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September 2016 Archives

Drunk driving patch might hit market

Texas residents who are concerned with the presence of drivers who have had too much to drink on highways and rural roads might be pleased to learn of a product that has been developed in the neighboring state of New Mexico. A start-up company called DermaTec has invented a patch that can detect the amount of alcohol that a person has imbibed by measuring his or her sweat. It works by changing colors the more a person drinks.

A second look at forensic evidence

DNA, bite marks, hair samples. You've seen them all used in the courtroom TV shows as undeniable proof of guilt. It's physical evidence, something a jury can look at and connect to the accused. The problem is that it's not always gathered, identified or explained right.

Number of Texas A&M Sigma Nu Fraternity Members Charged With Drug Crimes Grows

The Texas A&M Sigma Nu Fraternity drug and death scandal continues to grow. The police have charged six more fraternity members as a result of the overdose death of Texas A&M University student Anton Gridnev. The college sophomore was an economics major.

New test may be able to determine marijuana usage

Texas motorists may soon have to worry about police using new forms of evidence to prove intoxication. Researchers at Stanford University recently declared that they have created a test that could be administered at traffic stops to determine whether drivers are under the influence of marijuana. According to reports, the test examines saliva specimens and uses magnetic nanoscale technology to determine whether the fluid actually contains THC molecules.

5 arrested after caller tips police about marijuana smell

Five Texas men were charged with drug possession on Sept. 9 after an anonymous tip led to a search and subsequent seizure. The Santa Rosa Police Department received a call from an anonymous tipster on the evening of Sept. 8 about the smell of marijuana coming from a residence off of San Roman Avenue.

Stiff Penalties for Drug Charges - Why You Need an Attorney

When it comes to penalties for drug possession, the Lone Star State has some of the stiffest. For example, possession of up to four ounces of marijuana could result in a $4,000 fine and up to a year in jail. Simple sale of paraphernalia carries the same penalties. Possession of four ounces to five pounds of cannabis is classified as a felony, and can lead to two years imprisonment and a fine of $10,000. Additionally, on final conviction of a drug offense, the violator's driver's license is automatically suspended. And Texas has more arrests for marijuana possession than almost any other state; 2013 saw 70,000 caught with the stuff.

Can my teenager be charged for a school fight?

Indiscretions are expected in youth. There are growing pains and mistakes made on the path to becoming a responsible adult. Yet, there is a precedent of charging minors as adults, with the real threat of serving time and a permanent record when teenagers act out.

If your child was caught with weed, the punishment may exceed the crime

Since Colorado legalized marijuana, laws and attitudes have loosened across the country. A common mantra is that it's a harmless drug and a lesser crime-which, here in the state of Texas, is not the case. Regardless of word on the streets, marijuana is a controlled substance with its own penalty grouping under Texas law. Sentencing for marijuana possession varies widely depending on an offender's record and the amount he or she was carrying, but many first-time offenders can keep their record clean.

Obama continues to commute sentences of federal inmates

The record-setting number of sentence commutations granted by President Obama could ultimately shift harsh attitudes toward drug offenders in Texas. The White House counsel emphasized that the president was using his clemency powers to bring attention to the harsh sentences often given to people convicted of nonviolent drug crimes.

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