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James Ray Alston

Criminal defense Attorney at Houston, TX

4.9   17 reviews

also known as James, Alston

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  • Licensed for 30 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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WHEN EXPERIENCE COUNTS - BOARD CERTIFIED IN CRIMINAL LAW AND FORMER STATE AND FEDERAL PROSECUTOR.

If you or a loved one are facing a criminal investigation or criminal charges, you need an attorney with the knowledge and expereince to fight for your rights and freedom. James Alston is Board Certified in Criminal Law and has over 25 years of experience in criminal law. James Alston represents clients who are under investigation or charged with crimes in either state or federal court. James Alston is a former Assistant United States Attorney and a former Harris County Assistant District Attorney.  James Alston was a prosecutor for 12 years and was trained by the government to investigate and prosecute crimes in both state and federal courts. From Federal white collar crimes such as mortgage fraud, healthcare fraud, and internet sex and pornography crimes to State charges including sex abuse crimes involving children and adults, drug charges, assault and family violence crimes, theft and fraud crimes and more - James Alston knows the means and methods prosecutors use to seek convictions and he applies this knowledge to fight against the system and maintain your freedom.

James Alston started his career as a prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney's Office.  James Alston was first assigned to the trial bureau where he gained valuable trial experience prosecuting all types of felony and misdemeanor cases.  James Alston was later assigned to the Crimes Against Children Division where he prosecuted sex and pornography crimes involving child victims.  James Alston then took a position with the United States Attorney's Office in Houston, Texas where he prosecuted international drug cases.

When you freedom and future are in jeopardy you need an attorney with the experience and skills to fight for you.  Call Attorney James Alston today.

 

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4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
As good as it gets
Hired James after consulting with atleast 3 other lawyers. James was very human in his approach and took time to understand the nuance of the case and added complications. Unlike others - he was patient and not watching the clock at the first free consult. After hiring he clearly set up expectations and never over promised. My case was a bit complicated due to need of another lawyer with a different legal expertise and James was a consummate professional who worked well with the other lawyer. In the end James over delivered and took care of everything within a very short period of time unlike others who in their initial consultation scared me and gave long timelines and quoted exorbitant fees. James was not only approachable but he was also very prompt in responding to questions over text and phone calls and was ALWAYS available. Additionally he was very reasonable in the fees he charged He and his office were very professional in their approach and were simply AWESOME I would recommend him for his experience, approachability and ease to work with.
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Posted by Nhan | March 29, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and hard working lawyer
I rate Mr. James Alston 5 stars for his abundant wealth of knowledge in the legal system. Mr. Alston is extremely professional and hard working. Compared to the other attorneys I have hired in the past, James is courteous and treats me with integrity and respect. I felt absolutely confident and at ease having him work on my case.
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Posted by Scott | October 2, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Experienced Defense
James Alston went above and beyond to provide his expertise in a difficult situation. His past experience led to the best possible outcome for my family. His level of communication ensured I was aware of every step of an unfamiliar process. Look no further for someone to represent you in a time of need.
Posted by Miguel Gonzalez | July 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exellent Criminal Defence
I am very grateful for the defense that I present before my case, notably from the moment he took my case he was in charge of attending my courts personally in my case it was necessary to appear twice in court and after these it was not necessary that I attended my other courts because their performance was so positive and effective in my case my commitment was to finish my BIPP classes to withdraw the charges imposed by the Prosecutor and with perseverance we managed to obtain the best result and the charges were withdrawn.
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Posted by Ken | July 20, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great Advisor...
James has once again helped mm e navigate the water of the judicial system with another favorable outcome. This time handling a motion asking for early realease from supervision. James made recommendations as to when to file and helped me to perfect my written submission. He made me comfortable and assured me that the machine was running even though I was understandably growing ever impatient...his confidence in his abilities coupled with my trust in him and his operation was enough for me to sit back and wait. Worth the wait...my wish was granted....James truly cares for his clients and he does not forget about you when it's over.
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Posted by Steve | January 17, 2019
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My name is Steve Amira, and I had a federal case. With the help of James, my sentence was drastically reduced and he exceeded my expectations . James not only was extremely nice but he was more than just a lawyer, he developed a bond with me that I didn’t know was possible, and he earned my complete trust in the process. He always checked up on me and made sure I was doing okay. He always said I was welcome to come and consult with him any time I wanted . Not only did he get to know me but he got to know my family and my history. He continued to do follow ups and kept me optimistic. I felt so comfortable around him and I’m proud to have had him as my lawyer. I recommend him to any and everybody.
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Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2018
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DWI & Failure to identify
I couldn’t be happier with the way my case was handled by Mr. Alston. He truly was amazing! I spoke to a few lawyers before I chose Mr. Alston and he made me feel comfortable and asked me to explain everything that occurred that night. Immediately he started asking questions and taking down notes. I’ve never been in trouble before nor have I ever had a reason to hire an attorney. So I wasn’t sure what to look for. But he seemed so interested in getting the details of my case and that seemed like a good sign to me. Picking a lawyer is a bit scary. You’re trusting this person to represent you and help you achieve the best outcome you can receive for your case. So believe me I didn’t take this lightly. But Mr. Alston explained everything to me at the first meeting and truly made me feel like I was talking to a friend. He even made me laugh a few times during our first meeting. He was honest with me throughout the whole process. He showed up to court around the same time for every court meeting. He was only late one time and he made sure his assistant Stephanie texted me. If I had any questions I was encouraged to call them. At one point I had to call Stephanie past their business hours because the bailsbond company I was dealing with got the dates of my next court appearance wrong. And Mr. Alston and Stephanie called the courts and handled the situation. They truly put my mind at ease these past few months. Thankfully justice overcame and both cases were dismissed.
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Posted by Uche | March 29, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great Service
My experience with James was one i enoyed, throughout the case he was hard working and paid alot of attention to detail. Everything worked well thanks to God and James.
Posted by Ken | March 9, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding!
James is beyond reproach snd extremely professional. He listens without judgement and really made feel at ease with what we were trying to do. With his assistance I received a sentence that I feel was fair and commensurate with my lack of any criminal history and the facts and circumstances surrounding my crime. Highly recommend...
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Posted by Christian | June 28, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Dismissed my murder case :) yay!
James Ray Alston is an excellent lawyer. I got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, and was forced to defend myself. The State of Texas still went ahead and charged me with murder. James proved himself with results and got my case dismissed
Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
SIMPLY THE BEST LAWYER
HE IS NOT ONLY A GOOD LAWYER BUT ALSO AN AWESOME PERSON WHO LISTENS ABOUT CASE VERY CAREFULLY AND DOES HIS BEST TO GET YOU OUT OF MOST DIFFICULT SITUATION. GOING THROUGH CRIMINAL CASE IS FULL OF STRESS, BUT MR. ALSTON MADE IT VERY EASY FOR ME. IF WOULD CERTAINLY RECOMMEND ANYONE TO MR. ALSTON.
Posted by Wes | October 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
You found the best attorney so stop looking!!!
It's a difficult situation when you need to find the right attorney to handle your situation, and there are countless attorney's who claim they can but never deliver. Stop looking now if you are considering James Alston to represent you, he is the best choice no matter what the situation. Very professional in all aspects, from the moment you speak with him its clear this guy is on top of his game. I was guilty, James knew I was guilty, but that didn't change his approach to getting me the best results possible. I was facing a felony conviction and 2 years jail time, James was able to get it reduced to a misdemeanor and I got to walk out of the court room and go home. Don't put your money and trust in a less experienced attorney that can't deliver the results, put it in James Alston and you will not be disappointed.
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Posted by Gill | February 9, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
James Alston Very Professional Attorney
Very professional and knowledgeable attorney who took care of every aspect of our specific requirements. We would definitely trust and employ him again and strongly recommend him to any of our family, friends and business associates.
Posted by anonymous | October 7, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
I highly recommend Mr. Alston. He is a great lawyer who cares about your case. He is a 5 Stars attorney. His Paralegal person Lacey is also awesome to help you.
Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2014
Amazing Lawyer.
Always kept me up to date. He is experienced and knowledgable. Very professional and works with integrity as a core value. Just a great attorney.
Posted by NBD | June 10, 2014
Wonderful Attorney
My husband and I worked tirelessly with James on a sensitive criminal case. James showed the upmost compassion and care for our case. We got the results that were needed to get our case dismissed! Going through the court system is a horrifying experience and James walked us through the whole experience. Thank you James for getting our life back.
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Posted by Philip | May 1, 2018
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Great spiritual Lawyer
When I first met James for consultation, he was very professional, experienced and understanding of my situation. He has a strong spiritual background which led me to hire him immediately. James supported my difficult case and was able to get the results we wanted. He provided sound professional advice and guidance to help me through the criminal system. Thanks for your help.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of James Alston
  • 2006 - Present
  • Assistant United States Attorney
  • United States Attorney's Office Southern District of Texas
  • 2002 - 2006
  • Assistant Distrct Attorney
  • Harris County District Attorney's Office
  • 1994 - 2002

