Criminal Defense Law Firm in Dallas, TXAbout Broden, Mickelsen, Helms & Snipes

The Mission

At Broden, Mickelsen, Helms & Snipes, we are dedicated to providing aggressive and ethical representation to individuals and businesses charged with criminal offenses. We do this through our unique team approach to the practice of criminal defense in which all partners play an active role in the firm’s cases.

All partners are committed to the belief that when a person is charged with a crime, he or she deserves to be represented by attorneys that provide a vigorous defense and charge a reasonable fee. We do this by evaluating each case individually and by using all the resources available to achieve a favorable resolution. We also recognize that many individuals charged with crimes have limited resources, therefore, we endeavor to keep our overhead costs low and provide flexible fee arrangements for our clients.

Clint Broden and Mick Mickelsen are certified for trials and appeals by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as experts in criminal law. John Helms is a former Assistant U.S.Attorney and Michael Snipes was a former Dallas County Criminal District Court Judge.

OUR CRIMINAL DEFENSE TEAM

At Broden, Mickelsen, Helms & Snipes we firmly believe that to be a good trial lawyer you must also be a good appellate lawyer and that to be a good appellate lawyer you should be a good trial lawyer.


Clinton Broden
Clinton Broden

Founding Partner/Former Assistant Federal Public Defender


Mick Mickelsen
Mick Mickelsen

Founding Partner/Former Assistant Federal Public Defender


John Helms
John Helms

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney


Michael Snipes
Michael Snipes

Former Dallas County Criminal District Court Judge

The Results

All the partners are criminal defense attorneys; period. No matter your dilemma you deserve quality representation from attorneys with a broad base of experience to draw from. Federal or state appeals, white collar offenses, DWIs, drug/firearm related cases, computer offenses are just a few areas of our expertise. View our results for each area of our practice.

Contact UsIf You’re in need of a Criminal Defense Attorney, contact us to see if we handle your type of critical matter.

The Approach

Before a client retains our law firm, one or more partners, will meet with a client and fully discuss the facts of the case with the client. While no Criminal Defense Law Firm can ever promise a client a particular result, we will often be able to give a client our initial impression of how we would defend his or her case using our team approach.

If retained, we work with a variety of investigators to fully investigate the facts of a client’s case. At Broden, Mickelsen, Helms & Snipes, we firmly believe that an exhaustive investigation by a quality investigator is often indispensable. A thorough investigation is often the difference between a guilty verdict and a not-guilty verdict or a non-favorable plea agreement and a favorable plea agreement. During this time, we will also seek to obtain the evidence that will be used in any prosecution. We will diligently review a case to determine whether any issues are present that would require the suppression of evidence or the dismissal of the case for legal or procedural reasons and to determine if our client’s rights were protected.

Significantly, during all stages of the representation, we stay in close contact with our clients and return phone calls promptly. We recognize that effective legal representation also includes a lawyer’s role as a counselor and adviser especially when a client has had no experience with the legal system. In the end, whether it be a lengthy jury trial, the negotiation of a favorable plea agreement or a complicated appeal, the client will know that he has a dedicated team representing his interests.

The Emphasis

Broden, Mickelsen, Helms & Snipes specializes in the practice of criminal defense at both the trial and appellate level and in both state and federal courts throughout the country.

In addition, the firm represents persons targeted for prosecution prior to the filing of formal charges in an effort to prevent such charges from being occurring. Each partner has represented a significant number of business executives charged with complicated “white collar” fraud crimes as well as numerous individuals charged with violent crimes.

We also believe that it is our duty, as attorneys, to take a limited number of court appointments. Consequently, we are periodically requested by courts to represent, on appeal, individuals sentenced to death. Each partner has significant trial experience and a wealth of appellate experience.
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While recognizing certain economic realities, Broden, Mickelsen, Helms & Snipes also believes that the quality of one’s defense should not be based solely upon a person’s financial position. Given this belief, the firm will often undertake representation of individuals for substantially reduced fees in order to prevent a miscarriage of justice or because of the important issues involved in the case.

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