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Expunging a Felony in Texas

Expunging a Felony 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

No Refusal Weekends 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 refuse to submit…
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Increase in Drugged DWI

Increase in Drugged DWI 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 number for drivers killed…
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What is a Controlled Substance?

What is a 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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Increase in Prescription Drug Fraud Cases

Increase in Prescription Drug Fraud Cases On July 13, 2017, federal officials announced that they were filing charges against more than 400 individuals for their roles in multiple fraud schemes involving about $1.3 billion in false Medicare billings. According to the FBI, the coordinated nationwide sweep by more than 1,000 law enforcement personnel—operating as part…
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