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Commercial Bribery: Strategies to Getting a “Not Guilty” Verdict

Posted on June 27, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Many businesses and other entities rely upon employees and others to make decisions on their behalf. When individuals in a position of trust violate their duty by allowing bribes, kickbacks or payoffs to influence the decisions they make, the principals for whom they work can be harmed. Serious Offense with Severe Penalties Commercial bribery is a state jail felony in Texas punishable by 180 days to two...

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Happy 4th of July: Don’t Get Arrested for Drinking in Your Boat

Posted on June 24, 2014 by Mintzer Law

The 367 miles of shoreline along the gulf and multiple lakes and rivers offer Texas boaters almost unlimited opportunities to enjoy a day cruising or fishing on the water. The Fourth of July holiday weekend is traditionally the highpoint of the summer for boaters who should keep in mind that operators of pleasure craft who consume alcohol could face the same penalties as motorists charged...

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Voter Fraud: A Conviction Will Cost More than an Election

Posted on June 20, 2014 by Mintzer Law

America is founded upon a representative form of government in which voters elect people to represent them in the decision-making process. The system depends upon maintaining voter confidence that the system by which public officials are elected is a fair and honest one. Public officials engaging in activities such as buying votes undermines the faith and trust citizens place in the political system. Fraud Undermines the...

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3 Unbelievable Forgery Cases

Posted on June 17, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Forgery is a crime under state laws. For example, Texas makes it a crime to forge a writing with the intent to defraud another person. Criminal activities tied to forgery in which people have attempted to deceive others into believing that works of art or literature are something other than what they appear to be has a long and colorful history. 1) One Forger Fails to...

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Happy Father’s Day

Posted on June 15, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Rand Mintzer, Attorney at Law Is Wishing You a Wonderful Father's Day! *Image courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

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What is Entrapment and Can I Utilize It?

Posted on June 13, 2014 by Mintzer Law

A common defense in criminal cases is for a defendant to claim that were it not for the actions of law enforcement agents the crime would not have been committed. This is the defense of entrapment, but care must be taken to distinguish between police conduct that induces a person to commit a criminal act and conduct that merely provides the opportunity for doing so. Persuasion...

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Read This before You Turn Yourself in for a Ponzi Scheme

Posted on June 10, 2014 by Mintzer Law

A Ponzi scheme is a form of fraud that relies upon deception and misrepresentation to deceive unsuspecting victims. The Ponzi scheme operated by Bernard Madoff is reported to have resulted in $18 billion in losses to its victims. If you are suspected of operating a Ponzi scheme, be aware that state and federal laws make them illegal, and the penalties upon conviction can result in imprisonment and fines up to $10,000...

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Insider Trading: Defense Strategies to Win Your Freedom

Posted on June 3, 2014 by Mintzer Law

The mere mention of allegations of insider trading may cast doubt on an otherwise innocent individual's character and reputation. Federal and state laws pertaining to insider trading are complex and can be subject to differing interpretations as to the particular acts that are, in fact, illegal. Buying and selling publicly traded securities might be legal even when done by a corporate officer, director, employee or some...

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