It should come as no surprise that Texas maintains fairly harsh punishments for drug possession. Whether you face charges of possession of marijuana or methamphetamines, or anything in between, you could face years of jail time and thousands of dollars in fines if you do not act quickly to defend your future.
Texas has some of the strictest drug laws in the country. If the court has charged an individual with manufacturing or cultivating illegal drugs, the consequences can be severe. If you have taken part in any portion of the production process, the court can charge you with a criminal offense. Even the selling of certain chemicals, equipment, or an offer to assist with production can result in a criminal charge.
Probation might seem like the best resolution to your criminal case. You might soon realize this isn't really the case once you learn about the terms of probation. You can face a very limited life. If you don't abide by the restrictions and rules, you can face a probation violation.
The state of Texas doesn't deal kindly with shoplifters. Even those accused of taking an item worth $20 could receive a $500 fine and up to a year in jail. First time offenders and those taking things that the court considers basic survival items, such as non-luxury food items, may receive more lenient sentencing. Overall, however, repeat offenders and those taking items for personal pleasure may face serious consequences for shoplifting in Texas. For those accused of shoplifting something worth $1,500 or more, the charges could increase from misdemeanor charges to felony theft charges.
Marijuana has remained popular for decades despite its illegality. Many times, the distinct odor associated with the plant is what helps law enforcement find people who are using or cultivating this prohibited plant. Marijuana users and growers have found a way to minimize that risk - creating butane hash oil. Also called BHO, wax, oil or shatter, this marijuana concentrate comes from chemically extracting the active ingredients in marijuana. While it often retains some of the smell of the plant, it is often fainter and easier to conceal. BHO is also many times stronger than plant-form marijuana.
Most Texas residents know they can invoke their Fifth Amendment right to remain silent if a police officer asks them a question. The Fifth Amendment protects against 'self-incrimination' by allowing you to remain silent and ask for a lawyer.
Over the course of recent years, the opinions of the general population of the nation regarding marijuana and its use have been steadily changing. The rise of the use of marijuana for medical purposes and the growing body of research regarding the drug have done a lot to push the idea of "reefer madness" out of the minds of most people. However, the laws of states are sometimes slow to catch up with public opinion.
Texans' love of football is legendary. Texans' love of drinking while watching football may be a close second. According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT), the number of people driving while intoxicated sharply increases during football season in Texas.
In a criminal defense appeals case heard by the United States Supreme Court, the juvenile was a 13 year old special education student in 2005 when the police showed up at his school to question him about a string of neighborhood burglaries. The police had learned that the boy was in possession of a camera that had been reported stolen. The boy was escorted to a school conference room, where he was interrogated in the presence of school officials. The juvenile's parents were not contacted, and he was not given any Miranda warnings.
In a recent criminal defense case the interaction between an officer and the Defendant was a mere "encounter" rather than an investigative detention in Hughes v. State because the officer activated the squad car's white overhead lights rather than the red and blue lights. Also, the position of the car relative to the defendant's vehicle did not entirely prevent the defendant from leaving.