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2 Crazy Robbery Stories You Need to Read to Believe

Posted on July 30, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Robbery is a serious criminal offense in the United States. What sets robbery apart from other theft crimes in which money or property are taken from their owner, is the robber's use or threatened use of force and violence. Texas is among states that designate robbery as a serious felony offense subject to penalties including lengthy prison sentences. Modern history is filled with reports of robbery...

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What is Considered Consumer Fraud in Texas?

Posted on July 23, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Consumer fraud in the state of Texas is claiming victims on a daily basis. Average people are being taken advantage of by unscrupulous businesses that seek out profit schemes that prey upon the trust and good faith of consumers. The Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act is one of several Texas statutes designed to protect consumers. The Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act The DTPA and the Federal Trade...

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Busted for Embezzlement: Am I Going to Jail?

Posted on July 18, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Unlike other theft crimes in which money or property is taken from the victim, embezzlement occurs when a person, who has been given legal access to the property or money, takes it for personal gain. Penalties judges impose on someone convicted of embezzlement in Texas depend upon the value of what was taken and the circumstances under which it was taken. Embezzlement Embezzlement is a serious criminal...

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So, What’s the Difference between Insider Trading and Deceptive Trade Practice?

Posted on July 14, 2014 by Mintzer Law

State and federal laws imposing fines and other penalties on those engaging in deceptive trade practices are similar to laws that regulate insider trading. The intent of each is protection of the public from business practices that take advantage of unsuspecting consumers or undermine the public's faith and confidence in the marketplace. Insider Trading The Securities and Exchange Commission is empowered to regulate trading in the shares...

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Accused of Trademark Infringement: Take Action before It’s Too Late!

Posted on July 9, 2014 by Mintzer Law

A letter in the mail ordering you to cease and desist is often the first notice an individual or business gets that someone is claiming trademark infringement. Using a mark that is owned by someone else might entitle the owner to recover substantial monetary damages. Actions to Avoid with Trademark Infringement Accusations If you are accused of infringing on a trademark, you might think that reaching out...

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Election Code Violations Can Lead to Felony Charges

Posted on July 2, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Election code violations are serious breaches of the public trust. Texas is among the states that impose criminal penalties for conduct impeding or interfering with the election process. This includes sanctions against conduct against people participating in the electoral process. Many of the violations enumerated in the Texas Election Code are misdemeanors and felonies. Sentences imposed upon people convicted under the code could include prison time,...

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