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Two men facing drug charges after traffic stop

Two Texas men are facing felony drug charges after getting arrested at a traffic stop in La Porte. According to La Porte police, the two men were found to have 17 grams of methamphetamine in the car when they were stopped by police on Oct. 26. Police say that when they pulled over the vehicle, they heard or saw something that gave them probable cause to search the vehicle. After police brought a drug dog to the car, they found 1.7 grams of meth that belonged to the driver, a 36-year-old man.

In addition, police say that the passenger, also a 36-year-old man from Houston, was in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine. Police also found a locked safe inside the vehicle, which they confiscated when they arrested the two men for drug offenses. The first man was charged with a third-degree felony count of possession of a controlled substance while the second man was charged with a state jail felony of possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram of methamphetamine.

There are ways to get your DUI dismissed

Even if you fully understand that drinking and driving is a serious mistake, it doesn't mean you'll never partake in this behavior. If you do this, you're taking a big risk with your health and safety, while also putting yourself in position to face DUI charges.

There is a big difference between a DUI charge and a DUI conviction. Even if you're arrested for this crime, it doesn't necessarily mean a conviction will follow. There are steps you can take to get your DUI dismissed, so it's important to learn more about your legal rights.

Elements of assault and battery in Texas

In the state of Texas, the same elements apply to both assault and battery cases. A person commits assault if he or she makes contact with another individual with an intent to injure him or her. It may also be assault if a person makes contact with another in a manner that would reasonably be expected to cause harm. Someone who threatens to harm another person or his or her family member could also be charged with a crime.

Aggravated assault occurs if an individual is seriously injured or harmed because an assailant used a weapon. Depending on the details of the case, an individual who commits assault could be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony. Typically, if no aggravating factors are present, an individual will be charged with a misdemeanor. Individuals will generally face a fine or jail time, and the penalties are increased for an assault on a family member or elderly person.

Man charged with drug crimes after traffic stop

A Texas man is now facing drug charges after a bag of meth held together with duct tape was found in his car door by police during a traffic stop. The 45-year-old man was driving on I-35 in Waco on Oct. 9 when he was pulled over. McLennan County Sheriff's deputies said that the man was following another car too closely in traffic at 5:55 p.m.

However, police said that when they stopped the man's car, he was behaving in an anxious, suspicious manner. They claimed that they saw methamphetamine in the cup holder of his car and demanded to search the vehicle. Authorities then found a bag covered in black duct tape in the door on the driver's side. Inside, police allegedly found 20.5 grams of meth. The driver was arrested and charged with drug crimes, including possession of a controlled substance of over 4 grams and less than 200 grams, a second-degree felony charge. Police also said that they planned to be more active on the highways in seeking out drug violations.

Despite legalization, more nationwide arrests for marijuana

Even as people in Texas and across the country have increasingly exhibited their disapproval of marijuana possession arrests with a growing number of states opting for full legalization, marijuana arrests are on the rise. Approximately every 48 seconds, someone is arrested on marijuana charges across the United States. Contrary to what some may expect, the vast majority of these arrests do not involve sales, distribution or production of cannabis. Instead, most people being arrested are charged with possession. In 2017, 599,282 people were arrested for marijuana possession, an increase from 587,516 in 2016.

These marijuana possession arrests mark the lion's share of the 659,700 arrests in 2017 and 653,249 one year earlier. About 40 percent of all drug arrests across the country were related to cannabis last year. Arrests for sales, distribution and production of cannabis actually declined in 2017, going from 65,734 one year earlier to 60,418. This trend in arrests comes despite the fact that a growing number of states are choosing to legalize marijuana, including Nevada, California, Maine and Massachusetts in 2016. All of the states' decriminalization of possession went into effect almost immediately while Nevada's legalization of recreational sales went into place in late 2017.

Drug raid results in seizure of $33,000 in drugs

Law enforcement officers in Texas raided a residence as part of an investigation to target alleged drug suppliers. The raid reportedly resulted in the seizure of 6.5 pounds of marijuana, an undetermined amount of Xanax, 198 doses of THC and approximately $7,000. The drugs are estimated to have a street value of $33,000.

The Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force conducted the investigation and drug raid. The search and seizure operation was the result of several months of undercover operations that focused on the supply locations and distribution of marijuana and THC in the local area. A search warrant was presented prior to the raid by local deputies.

What is the best assault and battery defense strategy?

If you are charged with assault and battery it's important to understand a few things. In addition to the situation that resulted in your charges, focus on the potential penalties and the best way to avoid the most serious consequences.

It's important to note that no two assault and battery cases are the same, with some straightforward and others full of complex details that complicate the legal process.

Woman busted for drugs in El Paso hotel

On Aug. 22, Texas authorities arrested a woman after drugs were allegedly found in her hotel room. The incident took place in Northeast El Paso.

According to the El Paso Police Department, officers were called to a Superlodge located at 9487 Dyer at approximately 7:30 p.m. Once there, they reportedly entered a guest room and found multiple people using a variety of illegal drugs. A search of the room turned up 11 grams of methamphetamine, 5 grams of cocaine, a small amount of marijuana, several glass pipes, a scale and a grinder. A 9mm handgun was also found.

Ankle monitors are another type of prison

In Texas and across the country, ankle monitors have often been promoted as a humane alternative to traditional incarceration. After a spate of negative publicity exposed the practice of Immigration and Customs Enforcement to separate undocumented immigrant parents and children, families have now been monitored through these devices. In addition, people accused of white-collar crimes have also been assigned ankle monitors on a fairly frequent basis. Research indicates that police and other agencies' use of electronic ankle monitors has more than doubled between 2005 and 2015.

A growing light has been shed on the negative social consequences of excessive incarceration, especially on communities of color. In response, ankle monitoring has been promoted as an alternative to prison. However, people who live with the monitors have noted that they face extensive restrictions that are often poorly understood. The monitors are usually equipped with GPS tracking, and people have spent time behind bars if the signal drops or provides inaccurate information.

Drug reform laws reduce racial disparities in arrests

As the public's view toward some drugs evolves in Texas, the results of drug law reforms in other places have eased racial disparities among people who get arrested. After California passed a proposition that changed some felony drug offenses to misdemeanors, researchers detected a drop in the disparity between arrested blacks and whites. From a disparity rating of 81 per 100,000 felony drug arrests, the difference dropped to 44 per 100,000 after only one month since the effective date of the law.

The researchers continued to collect data over five years from approximately one million drug arrests. The disparity between whites and Latinos remained largely unchanged, but the reduction in black arrests could have a positive influence on that community.

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