legendary lawyer Gerry Spence and was invited to join The National Trial Lawyers organization. Sullivan has a proven record of defending people from all walks of life, faiths and countries in courts throughout Texas.

Contact James Sullivan & Associates for a free phone consultation at 281-546-6428 about your stalking charges in Harris County (Houston)Montgomery County (Conroe)Fort Bend County (Richmond), Brazoria County (Angleton), Galveston County (Galveston), Matagorda County (Bay City), Waller County (Hempstead), Washington County (Brenham), Liberty County (Liberty), Chambers County (Anahuac), Jefferson County (Beaumont) and throughout Texas.

Criminal Trespass

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Houston Criminal Trespass Lawyers

Criminal Trespass is a property crime that is frequently committed in Texas. The potential consequences to offenders can be much greater than what they realize as most people wrongly assume that the crime is not that serious. In fact, if convicted of Criminal Trespass to a Habitation, an individual can face up to one year in jail and be ordered to pay up to $4,000 in fines. These penalties, along with having a criminal record, can be devastating and it is important to hire an experienced Houston property crimes lawyer to defend you against these allegations.

To have a realistic chance of getting your criminal charges dismissed, being found not guilty at trial or even avoiding a conviction through pretrial diversion or deferred adjudication, it is important to hire an experienced Houston property crimes lawyer to fight for you against these allegations.

Harris County Criminal Trespass Defense Attorney

The defense attorneys at James G. Sullivan & Associates are passionate about defending cases like yours and have over 45 years of criminal defense trial experience. If you have been charged with Criminal Trespass in the Greater Houston area, contact our office today at 281-546-6428 for a free phone consultation.

Criminal Trespass in Houston

According to Texas Penal Code § 30.05, an individual commits criminal trespass if the person enters or remains on another person’s property without the consent of the owner, and had notice or did not leave after being given notice that the entry was forbidden.

Criminal trespass commonly occurs on residential and agricultural land, and in recreational vehicles, buildings, aircrafts, vehicles or habitations.

Under Texas law, “notice” means any oral or written communication by the owner of the property or someone with apparent authority to act for the owner. Proper notice can include but is not limited to fencing or other enclosure that is clearly designed to keep people out or livestock within, a sign posted on the property or at the entrance to a building that can be reasonably seen by intruders, and the presence of agriculture that is being cultivated or harvested.

In Texas, criminal trespassing is usually a Class B misdemeanor, however the charges can either be upgraded or reduced under certain circumstances. If the trespass occurred on agricultural land within 100 feet of its boundary or on residential land within 100 feet of a protected freshwater area, it can be reduced to a Class C misdemeanor.

Criminal trespass can be upgraded to a Class A misdemeanor if it is committed in a habitation, shelter center, critical infrastructure facility, or if the defendant was in possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of the trespass.

Penalties for Criminal Trespass in Harris County

  • Class C misdemeanors are punishable by a fine of up to $500.
  • Class B misdemeanors are punishable by up to 180 days in jail, and/or a fine up to $2,000.
  • Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in jail, and/or a fine up to $4,000.

Take your Criminal Trespass Charge Seriously

Individuals often taken criminal trespass charges lightly, however that is a mistake because the possible penalties are very serious. If you are charged with criminal trespass in the counties of Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend, Waller, Brazoria, Liberty or Galveston, protect your rights by retaining the experienced Houston criminal defense lawyers at James G. Sullivan & Associates.

James (Jim) Sullivan is an experienced Houston criminal defense attorney. Since 1994, Sullivan has successfully fought the government in jury trials on behalf of clients in criminal and juvenile courts. Sullivan has also been able to get hundreds of serious criminal and juvenile cases dismissed or reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor.

Board Certified in Juvenile Law

Harris County Juvenile Lawyer James Sullivan is Board Certified in Juvenile Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Juvenile law is different than criminal law. Note: Among the more than 83,000 active lawyers in Texas, there are only 38 lawyers Board Certified in Juvenile Law in private practice.

James Sullivan graduated from Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, the most selective and prestigious trial advocacy program in America. Sullivan has a proven record of defending people from all walks of life, faiths and countries in courts throughout Texas.

Contact James Sullivan & Associates for a free initial phone consultation at 281-546-6428 about your theft charges in Harris County (Houston), Montgomery County (Conroe), Fort Bend County (Richmond), Brazoria County (Angleton), Galveston County (Galveston), Matagorda County (Bay City), Waller County (Hempstead), Washington County (Brenham), Liberty County (Liberty), Chambers County (Anahuac), Jefferson County (Beaumont) and throughout Texas.

Criminal Mischief

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Houston Criminal Mischief Lawyer

Defense Attorney representation in Harris County, Texas for over 20 years

If you are charged with any type of criminal mischief, you need to know and understand the potential crimes you are facing.

