I Was Caught Soliciting a Minor Online. Can I Avoid Doing Jail Time?

Take care not to get yourself in trouble while surfing the Internet. Solicitation of a minor is a serious criminal offense in the state of Texas. Not only is the Internet being monitored by law enforcement officials, you can easily get caught up in a sophisticated sting operation. Undercover officers… Read More

Internet Sex Crimes: If Convicted, Embarrassment Is the Least of Your Concerns

People say and do things on the Internet that they would never do in everyday life. Nevertheless, the online experience isn’t as safe and anonymous as you might think. Internet sex crime prosecutions are on the rise, and according to the Texas Penal Code, the available penalties for a sex… Read More

Important Courtroom Behaviors to Keep You out of Jail

When you consider the venues where conservative dress and behavior are highly regarded, the courtrooms of America should be very near the top of your list. After all, where would you rather make a favorable impression? Just like an important job interview or meeting your prospective in-laws for the first… Read More

What You Absolutely Must Do to Get out of Jail

If you’re in or on your way to jail, getting out will undoubtedly be your first priority. Generally speaking, this is accomplished by posting bail. Posting bail is accomplished by a cash payment or by pledging personal property that will be forfeited if you fail to appear in court at… Read More

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The Ultimate Dilemma: Should You Turn Yourself in for Health Care Fraud?

When you think of the most frequently committed crimes, health care fraud may not immediately come to mind. Yet the nation spends almost three trillion dollars on health care every year. As it turns out, health care related crimes account for more than 80 billion dollars of that enormous expenditure.… Read More

So, What Exactly Are Federal Crimes?

Federal crimes consist of offenses that are committed against existing federal laws in the United States. For example,robbing a bank whose assets are insured by the FDIC would be a federal crime, since the FDIC is a federal agency. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigations, more than 5,500 bank… Read More

Life Goes On: How to Continue Your Life after a Felony Conviction

Living with a felony conviction isn’t easy, but that doesn’t mean that you should throw in the towel and give up on life. A criminal record may limit your options, but it’s important to realize that most people are forgiving and willing to help someone that works hard to leave… Read More

Medical Fraud Strike Force Charges 90 Medical Professionals with Fraud

A medical fraud task force with operations in six cities had a take down that convicted 90 medical professionals, including 27 doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals. Eleven of those medical professionals were from Houston, including five Houston physicians. The charges are for their alleged participation of Medicare fraud schemes… Read More

Texas DWIs: Important Legal Terms for This Memorial Day

Do you know your DWI alphabet soup? If you or a loved one is facing a criminal charge for driving while intoxicated, the terms and definitions in this article might just come in handy. Drunk and Impaired Driving Offenses DUI – Driving under the influence DWI – Driving while impaired… 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.