Advancing technology has resulted in the expansion and creation of new drugs that are being utilized and consumed every day. In Austin, there has been a recent crackdown on new drugs, often called synthetic drugs or designer drugs. One of these drugs is called K2 and it mimics the effects of marijuana.
When getting together with friends or going out to dinner, it is common to enjoy an alcoholic beverage or two. The reality is that a couple of drinks or even one drink can mean that one's blood alcohol concentration rises above the legal limit for operating a vehicle. Unfortunately, this has led to some Austin residents being pulled over by authorities and charged with DWI. For many people facing a DWI charge, this is their first offense and they aren't sure what to expect.
When you are stopped by the police, you may feel powerless. However, the U.S. Constitution provides certain rights to all of us, and prohibits the police from certain abusive practices.
Any type of interaction with the police or the Texas legal system is a serious matter. The stakes become even higher if you are charged and convicted of a felony. Texas law allows for permanent restrictions on all convicted felons. This includes not just the sentence, but also consequences for future employment, educational opportunities and certain family law issues. There are many lifelong restrictions that will affect your future employment opportunities, as Texas statutes are in place that restrict convicted felons from pursuing careers in many occupations.
When it comes to accusations around "white collar crime," the charges can be varied and complicated. If a charge is brought against a person for financial crimes, such as embezzlement or fraud, these charges carry serious weight, in addition to the potential sentencing, if found guilty. Shockingly, fraud charges were recently brought against the Texas attorney general on basis of securities fraud. But, one of these charges was recently dropped in federal court.
Some mistakes can have bigger consequences than others. When a person makes the decision to drive after they have been drinking, they can face stiff penalties if they are convicted of a DWI.
Marijuana laws have been changing across the country, with Colorado and Washington leading the charge as the first to allow recreational use. Many states have also adopted policies for medicinal use of the drug, including Texas.