What Happens If I Am Charged With Possessing Drugs Near a School?

August 17th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime

Drug crimes are often not just about the offense, but also where the offenses took place. The Texas legislature has declared a number of areas within the state as “drug-free zones.” A person arrested for possession of a controlled substance within such a “zone” faces enhanced criminal penalties if convicted at trial. Officer’s “Well-Being” Check […]

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What Happens When I Plead Guilty to a Drug Charge in Texas?

June 5th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime

Drug charges often carry significant penalties in Texas. For example, possession of more than 400 grams of methamphetamine is a first-degree felony under the Texas Penal Code, punishable by a prison term of up to 99 years. This is why if you are charged with possession of any amount illegal drugs, it is important to […]

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How Can I Prove the Drugs Do Not Belong to Me?

May 25th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime

A key issue in many Houston-area drug crimes cases is proving the defendant actually had possession of an illegal substance. For instance, if a police officer pulls you over for a traffic violation and sees a bag of marijuana on the seat next to you, she’s going to assume those are your drugs. But what […]

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When Can the Police Search My Car for Drugs?

April 26th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime

Many drug crimes cases in Texas start with a traffic stop. Texas law enforcement officers are trained to profile certain types of individuals as possible drug traffickers. If you are stopped by police, the most important thing to remember is you have a constitutional right to remain silent: Anything can and will be used against […]

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Trump and Marijuana Laws in Harris County

March 16th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime, Marijuana Possession

President Donald J. Trump stunned many political observers and pundits by winning the presidential election in 2016. He has promised that his administration will depart radically from the administration of President Barack H. Obama in virtually every way: President Trump has announced, for instance, plans to roll back or repeal President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, […]

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What Ultimately Happens to the Drugs Confiscated by Police?

February 16th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime, Marijuana Possession

Every day there are dozens of people arrested for drug crimes in Houston and throughout Texas. Most of these charges relate to simple possession of illegal drugs allegedly found on the defendant. So what happens when the police actually confiscate something they believe to be illegal narcotics? Using Drugs as Evidence First and foremost, the […]

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Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs in Texas

November 16th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Drug Crime, Understanding Texas Law

Although drug crimes are often associated with illegal narcotics such as cocaine or marijuana, prescription drug abuse is actually the “fastest-growing drug problem” in the United States, according to the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy. In many cases legally obtained prescription drugs are illegally resold or distributed to others. This is why […]

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The Legal Dangers of Methamphetamines

March 22nd, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime, Possession, Understanding Texas Law

Methamphetamines—often known as crystal meth—constitute a powerful stimulant that can produce an immediate sense of euphoria in the human brain. While methamphetamine is occasionally prescribed as a medical treatment for attention deficit order, it is considered a highly dangerous narcotic. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, methamphetamine use can lead to “anxiety, confusion, insomnia, […]

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Decriminalizing Marijuana May Become Reality in Texas

May 14th, 2015 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime, Marijuana Possession

State representative Joe Moody (D-El Paso) authored HB 507, a bill that would essentially decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. The bill would specifically remove the threat of arrest, jail time, and a criminal record for possession if you possess up to one ounce of marijuana. Instead, the penalty for such a small possession […]

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Houston Police Officer Charged in Cocaine Conspiracy

May 11th, 2015 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime, Houston Criminal Cases

A longtime Houston Police Department officer was charged just last month in connection with trafficking huge amounts of cocaine into Texas, according to the Houston Chronicle. The officer, Noe Juarez, was arrested by federal agents in the FBI and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and faces an indictment in federal court in Louisiana. He was charged […]

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