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Busted for Illegal Gambling Rings: Your Employer Won’t Be Happy

By Law Office of James Alston on July 23, 2014

If you are being charged with operating an illegal gambling ring, then you may be facing some life-altering changes that will affect your family and your future. In addition to possibly serving jail time, you may be concerned about whether your job will be waiting for you when you have been released. This will be determined... Read the full post»

Is Pension Fraud Considered a White Collar Crime?

By Law Office of James Alston on July 18, 2014

The weak economy has put a strain on everyone, and some people have tried to turn this to their advantage by participating in pension fraud. Pension fraud is when brokers or financial advisors do not allocate invested money as they have promised. In many cases, the victims are retirees who are concerned that their retirement plans... Read the full post»

RICO Accusations: Take Legal Action Now!

By Law Office of James Alston on July 14, 2014

If you are charged with racketeering, then you are being accused of running a business that participates in illegal activities in order to make a profit. Racketeering includes a variety of offenses, and it is prosecuted under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO. RICO was developed to help stop the harmful effects of... Read the full post»

Perjury: What Happens If I Lie in Court?

By Law Office of James Alston on July 9, 2014

Perjury is a serious offense, and it can have consequences that last long after you have left the witness stand. When you lie in court, you are preventing the truth about a case from being discovered, and this can cause the person in question to be wrongfully convicted or found innocent. Perjury undermines the carefully structured... Read the full post»

Counterfeiting: Make a Fake Nickle and Spend 15 Years in Prison

By Law Office of James Alston on July 2, 2014

It is a federal offense to manufacture or use unauthorized forms of currency, such as fake bills and coins. Only the federal government has the authority to permit organizations to print or manufacture currency and the government strictly punishes counterfeiting activity. In some cases, charges may be filed simply for attempting to use counterfeit money to make... Read the full post»

5 Common Defenses to Avoid Drug Trafficking Convictions

By Law Office of James Alston on June 27, 2014

One of the inherent risks of using illegal drugs is that it’s relatively common to be charged with drug trafficking along with possessing or manufacturing a banned substance. Drug trafficking charges can be filed if it can be shown that a suspect participated in a drug network. The available state and federal penalties for a drug... Read the full post»

Is Jail as Bad as They Say?

By Law Office of James Alston on June 24, 2014

If you’re facing a jail or prison sentence, you should do everything possible to protect your legal rights and retain your freedom. While surviving an American jail may be better than living in some poverty stricken third world country, it’s just not the kind of place you want to spend your days. Jail is boring, claustrophobic... Read the full post»

Largest Ever Tax Fraud Scheme in Western Texas

By Law Office of James Alston on June 20, 2014

Sometimes you get caught up in a tough jam, and all you can do is make amends before moving on with the rest of your life. There’s always a human interest story behind the bold headlines, but we rarely get a glimpse of what’s really happening to the defendants and families that have to pay the... Read the full post»

Hospital Fraud: 11 Types of Medical Fraud You Don’t Want to Get Busted For

By Law Office of James Alston on June 17, 2014

The medical profession has grown into a mammoth multitrillion dollar industry in the United States. Government funded medical insurance programs like Medicare and Medicaid provide a rich source of medical fraud and abuse cases. Although the vast majority of health care providers are honest and forthright in their billing practices, the temptation to commit medical fraud... Read the full post»

Happy Father’s Day

By Law Office of James Alston on June 15, 2014

The Law Office of James Alston is Wishing You a Wonderful Father's Day!

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