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Child Pornography Laws, Defenses and Penalties in Texas

By Law Office of James Alston on May 27, 2015

Any criminal activities involving pornography featuring children or minors in Texas can be severely penalized. It is a crime to intentionally and knowingly possess pictures, video recordings or digital images of minors under the age of 18 engaging in sexual conduct. Sexual conduct is defined under Texas law as real or simulated sexual intercourse, lewd display... Read the full post»

Defending Against Sexual Assault in Texas

By Law Office of James Alston on May 20, 2015

Texas law provides very severe punishments for a sexual assault conviction. In fact, even being accused of a sexual assault crime can have long-lasting consequences for a defendant. In some cases, these consequences can persist even if the defendant is not found guilty. For these reasons, it's very important to create a strong legal defense in sexual... Read the full post»

Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child in Texas

By Law Office of James Alston on May 13, 2015

In Texas, few crimes are as serious as sexual abuse of a child. However, within this category of offenses is another more serious crime called continuous sexual abuse of a child. This crime involves any type of sexual contact between an adult and a minor child under 14 years of age that occurs two or more... Read the full post»

Criminal Defense Procedures

By Law Office of James Alston on May 8, 2015

Disclaimer: This article is not intended as legal advice and does not reflect the opinions of the Law Office of James Alston. For any person who has been arrested and accused of committing a crime, it is paramount to hire a criminal defense attorney who can guarantee that throughout the legal proceedings, the person's rights are protected... Read the full post»

Sex Sting Operations and Entrapment in Texas

By Law Office of James Alston on May 6, 2015

In Texas, law enforcement will sometimes engage in undercover sting operations in order to catch people in the act of soliciting prostitution. These sting operations may also be used to expose sex trafficking organizations or catch pimps. These operations usually work by using an undercover police officer posing as a prostitute who attempts to find paying customers.... Read the full post»

Sexting in Texas: Penalties and Defenses

By Law Office of James Alston on April 29, 2015

Sexting refers to the act of sending sexually explicit photos or messages with a cellphone. In general, if this is done by consenting adults who agree to exchange photos of themselves, then no crime has been committed. However, this activity can become an illegal action if minors are involved. If minors under the age of 18... Read the full post»

Texas Marital Rape Laws and Penalties

By Law Office of James Alston on April 22, 2015

Under Texas law, rape is defined as a criminal offense that occurs when a person engages in non-consensual sex. The law defines non-consensual sex as any sexual activity that involves a participant who does not agree to engage in the activity. This can include the direct refusal of sex or the inability to give consent, such... Read the full post»

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»


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