In Houston, criminal mischief offenses are generally defined as intentionally damaging another person’s property. Types of damage are commonly referred to as destruction, alteration and defacement. Minor actions associated with criminal mischief often include vandalism or graffiti, and more serious actions include the destruction of the property.

Criminal Mischief Houston

According to Tex. Penal Code § 28.03, the following conduct can result in being charged with criminal mischief in Harris County:

  • Intentionally or knowingly damaging or destroying another person’s tangible property;
  • Intentionally or knowingly tampering with the tangible property of another person and causing financial loss or substantial inconvenience to him or a third person;
  • Intentionally or knowingly making markings, including inscriptions, slogans, drawings, or paintings, on the tangible property of another person.

Penalties for Criminal Mischief

Depending on the value of the destruction or property damage, you could face misdemeanor or felony offense punishment. Section 12 of the Texas Penal Code defines the applicable penalties you may face with a criminal mischief offense:

  • Class C Misdemeanor – A fine of up to $500 can be charged to you if the financial loss amounts to less than $100, or causes substantial inconvenience to another being.
  • Class B Misdemeanor – A fine of up to $2,000 and/or a jail sentence of up to 180 days can be charged to you if the financial loss amounts to less than $750 but at least $100 or more.
  • Class A Misdemeanor – A fine of up to $4,000 and/or a jail sentence of up to one year can be charged to you if the financial loss amounts to less than $2,500 but at least $750, or your criminal mischief offense causes impairment or disruption of any public water supply.
  • State Jail Felony – A fine of up to $10,000 and/or a jail sentence ranging from 180 days to two years can be charged to you if the financial loss amounts to less than $30,000 but at least $2,500 or more; less than $2,500 if a home was damaged through the use of an explosion weapon or firearm; less than $2,500 if a fence used to hold livestock, game animals, or poultry was destroyed or damaged; or less than $30,000 if your criminal mischief offense caused the impairment or disruption of public communications, gas power supply, transportation or any other public service.
  • Third Degree Felony – A fine of up to $10,000 and/or a jail sentence from two to ten years can be charged to you if the financial loss amounts to less than $150,000 but at least $30,000.
  • Second Degree Felony – A fine of up to $10,000 and/or a jail sentence from two to twenty years can be charged to you if the financial loss amounts to less than $300,000 but at least $150,000 or more.
  • First Degree Felony – A fine of up to $10,000 and/or a jail sentence from five to 99 years or life imprisonment can be charged to you if the financial loss amounts to $300,000 or more.

Criminal Mischief Defense and Representation

Criminal mischief might not seem like a major crime, but the fact that the damages could put peoples’ lives in jeopardy and disrupt public and private property this makes criminal mischief a much more serious offense, especially as the value of damage increases.

Therefore criminal mischief charges should not be taken lightly and it is important to have an experienced and aggressive Houston criminal attorney working with you to build the best possible defense for your case.

Contact Attorney James Sullivan

If you or a loved one is facing a criminal mischief offense, contact Attorney James (Jim) Sullivan today at 281-546-6428 for a free phone consultation.

James Sullivan is an experienced Houston Criminal Defense Attorney. For over 20 years, Sullivan has successfully fought the government in Jury Trials on behalf of clients in criminal and juvenile courts.

Board Certified in Juvenile Law

Harris County Juvenile Lawyer James Sullivan is Board Certified in Juvenile Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Juvenile law is different than criminal law. Note: Among the more than 83,000 active lawyers in Texas, there are only 38 lawyers Board Certified in Juvenile Law in private practice.

James Sullivan graduated from the Trial Lawyers College founded by legendary lawyer Gerry Spence. Sullivan has a proven record of defending people from all walks of life, faiths and countries in courts throughout Texas.

Contact James Sullivan & Associates for a free initial phone consultation at 281-546-6428 about your theft charges in Harris County (Houston), Montgomery County (Conroe), Fort Bend County (Richmond), Brazoria County (Angleton), Galveston County (Galveston), Matagorda County (Bay City), Waller County (Hempstead), Washington County (Brenham), Liberty County (Liberty), Chambers County (Anahuac), Jefferson County (Beaumont) and throughout Texas.

Deadly Conduct | Houston Criminal Lawyer James Sullivan Fights for his Clients

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Deadly Conduct

Deadly conduct is a serious offense in Houston.  Whether or not a weapon is involved, Texas takes these cases very seriously.  Deadly conduct can be charged as a Class A Misdemeanor or a Third Degree Felony depending on the circumstances.  A conviction for a felony deadly conduct can result in severe penalties, including lengthy prison time and a large fine.  Such a conviction can also adversely impact your future, such as by losing many educational, employment, housing and public assistance opportunities. Because your future is at stake, a plea bargain may not be the best choice for you.

