Fort Bend County Criminal Lawyer James Sullivan Fights Felony Cases at Grand Jury Level


Sugarland, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers

Fort Bend County Grand Jury Defense Attorney

If you are charged with a felony offense, you might be able to get your case dismissed at the grand jury level within one to two months of being arrested.  Because State Prosecutors rush to get their felony cases indicted by the grand jury within one to two weeks after an arrest,  it is important to retain an experienced Fort Bend County criminal lawyer as soon as you are arrested or know you are under investigation.  Your attorney can then sign onto your case in court and request the State to hold the case from the grand jury in order to prepare a defense.

Proven Record of Felony Case Dismissals

blackmancuffedSugarland Criminal Defense Lawyer James Sullivan has a proven record (see below) in getting felony cases dismissed (no billed) by the Grand Jury.  When a person is accused of a felony offense,  it may be possible for his defense attorney to win his 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.  With this strategy, the accused in effect has two chances 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 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.

Once an accused is indicted, this option is no longer available.  Therefore, time is of the essence in retaining an experienced defense attorney.  Most criminal defense attorneys are not familiar with this process, so it is important to hire an attorney with a proven record.

Since 1994, Sugarland Criminal Lawyer James Sullivan has worked to get dozens of felony cases no billed by the Grand Jury.  These felony cases include Sexual Assault of a Child, Attempted Murder, Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, Aggravated Assault, Assault Family Member by Impeding Breathing (choking), Forgery, Evading Arrest by Motor Vehicle and Burglary of a Habitation.  The graph below lists 23 of those felony cases that were no billed since November 2008.

DATE

CASE #

CT #

TEXAS CRIMINAL OFFENSE

ACTUAL RESULT

 

 

 

 

ALL CASES NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY WERE BASED ON DEFENSE PACKETS

04/15/13

CASE NOT YET FILED

INJURY TO A CHILD (3° Felony) IN MATAGORDA COUNTY

NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of causing bodily injury to 10 year old son by striking him on his side)

11/06/12

CASE NOT YET FILED

INDECENCY WITH A CHILD (2° Felony) IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of sexually abusing his 16 year old nephew)

09/21/12

1356656

180TH

ASSAULT FAMILY  MEMBER/IMPEDING BREATHING (3° Felony)

NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of choking his girlfriend during an argument)

08/17/12

1340646

184TH  

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)

05/30/12

1336650

351ST

ASSAULT FAMILY  MEMBER/IMPEDING BREATHING (3° Felony)

NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of choking his wife during an argument)

05/25/12

1341002

183RD

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY MEMBER (2° Felony)

NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of intentionally trying to drive into and strike her girlfriend)

05/18/12

1338389

339TH

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)

04/19/12

1332791

185TH

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)

12/07/11

1321679

184TH

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)

07/15/11

1302447

232ND

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)

NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of intentionally driving into and striking the new girlfriend of her ex-boyfriend)

05/27/11

1302814

232ND

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)

05/20/11

1291937

263RD

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)

01/06/11

1281977

174TH

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)

NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of hitting other woman in head with metal pole)

01/05/11

1281428

174TH

ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE 2nd 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)

12/03/10

1283460

232ND

SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (2° Felony)

NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of consensual sex with underage female)

10/21/10

1275771

180TH

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)

NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of injuring another man, using knuckles)

09/23/10

1270564

176TH

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)

08/24/10

1264919

232ND

SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (2° Felony)

NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of consensual sex with underage female)

04/08/10

1252585

262ND

FORGERY OF A FINANCIAL INSTRUMENT (3° FELONY)

NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of knowingly passing a counterfeit $100 bill at store)

02/24/10

1241754

177TH

AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony)

NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of molesting his sister-in-law)

02/24/10

1241755

177TH

AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (1° Felony)

NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of molesting his sister-in-law)

11/23/09

1231727

179TH

SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD (2° Felony)

NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY (Client accused of consensual sex with underage female)

05/20/09

1203539

337TH

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (2° Felony)

NO BILLED BY GRAND JURY

11/13/08

1182231

179TH

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)

Attorney James Sullivan is an experienced Fort Bend County Criminal Defense Attorney serving Greater Houston and Texas since 1994.  James Sullivan is also Board Certified in Juvenile Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Contact James Sullivan and Associates at (281) 546-6428 to discuss your case.

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