The Fourth Amendment guarantees Americans have protections against unlawful searches and seizures. It applies to everything a person owns, including the home, body and car.
In Texas, it is illegal to possess marijuana. So, if you have some in your car, you may be understandably distressed if you are pulled over.
Texas has extremely limited marijuana stores. Although the first marijuana dispensary opened near Austin in early February, only people who suffer from intractable epilepsy can buy anything.
One of the most well-known tropes of cop television shows is a person's right to remain silent. This Miranda Warning protects people from making incriminating statements. Anyone placed under arrest has a right to consult with a lawyer first before talking directly to law enforcement.
Now that several states in the country have changed their laws to allow the legal sale of marijuana and associated substances such as THC and hash oil, many new legal questions are arising, especially for states like Texas where those new laws do not apply. Of the states surrounding Texas, several have laws permitting either medical or recreational use of marijuana, or both.
Drunk driving is a serious issue in Texas. Every 20 minutes in the state, someone is either injured or killed in a car accident involving alcohol.
With marijuana becoming legal in some other states, it is important for Texas residents to know where it is not legal: Texas. While the criminalization of marijuana may change in upcoming years, it is still a crime to possess even small amounts of marijuana.
The House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee sent House Bill 81 to the House for a vote. HB 81 reduces the charges for having an ounce of marijuana or less, or marijuana as it is written in the bill. It would eliminate jail time and threat of arrest. Instead, the offense would merit a fine of $250.