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Officer, You Can’t Legally Do That: Avoid DWIs This Labor Day Weekend

Posted on August 29, 2014 by Mintzer Law

A long holiday weekend usually entails people taking to the highways to get to their favorite vacation destinations or to a cookout at the home of friends. Police will also be out on the roads enforcing the DWI and traffic laws, so even a sober driver runs an increased risk of being stopped during this period of heightened enforcement. People who know their rights in the event of...

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Watch Out: The Police Are Gathering Embezzlement Evidence Right Now

Posted on August 25, 2014 by Mintzer Law

The presumption of innocence granted to the accused in criminal cases places the burden of proving guilt on the prosecution. Prosecutors must present evidence to convince the jurors that each element of the crime was committed by the individual who is on trial. The responsibility for gathering the evidence for the prosecutors to use in court falls upon the police. Proving the Crime of Embezzlement Embezzlement is...

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Tax Evasion: You May Avoid Prosecution with the Statue of Limitations

Posted on August 20, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Rarely do people run into someone who enjoys paying income taxes, and an even rarer occurrence is meeting someone who wants to pay more to the government in taxes than is required. Using legitimate methods such as allowable deductions and exemptions to reduce one's tax burden is not illegal. A person who engages in illegal methods to hide income or inflate deductions and exemptions is...

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Escape Identity Theft Charges with These Defense Strategies

Posted on August 15, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Because of the harm identity theft can inflict upon a victim, Texas is similar to other states in treating it as a serious criminal offense. Identity theft in Texas can be prosecuted as a state jail felony all the way up to a felony of the first degree depending upon the circumstances of the offense. Prosecutor's Advantage The laws give a slight edge to prosecutors by creating...

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Trademark Infringement Cases: What Evidence Will the Police Collect?

Posted on August 11, 2014 by Mintzer Law

The sale of goods or possession of goods bearing a fake or copied trademark is a form of trademark infringement that can put a person in prison with a felony record. Law enforcement agencies on the state and federal levels treat trademark infringement as a serious crime. In Texas, counterfeiting a trademark is a felony of the third degree punishable by imprisonment, a fine or...

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White Collar Crime: A First-Class Ticket to Your Local Prison

Posted on August 8, 2014 by Mintzer Law

White collar crime is generally thought of as being committed by someone of high social status while acting in an official capacity or in the course of his or her occupation. The exact definition of white collar crime is the subject of much debate; however, the FBI has defined it as “illegal acts which are characterized by deceit, concealment or violation of trust, and which...

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3 Public Corruption Cases You Need to Read About

Posted on August 6, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Bribery, improperly influencing public officials, and coercing a government official or voter laws are a few of the laws states have enacted to discourage political corruption. Yet, news stories appear on a regular basis about a corrupt government official who has chosen to breach the public trust in exchange for some form of financial gain. The following are examples of real-life political figures who have...

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