Author: Mick Mickelsen

DNA as evidence

Most people are curious about their family origins. It’s normal to wonder where your ancestors came from and how they moved around the world before you. This curiosity has led to a rapid rise in the popularity of home DNA testing kits like those offered by Ancestry.com and 23andMe. However, privacy experts say these kits…

law

A bipartisan effort to change the law to allow judges in Texas to dismiss low-level crimes when police officers fail to explain why they arrested a suspect has died. The Texas Tribune reported a committee of Texas lawmakers from both chambers killed a measure in late May that would have let judges dismiss low-level crimes…

How Businesses Can Protect Against White Collar Crime - Broden Mickelsen LLP

Most people tend to think of white-collar crime as something that involves wealthy people involved in complex financial schemes, such as the Bernie Madoff case. While it’s true that some white collar crime cases take place on a large scale, there are just as many smaller-scale cases that involve regular businesses. In fact, it can…

When Is Someone Incompetent to Stand Trial? - Broden Mickelsen LLP

To stand trial in a criminal case, a defendant must be capable of understanding the charges against them. In other words, the individual needs to be in their right mind before they can face prosecution. This is known as “competence.” When a defendant’s mental state restricts the person from understanding or comprehending the charges in…

How to Successfully Win a Criminal Appeal in Texas - Broden Mickelsen LLP

A criminal appeal can be a second chance for defendants who have been found guilty. The process is complex, but it’s possible to improve your chances of success. No matter how strategic the defense, a defendant may find themselves facing an unfavorable judgment or harsh sentence. The criminal appeal process provides an opportunity to change…

Should You Hire an Appellate Attorney in Addition to a Criminal Defense Lawyer? - Broden & Mickelsen

Appellate attorneys are specialized in post-conviction processes. However, there are times when they can be a useful asset when working alongside a defense attorney during a trial. Trial and appellate attorneys serve different roles in the criminal justice system. Because of this, defendants in criminal cases tend to not consider the potential advantages of working…

Crime vs. Tort - What's the Difference? - Law Office of Broden & Mickelsen

For society to function in an orderly way, lawmakers pass laws designed to help people stay safe. In most cases of violating the law, it can lead to criminal charges being brought against you. In some cases, a crime can also cause harm to another person. However, not all actions that cause harm to another…

Dallas Computer Crimes Lawyer Explains Consequences of Catfishing - Broden Mickelsen LLP

In an internet age, it’s startlingly easy for someone to use another person’s picture, name, or other identifying information to commit an internet crime. The term “catfishing,” which is sometimes spelled “catphishing” typically involves using someone else’s photo, name, or personal information for the purpose of luring another individual into a romantic or personal relationship….

Appeals

If a judgment is ordered against you in a criminal trial, an appeal is likely your last chance to avoid a permanent conviction. Here’s what to expect after you win a criminal appeal. The criminal trial process can be emotionally and financially draining for a defendant. In many cases, the time from indictment until a…

Understanding the Role of the Court of Appeals in Texas - Broden Mickelsen LLP

What is the role of the Texas Court of Appeals and can an appeal change the verdict or sentencing in your criminal case? Find out what you need to know about here. In the United States, our judicial system operates on both a state and federal level. States have the ability to make their own…