You May Need a Houston, Texas Criminal Trial Lawyer if You Get Mad at Your Girlfriend, Set Her Bed on Fire and Get Charged with Arson


 

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Houston, Texas/Harris County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer Jim Sullivan gets his client’s 1st degree felony arson charge dismissed and refiled as a misdemeanor criminal mischief.

Houston, TX Criminal Defense Attorney Jim Sullivan represented a man accused of breaking into his girlfriend’s apartment and setting her bed on fire after first writing a racial slur on the wall above the bed.   Prior to this, he had been drinking heavily.  His client faced between 5 to 99 years or life on the 1st degree felony Arson charge.  Based on the defendant’s prior criminal history and on what happened, the prosecutor would only offer a lengthy prison sentence until Sullivan was able to persuade him to do the right thing–dismiss the felony and file it as a misdemeanor criminal mischief.  Because his client extinguished the fire right after starting it, the prosecutor would have had a difficult time to prove up the elements of the Arson charge at trial.  Needless to say, the client and his family were extremely grateful for the result.  His client promises to stop drinking and attend A.A. meetings.  His family certainly hopes so.

If you need a Houston/Harris County Criminal Defense Lawyer, you can call Jim Sullivan right now at 281-546-6428.

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11/22/10 1271051 182ND ARSON (Habitation)(1° FELONY) DISMISSED BY STATE AND RE-FILED AS A MISDEMEANOR CRIMINAL MISCHIEF
Case Number: 127105101010
Court: 182
Offense: ARSON
DATE SET TIME COURT DNC REASON RESULTS FUTURE DATE COMMENTS ATY
11/22/10 09:00 182 MD NON-TRIAL DISMISSED RE-FILE AS MISD N
10/27/10 09:00 182 MD NON-TRIAL RSET DEF REQ 12/01/10 Y
09/23/10 09:00 182 MD NON-TRIAL RSET DEF REQ 10/27/10 Y
09/01/10 09:00 182 MD NON-TRIAL RSET DEF REQ 09/23/10 Y
08/04/10 09:00 182 MD NON-TRIAL RSET DEF REQ 09/01/10 OFFDKT Y
07/20/10 09:00 182 AC ASSN CRT AP RSET DEF REQ 08/12/10 Y
SULLIVAN, JAMES GRAY    HIRED DEFENSE ATTORNEY
07/19/10  COMPLAINT FILED    182 ARSON    LEVEL F1
07/19/10  BOND SET            $30000                        SNU: 999
07/19/10  REVIEWED BY         FORTENBERRY, PAUL ALEXANDER
07/19/10  ORI: HARRIS COUNTY FIRE M  OFFENSE NO: 1099305
07/19/10  COMPLAINANT        SCHOONOVER, SCOTT
07/19/10  CMIF               TIME 1336 AMOUNT  $30000       SNU: 999
07/19/10                     NOT ACKNOWLEDGED BY SHERIFF
11/22/10  C87 ACTIVITY       DISMISSED  182               SNU: 998
07/19/10  C87 ACTIVITY       PCWAR DONE  STATUS    CFI 182  SNU: 999
07/20/10  MOTIONS            MAGIST EMERG PROTECT           SNU: 998
07/20/10  MOTIONS            FILED                          CFI  182
07/19/10  MOTIONS            REQ APPT ATTY                  SNU: 999
07/19/10  MOTIONS            FILED                          CFI  182
07/20/10  ORDER              NO CONTACT GRANTED             SNU: 998
07/20/10  OFFENSE            ARSON                            LEVEL F1
07/20/10  ORDER              EMERG PROTECTION ORD GRANT     SNU: 999
07/20/10  OFFENSE            ARSON

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