Year: 2015

drowning

A woman whose three children drowned in a swimming pool in Irving, Texas, has been charged with a criminal offense over the tragedy. The Dallas Morning News reported on how Patricia Allen posted $50,000 bond at the Irving City Jail, according to police. On July 10 the newspaper reported on how the mother was allegedly…

Although white-collar crimes are generally considered non-violent, “paper” crimes, they often carry harsh punishments. In 2010, the National Public Survey on White Collar Crimes reported that research conducted by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National White Collar Crime Center found that about one in four households in the U.S. have been affected by…

attorney general texas

Texas’ Attorney General Ken Paxton could face first-degree felony charges after admitting a civil violation, according to reports. The Dallas Morning News has reported on how a special prosecutor is to ask a Collin County grand jury to indict Paxton on first-degree felony charges of violating state securities law. The report quoted Kent Schaffer, a…

When people spend years behind bars for crimes they did not commit, it can break them. Even if they are exonerated, the loss of so many years can be hard to bear. But some former inmates who are exonerated go on to live meaningful lives and work to change the flawed system. One former death…

The Texas based leading criminal defense law firm Broden & Mickelsen, LLP has launched a redesigned website to provide more effective online support for those seeking criminal defense help. The Dallas criminal defense attorneys of Broden & Mickelsen, LLP are announcing the launch of the firm’s redesigned website, which has been enhanced to provide a…

prison break

Recent headlines have been dominated by the escape of convicted killers Richard Matt and David Sweat from an upstate New York prison. Matt and Sweat’s escape was discovered during an early morning bed check at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. In order to make their escape, they slipped through holes and used power tools to…

A recent incident in which a man was arrested by Fort Worth police on drug charges after a slow-speed car chase, led to disciplinary action against two police officers. The Dallas Morning News reported how Joe Gonzales, 42, led police on a slow-speed chase that lasted almost two hours through Tarrant County, until a SWAT…

Texas has a longstanding reputation for being tough on crime and leading the nation in the number of death row inmates who are executed ever year. Although the Lone Star state’s uncompromising attitude has changed little in the past decade, there has been a noticeable decline in executions in recent years. Writing in the Dallas…

Hate crimes in Texas are defined under the Texas Hate Crimes Act, as offenses that are motivated by prejudice, hatred, or advocacy of violence against victims due to a number of factors including the victim’s race, religion or sexual orientation. Now a group of House members have considered legislation that would widen these crimes to…

The behavior of police officers has come under scrutiny in recent months in Missouri, New York and Baltimore. While Texas has not seen high profile cases like these places, there is no shortage of scandals involving police in the Lone Star State. Recently, the Star-Telegram reported on how a former Grapevine police officer who admitted…