It is important to hire an experienced Houston criminal defense lawyer because criminal charges for deadly conduct do not have to result in a conviction and the resulting lifelong consequences.  In order to convict you, the state prosecutor must prove to a jury that you committed every element of the misdemeanor or felony offense beyond a reasonable doubt.  With an experienced trial lawyer defending you, this is a very difficult burden to meet, and any reasonable doubt in the mind of any of the members of the jury can result in a not guilty verdict or a hung jury.  Also, depending on the circumstances of your case, there may be more effective options than going to trial such as a pretrial intervention agreement or deferred adjudication probation.  Either way, it is vital to contact an experienced criminal attorney in Houston who will fight for you.

Houston Deadly Conduct Defense Lawyers

If you have been charged with committing the criminal offense of deadly conduct in Harris County or any of the surrounding counties in Texas, contact the law offices of James G. Sullivan and Associates.  With over 20 years of defense trial experience, Sullivan’s legal team will fight for you and use every legal strategy possible to get the best result.  Call 281-546-6428 for a free consultation.

Deadly Conduct

According to Section 22.05 of the Texas Penal Code, there are several ways to commit deadly conduct.  The conduct charged is essentially recklessness and with a primary focus on firearms.   Deadly conduct is committed by:

  • Recklessly engages in conduct that places another person in imminent danger of serious bodily injury
  • Knowingly discharges a firearm at or in the direction of:
    • one or more individuals, or
    • a house, building or car and is reckless as to whether or not it is occupied.

Recklessness and danger are presumed if the person knowingly pointed a firearm at or in the direction of another whether or not the person believed the firearm to be loaded.

Some road rage behavior could be charged as deadly misconduct.  For example, if a driver speeds through rush hour traffic, quickly changing lanes, cutting off other drivers or maneuvering on and off the emergency lane, he places other drivers in danger of serious bodily injury because his reckless actions could cause a motor vehicle accident or collision.

Serious Bodily Injury

According to Section 1.07 of the Texas Penal Code, serious bodily injury means bodily injury that creates a substantial risk of death or that causes death, serious permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ.

Recklessness

According to Section 6.03 of the Texas Penal Code, a person commits a reckless act, not necessarily intending to harm another, but without regard for the result.  If a person is aware of but consciously disregards a substantial and unjustifiable risk that a likely result will occur, he or she acts recklessly.

For example, discharging a firearm at a street sign when there is a house directly behind it and in the line of fire, without intending to injure anyone, is reckless because the person is disregarding the risk that the house is occupied and a person inside could be seriously injured.  In fact, Sullivan successfully defended a juvenile at a jury trial charged with deadly conduct under these circumstances.

Punishment for Deadly Conduct Charges in Harris County

The punishment for this offense varies depending on whether a firearm was involved.  Deadly conduct is charged as a Third Degree Felony when a firearm is involved and as a Class A Misdemeanor when a firearm is not involved.

Deadly conduct conviction as a Class A Misdemeanor could result in:

  • a fine up to $4,000
  • confinement in jail for up to one year and/or probation
  • a criminal record available to the public
  • a driver’s license suspension
  • prevented from pursuing certain careers
  • participation in a pre-trial diversion program
  • restitution, reimbursing the victim for any expenses resulting from the crime

Deadly conduct conviction as a Third-Degree Felony could result in:

  • a fine up $10,000
  • imprisonment for up to 10 years and/or probation
  • a felony criminal record available to the public
  • prevented from pursuing certain careers
  • prevented from receiving certain kinds of governmental assistance
  • prevented from owning or possessing a firearm
  • prevented from voting or holding public office
  • participation in a pre-trial diversion program
  • restitution, reimbursing the victim for any expenses resulting from the crime

In addition to this punishment, the stigma of a conviction or subsequent jail or prison time for deadly conduct carries negative social consequences.  However, a conviction may not have to happen and that is why it is important to discuss your options with an experienced Harris County deadly conduct lawyer.

You can be charged by the state with deadly conduct for any action that could imminently cause serious harm to another person.  Because the kinds of actions and circumstances are so broad, there are just as many possible defenses.  If you have been charged with deadly conduct in Harris County, or the surrounding areas, protect your rights, freedom and future.

Trust your case to an experienced Houston firm that is dedicated to fighting for the best outcome. Call the law offices of James G. Sullivan and Associates at 281-546-6428 for a free consultation.

James G. Sullivan and Associates | Harris County Deadly Conduct Attorneys

James Sullivan graduated from the Trial Lawyers College founded by legendary lawyer Gerry Spence and was invited to join The National Trial Lawyers organization. Sullivan has a proven record of defending people from all walks of life, faiths and countries in courts throughout Texas.

