Generally speaking, if you tell someone you once shoplifted, most people wouldn't think much of it. It's fairly common for teens to shoplift and younger adults might even do so in a time of crisis. The problem with shoplifting is that it can get you into deep trouble with the law, even if the item you shoplift isn't worth a lot of money.
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.
In Texas, the law allows law enforcement agencies to seize assets from people suspected of crimes. The law does not require that the accused be convicted or even charged with a crime. Assets can be seized on mere suspicion of criminal activity.
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.
Texas has gained a notorious reputation for using the death penalty more than any other state. More than 500 people have been executed here since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976. However, according to an article from Dallas News, this year marks a substantial decline in executions. Is this a sign that Texas is lightening up on criminals?