Education

  • Loyola University New Orleans
  • 1993
  • Tulane University
  • Masters Degree of Social Work
  • 1989
  • Lamar University
  • B.S. Psychology
  • 1988

Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2006 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2006 - Present
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
  • 2006 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Attorneys in Texas
  • Texas Monthly
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top Attorneys in Texas
  • Texas Monthly
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top Attorneys in Texas
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top Attorneys in Texas
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • Top Attorneys in Texas
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top Attorneys in Texas
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Top Attorneys in Texas
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2012
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Top Attorneys in Texas
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Board Certified in Criminal Law
  • Texas State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2001
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (9)
Endorse James
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James Alston is an outstanding, bright and very ethical lawyer. When James was a federal prosecutor he dismissed a case, rather than go forward with questionable evidence. As a defense lawyer, James has shined. James is creative and he goes the extra mile. He looks for defenses where other lawyers wouldn't think to look. He's a fine lawyer and an honorable man."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. James is an outstanding lawyer. He is dedicated to his clients and he is a zealous advocate for their rights."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He had provided an Outstanding analysis and answers on several issues that I have taken note of and he is highly respected among his peers as a leader in his field."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. James has decades of experience in state and federal court. He has seen it all and knows what he's doing in the courtroom."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with James on a case in federal court and observed him numerous times in state court, too, and been impressed!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known James Alston for over a decade. After handling every sort of state-level criminal case there is, James branched out into federal criminal defense where he has found his true calling. Judges like James and clients love him. He takes his clients' concerns to heart and helps them out of tough situations. Anyone charged with a state or federal crime would be well-suited to contact James Alston."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to interact with Mr. Alston as opposing counsel during my time as a prosecutor. He was always well prepared, very knowledgable about the law, effective, professional and ethical, with only his clients best interests at heart."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is well prepared, thorough and knowledgeable of the law in his defense of his clients. He is an excellent attorney who zealously reprents his clients in both State and Federal Court. I highly recomend him to anyone who finds themselves accused of a crime."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is an excellent lawyer who works hard for his clients and achieves great results."
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Houston Criminal defense Lawyer James Ray Alston
James Ray Alston
Criminal defense Attorney
Houston, TX
Licensed for 30 years
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