Contact James Sullivan & Associates for a free initial consultation at 281-546-6428 about your aggravated assault charges in Harris County (Houston), Montgomery County (Conroe), Fort Bend County (Richmond), Brazoria County (Angleton), Galveston County (Galveston), Matagorda County (Bay City), Waller County (Hempstead), Washington County (Brenham), Liberty County (Liberty), Chambers County (Anahuac), Jefferson County (Beaumont) and throughout Texas.

Houston Texas Juvenile Sex Crimes Defense Attorney

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Juvenile Sex Offender Treatment, Polygraph Testing and an Undiagnosed Mental Health Issue: An Unusual Case Study of “Thinking Outside the Box”

In 2015, I was hired to represent a 16 year old boy who was charged with a serious felony sex offense involving a young child in Montgomery County and who lived in a nearby county.  As I do with all my juvenile clients, I spent a great deal of time getting to know my client, the accusation against him and the family dynamics.  The teenager was honest about what happened, he and his parents did not want to contest the charge at trial and they all agreed that sex offender therapy was appropriate and necessary.

After much negotiation, the prosecutor offered a regular indeterminate probation so long as my client first successfully completed a sex offender treatment program (SOTP).  This meant that my client could get his juvenile record sealed at age 19 and would not have to register as a sex offender.  If my client was unsuccessful with the SOTP, then he would receive a determinate sentence which meant he could be on probation or sent to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (formehttp://juveniledefenselaw.com/2013/11/14/houston-juvenile-sex-crimes-defense-lawyer-james-sullivan/rly TYC) for a number of years with transfer to adult prison, could never get his records sealed and would probably have to register as a sex offender until age 28.  The difference in possible outcomes was huge.  I was skeptical of the deal because I knew that polygraph testing at best is only about 85 percent accurate, but it was also the only way the prosecutor would offer my client a path to receive an indeterminate probation, and ultimately it was my client’s decision.  My client and his parents agreed to accept the prosecutor’s offer.

The first part of the SOTG consisted of writing down a complete sexual history, revealing all sexual conduct with all people that the teenager had had up to that point in his life.  The polygraph testing (i.e. lie-detector test) was then used to confirm whether or not he was being honest about revealing his complete history.  After being tested, the forensic polygraph examiner (FP) claimed that my client’s examination indicated deception, that he was not being honest.  A later examination resulted in an inconclusive result, and the FP claimed that my client was deliberately trying to thwart the process by taking deep breaths prior to answering the important questions.  I retained a private FP to administer the test and the result also came back inconclusive.  I was very concerned for my client because I and his family both believed that their son was being truthful.

The consequence for not successfully completing his SOTP would be catastrophic to his future.  By now, the prosecutor wanted to schedule a court hearing to have my client adjudicated with a determinate sentence.

I questioned my client’s father about whether his son had ever been diagnosed with a mental health issue.  He then told me that seven years earlier his son had been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), but that he had not taken medication for it for several years.  I knew that GAD could affect polygraph testing.  According to Dr. James Allan Matte in his book Forensic Psychophysiology Using the Polygraph,

“the continued state of heightened anxiety in individuals with GAD results in chronic arousal of the autonomic nervous system… The FP must be cautious when interpreting such profiles due to this chronic arousal which cannot be directly attributed to the FP’s questioning but rather is a reflection of general nervous tension”.

I also suspected that my client’s mental health issue was deeper and more complex.  I knew that individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome, now considered part of the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), are often first misdiagnosed with a variety of illnesses, including GAD, bipolar disorder, etc.  In fact, autism impacts the autonomic nervous system the same way as GAD and as a result it adversely impacts and skews the results of polygraph testing.  With either illness, it is impossible for a polygraph examiner to prove that a failed test is the result of actual deception rather than the illness itself.

Based on my client’s body language, lack of eye contact and mental health history and also that his father was an engineer, I suspected my client might have Asperger’s.  I suggested that he take an online test to see if he might fall within the range.  The test indicated that he probably did have Asperger’s.  I recommended that he undergo a formal evaluation by a trained psychologist.  The process took two weeks, and the psychologist confirmed my suspicion that my client did in fact have Asperger’s and also agreed that the illness adversely affected polygraph testing.

I furnished the results of the psychological evaluation to the prosecutor and to the probation department.  I requested that polygraph testing be waived in my client’s SOTP and that he be placed on an indeterminate probation in his home county.  It took some time to persuade the prosecutor to do the right thing.  Initially, he argued that autism did not affect polygraph testing and then made the incredulous claim that there were in fact many juveniles with autism in his county’s SOTP that were passing polygraphs.  Next, he argued that he never would have made the offer in the first place had he known my client had autism.  I told him that would be discrimination against the disabled.  I had already consulted with a civil rights attorney that was prepared to file a federal lawsuit against the county government if the prosecutor persisted in his course of action to have my client adjudicated for a determinate sentence.

