Category : Felonies

Felonies and Misdemeanors: How Are They Different?

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… Read More

Check Fraud: How to Stay out of Jail

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… Read More

Take Action Now If the Cops Are Investigating You for Check Fraud?

Using a check to obtain money in an illegal way may be prosecuted as check fraud. This can include activities like writing checks with insufficient funds or forging a check. The penalties for check fraud can range from fines and mandatory restitution to extended jail sentences. The penalties for check… Read More

Mortgage Fraud: Plan on Going to Jail If You Don’t Hire an Attorney

When the housing market crisis reached its peak several years ago, law enforcement noticed a sharp increase in the frequency of mortgage fraud cases. It is possible that people were taking advantage of market confusion to execute fraud schemes or that corruption was allowing fraud to increase. Whatever the reason,… Read More

Should I Turn Myself in for Tax Fraud?

Fraud is defined as a deceptive practice or action that is intended to create some benefit for the person perpetrating the fraud. In a legal context, fraud is the use of lies, deceit or misinformation to obtain something of value, usually money. Tax fraud is the criminal act of supplying… Read More

Is Pension Fraud Considered a White Collar Crime?

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… Read More

Life Goes On: How to Continue Your Life after a Felony Conviction

Living with a felony conviction isn’t easy, but that doesn’t mean that you should throw in the towel and give up on life. A criminal record may limit your options, but it’s important to realize that most people are forgiving and willing to help someone that works hard to leave… 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

4 Types of Investment Fraud

Thousands of Americans are affected by financial crimes each year. Investment fraud is one of the most common financial crimes and can take many forms. Because the nature of investing is very complex, it is possible for someone to be accused of investment fraud even if they did nothing wrong.… Read More

$1.5 Million Penalty For Violating HIPAA

The news networks are overflowing with stories about the implementation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The historic health care legislation is still being implemented throughout the United States, and there are significant penalties for failing to comply with the law. It’s important that you understand your… 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.