Houston criminal defense lawyer James Alston was born in Beaumont, Texas and graduated from Lamar University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. He then moved to New Orleans, Louisiana and attended Tulane University to continue his studies in mental health. While attending Tulane, Mr. Alston interned at the New Orleans Adolescent Hospital.
After graduating with a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work, he moved back to Beaumont and was employed as a clinical therapist. In pursuit of additional education, Mr. Alston attended law school at Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated in the top 25% of his class and was a member of Loyola’s National Mock Trial Team and Loyola’s National Moot Court Team. After graduation, he returned to Texas and settled in Houston.
Houston Legal Experience
Mr. Alston started his legal career as a prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. During his 8 years as an Assistant District Attorney, he was trained by some of the best prosecutors in the country. Mr. Alston has prosecuted thousands of misdemeanor and felony cases including:
While employed with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Alston was assigned to the Child Abuse Division for two and one-half years. During this time Mr. Alston investigated and prosecuted various types of child sex abuse cases, including aggravated sexual assault of a child, indecency with a child, injury to a child and possession of child pornography.
As a former child abuse prosecutor, Mr. Alston has extensive knowledge and experience interviewing child witnesses, questioning medical and psychological experts, and evaluating police investigations.
Experienced Federal & Fraud Attorney
Toward the end of his career at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Alston was assigned to the Major Fraud Division where he prosecuted white collar crime cases involving:
Mr. Alston then accepted an offer to prosecute federal cases for the United States Attorney’s Office in Houston, Texas. As an Assistant United States Attorney, he was a prosecutor for the Organized Crime Drug Task Force where he investigated and prosecuted national and international drug organizations.
Mr. Alston has extensive experience and training in federal law enforcement investigative techniques including confidential informants, Title III wire intercepts (telephone taps), cell site tracking devices and surveillance.
As an Assistant United States Attorney, Mr. Alston prosecuted numerous federal cases from the initial stages of investigation through jury trial. Mr. Alston’s experience as both an Assistant United States Attorney and an Assistant District Attorney gives him a unique advantage in defending his clients against criminal charges and accusations. He has seen both sides of the criminal process. Mr. Alston was trained by the State and Federal Government to prosecute a variety of cases. He knows the means and methods that prosecutors use to seek convictions and he uses this knowledge to fight against the system and maintain your freedom.