Finally, ten months after I was hired and three months after my client was diagnosed with Asperger’s, the prosecutor relented and agreed to an indeterminate probation until age 18, defer the decision regarding sex offender registration, SOTP without polygraph testing and to transfer the probation to my client’s home county.

My client’s SOTP counselor confirms that he is doing well in his treatment program.  My client now understands himself better and can seek out professional help in learning to deal with some of the cognitive deficits of Asperger’s.

TBLS-Logo-tag-RI was blessed to have been able to use my unique knowledge and understanding of juvenile law and psychology to save a client from a painful and uncertain future.  I am also certified in juvenile law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. I doubt if any other juvenile attorney could have obtained the same result.

Firearm / Weapon Offenses

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Firearm / Weapon Offenses

Individuals who are charged with a firearm or weapon offense in Houston frequently commit this criminal offense unknowingly.  Under Texas law, almost anyone can possess a firearm in an enclosed location in their vehicle or in their home.  However, an individual can be charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense if he carries his handgun in an unlawful place or is prohibited from carrying a weapon because he is a convicted felon.

The possible penalties for committing a gun or weapon crime in Houston are serious, including a permanent criminal record, high fines, inability to possess or own a firearm in the future and/or jail or prison time.

If you are charged with a firearm or weapon offense in Houston, it is important to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who will fight for your rights, freedom and future.  The prosecutor has the burden to prove each element of the charges against you beyond a reasonable doubt.   This means if the jury has a reasonable doubt in their mind, the jury should find you not guilty.

Houston Weapon Offenses Lawyer

If you are accused of committing a firearm or weapon offense in Harris County, or any of the surrounding counties in Texas, including Montgomery, Fort Bend, Waller, Liberty or Brazoria, call the Law Office of James G. Sullivan & Associates for a free consultation at 281-546-6428 about your firearm or weapon charges.  Sullivan knows the law and will make every effort to achieve a dismissal, a not guilty or a reduction in the charges against you.

Firearm and Weapon Examples

Section 46.01 of the Texas Penal Code lists the weapons, guns and firearms that may be prohibited and/or could result in a criminal offense:

    A knife,

    Armor-piercing ammunition,

    Blackjacks,

    Bowie knives,

    Chemical dispensing devices,

    Clubs,

    Daggers,

    Explosive weapons,

    Firearm silencers,

    Handguns,

    Illegal knives,

    Knuckles,

    Mace,

    Machine guns,

    Nightsticks,

    Short-barrel firearms,

    Spears,

    Switchblade knives,

    Swords,

    Tomahawks, and/or

    Zip gun.

Firearm and Weapon Offenses

Under Texas law, an individual who is charged with any of the following criminal weapon offenses could face severe penalties and consequences:

According to Texas Penal Code§ 46.02(a), an individual can be charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon if he intentionally, knowingly or recklessly carries a weapon on his body when not on his property or inside his vehicle.  This offense can be charged as a Class A misdemeanor or a felony of the third degree.

According to Tex. Penal Code § 46.02(a-1), an individual can be charged with unlawfully carrying a firearm if he intentionally, knowingly or recklessly carries a handgun on his person or in his vehicle:

    that is in plain view,

    when he is engaging in criminal activity,

    when he is prohibited from having a firearm in his possession, or

    if he is a member of a criminal street gang.

This charge can result in a conviction of a Class A misdemeanor or of a felony of the third degree.

According to Tex. Penal Code § 46.02, an individual can be charged with unlawful possession of a firearm if he possesses a firearm and:

    has been convicted of a felony and possesses the firearm before he has been released from confinement for five years;

    has been convicted of domestic assault and possesses the firearm before he has been released from confinement or community supervision for five years; or

    he is an employee of the State and possesses the firearm before the expiration of a protective or restraining order against him.

This offense is punishable as Class A misdemeanor or felony of the third degree.

An individual can also be charged with a weapons offense if he possesses a weapon during the commission of a serious criminal offense.  Commonly referred to as aggravated offenses, these offenses can include, but are not limited to, the following:

    Aggravated Assault,

    Aggravated Kidnapping,

    Aggravated Robbery, and/or

    Aggravated Sexual Assault.

Additionally, an individual who knowingly carries a weapon in a prohibited public place can be charged with a criminal offense.  These places can include, but are not limited to, the following:

    Schools,

    Polling places on election day,

    Racetracks,

    Courthouses, and/or

    Airports.

