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Bryan man faces multiple drug charges

Understanding criminal defense protections is vital for individuals accused of drug crimes. A local man knows this firsthand as he was recently arrested on drug charges.

The 26-year-old man was arrested on drug charges, following a search of his home and is accused of possessing greater than $44,000 in illegal drugs and a stolen handgun. Authorities reported that the man was a passenger travelling in a vehicle stopped by police. The driver initially admitted to authorities that the drugs were his, but later changed his story and told police that the drugs belonged to the 26-year-old passenger who is now being held on charges related to that incident as well. The 26-year-old man was out on bond for a previous arrest.

When can one challenge a will?

For Texas family members who have concerns following the loss of a loved one, challenging a will is an important process for them to be familiar with. They may wonder though, under what circumstances they can contest a will. Most wills pass through the probate process without issue, but in some circumstances, parties, such as a spouse, may want to challenge a will.

A will contest can be based on a lack of testamentary capacity or undue influence. If there was undue influence on the estate planner when executing the will, such as duress, fraud or forgery, it may be possible to successfully challenge a will. Because there are important requirements for a will to be valid, including that the estate planner has sufficient capacity to execute a will, if those requirements are not met, it may be possible to challenge the will. There are also witness requirements, which can vary by state to be familiar with.

Legal resources to help young people accused of underage drinking

Underage drinking charges in Texas can have a serious impact on the life of a young person. Underage drinking charges can threaten the young person's future, education and employment opportunities. Underage drinking, minor in possession of alcohol, underage drunk driving or drug possession charges are all serious charges for a young person to face, which is why they should be familiar with their criminal defense rights and options.

There are potentially serious consequences and charges associated with underage drinking; the purchase or attempt to purchase alcohol by individuals under the age of 21; or the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by those under 21, including a minor intoxicated in public. Potential consequences include a Class C misdemeanor charge; a fine up to $500; up to 40 hours of community service; loss of driver's license up to 180 days; possible denial of a driver's license, if one has not already been obtained; and mandatory alcohol awareness class.

Serious sentences for drug offenses

Texas drug related crimes are increasingly prevalent. With the rising rates of addiction and increased access to illicit substances, crimes and penalties related to both drug possession and distribution have likewise been on the rise. This means, if one is facing charges related to a drug offense one could also be looking at some substantial penalties from that charge.

Drug laws and sentencing vary widely from state to state. For instance, penalties for a charge of simple possession can range from a small fine or a few days in jail, to up to several years in State prison, depending on the jurisdiction. In general, penalties for simple possession offenses tend to be less then those for intent to distribute, distribution and trafficking offenses.

Under the legal limit but also underage

Anytime you find yourself facing charges for driving under the influence it is a very serious and stressful situation. But, what if you are charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, but you aren't old enough to legally consume alcohol? This is a whole different ball game. There are often very serious penalties and lasting consequences for an underage DUI charge.

In many cases involving DUI charges you will often here talk about the legal limit, blood alcohol content and other evidence that may be used to prove these charges. The thing about an underage DUI is that it involves a whole different set of legal standards. In fact, maybe you only had one drink and you were actually under the legal limit for a DUI, but where you are also under the legal age this doesn't matter.

What is a financial power of attorney?

Are you in the process of creating an estate plan? Are you focusing most of your time on the best way to leave your assets behind upon your death?

While it's important to focus on your assets and whom to name as your beneficiary (or beneficiaries), don't lose sight of the many other things that go into creating a comprehensive estate plan.

Challenging a search warrant

Imagine the familiar scene from so many television cop shows: the police come knocking at your door with a search warrant. They enter your home and begin searching through all of your rooms and belongings. As a result of this search, the police recover an amount of illegal drugs and cash from a bedroom. Now you are charged with possession with intent to distribute these drugs. What can you do now?

It may seem like a hopeless cause when the police acted under the authority of a search warrant, but that does not mean that you don't have any defenses. The right to be free from unlawful search and seizure is one of the most highly regarded rights derived from our United States Constitution. The Fourth Amendment provides that people should be secure in their houses and other personal effects. Searches are only acceptable under certain circumstances.

Possession of marijuana is a crime in Texas

In the last decade a movement has spread across the country to allow certain medical patients to hold "marijuana cards" so that they may obtain and use cannabis products to alleviate the symptoms of their conditions. Not all jurisdictions treat medical marijuana the same way, and in Texas there is only a narrow window of permissibility for those who suffer from intractable epilepsy to use a certain, highly regulated cannabis oil. This is the only form of marijuana that is legal in the state.

Any person who is found to be in possession of marijuana may face a criminal charge. Possessing low quantities of marijuana may result in an individual being charged with a misdemeanor, while possession of large quantities of marijuana can yield felony charges. The sale of marijuana is also penalized under state law, with both misdemeanor and felony charges possible depending upon the facts and evidence applicable to particular cases.

Woman faces DWI charges after incident at fast food establishment

Drivers in Texas who are confronted with allegations that they were driving under the influence might be under the impression that these arrests take place only after a traffic stop on the road or after an accident. In truth, people who are behind the wheel anywhere and are deemed to be under the influence can face DWI charges. Regardless of the circumstances in which the drunk driving charges came about, everyone who is arrested for DWI must make certain that they take the necessary steps to plan for their legal defense.

A 21-year-old woman was arrested recently after she was allegedly under the influence behind the wheel at a fast food restaurant. The incident happened at around 1:41 a.m. An employee contacted law enforcement because the woman was slurring her words when she placed her order. The woman is also accused of almost hitting an employee with her vehicle several times and going the wrong way in the line. She then drove over a curb in the parking lot. She subsequently drove off, but law enforcement caught her. Officers state that she smelled of alcohol and there was a stamp on her hand to signify that she had been in an establishment that serves alcohol and the stamp was necessary to denote that she was of legal age to drink. After being given a field sobriety test, she was arrested.

Should I take a breathalyzer?

Driving under the influence cases are relatively common. You most likely know someone or even several people who have faced such charges. Everyone has a story and opinion about these types of cases and the best things to do under the circumstances. But no two people are alike and no two circumstances are exactly the same. Particularly when facing an arrest for driving under the influence you may be wondering whether or not you should take a breathalyzer.

As you might expect, there is no simple yes or no answer to this question. In most states it is your right to refuse to take a breathalyzer, but a refusal can come with some serious consequences. Although the police cannot require you to submit to a breathalyzer, driving is considered a privilege not a right, and as such a refusal can often result in losing your driving privileges.

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