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Possible consequences of drug use for teens

Texas teenagers who use drugs with friends may face severe consequences. Legally, they could be charged as a drug dealer for sharing them or with homicide if a friend overdoses as a result.

According to CNN, nearly a quarter of high school teenagers said they had used marijuana within the past year. However, prescription drugs are becoming more popular, and The Foundation for a Drug-Free World reports that for the vast majority of prescription drug addicts, the addiction begins in the teen years. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that one-quarter of abusers of prescription drugs began taking them before the age of 13.

Texas man faces drug charges after traffic stop

A Texas man is facing drug charges after he was arrested by Bryan police at a traffic stop on Dec. 21, 2018. According to police, the 24-year-old man was found carrying almost 30 grams of methamphetamine in his pants pocket. The man was arrested by police after they checked the license plate of a car parked on Long Drive. While the car soon drove away from the area, police noticed that the car owner's license was suspended. They pulled the car over near an access road to Texas State Highway 6.

Police spoke with the driver, who reportedly consented to a search of the vehicle. The Bryan police claimed that the passenger appeared to be nervous and was reluctant to leave the vehicle. Police say that the man told them that he was upset because he had previously been arrested on a drug charge. While searching the vehicle, police said that they found a small amount of marijuana as well as 27.3 grams of crystal meth in the possession of the passenger. Police also claimed that the man said that he was planning to sell the methamphetamine to make money to pay a lawyer to defend him from the outstanding drug charges.

7 people in Texas charged with multiple drug offenses

The Chambers County Sheriff's Office has reported that deputies arrested seven people after conducting searches at two locations. In Stowell, law enforcement searched a property in the 300 block of Avenue E. An RV park in Winnie on the 100 block of Fear Road was the scene of the second search.

Authorities took into custody six men and one woman as a result of the property raids. According to the sheriff's office, deputies seized marijuana, edible THC, a sedative called promethazine, a muscle relaxer called carisoprodol, methamphetamine and ecstasy.

How to avoid a New Year's Eve DWI

Police forces around Texas are extra vigilant on New Year's Eve. Plenty of people drink alcohol to celebrate the upcoming new year, and they will arrest anyone they suspect is under the influence. Although DWIs have decreased in recent years around the state, they are still prevalent and still dangerous to everyone else on the road. 

You do not want to ring in 2019 with a DWI on your record. Before you head out to a party, brush up on what steps to take to avoid driving under the influence this New Year's Eve. 

Police say Texas house was used to grow marijuana

Two men have been charged with possession of between 50 and 2,000 pounds of marijuana after the search of a San Leon home allegedly led to the discovery of an elaborate marijuana growing operation. The search was conducted on Nov. 28 by deputies from the Galveston County Sheriff's Office and members of the office's Special Crimes Unit, Identification Division and Tactical Response Team.

Deputies say that the Avenue K residence had been converted into a sophisticated marijuana growing enterprise. During the search, deputies are said to have discovered 124 marijuana plants and about 25 pounds of marijuana buds that had already been cultivated. Equipment used to grow and cultivate marijuana was found inside the home along with $3,167 in cash according to media accounts of the operation. Evidence was also discovered that led deputies to a second residence where an additional 4 pounds of cultivated marijuana and $3,150 in currency were seized.

Reforms in the First Step Act

The First Step Act, a bill that is in Congress, would make a number of changes to the criminal justice system that could affect individuals in Texas. Some of its changes are issues that are already supposed to be enforced by the Bureau of Prisons but are not.

The bill would make changes in the sentencing of people convicted of offenses involving crack cocaine that were addressed in the Fair Sentencing Act in 2010 retroactive. That act made an effort to close the disparity between sentencing of people charged with cocaine-related offenses, who tended to be white, and those charged with crack cocaine offenses, who tended to be African-American. This is expected to affect around 2,600 people.

When a police mistake leads to criminal charges

You have certain unalienable rights. That's something every Texan learns in civics class. And even if you happened to miss that day, you likely know the words of the Miranda warning because of television. You have the right to remain silent and refuse to answer police questions without an attorney present.

A right to be free of government intrusion is granted by the Constitution, as well. And while that right is not absolute, authorities are required to be careful when infringing on it. Overstepping the bounds happens more often than most people know. Sometimes it happens on purpose. Sometimes it occurs because officers are blind to crossing the line. Regardless, anyone facing criminal charges as a result needs strong legal advocacy in addressing the potential consequences.

Marijuana legalization brings warnings about impaired driving

According to safety officials from several U.S. transportation agencies, regulators should do more to mitigate the dangers of more permissive drug use in many states throughout the country. While marijuana remains illegal in Texas, officials fear that greater use of pot in places like California and Colorado will increase incidents of impaired driving. The National Transportation Safety Board is advocating that police use devices to test drug impairment.

These NTSB recommendations were sparked by an investigation of a crash in rural Texas that killed 13. The fatal accident was caused by a pickup truck driver who was intoxicated with marijuana and some prescription drugs. Video evidence clearly showed that the driver was swerving onto the shoulder and over the center divider for 15 minutes before the crash. Agents believe there was likely ample opportunity to pull over this truck before the accident happened.

How Texas punishes DWI offenses

The state of Texas has severe penalties for those the courts convict of driving while intoxicated. These vary depending on a range of factors, including whether or not it is your first offense, as well as the amount of alcohol in your system at the time of arrest.

It is crucial for you to understand the consequences that come with a DWI conviction, as knowing what you stand to lose can help underscore the importance of building a strong and strategic DWI defense.

An overview of DWI law in Texas

Texas motorists who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol could be charged with DWI. There may also be a penalty for those who fail to submit to a breath test when asked by authorities to take one. The type of penalties a person may face for a DWI conviction depend on a person's prior record and circumstances specific to the case. For instance, a charge may be more serious if a child is in the car with an impaired driver.

In such a scenario, an individual could spend up to two years in state prison. The prison time would be in addition to a 180-day license suspension and a $10,000 fine. Enhanced penalties may also apply if a driver has a blood alcohol content of .15 percent or higher. Drivers under the age of 21 may be charged with a DWI if they have a BAC of .02 or higher.


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