Category : Felonies

2 men arrested for kidnapping in S. Houston

Two Houston men, Jonathan Mendez Escobar, 21, and Primo Aranda, 49, have been arrested after a group of men reported that they had been held against their will – in a house in SE Houston. Escobar & Aranda are charged with aggravated kidnapping. Police arrived to the home following a… Read More

In Some Cases, Using Someone Else’s SSN is NOT a Crime

Let’s say a man shopping for a new car in Colorado writes down a false Social Security number (SSN) on his loan application and drives out of the lot with a shiny Ford Focus. Did he just commit identity theft? What about a convicted felon who is having a hard… Read More

I Do…No You Don’t: Marriage Fraud Laws

Marriage fraud seems to be a favorite topic for the Hollywood film entertainment industry. Films involving sham marriages tend to feature happy endings; such is the case of Green Card, starring Andie McDowell and Gerard Depardieu. There’s also The Proposal, starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, and What Happens in… Read More

Biggest Ponzi Schemes of All Time

As of late 2013, the epic scam pulled off by Bernard Madoff was still unraveling even as the disgraced Wall Street financier, fund manager and master con man was growing older at the Butner federal prison in North Carolina. At a federal courtroom in Manhattan, two of Madoff’s alleged conspirators… Read More

RICO: Organized Crime Doesn’t Pay

Many people associate RICO laws with high-profile legal cases involving “the mob”. This is due in part to the use of RICO penalties to prosecute organized criminal enterprises. The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, was created in 1970 to bring criminals associated with the Mafia to justice.… Read More

5 Year Prison Sentence For Making Copies of Your Favorite Movie

Many people are familiar with the anti-piracy warnings that precede movies. These messages make it clear that piracy of movies is illegal and that such actions may warrant prosecution. But what about movies that you legally purchased? Is it okay to make a copy of your favorite movie to lend… Read More

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA): Be Careful Negotiating With Foreign Countries

The 21st century business trends of globalization and free trade are bringing a new legal focus on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). This federal law, which has been around for a few decades, is a far-reaching effort by the United States to crack down on bribery and other acts… 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.