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The Down and Dirty of Insider Trading

Posted on August 19, 2015 by Bona Fide

Insider trading has gotten a lot of coverage in the media over the last few years. Powerful executives and television celebrities have been convicted on charges of insider trading, showing that no one is immune from this kind of conviction. Although it may seem like insider trading is something that only occurs among super rich and powerful people, the reality is that many different types...

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Hindering a Secured Creditor: What It Is and What It Means

Posted on August 12, 2015 by Mintzer Law

Hindering a Secured Creditor in Texas Dealing with debt collectors in Texas can be a stressful situation. Creditors may demand that payments be made and, if the payments are not submitted on time, the creditors may threaten to repossess a person's property. In the United States, failure to repay a debt is not a crime. This means that a person cannot be charged, arrested or jailed...

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Am I Allowed to Own a Gun?

Posted on August 5, 2015 by Mintzer Law

Gun Laws in Texas Texas is known for being a state that strongly supports 2nd Amendment constitutional rights. Millions of Texas citizens own at least one firearm, whether for hunting, personal defense or for recreational marksmanship. Despite the popularity of firearm ownership throughout the state, Texas has some very strict laws regarding who is allowed to own a gun. These laws make clear distinctions between who...

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What Crimes Can Potentially Lead to the Death Penalty?

Posted on July 29, 2015 by Mintzer Law

Texas is infamous for its use of the death penalty. This punishment is considered the most severe legal penalty that is available in the Texas Penal Code. As such, it is only an option in the most serious of legal cases. In fact, there is only one category of crime in which the death penalty is potentially applicable. Although it is a single category, it...

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What Will Happen to Me if I Aided or Assisted a Fugitive?

Posted on July 22, 2015 by Mintzer Law

Aiding a Fugitive in Texas It is against the law in Texas to directly or indirectly participate in the commission of a crime. This may sound fairly straightforward to most people but it can have far-reaching implications. For example, many people may realize that acting as a getaway driver for a person who has committed a bank robbery is an illegal action. Some people may not...

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How Public is the Information About My Arrest? Who Can Find Out About It?

Posted on July 15, 2015 by Mintzer Law

Arrest Information When a person is placed under arrest in Texas, information about the incident can be stored in a record. Although this information is not always freely available to the public, it may still be available under certain circumstances. This type of information may be stored in several different locations. In many cases, a copy of this record will be kept on file at the county...

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How Serious is Shoplifting?

Posted on July 9, 2015 by Mintzer Law

Shoplifting in Texas Shoplifting is a fairly common crime. Compared to other offenses, this one may seem like a relatively minor criminal charge. In reality, the penalties for shoplifting can be serious. Being convicted for this offense can lead to fines, probation, restitution payments and being banned from certain properties. Repeated offenses or shoplifting high-value items can even lead to time behind bars. What Is Shoplifting? Shoplifting is...

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Expungement: How does it work? When can it be used?

Posted on July 1, 2015 by Mintzer Law

People who have been convicted of crimes in Texas may face a lot of hardships. Many employers and landlords require applicants and potential tenants to list previous convictions on their applications. A past conviction can cause a person to be denied jobs and housing opportunities. In some cases, it may be possible for a defendant to obtain an order of expunction. If this is successful, the...

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