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Messina Madson & Kendall Castello, MC Criminal Law

When an Inmate's Rights Are Violated

The rights of inmates while they are under the care of a correctional institution can be complex. Inmates have the right to humane conditions, freedom from discrimination and harassment, nutrition, adequate medical care, and counsel, among other rights.
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Crimes That Can Lead to Deportation

Immigration and criminal law are two distinct legal fields, but they can intersect in several ways. If you are a non-citizen facing criminal charges, it is important to understand how the outcome of your criminal case could lead to deportation.
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Messina Madson & Kendall Castello, MC Criminal Law

What to Expect at a Title IX Hearing

In Texas, post-secondary institutions — colleges and universities — use Title IX hearings to investigate and remedy allegations of sexual misconduct involving students and faculty members. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there were 11,800 total reported forcible sex offense incidents on campuses of tertiary institutions throughout the United States in 2019, which constituted 43 percent of all criminal incidents.
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How Bail Works in Texas

People arrested for crimes are often required to stay in jail while awaiting trial. In most cases, the only way to get out of jail before the trial date is to post bail. If you are arrested and taken into custody, you may not have to spend hours or days behind bars if you understand how bail works in Texas.
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What You Should Know About Plea Bargains

When you get offered a plea bargain in your criminal case, do not accept it just yet. Whether or not you should agree to a plea bargain depends on the specific circumstances of your case. With any issues with the law, your first step should be to talk to an attorney.
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Understanding DNA Used as Evidence

DNA can significantly affect the outcome of a criminal case. DNA could be the most valuable piece of evidence in your case when facing criminal charges—evidence provided by DNA can either connect you to the crime or prove your innocence.
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What Is a Wobbler Offense?

Many Texans know that crimes in the state are divided into misdemeanors and felonies. But most do not understand that a criminal offense can also be a “wobbler” and can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony.
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What Are the Rules on Self Defense in Texas?

If you were in a situation in which you needed to use self-defense, and now you are facing criminal charges or are under investigation, you might be wondering about the rules for self-defense in Texas.
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Common Myths About the Criminal Justice System

If you or your loved one has been arrested or charged with a crime, it is critical to understand how the criminal justice system works. With more than three decades of combined experience as former prosecutors, our criminal defense attorneys at Madson Castello Law know the ins and outs of America’s criminal justice system. From our office in Dallas, Texas, we provide trusted legal representation to clients facing criminal charges throughout North Texas, including Denton, McKinney, and Fort Worth. We’re here to help you navigate this difficult time.
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FAQ: Domestic Violence

Charges against an act of domestic violence are serious. When you come face to face with the reality of its consequences, whether you were innocent or not, it may feel like there’s nowhere left to go. However, it’s important to understand that you have rights, and it’s important to practice those rights, and an attorney can not only help you understand them but also fight for them.
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