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Possible $10,000 Fine For Identity Theft

Posted on January 31, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Victims of identity theft can spend years restoring their credit and undoing the financial damage that can result from it. Texas is like most states in enacting laws to protect its citizens from people who prey upon others by stealing their identity. Identity Theft Laws in Texas The Texas Penal Code section 32.51 makes it a crime for someone to possess, use or transfer identifying information belong...

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Aiding and Abetting vs. Criminal Conspiracy: Do You Know The Difference?

Posted on January 29, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Many of the crimes investigated by law enforcement and prosecuted by federal, state and local prosecutors involve activities by more than one person. Terms such as aiding and abetting, accessory and conspiracy are used to determine the degree of culpability of each person associated with specific criminal conduct. Depending upon the evidence, prosecutors can charge one or more people with committing a crime and file...

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Extortion: A Small Threat With Large Consequences

Posted on January 24, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Taking property belonging to person through threats of physical harm or harm to someone’s reputation could be the crime of extortion. Texas criminal laws categorize extortion as a theft under the offenses against property section of the Texas Penal Code. Extortion Under Texas Law Section 31.02 of the Texas Penal Code consolidated several criminal offenses under a single theft category. Crimes that were once treated as individual...

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Selling Fake Designer Merchandise Could Cost You Millions

Posted on January 22, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Corporations that spend millions of dollars designing and manufacturing merchandise for sale protect their investment with trademarks or copyrights. Makers of designer products suffer huge financial losses due to counterfeit goods being sold as the real item. The owner of the trademark loses revenue as people buy fake merchandise instead of the real items, and they also lose when consumers are duped into believing that...

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Top Texas Scams: This Could Happen to You

Posted on January 17, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Each year, unsuspecting Texans fall prey to fraudulent schemes. State and local prosecutors along with law enforcement agencies throughout the state monitor criminal activities that use the Internet, telephones or other methods to steal money from people. The methods behind each scheme might differ, but the goal is always to take a victim’s money. Nigerian Fraud An email arrives in your inbox from a stranger claiming to...

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How Does Restitution Work in Texas?

Posted on January 15, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Texas judges have the authority to order a convicted offender to pay restitution to a victim of the crime. Financial losses incurred by a victim usually are included in a pre-sentence report and victim impact statement that a judge reviews before imposing a sentence. Restitution can be ordered as a condition of probation or as a condition to a plea bargain. Is restitution the Same as...

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Make It Rain: Counterfeiting Punishments

Posted on January 10, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Counterfeiting is an old crime that has been around for centuries. Merely three years after the creation of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, Congress enacted some of the first laws making counterfeiting illegal in this country. Today, counterfeiting is a crime under both state and federal laws. Penalties for those convicted of counterfeiting are intended to both punish the convicted offender and deter others from...

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Free At Last: How To Find a Job After a Criminal Conviction

Posted on January 8, 2014 by Mintzer Law

People can feel the effects of a criminal conviction long after they have completed the sentence imposed by a judge. A criminal record can make it difficult to find employment. Depending on the law in the state in which a person resides, a felony conviction might disqualify a person from obtaining professional or occupational licenses including the following professions: Lawyers Accountants Real estate brokers and sales agents Pharmacists Jobs not...

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