Bay City & Matagorda County Texas Criminal Defense Attorneys

Matagorda County Criminal Lawyers

Bay City, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer James Sullivan is an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney. Matagorda County Criminal Lawyer James Sullivan has successfully fought the government in Jury Trials on behalf of clients in criminal and juvenile courts since 1994.

Bay City Criminal Attorney James Sullivan has a proven record of defending people from all walks of life, faiths and countries in courts throughout Texas.

Call Matagorda County Criminal Lawyer James Sullivan at (281) 546-6428 to discuss your case.
Defending Your Freedom

Matagorda County Criminal Attorney 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, James 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

Bay City Criminal Lawyer James Sullivan gets proven results.  Over the past 20 years, James 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.


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

Affordable Legal Services

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

Cares About His Clients

James 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 James Sullivan understands that people need to honor work and family commitments, he offers evening, weekend and same day appointments along with free parking.


James Sullivan has a good reputation in the legal community.  James 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 James Sullivan to represent them.

The law practice of Jim Sullivan is devoted solely to criminal and juvenile defense.  James 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 James Sullivan

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

James 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 James Sullivan at (281) 546-6428.

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 have the immediate right to get your criminal record expunged.  Many of James Sullivan’s clients have been able to do this within a few months of being arrested.
Board Certified in Juvenile Law
Bay City, Texas Juvenile Attorney James Sullivan is Board Certified in Juvenile Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. James Sullivan is also Board Certified in Juvenile Law and recognized statewide as a juvenile law expert.

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 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 20 years and have two children. They worship at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church. James 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.

As a family law attorney, Nancy Botts has good results in child custody and divorce cases. She also has a strong commitment to offering each client the best possible representation.


Arson, Assault, Bank Burglary, Computer Crime, Cruelty to Animals, Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI, Drug Defense, Drug Possession, Drug Delivery, Evading, Felony, Fraud, Indecency iwth a Child, Insurance Fraud, Harassment, Homicide, Manslaughter, Misdemeanor, Online Solicitation of a Minor, Prostitution, Probation Violation, Record Sealing, Record Expungement, Robbery, Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault of a Child, Shoplifting, Theft, White Collar Crime, and all Juvenile Crime, Juvenile Certification, Juvenile Record Sealing and Juvenile Sex Offenses.


23rd District Court
Judge Ben Hardin
1700 7th Street, Room 317
Bay City, TX 77414-5094
Tel: 979-864-1205
130th District Court
Judge Craig Estlinbaum
1700 7th Street, Room 317
Bay City, TX 77414-5094
Tel: 979-244-7635
District Clerk
Becky Denn
1700 7th Street, Room 307
Bay City, Texas 77414-5092
Tel: 979-244-7621
Melanie Martin – Chief Deputy Clerk
Renda Schuelke – Sr. Deputy Clerk
Leanne Johnson – Deputy Clerk
Stacey Johnson – Deputy Clerk
District Attorney
Steven Reis
1700 7th Street, Room 325
Bay City, TX 77414-5094
Tel: 979-244-7657
Fax: 979-245-9409
Matagorda County Court
Judge Nate McDonald
1700 7th Street, Room 301
Bay City, Texas 77414-5094
Tel: 979-244-7605
Fax: 979-245-3697
Matagorda County Attorney
Jill Cornelius
1700 7th Street, Room 305
Bay City, TX 77414-5091
Tel: 979-244-7645
Fax: 979-244-7647
Matagorda County Clerk
Janet Hickl
1700 7th Street, Room 202
Bay City, TX 77414-5094
Tel: 979-244-7680
Fax: 979-244-7688
Matagorda County Sheriff
Gary L. Mathis
2323 Avenue E
Bay City, TX 77414
Tel: 979-245-5526