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Texas police charge 2 women for baby goat theft

An exotic goat has died after it was allegedly stolen by two women in Texas. Both women are facing charges for theft of an exotic livestock as well as for engaging in an organized criminal activity. One of the women is also facing charges for aggravated assault using a deadly weapon. At least two other people might have also been involved in the alleged theft, but it is unclear if police plan to pursue any additional arrests.

On March 18, 2019, police received a report that a Nigerian dwarf goat had been stolen from an exotic pet ranch. The goat was a baby that had been housed in the petting zoo portion of the ranch. Police claim that it was removed by four people traveling together in the same vehicle, but did not clarify why they only charged two people with the theft.

Man facing multiple drunk driving charges after wreck

A Texas man was recently arrested for allegedly causing an accident that injured a police officer. Police charged the driver with intoxication assault of a police officer, but this is apparently not his first drunk driving offense. He was previously arrested and charged with a DWI back in Jan. 2019.

The accident leading to the man's most recent arrest occurred at approximately 2 a.m. A police officer was pulled over on the shoulder of the road and was checking drivers' speeds with a radar gun. For some reason, the driver failed to maintain his lane and veered into the shoulder, where he collided with the back of the officer's police vehicle.

Drug crimes arrest prompts superintendent's resignation

School officials often live in a public spotlight where their every action is closely examined and criticized. This can make dealing with sensitive matters extremely difficult. This might be the case for a former superintendent who recently resigned from his position following an arrest regarding drug crimes charges.

According to Texas police, the man was arrested following a traffic stop in early March 2019. Although the circumstances leading to the traffic stop and details of what transpired afterwards are unclear, he spent one night in police custody before being released. Police apparently only filed a single charge for drug possession.

Forensic evidence contamination in your criminal case

Facing criminal charges can be frightening and confusing. You may hear from investigators that they have an overwhelming amount of evidence that pins the crime on you. They may use that supposed evidence to pressure you into confessing to your involvement in the events.

What you may not realize is that the evidence investigators collect from a crime scene may not be as reliable as they say. From the moment the crime occurs until prosecutors present the evidence in court, contamination can corrupt evidence in numerous ways, placingĀ your freedom on the line.

Driver who fled scene of accident facing drug charges

Texas police say that a recent traffic stop led to high-speed chase that ended in one man's arrest. The driver of the car was indicted on drug charges for possessing methamphetamine with an intent to distribute the drug. Police also allegedly uncovered marijuana at the time of the man's arrest, although it is unclear if he is currently facing any charges for the substance.

In Jan. 2019, an officer with the Texas Highway Patrol and an officer with a local narcotics unit were assisting one another with a traffic stop. However, during the stop, the driver apparently unexpectedly fled the scene. Police say he drove upwards of 100 mph, and they quickly lost sight of the man's vehicle.

Former firefighter charged with theft

Houston police recently arrested a former firefighter accused of stealing funds from an area nonprofit. The Texas man was indicted on multiple allegations, including a charge for a felony-level theft. He is also facing charges from a May 2018 incident in which he allegedly impersonated a public servant.

The 47-year-old man had been working as a firefighter up until a few weeks before he supposedly impersonated a public servant. He was let go from his position following what was apparently a poor performance review. Weeks later, he posed as a firefighter to try and persuade a woman to provide him with access to a police report.

2 drivers arrested in fatal drunk driving accident

Police in Texas recently arrested two people accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. The arrests followed a fatal accident in which one person was killed and another was left in a coma. One of those arrested for drunk driving did not cause the accident and was actually in a vehicle that was hit by the other alleged drunk driver.

According to police, a 21-year-old driver got behind the wheel of his pickup truck after he had been drinking heavily at a bar. At approximately 1 a.m., the pickup truck driver clipped the rear of another, smaller pickup, but did not stop. Instead, he continued driving through a nearby intersection, where he collided with yet another vehicle.

Marijuana arrests still seen as serious drug crimes in Texas

In Texas, possession of a small amount of marijuana remains a comparatively serious offense that leads to potentially negative repercussions, including fines, incarceration, probation and a permanent criminal record. Normally, that kind of treatment is reserved for conviction of serious drug crimes. Because at least 10 states have legalized or decriminalized the offense, it is all the more difficult for state residents to accept the harsh impact on their lives.

Although a certain coalition of lawmakers and opposition political leaders have come together in Texas to try and remedy the problem, it is currently uncertain whether relief for marijuana possession will come in 2019. There are pockets of reactionary interests that oppose reform. That includes some law enforcement groups who foresee an increase in crime rates and other agencies that rely on the economic support that comes from fines, forfeiture, seizure of contraband and other perks associated with the drug trade.

Criminal defense: 2 arrested for identity theft

Police in Texas recently arrested two people -- a man and a woman -- they say were involved in an identity theft incident. In addition to charges for identity theft, the woman was also charged with possessing a firearm as a felon, forging a financial instrument and marijuana possession. The man was charged with identity theft and marijuana possession. These types of charges are serious and often require an astute focus on criminal defense planning.

Detectives with a Texas fraud unit obtained a warrant related to the 51-year-old woman and 39-year-old man. They executed the warrant at a hotel, where the pair were apparently staying. Police say that they located stolen checks and identifying information that appeared to have been stolen as well.

The strategy to confront your drunk driving charge

Facing drunk driving charges in Texas is serious. State laws are tough on intoxicated drivers, and a conviction can lead to penalties that can change the course of your life. Whether it is your first offense or you have previous DWI convictions on your record, it is in your interests to start working on your defense strategy as soon as possible. 

The right approach for your defense depends on many factors, including your record, the details of your individual case and even your BAC levels at the time of your arrest. It is never your only option to simply plead guilty and move on or accept the supposed inevitability of a conviction. Your future is worth protecting, and you can start by learning more about the defense options available to you.

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