Prescription Drugs and Trafficking in Texas

The United Nations’ Office on Drugs and Crime issued a World Drug Report in 2005, which estimated the size of the global illicit drug market at $320 billion. At the time, the primary concerns were opioids (specifically heroin) and cocaine. It has been 18 years, and the UN’s focus has shifted. In the 2020 report,…

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Texas’ Potential New Handgun Law Is Raising Concerns

Texas is primed to pass the most lenient Constitutional carry law in the United States. The change would allow anyone who is over the age of 21 to carry a handgun in the state without licensing or training. When Governor Abbott signs House Bill 1927 into law, Texas would become the largest state in the…

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Some of the Strangest Deadly Weapons in History

Assault charges can lead to some serious consequences. Aggravated assault, particularly with a deadly weapon, can lead to felony charges and prison time. The definition of “deadly weapon” can be a tricky one. Although it typically means something like a gun, bat, or a knife, it can encompass anything that can cause physical harm to…

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Help with Federal Drug Trafficking Charges in Texas

Drug trafficking involves the unlawful sale, distribution, transportation, manufacturing, and import/export of controlled substances. This is a federal and felony crime and much more serious than drug possession. Also called drug distribution, penalties for conviction for drug trafficking can vary widely depending on the type of drugs involved, the quantity, and the geographic area of…

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Veterans, Violent Crimes, and PTSD – How an Attorney Can Help

Veterans are rarely violent criminals. It is simply not the military way of life. However, when a combat veteran is charged with a violent crime, like an assault, non-veteran prosecutors or district attorneys may ignore the underlying trauma and conditions which affect combat vets in ways civilians cannot understand. Defense attorneys with experience working with…

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Rick Perry Backs “Magic Mushroom” Bill for Veterans with PTSD

The Texas Tribune recently reported that former governor Rick Perry made a return to the Capitol to support a bill calling for a clinical study of psilocybin, commonly known as the active ingredient in “magic mushrooms.” This study is aimed specifically at evaluating the efficacy and safety of psilocybin for treating veterans suffering from post-traumatic…

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Can I Get a Texas DWI for Taking Kratom and Driving?

Kratom is an herbal supplement derived from a tropical tree called the Mitragyna speciosa. This tree, which is member of the coffee family, is native to Southeast Asia, where people have used its leaves as both a sedative and a stimulant for centuries. Today, people worldwide tout the benefits of kratom for treatment of opioid…

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Why Do People Make False Confessions?

Thousands of people across the United States are in prison due to wrongful convictions. Many of these wrongful conviction cases are due to false confessions. It can be difficult to understand why someone would confess to a crime they did not commit, especially crimes like murder or sexual assault. However, there are a variety of…

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What Is the Texas “Second Look” Bill?

Texas State Representative Brad Buckley, R-Killeen, has co-authored the “Second Look” Bill, legislation that would require the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to give certain youth offenders a second look at parole at 20 years, instead of 30 or 40 years. It also requires the Board to look at the personal growth and maturity…

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