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By : Clint Broden Dallas Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer While criminal cases in federal court are not often dismissed (unlike state court where dismissals happen more frequently), dismissals do happen.  That is why it is important that, if you are charged with an offense in federal court, you hire an attorney with significant experience representing criminal clients in federal court.  At Broden & Mickelsen we have handled almost 1,000 criminal cases. I recently represented a defendant charged in federal court with failure to register as a sex offender under the Federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).  18 U.S.C.…
By: Federal & Texas Money Laundering Criminal Defense Lawyer – Mick Mickelsen, Dallas When one hears the phrase “money laundering” one usually thinks of some activity by which illegal proceeds, such as that earned from selling narcotics, are made to appear as if they were derived from legitimate income. Most people also tend to think the crime of money laundering is much less serious than the underlying criminal activity from which it is derived. However, under Federal law, money laundering encompasses more activity than what people would assume, and the penalties for money laundering can be as severe as the…
A court has upheld Texas’ recently enacted “revenge porn” law that can land offenders in jail for up to a year. The state’s so-called “revenge porn” law makes it a misdemeanor to post somebody’s intimate photographs online without their consent. This month, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that the law does not violate the First Amendment. The ruling by the state’s highest criminal court overrules a 2018 decision by a lower court that the law was unconstitutional, the Texas Tribune reported. The law enacted in 2015 made posting someone’s intimate photographs to the internet without their permission a…
Texas is on course to become the latest state to lift gun permitting rules after Republican lawmakers reached a deal this month. The bill will allow people to carry handguns in public without a license or training, clearing the path for Texas to become the latest state to remove penalties for carrying a gun without a permit. The Dallas Morning News noted the deal would keep many changes in the legislation made by the Senate intact, including tougher sentences for felons who illegally carry guns and free online gun-safety courses. The revised version of House Bill 1927 still requires a…
People have a right to protest peacefully under the First Amendment. However, it’s illegal to obstruct the roadway if it prevents the passing of emergency vehicles. This month, the Texas House passed a bill that would increase criminal penalties and require jail time for people who block highways during protests if their action impedes emergency vehicles. The legislation is a response to the protests following the killing of George Floyd, a Black man, by a police officer last year in Minneapolis. The House passed Bill 9 on a 90-55 vote. It now heads to the Senate, the Texas Tribune reports.…
Police reform bills were introduced across the country after the shocking death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year. Texas was no exception. At the end of last month, the Texas House approved three reform measures that form part of a larger raft of legislation relating to police conduct. A jury convicted Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, of the murder of Floyd last month. He is awaiting sentencing. The Texas House approved three police reform measures soon after the verdict. The bills would require law enforcement agencies in Texas to beef up their disciplinary actions against police following…
Date rape allegations are taken very seriously by authorities, particularly if a drug is used. In Texas, the authorities are investigating allegations of date rape at the Texas Capitol. The TV station KVUE reported a Capitol staffer claimed she was drugged with a date-rape drug by a lobbyist during a meeting in downtown Austin. The report stated the Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the alleged sexual assault. DPS spokesman Travis Considine told the media he was not unable to give any specifics, including where and when the attack allegedly happened. Officials also said they were not yet prepared…
In recent years, the instances of credit card fraud have continued to increase. As a result, prosecutors take credit card fraud very seriously, and the penalties for a conviction can be tougher than you might realize. Furthermore, as federal law enforcement continues to develop more sophisticated tools for tracking down cyber criminals, it’s reasonable to expect that prosecutions for these types of offenses will rise. How Common Is Credit Card Fraud? Just about everyone uses credit in some form or another, and many people shop online or conduct other kinds of business with a credit card over the internet. Whether…
A defendant’s mental illness makes him or her less morally culpable of a crime and should be taken into consideration as a reason to avoid the death penalty, according to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. However, states can and do execute defendants who suffer from mental illnesses. Texas is no exception. The Death Penalty Information Center lists four prisoners who were executed in the Lone Star State despite suffering from severe mental health issues such as paranoid schizophrenia. In some cases, the perseverance of legal teams can pay off. This month, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals tossed out the…
As criminal defense lawyers, we do everything in our power to keep defendants out of jail. We realize that Texas’s jails and prisons are hazardous places that can harm inmates. This was again illustrated by the tragic death of Marvin Scott III in Collin County. Police arrested Scott, a Black man, in Allen for allegedly possessing less than two ounces of marijuana last month. The 26-year-old was taken to a local jail and later pronounced dead, the Texas Tribune reported. Now, seven detention officers in Collin County have been fired for allegedly restraining Scott, according to the Tribune. An investigation…