Houston Juvenile Law Attorney | Criminal Lawyer in Texas | Harris County Court Information

Houston, Texas Juvenile Law Attorney James (Jim) Sullivan is an experienced Defense Lawyer. 
Harris County Texas Criminal Lawyer Jim Sullivan has successfully fought the government in Jury Trials on behalf of clients in criminal and juvenile courts since 1994.

Jim Sullivan is also Board Certified in Juvenile Law and recognized statewide as a juvenile law expert. He has a proven record of defending people from all walks of life, faiths and countries in courts throughout Texas.

Defending Your Freedom

Jim 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, Jim 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

Jim Sullivan gets results.  Over the past 25 years, Jim Sullivan has defended more than 3,000 people charged with every kind of criminal and juvenile case, including murder, aggravated robbery, drug cases, sex offenses, domestic assault and DWI.


Jim 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 Jim Sullivan advises his client that they should fight the case at a jury trial.  Unlike many other attorneys, Jim Sullivan does not try to convince an innocent person to plead guilty.  Instead, Jim Sullivan fights for his clients’ freedom and reputation.

Affordable Legal Services

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

Cares About His Clients

Jim Sullivan cares about his adult and juvenile clients and is concerned about their future.  He frequently counsels with clients at his office for hours at a time. He listens to their concerns, answers all of their questions and discusses legal strategies. He also explains how a criminal conviction could affect them and how to get on the right path for a successful life. Because Jim Sullivan understands that people need to honor work and family commitments, he offers evening, weekend and same day appointments along with free parking.


Jim Sullivan has a good reputation in the legal community.  Jim Sullivan is humbled by fine lawyers who endorse him on AVVO. He is also very grateful for clients who write testimonials on his behalf. Most of his business comes from referrals from past clients and other lawyers, although it is not necessary to have a referral for him to defend you.  Anyone can call Jim Sullivan to represent them.
The law practice of Jim Sullivan is devoted solely to criminal and juvenile defense.  Jim Sullivan has tried many cases in the Harris county criminal and juvenile courthouses. Approximately half of his cases involve criminal charges while the other half involves juvenile charges.

Contact Attorney Jim Sullivan

If you are under investigation or have been charged with a crime or delinquency, call Houston criminal defense attorney Jim Sullivan to discuss your case.

Jim 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 right now. Don’t go to court alone. To schedule an appointment or to discuss your case, call 281-546-6428 right now.

Grand Jury Defense

If you are charged with a felony offense, Jim 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 have the immediate right to get your criminal record expunged.  Many of Jim Sullivan’s clients have been able to do this within a few months of being arrested.

Board Certified in Juvenile Law

Houston Juvenile Attorney Jim Sullivan is Board Certified in Juvenile Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Juvenile law is different than criminal law.
As an attorney myself, when concerns arose over an incident involving my son, I knew the extreme importance of finding an attorney who is Board Certified in juvenile law. Board Certified lawyers are highly specialized – enough that the State recognizes them for their expertise. My search led me to Jim Sullivan and I cannot thank him enough. He is extremely well-versed in this highly specialized area of law, kind, compassionate and non-judgmental. He spent a great deal of time understanding the incident involving my son and providing us guidance. Thankfully, it appears that this will turn out to only be a “learning opportunity” for my son but, I have Jim’s number in my phone and will call him immediately if the need arises. ~Concerned Mom (Yahoo Directory Review)

Jim Sullivan is fluent in Spanish and English, having studied Journalism, Latin American and Asian Studies at Baylor University, a nationally ranked Christian school.  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 25 years and have two children. They worship at a local Catholic Church. Jim Sullivan is also an Eagle Scout.


Associate Attorney Nancy Botts has been licensed since 1988 and obtained her law degree from the University of Houston. She concentrates on criminal law and family law and handles all kinds of cases in these areas. As a 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 has also represented numerous people on child sex abuse cases.

313th Juvenile Court
Judge Glenn Devlin
Harris County Juvenile Justice Center
1200 Congress, 5th Floor
Houston, Texas 77002
Court Staff     
Court Phone:                                            713-222-4900
Associate Judge:         Hon. Stephen Newhouse       
Coordinator:               Natalie Yates           713-222-4905
Court Reporter:          Jill Ann Bartek
314th Juvenile Court  
Judge John Phillips
Harris County Juvenile Justice Center
1200 Congress, 5th Floor
Houston, Texas 77002           
Court Staff     
Court Phone:                                              713-222-4910
Associate Judge:          Hon. Aneeta Jamal     
Coordinator:                Michael Millard         713-222-4915
Court Reporter:           Julia Rangel               713-222-4910
315th Juvenile Court  
Judge Michael Schneider
Harris County Juvenile Justice Center
1200 Congress, 7th Floor
Houston, Texas 77002
Court Staff     
Court Phone:                                               713-222-4950
Associate Judge:         Angela E. Ellis             713-222-4950
Coordinator:               Beverly Williams         713-222-4955
Court Reporter:          Eliza Madrigal
Juvenile Court Administration Staff
Juv. Mgr.                   Cindy Milom              713-222-4875
Sr. Juv. Admin. Asst.  Adriana Ponce            713-222-4870
Juv. Admin Asst.        Yavaka Pete               713-222-4871
Juv. Admin Asst.        Michelle Billingsley-Mexicano           713-222-4872
Juv. Admin Asst.        Lisa Castillo                713-222-4885

Court Docket Information

  • Delinquency Hearing Schedule
    • 313th – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
    • 314th – One Friday a month as designate by court.
    • 315th – Tuesday and Thursday
  • CPS Docket Schedule
    • 313th – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
    • 314th – Tuesday and Thursday
    • 315th – Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Trial Schedule
    • 313th – Monday and Friday
    • 314th – As scheduled by court.
    • 315th – As scheduled by court.
  • PMC Docket Schedule
    • 314th – Two Fridays a month as designate by court.
  • Writ Docket Schedule
    • 314th – Last Friday of every 3rd month.