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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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What Happens If I Engage in Cybersex with a Minor in Texas?

Posted on May 27, 2015 by Mintzer Law

Law enforcement agencies have learned that the most effective use of their investigative resources is to focus on the locations where the crimes are being committed. The Internet is the newest location where adults who are intent on exploiting children can easily find victims to prey upon. The anonymity that the Internet offers makes cybersex crimes appealing to some individuals who believe they are protected from...

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How Does the Arraignment Process Work in Harris County?

Posted on May 20, 2015 by Mintzer Law

Events become a blur for someone who has been arrested. It is not uncommon for people taken into custody by police to not know the actual criminal charges against them until the first appearance in court when a judge reads them out loud at the arraignment. It is usually at the arraignment when a plea is entered on behalf of the accused, bail is set and...

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Qualifying for Halfway Houses and Transitional Living Facilities in Texas

Posted on May 12, 2015 by Mintzer Law

Halfway houses serve to create an environment where prisoners or recovering addicts can spend a period of transition between their previous place of incarceration or treatment and the outside world. The idea is to give people the opportunity to adjust to the responsibilities of life while also caring for the their safety and the security of the rest of society. But not everyone qualifies to...

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Guidelines on Felony Sentences

Posted on May 8, 2015 by Mintzer Law

Disclaimer: This article is not intended as legal advice and does not reflect the opinions of Rand Mintzer, Attorney at Law. Sentences awarded to people convicted of crimes are always in proportion to the crime. Some crimes such as petty crimes, damage to property and misdemeanors are not considered as serious as felony crimes. That is why the punishments or ‘sentences’ associated with misdemeanors are not...

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Malicious Prosecution and Your Rights in Texas

Posted on May 6, 2015 by Mintzer Law

A criminal case in Texas is nothing more than an allegation or accusation. It is not a conviction until prosecutors present their evidence to convince a judge or jurors of the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. There are many times, however, that the discovery of new evidence does not support the allegations, or the defense might offer evidence of its own that casts doubt on...

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Quick Guide to Texas Drug-Free Zones

Posted on April 29, 2015 by Mintzer Law

The state of Texas has established drug-free zones across the state. These zones are designated as special areas where drug activity is strictly prohibited. Getting caught with drugs within one of these zones can result in enhanced punishments. This is because these zones are considered areas where drugs have the potential to be especially harmful to the community. Even a minor drug infraction committed within...

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Getting Busted with Pot in Texas Will Cost You.. Even if You’re a Minor

Posted on April 23, 2015 by Mintzer Law

Getting caught with marijuana in Texas is a big deal. Texas arrests more people for marijuana possession each year than any other state in the U.S. Minors who are charged with marijuana-related offenses may face severe legal consequences. However, minors may be able to take advantage of legal defenses that can reduce the severity of these legal penalties. Marijuana Penalties The penalties for marijuana-related crimes can vary...

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