Category : General Law

Important Courtroom Behaviors to Keep You out of Jail

When you consider the venues where conservative dress and behavior are highly regarded, the courtrooms of America should be very near the top of your list. After all, where would you rather make a favorable impression? Just like an important job interview or meeting your prospective in-laws for the first… Read More

What You Absolutely Must Do to Get out of Jail

If you’re in or on your way to jail, getting out will undoubtedly be your first priority. Generally speaking, this is accomplished by posting bail. Posting bail is accomplished by a cash payment or by pledging personal property that will be forfeited if you fail to appear in court at… Read More

How To Disclose a Criminal Record To a Potential Employer

CONTRIBUTED BY:  David Haenel, Esq. David Haenel, Esq. of Finebloom & Haenel is a Criminal Defense Attorney and frequent lecturer on legal issues. Find out more at Disclaimer: This article is not intended as legal advice and does not reflect the opinions of the Law Office of James Alston.  When… Read More

Jumping Bail: Did I Just Make a Terrible Mistake?

Breach of bail or violation of a protective condition of bail can greatly add to the legal problems of a criminal defendant. Making bail allows a criminal defendant to be released from jail following an arrest. The bail process includes a written promise to appear in court at a specified… Read More

Does It Make Good Financial Sense to Hire a Cheap Lawyer?

Wouldn’t it be great if no one needed a lawyer to conduct business or get a fair shake in life? Maybe so, but that’s not the world we live in. Sometimes it’s necessary to retain the services of a lawyer, and just like everything else in life, it’s usually cheaper… 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

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

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

Tax Fraud vs. Tax Evasion: What’s the Difference?

The crackdown by federal prosecutors on Swiss banks and money managers for alleged crimes related to tax fraud and evasion does not seem as if it will slow down in 2014. The indictment of a Swiss private fund manager was announced by prosecutors in February, and prosecutors intended to charge… 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.