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What Are the Penalties for Prostitution?

By Law Office of James Alston on April 15, 2015

In Texas, prostitution is a crime that involves the exchange of payment for sexual services. The law covers the act of engaging in sexual contact for payment as well as offering to engage in such acts in return for payment. Any such activity officially becomes a crime when payment is made or requested. Related Charges Under Texas law,... Read the full post»

Arrested for DWI: Here Are the Penalties

By Law Office of James Alston on October 29, 2014

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 minefield of legal issues to navigate... Read the full post»

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

By Law Office of James Alston on October 22, 2014

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 seen as sexual harassment and what... Read the full post»

Sexual Assault: What Makes This Offense “Aggravated?”

By Law Office of James Alston on October 15, 2014

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 False allegations can also be very damaging, even if they are ultimately withdrawn or dismissed by the court.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 assault can help you come to... Read the full post»

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

By Law Office of James Alston on October 8, 2014

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 wrong doer? Don't discriminate against the incriminated!... Read the full post»

Watch Out: Undercover Houston Police Are on Patrol

By Law Office of James Alston on October 1, 2014

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 how they operate, particularly in the... Read the full post»

Felonies and Misdemeanors: How Are They Different?

By Law Office of James Alston on September 26, 2014

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 offenses while misdemeanors can be relatively minor. For example,... Read the full post»

Prison: How to Survive Your Sentence

By Law Office of James Alston on September 22, 2014

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 much different than it is on... Read the full post»

I’m Guilty: Should I Tell My Attorney?

By Law Office of James Alston on September 17, 2014

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 defense if they know they are... Read the full post»

Check Fraud: How to Stay out of Jail

By Law Office of James Alston on September 12, 2014

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 person pays for items with a check... Read the full post»


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