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Drug charges for man carrying medical marijuana into Texas

It is a well-known point of law that ignorance of a law does not excuse a person who has broken it. However, breaking a law in one jurisdiction by engaging in activity that's legal in another can happen with relative ease. A recent example in the news comes from a California man facing drug charges here in Texas for possessing medical marijuana.

On Jan. 1, a 67-year-old resident of California was stopped by police in Decatur for allegedly speeding while driving to Houston to visit his granddaughter in a hospital. The man admitted to the officer that he was in possession of a pipe, but that he had a prescription from his doctor for marijuana for treatment of pain and other side effects from a variety of medical issues, including bypass surgery and polio. He claims to have been using prescription marijuana for 10 years.

Alleged drunk driving incident sees man charged after fatal crash

A night out for drinks can turn tragic in the blink of an eye. While no one sets out to injure another person with their vehicle after an evening on the town, sometimes accidents happen. When alcohol is allegedly part of the mix, an accident may appear criminal to police. A Texas man coming home from a bar was reportedly drunk driving at the time of a collision that claimed a person's life and injured three others.

The crash occurred Jan. 7 around 3 a.m. A 49-year-old man was reportedly driving in the wrong direction on I-35 South in San Antonio when his pickup truck forced a van off the road and into a barrier. It is alleged the man had been on the wrong side for about three miles.

Steep fines and penalties for insurance fraud

A man in Gainesville is facing steep fines and penalties after he was found practicing chiropractic medicine without a license. After law enforcement learned of his operation, an investigation found proof that he had been committing insurance fraud and misleading patients for several years. Although he did not have a valid medical license, he billed insurance for services he rendered to his Texas clients. 

After his office was searched, he admitted to the crime, stating that he had attended school to be a chiropractor, but was unable to pass the test. Despite this, he believed that he was capable of providing medical services to patients. The grand jury indicted him, requiring him to pay more than $1 million in restitution. He also received 10 years probation.

Do not take being accused of white collar crime lightly

Financially successful Texas residents are often vilified for their business acumen and their ability to make money. As one of those people, you may shrug off any allegations that your methods are less than legal, but if you are accused of a white collar crime, do not take it lightly. The potential penalties, if you are convicted, could affect your freedom and your ability to obtain gainful employment in the future.

Many people scoff at the thought of white collar crime because it is ordinarily non-violent and is considered a "paper crime" by many. Images of people serving time in "Club Fed" most often accompany discussions of these crimes. However, any time spent in prison for such a crime alters personal and professional lives forever.

Texas man in need of criminal defense after DWI arrest

The holidays are a busy time for police, and DWI incidents are among the most common infractions seen. One particular DWI arrest turned into much more after an accident in central Texas. The driver of the vehicle is now likely focused on his criminal defense as he faces multiple charges filed in the wake of the collision.

Police in Brownwood responded to an accident on the morning of Dec. 24. A van had collided with a utility pole and was apparently abandoned following the accident. An officer was able to connect the license plate with the owner and proceeded to the registered address. The owner of the van, a 30-year-old man, was found in an apartment along with his three minor children.

Law enforcement officer accused of sexual assault of a minor

To be embroiled in a sexual assault case is a serious situation. Being accused of sexual assault of a minor can be a nightmare. A San Antonio law enforcement officer has been living that nightmare since his recent arrest over an alleged relationship with a teenage girl.

The 42-year-old man was arrested Dec. 27 after resigning his position with the Elmendorf Police Department. He had served in various law enforcement roles since 1998. He is accused of carrying on a months-long sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl.

Former instructor accused of sex crimes with high school students

In a familiar story heard repeatedly in 2016, a school instructor has been accused of engaging in inappropriate behaviour with young students. In each case, the mere accusation of sex crimes being committed against a minor can be incredibly damaging to the career of the accused. In this latest case, a now former Texas high school instructor faces an uncertain future after charges were recently filed against him.

The 43-year-old man had been an ROTC instructor at a high school in the Houston area. When the allegations first became known in October, the man quit his job at the school. Documents shown in court suggest the man sent inappropriate text messages, including nude photographs of himself, to at least three students at the school. It also alleged in the court documents that the man had sexual intercourse with at least one student.

Texas couple arrested, facing drug charges

To be found in apparent possession of illegal or controlled substances is a frightening prospect for anyone. While physical evidence of alleged criminal activity may not look promising, the presumption of innocence still prevails in this country, and every accused individual has the right to his or her day in court. For one Texas couple facing multiple drug charges, that day is coming soon.

On Dec. 16, officers from the Robinson Police force and the McLennan County Sherriff's Office raided a house on Billington Drive. The search warrant execution was part of an ongoing investigation of the house and its occupants. The residents of the house, a 23-year-old man, a 24-year-old woman and their 2-year-old child were all at home at the time of the raid.

Social media invite leads to sexual assault charge for teacher

Persons in a position of trust and authority can sometimes end up in difficult situations because of the nature of their relationships with those in their care. Sometimes interactions occur that would be appropriate in other situations. Other times actions are misconstrued, while some incidents are mere accusations. Whatever the reason turns out to be, a Texas teacher ended up charged with sexual assault after allegedly having a relationship with one of her students. 

Police in Plano arrested the 23-year-old on Nov. 30. She is alleged to have carried on a brief sexual relationship with a 16-year-old male student. The boy reportedly left his Snapchat user ID on a math test, which the teacher found and allegedly used to contact him. The two are alleged to have met in a park a few days after the initial contact, and the meeting apparently evolved into a sexual encounter.

Man faces major prison time for drug charges

In the very early hours of the morning, it doesn't take much to draw the attention of the police to anything that seems even slightly wrong. That was the experience of one Texas man enjoying some music in his car just recently. He now faces the possibility of a life in prison for a pair of drug charges.

Two College Station police officers heard loud music coming from a parked vehicle at around 2:15 a.m. on Dec. 7. According to their report, the officers approached the vehicle and made eye contact with the driver. A note in the report indicates the driver appeared nervous.