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3 things to remember about drunk driving this weekend

During holiday weekends like Memorial Day, Texas law enforcement agencies typically ramp up enforcement of various offenses, including drunk driving; this Memorial Day is no different. It was recently announced that all weekend-long, Texas police will be cracking down on pulling over drivers suspected of drunk driving.

Last year, more than 385 people were arrested during the holiday weekend and police issued tens of thousands of tickets. It is safe to assume that similar numbers are expected this year. With this in mind, it would be wise to remember three very important things about DWI stops and your rights. 

How alcohol affects the teen brain

Many San Antonio teens believe it is all fun and games to drink alcohol until someone gets behind the wheel, crashes a car and dies. Some teens do not realize the dangers of drinking until they are facing an underage DWI charge. They may assume that because they have seen their parents and others drink, there is nothing for them to be concerned about. Little do they realize that alcohol does not affect their brains the same as it affects adult brains.

Parents should learn about the effects of alcohol on their teenagers’ brains so they can take actions to discourage them from drinking. 

Federal prosecutors directed to pursue harsher sentences

There are about 190,000 people in federal prison, and sadly, this number could be growing again after years of decline. The anticipated growth comes in response to a recent announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has reversed the course of action regarding federal criminal charges and use of mandatory minimums.

Previously, federal prosecutors were encouraged to limit use of harsh mandatory minimum penalties, especially in cases involving non-violent, low-level drug offenders. However, Sessions is now directing federal prosecutors to do the opposite: to strictly apply mandatory minimum charging policies.

Misguided attempt at problem solving ends with criminal charges

In the heat of an argument, people often say or do things they wish they could take back. Unfortunately, this is not possible, especially if someone calls the police during or after the dispute. Under these circumstances, a fight between you and someone else can become a fight between you and the criminal justice system.

Considering how quickly these situations can spiral out of control, it is crucial that you take whatever steps you can to avoid making things much, much worse. This is a lesson one taxi driver should have taken to heart when he got into an argument over a fare with a few of his passengers.

3 types of Internet crimes that lead to serious penalties

It is easy to make the mistake of thinking that anything you do online can quickly be erased or concealed behind an anonymous account name. However, state and local government agencies devote massive resources to investigating cyber crimes and identifying any person involved in criminal activity involving computers. In other words, virtual misconduct has very real penalties.

Below are three different types of Internet or digital offenses that can lead to criminal charges and harsh consequences upon conviction.

Drunk driving and major sporting events: a bad matchup

This time of year is very exciting for sports fans across Texas. Between the start of the MLB season, the NHL Stanley Cup and the NBA finals, you’d be hard-pressed to find a day without some type of game to watch.

No matter what day it is or what type of game you are watching, chances are you will have a few drinks, as drinking and sports often go hand-in hand. This is true whether you are at home, in a bar or in a stadium. With this in mind, we urge Texas sports fans to consider a few pointers about drinking and driving.

Who is really using marijuana?

There is a stigma that comes with being arrested and convicted of a drug crime. People often assume that someone in this position is irresponsible, dangerous and likely has a criminal history. 

In reality, however, the people who use drugs come from all different walks of life. Many may look a lot different than others expect. This is especially true when we look at people who use marijuana. A recent survey illustrates this observation.

How to choose a criminal defense lawyer for your teen son

It is every parent’s nightmare: getting a call from the police station that your teenage son was arrested and faces criminal charges. While the ensuing emotions may be overwhelming, do not let them distract you from the most important issue. Your primary concern right now should be the legal process your teen will go through.

 

Why are police seizing my money or property?

Too many people make the mistake of thinking that they will only face penalties for a crime if they are convicted of one. These people fail to recognize the consequences that come with simply being accused of criminal activity or even associated with it. 

Civil asset forfeiture is one such consequence. It refers to the ability of law enforcement agencies to seize money, assets and any property the agency believes is the result of a crime or otherwise associated with criminal activity, such as drug manufacturing or sales. In other words, the police can take your property if they have reason to believe it's connected to a crime.

Complying with requirements of protective orders crucial

If someone has accused you of violence or making threats of violence, the courts may issue a protective order against you. This order does not mean you are guilty of a criminal offense, but it is crucial that you take the order and its restrictions seriously.

Should you violate the terms of a protective order, you could wind up facing additional criminal charges. Further, a violation could make you look bad in the eyes of the court. Therefore, knowing what you are supposed to do – or not do – will be crucial. Below are some of the more common terms with which people are expected to comply when a protective order is issued in Texas.