Author: Broden & Mickelsen, LLP

sexual assault

Sex Crimes: In previous decades — and, indeed, throughout much of history — sexual assault against a spouse was not considered a crime. This may be difficult for most people to believe today, as societal attitudes toward marital rape and sexual assault have changed, but the laws against sexual assault carried out against a spouse…

arrest

The state of Texas has declared the cannabis derivative delta-8 illegal. However, confusion over the substance’s exact status means law enforcement officers have made no arrests to date against people in possession of delta-8. The Texas Tribune recently reported an increased confusion over delta-8, a substance that was commonly found in products at smoke shops…

new trial

The latest twist in the long-running saga of Texas death row inmate Rodney Reed again raises troubling questions about the state’s reliance on the death penalty. Reed’s impending execution two years ago sparked an international outcry with calls for a reprieve ranging from Senator Ted Cruz to the singer Beyoncé, the Texas Observer reported. This…

Surprisingly Common Types of White Collar Crimes in Texas Broden Mickelsen LLP

Types of White Collar Crimes Update: Do you really understand what white collar crimes are? Here is what you need to know, along with five examples of the most common white collar crimes in Texas. According to the FBI, “white collar crime” is a term that came into existence around 1939. Since then, it has…

juvenile crime

Juvenile lockups in Texas detain nearly 700 teens who need increased supervision or have committed violent crimes. Although many of these inmates are vulnerable, criticisms of the facilities and the safety of those inside them continue. In October, the federal government ordered an investigation into the troubled facilities, sparking further concern about conditions. The U.S….

crime scene

Medical professionals are charged with saving lives. However, on occasions, hospitals provide the cover for killings. Earlier this month, a Texas nurse was convicted of capital murder over the deaths of four patients. Prosecutors said he deliberately injected the patients with air after heart surgeries. A report on NBC News stated the jury in Smith…

arrested

People who are accused of soliciting prostitution in Texas are facing increasingly tough sentences after the offense became a felony in the state this fall. This month, Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn announced the arrests of 115 men who he said allegedly tried to pay for sex acts for people acting as decoys. The Star-Telegram…

hancuff

A county attorney has dropped charges against 11 migrants arrested under Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s high-profile border crackdown following claims they were set up for trespassing. The men told lawyers they were marched for about 20 minutes to a fenced ranch by law enforcement, then arrested for trespassing, the Texas Tribune reported. In the absence…

injured cyclist

A decision by a police officer not to charge a pickup truck driver who allegedly taunted bicyclists in Texas before hitting and injuring them has been questioned by the cycling community. Police in Waller County, Texas, confirmed six cyclists were hit by a pickup truck in September. Three of the riders suffered serious injuries. The…

murder conviction

Defendants in Texas are entitled to a fair trial but that does not always happen. This month, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals tossed out the capital murder conviction and death sentence imposed on Clinton Young, a man on death row. The court heard how one of his prosecutors also worked for the judge. The…