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Does Expungement Really Work?

Posted on November 19, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Expungement is a legal term that has a rather simple meaning – it means that a court process has sealed a criminal conviction so that the public doesn’t have access to it. If you have any former convictions on felonies or misdemeanors, having your case or cases expunged is usually considered a good tactical move. Particularly if your...

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3 Types of Debts That Can Be Garnished in Texas

Posted on February 19, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Financial setbacks happen to people all too frequently. The loss of a job can cause you to fall behind on paying your debts. Even when you return to work, catching up on what you owe can be difficult and might result in creditors using the courts or collection agencies in an effort to collect what is owed. One collection method used by creditors is the...

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Extortion vs. Blackmail: What’s The Difference?

Posted on December 18, 2013 by Mintzer Law

The similarities between extortion and blackmail frequently lead to people confusing the two. Both are theft crimes involving threats, but there are differences in the conduct prohibited by the Texas Penal Code for each crime. Extortion Extortion is a theft crime involving the use of coercion to obtain money, property or services from a victim. Coercion is usually in the form of a threat of violence, a...

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Happy Thanksgiving

Posted on November 28, 2013 by Mintzer Law

Rand Mintzer Attorney at Law is wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Elder Abuse: Behaviors That May Result in Criminal Charges

Posted on October 2, 2013 by Mintzer Law

Protecting the state's senior residents from harm, neglect or exploitation is the focus of Texas laws enforced by law enforcement agencies and prosecutors. The efforts of law enforcement agencies are directed toward protecting elderly residents living in their homes or in long-term care facilities from physical, verbal or emotional abuse and from financial exploitation. Elder Abuse and Neglect in Texas Elder abuse is defined in Chapter 48...

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How to Avoid Overdraft and Bounced Check Fees

Posted on September 11, 2013 by Mintzer Law

A check tells your bank to pay the specified amount of money written on it to the individual or business whose name appears on the check. If you do not have at least the amount for which the check was written in your checking account, your bank can refuse to pay it. When that happens, your bank can impose fees for processing and returning the...

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9 Common Types of Disorderly Conduct That May Land You in Jail

Posted on August 21, 2013 by Mintzer Law

Unlike other states where disorderly conduct is a minor violation punishable by a fine, Texas lawmakers made disorderly conduct a misdemeanor charge. A misdemeanor is a criminal offense punishable by a fine, probation or jail. Typical penalties for a first offense are a fine and, depending upon the circumstances, probation. Police frequently use disorderly conduct when other criminal charges might not fit the exact set of...

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Face Lesser Penalties With 3 Common Affirmative Defenses

Posted on August 7, 2013 by Mintzer Law

The defendant in a criminal case is the person accused of committing a crime. A defendant in the United States has the benefit of the presumption of innocence. This places the burden upon the prosecutor to prove the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The accused does not have offer any evidence in opposition or offer a defense to the criminal charges. A defense in a...

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