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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.

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.

Adequate representation and the right to a fair trial

The Sixth Amendment guarantees individuals in Texas and elsewhere across the country the right to a fair trial. Courts display a strong presumption that a defendant's lawyer is acting within the range of reasonable professional assistance at any given time. In some situations, however, a client might have been so poorly represented that a court could ultimately be justified in overturning a guilty verdict that was handed down in a previous trial.

The Law In Texas And Assault Charges

In Texas, most assault charges have battery charges to go with them. If a defendant has been charged with assault, the allegation is that they have intentionally, and/or recklessly caused bodily hard to another person, threatened to cause bodily harm, or caused physical contact with a victim in order to provoke the victim. Regular, Class "C" assault charges are less serious than aggravated assault charges which either involved the use of a firearm or serious injury.

Why some judges and prosecutors prefer plea bargains

Texas residents who have heard of plea bargains might wonder who benefits in addition to the defendant. One reason both prosecutors and judges might prefer a plea bargain in some cases is because it reduces the number of trials they must participate in. Both prosecutors and judges have busy calendars, and a plea bargain allows them to focus that time on more serious cases. Similarly, a plea bargain, which usually comes with reduced penalties, frees up prison space for people who are facing more serious charges.

Assault Charge In Texas: Misdemeanor Or Felony?

Any time there are allegations of assault, it's a serious matter. However, people often wonder whether assault is classified as a felony or a misdemeanor in Texas. The answer is, "it depends." The Texas Penal Code assigns different levels of severity to different types of assault charges.

Why hire a private criminal defense attorney?

Much like cancer, nearly everyone can name at least one addict they know or are related to. Understand that there is no judgment here; just help. No matter what the circumstances were or what your previous criminal record is, you are going to need a defense attorney. To take that a step further you are going to need a good defense attorney. Let's examine some reasons to hire an experienced defense attorney rather than going with a public defender or a lawyer with little criminal case background.

The true scarlet letter of a criminal conviction

We would all like to think society forgives and forgets easily when a person has committed a crime and paid their dues. However, this does not seem to be the case. Even for nonviolent crimes, the social stigma is very real and long-lasting. According to a Justice Department Survey in 2012, state records across the country contain a total of 100 million criminal records. That is a huge chunk of our population that has been charged with a crime. But even with this vast number of people, they are still faced with ongoing consequences.

Driver impairment tests for marijuana may be flawed

As legalization of marijuana for recreational or medical use spreads to an increasing number of states, Texas authorities could find themselves faced with the potential need to evaluate individuals from those states for marijuana impairment at times. However, testing methods in some of the states with legalized marijuana use are viewed as questionable by AAA. Although blood alcohol testing is an effective indicator of impairment for those who are stopped for drinking and driving, testing the blood for THC may not give an accurate reading of the level of impairment experienced by a driver.

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