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Money Laundering: How to Avoid Criminal Charges

Posted on April 29, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Money laundering is a serious criminal offense in Texas. Penalties might include hefty fines, jail or prison time, and court ordered restitution. If you believe that you have been falsely accused of involvement in a money laundering scheme, protecting yourself from the consequences of a conviction should begin with finding out about your rights and possible defenses to the charges from a qualified and experienced...

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Deceptive Trade Practices: Should You Turn Yourself in?

Posted on April 25, 2014 by Mintzer Law

State and federal laws aimed at protecting consumers from deceptive trade practices include both civil and criminal penalties. If you are under investigation by state or federal law enforcement or regulatory agencies for engaging in deceptive trade practices, turning yourself in to them might not be the best course of action until you have spoken to an attorney.  A consultation with an attorney about the investigation...

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Accused of a Ponzi Scheme? Here’s What Your Facing

Posted on April 22, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Every state and the federal government have laws making Ponzi schemes illegal. If you are convicted of promoting a Ponzi scheme in Texas, you could do time in a state jail and end up with permanent record as a felony offender. It is important to bear in mind that some legitimate business ventures might appear to be similar to a Ponzi scheme without being illegal....

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Happy Easter

Posted on April 20, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Rand Mintzer, Attorney at Law Is Wishing You a Wonderful Easter! *Image courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

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James Balchan: Don’t Copy His Insider Trading Mistakes

Posted on April 18, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Insider trading allegations turn $30,000 profit into a loss. A $30,000 profit made by James Balchan on the purchase of shares of National Semiconductor Corp. quickly became a $30,000 loss after a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation. The SEC filed charges against the investor in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas alleging that the man obtain confidential information from his wife, an attorney, about...

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Am I Going to Jail for Committing Theft?

Posted on April 15, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Theft under the Texas Penal Code includes several different criminal offenses involving the taking of property from another person. Depending upon how the property is taken and its value at the time of the theft, a person committing an offense could face jail or prison time if convicted.  Theft Crimes Law A person commits a theft in Texas by taking property belonging to someone else with the...

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So, What Exactly is Considered Insider Trading Anyways?

Posted on April 11, 2014 by Mintzer Law

The white collar crime of insider trading is one of the most prosecuted securities fraud crimes, but not all insider trading is illegal. What separates the legal from the illegal is the source or nature of the information upon which a person is basing the decision to purchase or sell a publically traded stock. Distinction between Legal and Illegal Insider Trading The purchase or sale of stock...

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3 Tips for Continuing Your Life after a Misdemeanor

Posted on April 8, 2014 by Mintzer Law

The effects of a misdemeanor conviction on a person’s personal and professional life last longer and can be more devastating than the sentence imposed by a judge. A criminal conviction can prevent you from obtaining employment, can affect your relationship with friends and family members and can alter your normal routine. Moving on with your life after sentencing requires that you recognize and accept that you...

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