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Harris County Criminal Lawyer Wins Cases at Grand Jury Level

Harris County Felony Lawyer

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Harris County Criminal Defense Lawyer James (Jim) Sullivan has a proven record (see below) in getting serious felony cases no billed (dismissed) by the Grand Jury.  When a person is accused of a felony offense, there may be the possibility of his defense attorney winning his felony case at the Grand Jury level.  Depending on the facts and circumstances of the case, this may or may not be a viable option, so it is important to talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney.  By utilizing this strategy, the accused in effect has two opportunities to win his case before a jury:
  1. Grand Jury and, if indicted,
  2. Jury Trial
If the Grand Jury votes that probable cause (i.e. a probability) does not exist to believe that the accused committed the offense, the case is no billed (dismissed).  If the Grand Jury votes that probable cause does exist, then the case is true billed (indicted).  If a case is no billed, the accused may have the immediate legal right to seek an expunction of his criminal record.  If a case is indicted, then the accused may have to have a Jury Trial in order to get the best result.   A Jury Trial is more expensive and involves much more time and legal work.

Because prosecutors generally seek to present felony cases to the Grand Jury between the first and second court setting, it is extremely important to hire a defense attorney right away.  Unless a defense attorney requests that the prosecutor hold the case from the Grand Jury in order to prepare a defense packet, the prosecutor will seek an indictment from the Grand Jury soon after the felony charge is filed.

Once an accused is indicted, this option is no longer available.  Therefore, time is of the essence in retaining a knowledgeable defense attorney.

Since 1994, Harris County Criminal Lawyer James Sullivan has worked to get countless felony cases no billed by the Grand Jury.  These felony cases include Sexual Assault of a Child, Attempted Murder, Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Assault of a Public Servant, Aggravated Assault, Injury to a Child, Forgery and Burglary of a Habitation among others.  The graph below lists just the 20+ felony cases that have been no billed since November 2008.

This strategy is underutilized by other attorneys. Some lawyers do not understand the process or how to construct a persuasive defense packet.  James Sullivan knows lawyers who have practiced criminal law for over 20 years but have never fought a felony at the grand jury level.  Other attorneys do not do so because they know that they can charge much more money to go to trial.   Court-appointed lawyers are paid by each court appearance that make, so the longer the case lasts the more money they make.  Therefore, very few are willing to do this.  James Sullivan cares about his clients and wants to get them the best result in as short amount of time as possible while charging a reasonable fee, so he considers this option on all of his felony cases.

Range of punishment for felonies include: 1° Felony (5 yrs to Life in prison), 2° Felony (2-20 yrs in prison), 3° Felony (2-10 yrs in prison) and SJF (6 months to 2 yrs in state jail).
DATECASE #CT #TEXAS FELONY ACTUAL RESULT
09/21/121356656180THASSAULT FAMILY  MEMBER BY IMPEDING BREATHING (3° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of choking his girlfriend during an argument)
08/17/121340646184THINJURY TO A CHILD (1° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of breaking his infant son’s leg and 3 ribs.)
05/30/121336650351STASSAULT FAMILY  MEMBER BY IMPEDING BREATHING (3° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of choking his wife during an argument)
05/25/121341002183RDAGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of intentionally trying to drive into and strike her girlfriend)
05/18/121338389339THEVADING 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)
04/19/121332791185THSEXUAL 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)
12/07/111321679184THBURGLARY 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)
07/15/111302447232NDAGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of intentionally driving into and striking the new girlfriend of her ex-boyfriend)
05/27/111302814232ndAGGRAVATED 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)
05/20/111291937263RDAGGRAVATED 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)
01/06/111281977174THAGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of hitting other woman in head with metal pole)
01/05/111281428174THASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE 2nd OFFENDER (Felony Habitual)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of hitting wife multiple times after both had been drinking. Client faced 25 years to a lifetime in prison)
12/03/101283460232ndSEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (2° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of consensual sex with underage female)
10/21/101275771180THAGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of injuring another man, using knuckles)
09/23/101270564176THAGGRAVATED 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)
08/24/101264919232NDSEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (2° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of consensual sex with underage female)
04/08/101252585262NDFORGERY OF FINANCIAL INSTRUMENT (3° FELONY)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of knowingly passing a counterfeit $100 bill at store)
02/24/101241754177THAGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT CHILD (1° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of molesting his sister-in-law)
02/24/101241755177THAGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT CHILD (1° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of molesting his sister-in-law)
11/23/091231727179THSEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (2° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of consensual sex with underage female)
05/20/091203539337THAGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY
11/13/081182231179THBURGLARY 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)

Attorney James Sullivan is an experienced Houston Criminal and Juvenile Defense Trial Attorney serving Greater Houston and Texas since 1994. 

Contact the Law Office of James Sullivan & Associates at (281) 546-6428 for a free consultation.