5 Things That Aren’t a Crime in the U.S.

Is It Legal? 5 Things That Aren’t a Crime in the U.S.

Most people have an intuitive sense of what constitutes a crime. For example, you probably know that taking something from a store without paying for it is a shoplifting offense. And while you may not go to jail for running a red light, you may end up with a traffic citation if a police officer sees you do it. Our …

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Texas Has Paid Out $93 Million over 25 Years for Wrongful Convictions

Texas has an unenviable record for wrongful convictions. When a defendant is wrongfully jailed he or she is not the only one to lose out. A report this month reveals the state has paid 101 men and women who were wrongfully jailed $93.6 million over the last 25 years. That’s money that could have been spent on services to the …

Sarah KleinTexas Has Paid Out $93 Million over 25 Years for Wrongful Convictions

Texas Students Accused of Writing Racist Graffiti Face Hate Crime Charges

  We often think of hate crimes as offenses of extreme violence, such as the shooting deaths of nine black churchgoers in Charleston last year. But they may not necessarily be crimes of violence. Recently, the International Business Times reported how a senior prank that involved the painting of the words “whites only” on public school facilities in Texas could …

Sarah KleinTexas Students Accused of Writing Racist Graffiti Face Hate Crime Charges

Legislators Push to Abolish Texas Program for Driving Offender Surcharges

If you are convicted of a DWI in Texas you will face a massive financial headache. Recently TxDOT said on a billboard you will likely end up paying as much as $17,000 for the offense. Some of the costs you will face are controversial, in particular the program that requires drivers who have been convicted of certain traffic offenses to pay annual …

Sarah KleinLegislators Push to Abolish Texas Program for Driving Offender Surcharges

Two Drug Offenders in Texas Have Their Sentences Commuted by the President

Society takes a dim view of drug offenders but sentences of life in prison seem unduly Draconian when their offenses didn’t involve violence. This certainly appears to be the view of President Barack Obama whose office has commuted the sentences of two drug offenders from Texas. The offenders whose sentences have been commuted are Douglas Ray Dunkins Jr., 50 and …

Sarah KleinTwo Drug Offenders in Texas Have Their Sentences Commuted by the President

Duane Buck Case Raises Allegations of Racism in the Texas Judicial System

Allegations of racism in the criminal justice system are nothing new but a high profile case in Texas has led to soul searching at a national level over allegations that a man was sentenced to death because he is black. In April, the U.S. Supreme Court conferenced a decision on whether it will again address the case of Duane Buck, …

Sarah KleinDuane Buck Case Raises Allegations of Racism in the Texas Judicial System

Offenses Using Imitation Weapons Increase in Texas

Texas is seeing a spike in crimes committed with imitation weapons, partly because offenders believe they will receive a lesser sentence if they are caught. It’s a perception that’s false in Texas. If the victim of a crime believes the weapon that’s pointed at them is real it’s sufficient to warrant a first-degree felony charge in the Lone Star state. …

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Criminal Lawyer Discusses ‘Tough Fight’ Ahead for Texas AG After New SEC Filing

Texas criminal defense lawyer Mick Mickelsen discusses the recent decision of the SEC to file securities fraud charges against Ken Paxton. Dallas, TX – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently decided to file securities fraud charges against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in federal court in connection with allegations that he misled investors in a technology company. Criminal defense …

Sarah KleinCriminal Lawyer Discusses ‘Tough Fight’ Ahead for Texas AG After New SEC Filing
Dallas Criminal Lawyer Answers Major Question Concerning Texas Hate Crime Law

Dallas Criminal Lawyer Answers Major Question Concerning Texas Hate Crime Law

Dallas criminal defense attorney Mick Mickelsen addresses questions about the effectiveness of a major Texas’ hate crime law. Dallas, TX – Following recent news about a string of attacks in a Dallas neighborhood that are being examined as possible hate crimes, Dallas criminal lawyer Mick Mickelsen has released a publication answering long-held questions regarding the effectiveness of a Texas hate …

Sarah KleinDallas Criminal Lawyer Answers Major Question Concerning Texas Hate Crime Law
SEC Files Federal Securities Fraud Charges Against Texas Attorney General

SEC Files Federal Securities Fraud Charges Against Texas Attorney General

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been charged in federal court with new charges of securities fraud. Several months after a grand jury indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on criminal securities fraud charges, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has filed new charges against him in federal court for securities fraud. The SEC complaint accuses Paxton of violating federal …

Sarah KleinSEC Files Federal Securities Fraud Charges Against Texas Attorney General