Many lawyer websites have a “results page” making it difficult to really sort out true “results.” For example, it shock us, but many former prosecutors will list numerous “victories” on their “results page,” yet, when you look carefully, they are actually talking about guilty verdicts they obtained as a prosecutor! Many of these lawyers have never heard the words “not guilty” as a defense attorney and there is a world of difference between convicting a defendant as a prosecutor and obtaining an acquittal for a client as a defense attorney.
Also, many law firms, including our firm, list various cases in which they obtained dismissals. Nevertheless, it is often hard to judge if the dismissal came as the result of the skills of the lawyer or for some reason the lawyer had nothing to do with (for example, the complaining witness could not be located).
In comparing results, the best thing to look for is actual “not guilty” verdicts that the lawyers obtained after a trial or appeal cases in which the convictions were reversed or where significant sentences were reversed. It is these type of results that really speak to a lawyer’s skill in the courtroom. For example, despite the fact that approximately 90%-95% of defendants who go to trial in federal court are convicted, only 35% of Clint. Broden’s federal trials resulted in final convictions for the client.
Client was convicted in Fannin County, Texas with aggravated kidnapping and sentenced to fifteen years imprisonment. Broden & Mickelsen was retained to file a post-conviction Writ of Habeas Corpus which the Court of Criminal Appeals granted based on the ineffective assistance of client’s attorney at trial. Client’s conviction was vacated. (March 2014)
Broden & Mickelsen represented a client who had been sentenced in state court to 70 years imprisonment for robbery. In a post-conviction proceeding in federal court under 28 U.S.C. § 22554 (a “2254 motion”), the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed the client’s conviction after finding Dallas County prosecutors improperly struck two African-Americans from the jury that heard his case.
Broden & Mickelsen represented a doctor charged with medicare fraud who faced a prison sentence and loss of his medical license. Shortly before trial, Broden & Mickelsen negotiated a settlement where the client was place on pretrial diversion without any conviction or damage to his license.
On February 21, 2008 in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas (Midland Division), a client with three prior federal drug convictions who was facing 22-27 years imprisonment for being a career criminal was found NOT GUILTY of a new drug charge after a three day trial.
2015 Client admits guilt in eleven home invasion/robberies. At trial the State request the jury to give him 50 years, the jury gives him probation.
2015 Client confessed to participation in drive by shooting with two co-defendants. The co-defendants plead guilty. Defense investigation establishes that client’s confession and confession of two co-defendants are false. Case dismissed against client.
On March 20, 2008, a client represented by Clint Broden at a jury trial held in Dallas County was found NOT GUILTY of molesting his step-granddaughter. Following the acquittal, the client’s records was expunged.
A client facing a life sentence was found NOT GUILTY of murder despite the fact that he was identified by an eyewitness and implicated in the murder by his accomplice.
Sentencing enhancement for being a leader of a drug conspiracy was reversed and client’s sentence was reduced by seven years. (September 2014)