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Tips For Paying Bail and Staying Out of Jail

Posted on July 17, 2013 by Mintzer Law

When a person is arrested, their first thought is often how quickly they can be released. For almost every violation or criminal act, there is a bail amount that is set by the judge. The amount of time it will take a person to be released from the jail is dependent upon factors such as how large the amount of bail is and how busy...

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Have a Safe Fourth of July Weekend!

Posted on July 5, 2013 by Mintzer Law

We hope everyone had a great Fourth of July yesterday. Stay safe this weekend! - Rand Mintzer and the staff at Rand Mintzer, Attorney at Law

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Deferred Adjudication and Pretrial Diversion: Get a Second Chance to Do Good

Posted on June 26, 2013 by Mintzer Law

Many states allow those being charged with a crime to participate in certain programs in order to have the charges against them dropped. These requirements can vary, but often they require a defendant to be on probation and prove to the court that they are able to be rehabilitated without need for heavy sentencing. If the defendant is able to adequately prove their potential for...

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Withdraw From a Court Case: When a Defense Attorney Must Quit

Posted on June 19, 2013 by Mintzer Law

There are multiple instances where a client may desire new representation in their case. For the client, this process is simple and only takes them expressing their intent to part ways with their current counsel. There are no specific requirements that pertain to when a client can fire their attorney, but the same is not true for the attorney. A lawyer may only stop representing...

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Motioning for a New Trial in Texas: The Complete Guide

Posted on June 5, 2013 by Mintzer Law

Receiving a new criminal trial is a difficult task, but it can be achieved if certain requirements or circumstances are met that warrant a new trial. A new trial is often requested after a person has been convicted of a crime. The request can be given whether the conviction was handed down by a jury or a judge. Interest of Justice There are some instances where a...

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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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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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