Arrested for Unlawful Restraint? Call Houston Criminal Lawyer James Sullivan

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Houston Criminal Lawyer James (Jim) Sullivan represents people accused of all criminal offenses , including unlawful restraint.  To get the best result, hire an experienced Houston criminal defense trial attorney.

James (Jim) 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.

James Sullivan attended 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.


James Sullivan has a good reputation in the legal community.  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.

If you need a Houston Criminal Lawyer, you can call Jim Sullivan right now at 281-546-6428 for a confidential consultation.

Texas Penal Code, Section 20.02 – Unlawful Restraint

(a)  A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly restrains another person.
(b)  It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this section that:
(1)  the person restrained was a child younger than 14 years of age;
(2)  the actor was a relative of the child; and
(3)  the actor’s sole intent was to assume lawful control of the child.
(c)  An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor, except that the offense is:
(1)  a state jail felony if the person restrained was a child younger than 17 years of age;  or
(2)  a felony of the third degree if:
(A)  the actor recklessly exposes the victim to a substantial risk of serious bodily injury;
(B)  the actor restrains an individual the actor knows is a public servant while the public servant is lawfully discharging an official duty or in retaliation or on account of an exercise of official power or performance of an official duty as a public servant; or
(C)  the actor while in custody restrains any other person.
(d)  It is no offense to detain or move another under this section when it is for the purpose of effecting a lawful arrest or detaining an individual lawfully arrested.
(e)  It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this section that:
(1)  the person restrained was a child who is 14 years of age or older and younger than 17 years of age;
(2)  the actor does not restrain the child by force, intimidation, or deception; and
(3)  the actor is not more than three years older than the child.

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