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Non-Disclosure or Expunction Could Make It Easier to Get a Job or Loan

Posted on May 29, 2013 by Mintzer Law

A criminal record can continue to haunt you for years after you've paid your fines and served your sentence. Under normal circumstances, charges and convictions will remain on your record, available for all to see. This can present a serious obstacle to personal advancement, especially if you're applying for a new job or a loan. Fortunately, Texas state law has mechanisms in place that let arrested...

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How Does a Judge Determine a Criminal Sentence?

Posted on May 22, 2013 by Mintzer Law

One aspect of a criminal court case that is not understood very well by the general public is the sentencing process. Many people think sentencing is simply based on legal rules or the judge's personal feelings toward the defendant, but that's not true. A large body of documents and evidence is often the most persuasive when it comes time for a judge to hand down...

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Steps and Deadlines for the Criminal Appeals Process: Read This Before It’s Too Late!

Posted on May 15, 2013 by Mintzer Law

If a defendant feels that their sentence is unfair or some aspect of the case violated rules or laws, an appeal can be filed. An appeal is a legal recourse available to both prosecutors and defendants as a method to have a court decision reviewed by a higher court of law. There are a variety of qualifications that an appeal must meet before it will...

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Aiding and Abetting a Fugitive: What You Need to Know to Avoid Jail

Posted on May 8, 2013 by Mintzer Law

Aiding and abetting is one way in which a person can be charged with a crime without having actually taken part in the main criminal activity. There is even a chance that a person is guilty of aiding and abetting without even being aware. This is why knowledge of the different forms of aiding and abetting is critical when dealing with someone who may have...

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Nolo Contendere: A Good Explanation of the ‘No Contest’ Plea…Finally

Posted on May 1, 2013 by Mintzer Law

Defendants who are facing criminal charges have one method of recourse that they may not even know is available. This is called a "no contest" plea, and it has a distinct set of advantages that other pleas do not offer. There are still restrictions regarding this type of plea, and it is not readily available to all defendants who request it. How 'No Contest' is Different In...

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