DALLAS CRIMINAL LAWYERS.: FEDERAL, STATE & APPEALS - BRODEN & MICKELSEN LLP

What’s the Difference Between a Restraining Order and Protective Order in Texas?

Although many people use “restraining order” and “protective order” to refer to the same thing, these two terms actually describe two different types of court orders. In stalking and harassment cases, when someone needs protection from an alleged stalker or harasser, the appropriate order is a protective order. If you believe that another person poses...
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How Police Are Using Home DNA Kits to Put People in Jail

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...
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How Businesses Can Protect Against White Collar Crime

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...
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When Is Someone Incompetent to Stand Trial?

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...
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How to Successfully Win a Criminal Appeal in Texas

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...
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