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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...

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Firearms Prohibited Persons: Who is Prohibited From Possessing a Firearm?

Posted on August 28, 2013 by Mintzer Law

In 2008, the United States Supreme Court silenced the debate over the meaning of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution with its ruling on District of Columbia v. Heller, thus upholding the right of people to keep and possess firearms. The decision included an acknowledgment of the right of the states and the federal government to impose reasonable restrictions on gun ownership as long...

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Miranda Rights: You Have the Right to Remain Silent When Interrogated by Police

Posted on August 14, 2013 by Mintzer Law

It appears at times as though every person charged with committing a crime has watched enough police shows on television to know the Miranda warnings by heart. As soon as the suspect is "collared," the star of the show begins reciting the litany that begins with "you have the right to remain silent." The problem is that, while most people now know the warnings, few...

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The 8 Most Important Rights for Criminal Defendants

Posted on July 31, 2013 by Mintzer Law

As a criminal defendant, many people feel as though they have nowhere to turn and are at the mercy of the courts. This is not true because even those accused of crimes still have rights as citizens of the United States. These rights ensure that a person is treated fairly by the justice system. Right to an Attorney One of the most important people to any defendant...

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What is an Arraignment?

Posted on April 24, 2013 by Mintzer Law

An arraignment is the first step of a criminal case after an arrest. Its purpose is to inform the accused person of the charges against him. The U.S. Constitution's Sixth Amendment guarantees the accused the right to know what they are accused of. The Founding Fathers added the "arraignment" clause to protect Americans from languishing in jail due to political persecution. Since the Sixth Amendment closely...

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Sixth Amendment Right to a “Speedy” Trial

Posted on April 17, 2013 by Mintzer Law

The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees defendants the right to a speedy trial by a jury of their peers. This right dates back to England’s King Henry II (1154 – 1159) and the Magna Carta (1215). While it seems fairly straightforward, the term "speedy" has been difficult to define. Purpose of the "Speedy Trial" Clause The original purpose of the "speedy trial" clause was to...

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