Bernie Madoff: One of America’s Most Notorious Fraudsters

Sometimes it’s hard to understand how scam artist extraordinaire Bernie Madoff got away with losing so much investor money for so many years. Surely his elaborate Ponzi scheme required a degree of genius, but it’s hard to give Madoff any credit for designing and carrying out his evil plans. It’s… Read More

Busted for Mail Fraud: Will I Lose My Job?

A criminal conviction may prove to be one of those infamous double whammies. Sure, a criminal record can make it difficult to advance a professional career, but it can also cause you to lose your current job. Certain crimes, such as drinking and driving or mail fraud, can cause a public… Read More

How To Disclose a Criminal Record To a Potential Employer

CONTRIBUTED BY:  David Haenel, Esq. David Haenel, Esq. of Finebloom & Haenel is a Criminal Defense Attorney and frequent lecturer on legal issues. Find out more at Disclaimer: This article is not intended as legal advice and does not reflect the opinions of the Law Office of James Alston.  When… Read More

Jumping Bail: Did I Just Make a Terrible Mistake?

Breach of bail or violation of a protective condition of bail can greatly add to the legal problems of a criminal defendant. Making bail allows a criminal defendant to be released from jail following an arrest. The bail process includes a written promise to appear in court at a specified… Read More

Does It Make Good Financial Sense to Hire a Cheap Lawyer?

Wouldn’t it be great if no one needed a lawyer to conduct business or get a fair shake in life? Maybe so, but that’s not the world we live in. Sometimes it’s necessary to retain the services of a lawyer, and just like everything else in life, it’s usually cheaper… Read More

10 Charged in Medicare, Medicaid Kickback Conspiracy Scheme

Ten people were charged in an alleged kickback scheme to exploit Medicare and Medicaid on Friday. The 13-count indictment alleges that the executives of Contiuum Healthcare LLC and eight others fraudulently billed Medicare and Medicaid $173 million for mental health services and directed $69.4 million in kickbacks to personal home… Read More

A Good Alibi May be a Great Defense

An alibi is evidence showing that an accused individual was not at the scene of the crime when it was committed. A good alibi is an excellent defense for a person who is charged with committing a crime. A criminal defendant should immediately discuss a potential alibi with an experienced… Read More

5 Classifications of Texas Felonies

The Texas Penal Code divides felony crimes into classes and prescribes sentencing guidelines. If the punishment for a felony conviction includes incarceration, the sentence will be served in a state jail or prison. Misdemeanor sentences are served in local or county jails. While any criminal conviction can jeopardize the future of… Read More

Burglary: What Penalties Are You Looking At?

To be convicted of burglary in the state of Texas, the alleged crime must meet two very specific legal requirements. The prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant not only entered a habitation in an unlawful manner but did so with the intention of committing a crime.… Read More

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