Nonwhites in Texas who are offered plea deals in criminal cases may not be getting the same bargains as their white counterparts. According to a study of Wisconsin misdemeanor cases by a Loyola University professor, white defendants are more likely to get charges reduced, dismissed or dropped. If black people had no criminal history, they were still less likely to get their charges reduced than white people with no criminal history.
Marijuana laws are steadily evolving across the country. However, possessing any amount of marijuana is still a crime in Texas.
Many advocates of marijuana have scoffed at the notion that it is a so-called gateway drug which will inevitably lead to the use and abuse of harder drugs. While its legalization for medical purposes has proven beneficial in some states, the evidence remains that it is linked to increased likelihood of heroin and cocaine use.
When an individual is taken into custody, that person may be given a citation and a promise to appear in court. However, a Texas resident may also be taken to jail after being taken into custody, and at that point, it may be necessary to bail out. A judge will determine if a person is eligible for bail and how much a person needs to pay to buy his or her freedom.
When an individual is charged with a crime in Texas, the prosecutor is obligated to share any exculpatory evidence uncovered during their investigation of the defense. Unfortunately, some prosecutors skirt this responsibility, which could lead to the conviction of an innocent person.
In September, a man in Texas pleaded guilty to two counts of theft over $200,000. The 69-year-old Killeen man was accused of embezzling over $2 million from the 195 Lumber Co. while he was employed as the company's chief financial officer. A sentencing hearing for the man's case has been scheduled to take place on Nov. 4.
When an attack or altercation breaks out in Texas and authorities file assault charges, the circumstances of the situation will determine the severity of the alleged offense. The extent of harm caused and the target of the violence or threat play significant roles in the application of the laws.
If a Texas resident is said to be complicit in a crime, it means that he or she helped or played a role in the commission of the felony or misdeameanor. In some cases, an accomplice may face the same penalties as the person who actually committed the crime. This is generally true if a person encouraged an illegal act to take place or didn't do anything to prevent it from happening.
You ended up in the county jail after being arrested for drug possession at a party on Saturday night. Your friends had handed you their stashes to hold and then vanished. Now, the detective said something about you holding enough drugs to be facing a felony charge.
A person who has been charged with committing a crime in Texas may present witness testimony and other evidence to uphold their defense. Witnesses are people who answer questions during a trial but who typically do not express their opinions.