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Possession with intent to distribute charge often misused

Most people in Texas are likely aware of the war on drugs that both the federal and state governments are currently waging. While they are undoubtedly acting in such a way that they believe protects citizens, some people are getting caught in the crossfire and are facing inappropriate charges. In some instances, individuals are being charged with possession with intent to distribute when it is otherwise clear that the charges are not appropriate for the situation or the evidence.

False accusations by those deeply involved with the war on drugs can result in someone who should only be charged with drug possession facing serious and life-altering charges instead. Intent to distribute is handled seriously by the courts, and the consequences can be steep. If convicted, anything from a past criminal record, where you were at the time of the arrest or what type of drug you were accused of having can alter the consequences.

Sex crimes can include solicitation of prostitution

While the term solicitation can refer to either criminal solicitation or solicitation of prostitution, it is most commonly associated with sexual solicitation. Alleged sex crimes that you can be arrested for in Texas include this type of solicitation. However, simply requesting paid sex from another individual is not enough to be charged with soliciting prostitution.

Along with the request to engage in sex for compensation, there must also be intent. This means that if an individual attempts to solicit prostitution from another person, but does not actually intend to engage in the activity or follow through on an offer, then they may not be charged with solicitation. While intent is required to accuse an individual of solicitation, actually engaging in a criminal activity is not.

Father of affluenza teen arrested on state crime charges

After a June 2013 wreck, a Texas family became associated with the term “affluenza,” which was coined to describe someone having little ability to determine between right and wrong due to wealth and privilege. Though it was the family’s teenage son who was involved in that instance, his father was recently arrested for allegedly impersonating a police officer. He is now facing state crime charges but is out on bond.

For those who may not remember, we last discussed the affluenza teen’s case on Dec. 19, 2013 ( “Texas prosecutors try to get drunk driving teen sentenced to jail”). When police recently showed up to a call in a residential area, they were apparently approached by the teen’s father. At the time, he claimed to be a reserve officer from another area. Police further allege that he even produced a police badge that appeared to be real.

Man begins criminal defense in 1983 murder case

After 31 years, a man has been arrested and accused of being involved in a murder. Supposedly, upgrades in fingerprint database software were able to find a match to prints found at the 1983 crime scene. The man was arrested in his home state, but he is expected to be extradited to Texas within a week to begin his criminal defense.

Back in 1983, a San Antonio businessman was found stabbed to death in a hotel room in Denton. The 42-year-old businessman was supposedly stabbed around 35 times, all over his body. The investigators took DNA evidence from the victim's fingernails as well as in the hotel shower, and they also found fingerprints. The investigators also made a sketch of the possible suspect, but neither a suspect nor a murder weapon was discovered at that time.

State crime charges dismissed for woman accused of vandalism

That act of toilet-papering a friend or neighbor’s home during a sleepover, generally intended as a prank, may not be an unfamiliar act to some individuals. Despite that, a Texas woman was charged with vandalism for allegedly helping a group of kids do just that. However, the state crime charges that she faced were recently dismissed.

The incident reportedly occurred while a group of middle-school students were participating in a sleepover. The woman apparently bought toilet paper in order for the girls to throw the product over the outside of the house that they were sleeping at. Condiments such as peanut butter and mustard were allegedly smeared over the residence. Officials claim that graffiti was also written in these condiments.

Texas CPS supervisor faces felony charge for evidence tampering

Child Protective Services is designed to help some of the most at-risk children in Texas. Sadly, there are some instances when certain situations may cause a child to fall through the cracks before help can be given. One CPS supervisor currently faces a felony charge for allegedly tampering with evidence related to the death of a child.

Apparently, unsatisfactory conditions in the home of a deployed airman drew the attention of CPS workers. As he served overseas, his wife was at home with their three daughters, the youngest of whom was only 22 months old. Investigators indicated that there was a heavy smell of human feces and urine in the home.

Texas teens face felony charge for allegedly tossing rocks

Boys will be boys is a saying some in Texas might be familiar with. Recently, two teenagers were recently arrested for allegedly acting in just such a manner. The pair now face a felony charge of criminal mischief as well as an aggravated assault charge with a deadly weapon.

After Texas police were notified that two people may have been tossing items from an overpass onto the Interstate, they were unable to locate either of the described suspects. At that point, a total of three people had reported that these items had struck their vehicle as they were driving. However, only two of those actually spoke with the authorities.

Texas couple face state crime charges related to funeral home

The care and handling of a deceased loved one’s remains can be a sensitive topic for those who have lost a family member. Recently, the owners of a Texas funeral home were accused of abusing corpses and now face state crime charges. However, they refute those claims and instead say they have been embroiled in a dispute with their landlord.

The owners of the funeral home claim that they were temporarily locked out the month before the bodies were allegedly found. Although it is unclear how long the doors were locked, it was apparently due to back-rent being owed. The landlord claimed that the two fell behind on rent again, and the funeral home owners claim that he returned to the business a second time in order to lock the doors again.

Texas state employee accused of state crime charges

An apparent family altercation recently resulted in serious charges and an arrest for one state employee. Two other alleged incidents culminated in an arrest and multiple state crime charges for the woman. While the Texas Rangers are pursuing the investigation, she is currently out on $8,500 bond.

During the alleged disagreement that occurred at her grandfather’s home, a minor female relative attempted to intervene. After that, the defendant is accused of hitting her in the face multiple times. That claim resulted in an assault charge for causing bodily injury.

Texas Tech football player faces felony charge of assault

A football player for Texas Tech was recently dismissed from the team following allegations that he assaulted another student during a basketball game. He is facing a felony charge for assault. He was in his first month enrolled at the Texas university after having graduated high school in another state.

The alleged incident reportedly happened during a pickup game of basketball that took place on the university’s campus. During the game, he supposedly attacked a woman who played on the school’s women's basketball team. This attack allegedly involved assaults with both his fists and his feet; the woman is said to be awaiting surgery to address a broken bone.

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