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Happy Columbus Day!

Happy Columbus Day from the team at the Law Office of Shahin Zamir.

Facts You Should Know About Criminal Background Checks

Employers are choosing to run criminal background checks on prospective employees in increasing numbers. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), employers may inquire as to an applicant’s criminal history, but they may not discriminate against him or her … read more>

House Arrest: Home is Much Better Than Jail or Prison

In an effort to eliminate overcrowding in jails, judges sometimes sentence offenders to house arrest. This can be beneficial for both the government and the offender because it costs less to confine someone in their own home, and it also … read more>

Advantages and Disadvantages of Plea Bargaining: Read This Before You Negotiate a Plea Deal

Plea bargaining is used by defendants and prosecutors alike for a number of reasons. In the Texas justice system, the advantages to plea bargains include: Saves the expenses involved with a court trial Defendant can receive a lesser sentence than … read more>

Read This Before You Use an Alibi as a Legal Defense

Anyone who has watched any of the seemingly hundreds of police drama shows out there has likely heard the word “alibi” more times than they can remember. An alibi is proof that shows that a person wasn’t at the scene … read more>

Happy Belated Independence Day!

We hope you enjoyed the Fourth of July with your friends and family. Stay safe this weekend! – The Law Office of Shahin Zamir

Pro Se Representation: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of Representing Yourself in Court

Anyone who has been charged with a crime has several rights afforded to them. One of the most important to their defense, however, is the right to have an attorney during criminal procedures. Criminal defense attorneys are there to help … read more>

Practicing Your Miranda Rights: Don’t Talk to Police After an Arrest!

A landmark Supreme Court case in 1966 forever changed the way police deal with suspects. That case was Miranda v. Arizona, which ruled that officers must inform individuals of their Fifth Amendment rights when conducting an arrest. Some of the … read more>

The 6 Steps of the Criminal Trial Process

Criminal trials are intriguing, as courtroom theatrics are often displayed and tension normally runs very high. All criminal trials follow the same basic format from start to finish, even though they are all unique in their own ways. Jury Selection … read more>

What is a Search Warrant? Everything You Need to Know About Search Warrants

One of the fundamental rights guaranteed to all Americans is spelled out in the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This amendment guarantees individuals protection against “unreasonable searches and seizures.” What this means is, governmental authorities must obtain a search … read more>