Texas Concealed Weapon Carry Laws

According to Chapter 411 Subchapter H of the Texas Government Code, individuals in Texas who have applied for and met the requirements for a license to carry a concealed handgun are permitted to carry a handgun in a public place that does not sell alcohol.

In order to meet these requirements, an individual must not have a felony conviction, must be in compliance with all state and federal laws and meet other listed criteria.

An individual may be disqualified from receiving a concealed handgun license if he:

    Has any currently pending criminal charges,

    Has any alcohol, drug, chemical or substance dependency,

    Has been diagnosed with certain types of psychological disorders,

    Has defaulted on state or city taxes, governmental fees or child support, and/or

    Has a protective or restraining order against him in place.

Firearm and Weapon Penalties

Chapter 12 of the Texas Penal Code lists the basic statutory penalties for firearm, weapon and gun crimes in Texas.  However, these penalties can increase depending on a variety of factors, including the type of offense the person allegedly committed, where the offense allegedly occurred, whether the alleged offense involved a minor, whether the person is considered a violent offender and whether the alleged offender has any criminal history.

    A conviction for a Class B misdemeanor weapons offense can result in a jail sentence up to 180 days and/or a fine up to $2,000.

    A conviction for a Class A misdemeanor weapons offense can result in a jail sentence up to one year and/or a fine up to $4,000.

    A conviction for a state jail felony weapons offense can result in a state jail sentence ranging from 180 days to two years and/or a fine up to $10,000.

    A conviction for a felony of the third degree weapons offense can result in a prison sentence ranging from two to ten years and/or a fine up to $10,000.

    A conviction for a felony of the second degree weapons offense can result in a prison sentence ranging from two to 20 years and/or a fine up to $10,000.

    A conviction for a felony of the first degree weapons offense can result in a prison sentence ranging from five to 99 years or life imprisonment and/or a fine up to $10,000.

Firearm and Weapon Resources in Houston

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) – Concealed Handgun Licensing Program – The Texas DPS website provides general information on concealed handguns in Texas, how to apply for a concealed handgun in the state, answers to frequently asked firearm and gun questions, and Texas laws regarding firearm and weapon laws.

National Rifle Association (NRA) – The NRA is a national organization that promotes the Second Amendment right to bear arms in the United States and encourages responsible firearm education for every citizen.

Texas Concealed Handgun Association (TCHA) – This Texas organization supports every responsible and law-abiding citizen in Texas to lawfully keep, own and carry firearms, in addition to seeking to improve handgun laws in Texas, promoting responsible firearm safety and use, and encouraging high standards for firearm instruction and safety.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) – Houston Field Division – The ATF Houston Field Division is responsible for criminal enforcement and industry regulatory activities throughout north Texas.  The ATF is a national agency focused on reducing violent crime, including arson and explosive-related crime throughout the U.S.  The Houston Field Division is located at:

ATF Houston Field Division

5825 N. Sam Houston Pkwy, Suite 300
Houston, Texas 77086

Tel.: (281) 716-8200

The Law Offices of James G. Sullivan & Associates | Harris County Firearm Crime Lawyer

If you are accused of committing a firearm or weapon offense in Harris County, or any of the surrounding counties in Texas, including Montgomery, Fort Bend, Waller, Liberty or Brazoria, call the Law Office of James G. Sullivan & Associates for a free consultation at 281-546-6428 about your firearm or weapon charges.  Sullivan knows the law and will make every effort to achieve the best outcome for your situation.

Houston Misdemeanor Lawyer | Harris County Misdemeanor Defense Attorney James Sullivan

Friday, March 25th, 2016

Harris County Misdemeanor Lawyer

If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, it is important that you have an experienced misdemeanor defense attorney to represent you. Our misdemeanor defense lawyers have significant trial experience defending people accused of misdemeanor and felony offenses.

The criminal defense lawyers at James Sullivan and Associates have more than 45 years of experience successfully defending people in the Greater Houston area and throughout the state of Texas against misdemeanor and felony charges.

Choosing a criminal defense lawyer to defend you may be the most important decision you will make in your case. Whether you have been charged with a crime or are under investigation by law enforcement, your rights, your freedom and your future are at risk. It is critical to have the counsel of an experienced Harris county criminal defense attorney as early as possible.

To discuss your case with an experienced Houston Criminal Defense Attorney, call James Sullivan and Associates for a free confidential consultation at (281) 546-6428.

Houston Misdemeanor Defense Attorneys – Fighting To Protect Your Rights, Future and Freedom

In Texas, there are three levels of misdemeanors: Class A, Class B and Class C.

  • Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $4,000 fine.
  • Class B misdemeanors are punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.
  • Class C misdemeanors are punishable by a maximum $500 fine.

