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Texas Bill for Higher Concentration Cannabis

Texas May Expand Medical Marijuana There are currently several bills in the Texas House of Representatives that are seeking to expand Texas’ Compassionate Use Act (CUA) which allows for people with intractable epilepsy to be prescribed medical marijuana. There are also two Texas Senate bills seeking to expand the CUA but they differ in their…
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Expunging a Felony in Texas

Expunging Felony Charges in Texas It is not uncommon for employers to ask applicants whether they have any felony convictions on employment applications. Criminal background checks are incredibly common among employers across the nation, and an individual or company is justified in not hiring people who have previously committed crimes that could impact their business…
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Should I Get a Public Defender or a Court-Appointed Attorney?

Should I Get a Public Defender or a Court-Appointed Attorney? The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution establishes that: In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall…
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No Refusal Weekends

What Is a No Refusal Weekend? During certain holidays or major events, many law enforcement agencies will advertise so-called “No Refusal Weekends,” drunk driving prevention efforts in which motorists are told that they cannot refuse chemical testing requests. Police officers may be authorized to conduct forced blood draws during these weekends when alleged offenders do…
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Increase in Drugged DWI

Drug DWIs Are On the Rise in Texas In April 2017, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) released a comprehensive update of their 2015 report about drug use on our nation’s roadways, “Drug Impaired Driving: A Guide for States.” The report highlighted the first time that the…
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What is a Controlled Substance?

Texas’s Definition of Controlled Substance Any illicit drug or prescription medication for which its manufacture, possession, or use is regulated by the state or federal government is referred to as a controlled substance. Both the Federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and the Texas Controlled Substances Act classify controlled substances into different “schedules” or groups. The…
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How Serious Is a Possession of Marijuana Charge?

How Serious Is a Possession of Marijuana Charge? In November 2012, KUT-FM reported that an open records request showed that more than a quarter of the 18,000 people busted by the Austin Police Department (APD) for marijuana possession since 2009 were given notices to appear (commonly referred to as “marijuana tickets”) instead of being placed…
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What Happens If This Is My Second DWI?

Second DWI Charges in Texas Many people who have been arrested for their first driving while intoxicated (DWI) offense in Texas hope that their lack of a prior criminal record will be a mitigating factor that convinces prosecutors to reduce the criminal charge. A person is not afforded this luxury when he or she is…
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Getting a DWI Reduced

Reducing DWI Charges in Texas The term “wet reckless” typically refers to a reckless driving offense that was originally charged as a driving while intoxicated (DWI) arrest. Wet reckless charges are often the result of plea bargaining between a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney. While guilty pleas are more common in cases that have…
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