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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Learn the History of Cocaine for Earth Day

Grown primarily in the mountains of South America, the coca plant has played an influential part in the development of recent history. The crystalline tropane alkaloid substance known as cocaine was first isolated by a German chemist in 1859. The unique chemical properties of cocaine make it ideal for use… Read More

What Should a Criminal Defendant Say to Friends and Family Members?

If you’re facing criminal charges, things are going to be tough for a while. What should you say to friends and family members? What will they think? Sure, being straight forward and honest is always the best policy, but that won’t make the ordeal any easier. Difficult Conversations As the… Read More

Lawyer/Client Relationships: Is a Little White Lie OK?

Should you lie to your lawyer? You probably know the answer, but let’s be honest; it’s just human nature to make things appear better than they really are. There are many reasons for being honest with your defense attorney, but good old self-preservation should be at the top of your… Read More

4 Famous Con Men: Too Smart for Their Own Good

Most people have a strange fondness for famous con men. When we hear a story about a con man that has mastered the art of taking advantage of one sucker after another, it’s hard not to shake our heads in amazement and let loose a chuckle. It’s easy to view… Read More

Drugs Crimes: How to Know If It’s Federal

Any drug offense can be prosecuted as a state or federal crime. There are even instances when both state and federal prosecutors file separate charges against the same defendant. It’s true that most drug arrests are made by the local police, but any drug case can end up in the… 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.