Harris County Criminal Defense Attorneys James Sullivan and Associates have successfully defended people in state courts on misdemeanor charges, including:

Misdemeanor Criminal Record

Whether you are charged as an adult or as a juvenile, a conviction for a misdemeanor can deny you employment and can impact you for life. Houston Misdemeanor Defense Attorneys James Sullivan and Associates are experienced in defending those accused of misdemeanors and felonies.

Because a conviction results in a criminal record, a misdemeanor charge must be taken seriously. Unless the charge is expunged or non-disclosed (sealed), a misdemeanor will show up on a background check. Once you are convicted, it will stay on your record forever.

Being convicted or accused of a misdemeanor can have devastating consequences. Hiring an experienced Houston Misdemeanor Defense Attorney can make the difference between being found guilty or not guilty.

A misdemeanor case that is dismissed, reduced to a Class C deferred adjudication or results in a not guilty verdict may be eligible for an expunction. A Class A or Class B misdemeanor case with a successful completion of a deferred adjudication may be eligible for non-disclosure (sealing) of criminal history.

Contact an Experienced Houston Misdemeanor Defense Attorney

James Sullivan and Associates use their extensive trial experience and knowledge of the law to defend their clients. If you are facing a misdemeanor charge and need an experienced Houston Criminal Trial Lawyer, they can help.

James Sullivan & Associates | Houston Texas Criminal Lawyers

James Sullivan graduated from the Trial Lawyers College founded by Legendary lawyer Gerry Spence and was invited to join The National Trial Lawyers organization. Sullivan has a proven record of defending people from all walks of life, faiths and countries in courts throughout Texas.

Contact James Sullivan & Associates for a free initial consultation at (281) 546-6428 about your misdemeanor or felony charges in Harris County (Houston), Montgomery County (Conroe), Fort Bend County (Richmond), Brazoria County (Angleton), Galveston County (Galveston), Matagorda County (Bay City), Waller County (Hempstead), Washington County (Brenham), Liberty County (Liberty), Chambers County (Anahuac), Jefferson County (Beaumont) and throughout Texas.

To discuss your case in confidence with an experienced Houston Criminal Defense Attorney, call for a confidential free consultation at (281) 546-6428.

Houston Felony Defense Attorney | Harris County Felony Lawyer James Sullivan

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Harris County Felony Defense Lawyers

If you have been charged with a felony, such as possession of a controlled substance, aggravated assault, murder, sexual assault, aggravated robbery or assault by impeding breathing, it is important that you have an experienced Houston criminal lawyer to represent you. James G. Sullivan and Associates have significant jury trial experience as felony defense attorneys.

James G. Sullivan and Associates are experienced defense attorneys and can effectively represent you prior to indictment. Sullivan has a proven record of getting serious felony cases dismissed by the grand jury. If a grand jury no bills (dismisses) your felony charge, then your felony case is over and you can immediately seek an expunction of the charge from your record. Since late 2008, Sullivan has managed to have an astounding 37 (and counting) felony cases dismissed by the grand jury. Furthermore, even if your case is indicted, Sullivan can effectively represent you at pre-trial hearings, jury trial and (if necessary) sentencing hearing.

The attorneys have successfully represented clients charged with felony offenses throughout Texas. If you are facing an aggravated assault or other felony offense, then you need an experienced Harris County criminal trial lawyer to defend you.

Harris County Criminal Lawyers Fighting for Your Rights, Freedom and Future

Choosing a criminal defense lawyer to defend you may be the most important decision you will make in your case. Whether you have been charged with a crime or are under investigation by law enforcement, your rights, your freedom and your future are at risk. It is critical to have the counsel of an experienced criminal attorney as early as possible.

Because a conviction results in a criminal record and could also result in incarceration in prison, a felony charge must be taken seriously. Unless the charge is expunged or non-disclosed (sealed), a felony will show up on a background check. Once you are convicted, it will stay on your record forever.

Being convicted or accused of a felony can have devastating consequences. Hiring an experienced criminal attorney can make the difference between being found guilty or not guilty.

To discuss your felony case involving aggravated assault, burglary of a habitation, child abuse, drug possession or delivery, aggravated robbery or any other felony defense matter with an experienced criminal attorney, call James G. Sullivan and Associates for a free confidential consultation at (281) 546-6428.

Houston Felony Charge Defense Attorneys – Fighting To Protect Your Rights, Future and Freedom

Levels of Felony Offenses in Texas

In Texas, there are five levels of felonies: Capital, First Degree, Second Degree, Third Degree and State Jail.

