When Texas police are about to make a drug arrest, they "confirm" that the substance they have found is actually an illegal drug with inexpensive test kits. However, a commission that was created to review wrongful convictions in the state determined that these drug field test kits are unreliable and should not be used alone to make drug convictions.
Whether it was a complete surprise or you saw it coming, finding out that your teenager has been charged with a drug crime is a very difficult thing to go through as a parent.
While several states have legalized recreational marijuana use, Texas still has some of the nation's harshest marijuana laws on its books.
Many states throughout the country have loosened their treatment of marijuana possession offenses. Texas is not one of these states, so far, anyway.
With recreational marijuana now legal in four states and medical marijuana now legal in more than 20 states, one would think that baking a pan of pot brownies wouldn't be such a big deal, right? Wrong, if you live in the state of Texas.
Anyone who has been convicted of a crime in the past knows that a criminal record has far-reaching consequences. Even years after you have carried out your sentence, you may find yourself unable to get a job, a loan or a place to live because of one mistake.
So the police show up at your door and want to search your home. First never consent to anything the police want you to do. Tell them to come back when they have a Search Warrant. Should they have that Search Warrant, you have to allow them access to your entire home. Including bed rooms, safes and drawers. That piece of paper allows them to rummage through your entire home. This even allows them to break into desk, safes and locked rooms.
Each week many residents of Houston, Texas, likely tune in to the television show "The Voice," to watch some of their favorite performers build a team of singers hoping to make it in the business. One of those four judges is Cee Lo Green. It is likely that Green is thinking less about mentoring performers these days however, as he was recently charged with a drug felony. More specifically the quirky performer is accused of providing a woman with the drug ecstasy in the course of a dinner date. The 38-year-old was charged with furnishing a controlled substance. He pled not guilty.
While there are many different crimes that are prosecuted at the federal level, drug cases are some of the most prevalent. As a result of the resources available to prosecutors at this level, it is not uncommon for convictions to be the end result. Because of federal mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines that are applied, these convictions often result in serious consequences, sending many people, including some in New York City, to prison for long periods of time.