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The issue of how religious advisors can attend condemned prisoners might seem like a trivial one. However, it has now led to the third postponement of an execution in Texas. The U.S. Supreme Court halted the execution of John Ramirez this month nearly three hours after he was slated to die. It marked the third time since 2019 that the nation’s highest court has stopped an execution in Texas over the state’s prison system’s stance on religious advisors attending condemned prisoners, the Texas Tribune reported. The court requested oral arguments be brought before the justices in October or November. Ramirez…
“Sexual assault of a spouse is illegal under Texas law. In Texas, “marital rape” is considered sexual assault and may be charged as aggravated sexual assault if there were aggravating factors present when the assault took place. ” Says Mick Mickelsen, Dallas Sex Sexual Assault defense lawyer. In some cases, people mistakenly believe that it is impossible to sexually assault a spouse because the couple is married. However, this is an outdated concept and no longer the law in any state in the country. In a handful of states, the law carves out narrow exceptions for sexual assault that takes place…
Urban centers across the United States have recorded spikes in violent crime over the last year. Texas is no exception. Fort Worth, Houston, and Austin have experienced some of the biggest increases in the Lone Star State, according to recent statistics. Violent crimes in Texas comprise homicides, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults. According to homicide statistic rates from January through July 2021 collected by The Texan, Austin saw the biggest increase in killings with a homicide rate 68 percent above the year-to-date last year. The Texan reported Austin’s homicide rate equaled the total number of killings in 2020…
Vehicle crimes have risen over the last two years in Texas, prompting a $13.6 million crime prevention grant from the Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority to law enforcement agencies. The National Institute Crime Bureau recorded a 326 percent increase in catalytic converter thefts from 2019 to 2020 in an area including Central Texas. A report on ABC25 noted the grant from MVCPA will provide support for the setting up of motor vehicle crime enforcement teams. The teams will comprise seasoned investigators to note trends, use specialized equipment, and coordinate the crime prevention effort across Texas cities and counties that are…
Frauds and scams both involve using deception or manipulation to gain something for yourself, usually money or property, and therefore unfairly deprive another person of what rightfully belongs to them.  Some forms of fraud have been designated by federal and state governments as criminal offenses. These offenses may carry prison sentences and large fines, depending on the value of what was taken from the victim. Fraud and scams, both criminal and non-criminal, can also be civil wrongs, meaning that perpetrators of scams and fraudulent schemes can be taken to court and sued for monetary damages by their victims.  If you…
Sexual assault is a serious crime that can result in severe punishments if a defendant is convicted. In 2017, there were over 18,000 reported cases of sexual assault, and likely many more cases that went unreported. Sexual assault is unquestionably traumatizing for the victim and can lead to lifelong mental stress and emotional pain. Unfortunately, there are also cases in which someone is wrongfully accused of sexual assault. Once a person is accused, they may feel like everything is stacked against them. While the American justice system guarantees that everyone accused of sexual assault is innocent until proven guilty…
Defendants who are charged with violent or sexual crimes may find it more difficult to bond out of jail pretrial following legislation passed in the Texas legislature earlier this month. A report on Houston Public Media noted House Bill 2 and Senate Bill 6 would prevent a defendant from being released on a personal recognizance bond if he or she is charged with committing a violent crime or a sexual offense. The prohibition would also apply to defendants who commit crimes while they are already out of jail on bond. The authors of the bills claim some people charged with…
Dallas, TX , July 11, 2021 — New Website resource developed by Dallas based leading attorney Mick Mickelsen on the subject of Federal Money Laundering. Money laundering is generally understood to be the process of making illegally obtained money (such as the proceeds gained from drug trafficking) appear to be from a legitimate source. However, money laundering charges can be far broader than this, and the penalties they carry can be as severe as the penalties for the underlying crime involved. Dallas White Collar Criminal Defense Legal Expert Mick Mickelsen In a new article, Mick Mickelsen, a Texas Superlawyer with…
Texas’ prisons were dangerous places before COVID-19 swept through them in 2020 and 2021. The coronavirus killed hundreds, including some inmates who should have been released months earlier. A new report has found at least 18 people who had already been granted parole died with COVID-19 before they could leave prison. The new study from the University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs highlights unnecessary deaths in lock-ups during the pandemic. It describes how a “troubling number of people” in Texas prisons and jails are dying in custody before they even leave the prison gates.…
Mass shootings are tragic, high-profile, and often chaotic. The pressure is on police to make arrests quickly after shootings. On occasions, law enforcement officers make mistakes. Associated Press recently reported police have dropped charges against two juveniles after investigators identified a different shooter in an incident in downtown Austin that left a tourist dead and more than a dozen others injured. The shooting on June 12 on 6th Street followed a dispute between two groups of teens from the city of Killeen, according to media reports.  The shootings claimed the life of 25-year-old Douglas John Kantor. Police initially arrested Jeremiah…