  • Capital felonies are punishable by life imprisonment without parole or by death in capital cases in which the State seeks the death penalty.
  • First Degree felonies are punishable by 5 to 99 years or Life in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
  • Second Degree felonies are punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
  • Third Degree felonies are punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
  • State Jail felonies are punishable by 180 days to 2 years in a state jail and up to a $10,000 fine.

James G. Sullivan and Associates have extensive trial experience defending against felony charges. They have successfully defended people in criminal and juvenile court on felony charges, including the following:

Harris County Criminal Attorneys Fighting for Your Rights, Freedom and Future

Do not be intimidated and do not give up hope.You may have been arrested and charged, but that does not mean that the police followed proper procedure or that the prosecutor has sufficient evidence to prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. James G. Sullivan and Associates have succeeded in getting hundreds of criminal cases dismissed, no billed (dismissed) by the grand jury and in obtaining not guilty verdicts from juries. Talk to an experienced criminal trial lawyer before you even consider giving up and entering a plea of guilty.

CRIMINAL OFFENSERESULTCASE #
ALL CASES DISMISSED BY GRAND JURY OR THE STATE WERE BASED ON DEFENSE PACKETS
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER enhanced with a prior Assault FM case (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
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER (2° Felony)NO BILLED 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
INJURY TO A CHILD (3° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of causing bodily injury to his 10 year old nephew)1446872
SEXUAL ASSAULT (3° Felony)CASE CLOSED BY THE STATE (16 year old juvenile client and 17 year old adult client were both accused of raping a 17 year old female friend. After reading the defense packet for the grand jury, the State chose to close the file without any charges being filed)CASE NOT YET FILED
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER/IMPEDING BREATHING (3° Felony) IN MONTGOMERY COUNTYDISMISSED BY THE STATE (Client accused of choking his wife during an argument. The State refused to present the case to the grand jury, dismissed the felony and refiled it as a misdemeanor)14-08-09346-CR
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER (2° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client shot his brother in the side after his brother stabbed him in the arm. The client's brother was high on synthetic marihuana)1443039
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of shooting another guy's motorcycle twice while the guy was on it after the guy had broken the client's custom table)1431964
AGGRAVATED ROBBERY (1° Felony) IN HARRIS COUNTYNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of shooting a gun into the ceiling of a restaurant and robbing patrons of their cell phones)1419975
INJURY TO A CHILD (3° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client, an officer in law enforcement, was accused of abusing his teenage daughter)CASE NOT YET FILED
SEXUAL ASSAULT (2° Felony) IN BRAZORIA COUNTYNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client, an elected official, was accused of sexual assault by his girlfriend)CASE NOT YET FILED
INJURY TO A CHILD (3° Felony) IN MATAGORDA COUNTYNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of causing bodily injury to 10 year old son by striking him on his side)CASE NOT YET FILED
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD (2° Felony) IN MONTGOMERY COUNTYNO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of sexually abusing his 16 year old nephew)CASE NOT YET FILED
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER/IMPEDING BREATHING (3° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of choking his girlfriend during an argument)1356656
INJURY TO A CHILD (1° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of breaking his infant son’s leg and 3 ribs. The hospital ER physician did not consider other medical disorders as a cause)1340646
ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER/IMPEDING BREATHING (3° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of choking his wife during an argument)1336650
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER (2° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of intentionally trying to drive into and strike her girlfriend)1341002
EVADING BY MOTOR VEHICLE (3° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of evading police in her car when she drove about ½  mile after the officer switched on his strobe lights)1338389
SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (2° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of having sex with 16 year old girl who falsely claimed she was 18)1332791
BURGLARY OF A HABITATION (2° Felony)NO BILLED 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
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of intentionally driving into and striking the new girlfriend of her ex-boyfriend)1302447
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of hitting man in head with beer bottle outside a bar; client claimed self-defense)1302814
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AGAINST PUBLIC SERVANT (1° Felony)NO BILLED 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)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of hitting other woman in head with metal pole)1281977
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE 2 nd OFFENDER (Felony Habitual)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY AFTER FACING 25 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON (Client accused of hitting wife multiple times after both had been drinking)1281428
SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (2° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of consensual sex with underage female)1283460
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of injuring another man, using knuckles)1275771
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client was accused of using a knife to threaten another man who the client accused of stealing his property from his apartment)1270564
SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (2° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of consensual sex with underage female)1264919
FORGERY OF A FINANCIAL INSTRUMENT (3° FELONY)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of knowingly passing a counterfeit $100 bill at store)1252585
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of molesting his sister-in-law)1241754
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of molesting his sister-in-law)1241755
SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (2° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of consensual sex with underage female)1231727
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY1203539
BURGLARY OF A HABITATION WITH INTENT TO COMMIT ASSAULT (1° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client was accused of breaking into an apartment and attacking the occupants after a drug deal went bad)1182231