56-Year-Old Woman Charged in Child’s Sexual Assault – Daughter says mother was HIV-positive

Houston investigators have charged Debra Flowers Haggerty, 56, with aggravated sexual assault of a child on September 17 – for allegedly using her mouth and saliva as a deadly weapon in the attack on the child. Haggerty is reportedly HIV-positive. The charging document states that Haggerty used her mouth and… Read More

Should I Turn Myself in for Cyber Crimes?

Most computer crimes that get extensive media coverage are stories of expert criminals who steal important information. In reality, there is a long list of computer related activities that can be prosecuted as cyber crimes. Identity theft, online impersonation and unauthorized access of computer systems may all be subject to… Read More

Calif. Man Fired Shots in Parking Lot of Mall

A man in southern Calif. was arrested on Saturday for firing 50 shots at an open-air shopping mall. Police in Newport Beach arrested Marcos Sarinana Gurrola, 42, after he told them that he had additional ammo in his vehicle. No one was hit by the raining bullets, but one person… Read More

Child Pornography Laws, Defenses and Penalties in Texas

Any criminal activities involving pornography featuring children or minors in Texas can be severely penalized. It is a crime to intentionally and knowingly possess pictures, video recordings or digital images of minors under the age of 18 engaging in sexual conduct. Sexual conduct is defined under Texas law as real… Read More

Defending Against Sexual Assault in Texas

Texas law provides very severe punishments for a sexual assault conviction. In fact, even being accused of a sexual assault crime can have long-lasting consequences for a defendant. In some cases, these consequences can persist even if the defendant is not found guilty. For these reasons, it’s very important to… Read More

Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child in Texas

In Texas, few crimes are as serious as sexual abuse of a child. However, within this category of offenses is another more serious crime called continuous sexual abuse of a child. This crime involves any type of sexual contact between an adult and a minor child under 14 years of… Read More

Criminal Defense Procedures

For any person who has been arrested and accused of committing a crime, it is paramount to hire a criminal defense attorney who can guarantee that throughout the legal proceedings, the person’s rights are protected under law. For people accused of felonies, it is absolutely mandatory to ensure that they… Read More

Sex Sting Operations and Entrapment in Texas

In Texas, law enforcement will sometimes engage in undercover sting operations in order to catch people in the act of soliciting prostitution. These sting operations may also be used to expose sex trafficking organizations or catch pimps. These operations usually work by using an undercover police officer posing as a… Read More

Sexting in Texas: Penalties and Defenses

Sexting refers to the act of sending sexually explicit photos or messages with a cellphone. In general, if this is done by consenting adults who agree to exchange photos of themselves, then no crime has been committed. However, this activity can become an illegal action if minors are involved. If… Read More

Tragic Accident May Result In Stronger Laws

After a local family lost their son when a careless driver failed to stop behind a school bus letting kids out to cross the street, tougher punishments may be enacted to ensure more people stop when facing a bus’s flashing red lights. The law currently requires that everyone on the… Read More

Houston Criminal Lawyer James Alston represents clients in the Houston area, including Pasadena, Sugar Land, Missouri City, Channelview, Conroe, Galveston, Angleton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Beaumont, Galveston County, Ft. Bend County, Montgomery County, Brazoria County, Harris County and Jefferson County in Texas.