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Arrested for DWI: Here Are the Penalties

With alcohol-related highway crashes racking up faster than one per hour according to statistics from the Department of Transportation, it’s not surprising that our justice system is very harsh on anyone convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI). In Texas the laws are particularly strict, and even first-time offenders have a… Read More

Appropriate Corporate Behavior: Don’t Get Busted for Sexual Harassment

At one time, “chatting up” an attractive colleague or client at the water cooler was considered just part of the normal workday. That’s no longer the case, and such behavior is no longer considered appropriate in the business environment. It’s easy to get confused, however, about exactly what can be… Read More

Sexual Assault: What Makes This Offense “Aggravated?”

Sexual assault can be devastating, both for the victim and the perpetrator if charges are brought against him or her. False allegations can also be very damaging, even if they are ultimately withdrawn or dismissed by the court. Knowing the difference between a regular sexual assault and an aggravated sexual… Read More

10 Inmate Photos That Will Make You Wish You Were behind Bars

Attention guys and gals on the prowl! It turns out that love might actually be lurking in all the wrong places, and by wrong places we mean prisons across the United States. What heart’s fantasy is hiding for you behind bars? Is it the tattooed tough guy or the baby-faced… Read More

Watch Out: Undercover Houston Police Are on Patrol

We’ve all seen the movies – Undercover Cop (hero) Takes Down Big, Bad Gangster (villain) and gets both the girl and the medal. But as with everything in life, the reality is a bit, well – less neatly packaged. Let’s take a look at the role of undercover police and… Read More

Felonies and Misdemeanors: How Are They Different?

Many people have heard the terms “felony” and “misdemeanor.” But what exactly do these terms mean? The difference between the two is an important part of the justice system. Felonies and Misdemeanors: What’s the Difference? In general, these terms are used to categorize types of crimes. Felonies are usually serious… Read More

Prison: How to Survive Your Sentence

Horror stories surrounding prison abound, so it’s not unusual for people to be concerned whenever they receive a jail sentence. The truth is that, while violence inside prisons does happen, it’s much less common than people believe. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare for survival, as life behind bars is… Read More

I’m Guilty: Should I Tell My Attorney?

The attorney-client privilege is something that is deeply rooted in our justice system. Despite the fact that attorneys are bound by confidentiality, many clients hesitate to tell their lawyers every detail about their case. Others may fabricate the truth because they fear their attorney will judge them or provide lackluster… Read More

Check Fraud: How to Stay out of Jail

In legal terms, fraud is the act of intentionally deceiving another person with false information or trickery in order to benefit the person committing the fraud. Check fraud is the use of checks to deprive a person, business or bank of money or valuables. Check fraud frequently occurs when a… Read More

Avoid an Embezzlement Conviction with These Defenses

Embezzlement is the illegal practice of taking money or valuables by a person who is responsible for overseeing the money or valuables. This crime is different from simple theft because the person taking the valuables has the legal right to possess and manage the valuables. In order to prove a… 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.