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Category: Drug Crimes

Jan 8
2021

Will 2021 Be the Year Texas Legalizes? Maybe…But Not Yet

Drug Crimes | Marijuana

Many states have legalized marijuana in the last decade, and if some state lawmakers get their way, Texas may soon be added to the list.

The 2021 legislative session has a couple of pre-filled bills that seek to legalize marijuana in the state already on the docket. There are some promising signs that it could happen, especially since Texas legalized industrial hemp cultivation in 2019.

Still, marijuana is illegal in Texas at present. If you are caught with marijuana, then you can face some serious legal challenges.

While you can hope that one day Texas joins the slew of other states who have legalized it, today it’s a good idea to reacquaint yourself with the penalties you can face if [...]

Dec 25
2020

A Dozen-Plus Cannabis Bills Pre-filed by Texas Lawmakers

Drug Crimes | Drug Possession | Marijuana

 

In January, the 87th Texas State Legislature will convene. Bills have already started flooding the docket for the legislature, with many bills related to cannabis already being pre-filed.

Many Texas legislators are hoping Texas will join the states that have legalized cannabis. These bills don’t simply focus on legalization. There are also bills that seek to make medical cannabis legal in the state and to decriminalize marijuana.

Here is a rundown of a few of the bills that the new legislature will be considering and what they could mean for the great state of Texas.

The Current State of Cannabis in Texas

In Texas, marijuana is currently illegal in any form, and reform of these policies is slow [...]

Aug 23
2020

More Than 160 Drug Convictions Tied to Houston Officers are Dismissed

Criminal Defense | Drug Crimes | Police Misconduct

Drug charges are never to be taken lightly. In severe cases, conviction can result in years in prison and extremely high fines. However, just as there are laws that regular people must follow in order to avoid being arrested and prosecuted, police officers have rules and regulations that have to be obeyed as well. If this doesn’t happen, your case can be dismissed.

This is exactly what happened recently in Houston, where more than 160 cases were dismissed due to faulty arrests and police corruption. Moreover, as ABC News describes, “Prosecutors expect more cases will be dismissed. Earlier Wednesday, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals declared that one of the individuals whose case was dismissed earlier this year…was innocent.” The [...]

Feb 24
2020

US Attorney Announces Texas Cocaine Distribution Conspiracy Arrests

Drug Crimes | Drug Trafficking

Some gang activity has recently been brought to a halt in South Dallas after police made a dozen arrests in a cocaine distribution ring. The DEA takedown took place on Thursday, January 30.

During the takedown, officers seized over two and a half kilograms of cocaine, two dozen guns, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash. Eight of the 12 people arrested were members of the “357 Crips.” They have been charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.

Dallas Gang Members Face Multiple Drug Trafficking and Gun Charges

Some of the gang members have also been charged with other crimes, including:

  • possession with intent to distribute
  • possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug
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Nov 22
2019

Civil Forfeiture: The “Secret” Texas Drug Crime Penalty

Drug Crimes

Let’s say you get pulled over by the police as you’re driving your truck toward the border. The officers question you and find bullets in your car.

You have a concealed carry permit, but no weapons in the vehicle. The police don’t care that you’re just heading over the border to talk about business with a family member. They seize your truck.

You didn’t commit any crime whatsoever, but you can’t get your truck back. What would you say if we told you this scenario is perfectly legal in the state of Texas?

This exact situation has happened before due to a relatively unknown policy called civil forfeiture. Being aware of it could save you from unfairly losing out.

What

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Sep 5
2019

What Rules Does Texas Have About Police Dogs and Drug Charges?

Drug Crimes | Drug Possession | Drug Trafficking

The Fourth Amendment clearly states the right of all Americans to be protected against unlawful search and seizures by law enforcement. This right extends to someone’s property, home, and person.

But where do police dogs fit in?

You might have seen them at airports, music festivals, or other areas where drugs or weapons may be present.

Are these dogs violating your Fourth Amendment rights? What does that mean when they find controlled substances on your person and you are suddenly facing drug charges?

This Is Not a Texas Search: United States v. Place

Most likely, you will run into drug-sniffing dogs at airports. As you wait to check in or move through security, dogs might come around and sniff your [...]

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