Perjury: What Happens If I Lie in Court?

Perjury is a serious offense, and it can have consequences that last long after you have left the witness stand. When you lie in court, you are preventing the truth about a case from being discovered, and this can cause the person in question to be wrongfully convicted or found… Read More

Counterfeiting: Make a Fake Nickle and Spend 15 Years in Prison

It is a federal offense to manufacture or use unauthorized forms of currency, such as fake bills and coins. Only the federal government has the authority to permit organizations to print or manufacture currency and the government strictly punishes counterfeiting activity. In some cases, charges may be filed simply for… Read More

5 Common Defenses to Avoid Drug Trafficking Convictions

One of the inherent risks of using illegal drugs is that it’s relatively common to be charged with drug trafficking along with possessing or manufacturing a banned substance. Drug trafficking charges can be filed if it can be shown that a suspect participated in a drug network. The available state and… Read More

Is Jail as Bad as They Say?

If you’re facing a jail or prison sentence, you should do everything possible to protect your legal rights and retain your freedom. While surviving an American jail may be better than living in some poverty stricken third world country, it’s just not the kind of place you want to spend… Read More

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Largest Ever Tax Fraud Scheme in Western Texas

Sometimes you get caught up in a tough jam, and all you can do is make amends before moving on with the rest of your life. There’s always a human interest story behind the bold headlines, but we rarely get a glimpse of what’s really happening to the defendants and… Read More

Hospital Fraud: 11 Types of Medical Fraud You Don’t Want to Get Busted For

The medical profession has grown into a mammoth multi trillion dollar industry in the United States. Government funded medical insurance programs like Medicare and Medicaid provide a rich source of medical fraud and abuse cases. Although the vast majority of health care providers are honest and forthright in their billing… Read More

How Do Lawyers Select Juries?

If you’re involved in a legal case, your most important decision will probably take place before you ever go to trial. It just makes good sense to choose a lawyer with extensive experience representing clients in cases that are similar to yours. Moreover, if your case is likely to go… Read More

4 Qualities to Expect from a Good Attorney

When you retain a lawyer to represent your legal interests, the relationship entails certain obligations on the part of both parties. A prospective legal client is responsible for conducting adequate research to locate a qualified attorney and asking pertinent questions prior to signing a contract. Legal clients naturally expect results… Read More

Pleading “The Fifth”: What It Means and How to Do It

It’s really amazing just how much a person can pick up from watching courtroom dramas. There’s no doubt that it’s only a small percentage of what really happens in court that is portrayed on these shows, but it’s often enough to at least give a person a basic understanding of… 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.