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Criminal defense: Bartender charged with over serving customer

A bartender in Texas is facing criminal charges for allegedly over serving a customer. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code prohibits the sale of alcohol to a person who is already intoxicated, and the official charge of "sale to certain persons" is considered a misdemeanor. However, the circumstances that led to the bartender's arrest could play an important role in her criminal defense plan.

The charges against the 27-year-old woman stem from an incident that happened on Sept. 10, 2017. The customer she is accused of overserving on that day went on to shoot eight people later that night, including his estranged wife. The bartender first served him two drinks at 2:30 p.m., after which he left the bar. He returned approximately four hours later and had another three drinks.

Bill aims to lower penalties for some drug crimes

The Texas House of Representatives recently passed a bill that will reduce the criminal penalties associated with marijuana possession. Convictions for drug crimes can have a significant impact on people's lives, limiting their employment and education opportunities for years and even decades to come. The bill could benefit a significant number of people if passed into law.

In Texas, anyone caught with 2 ounces or less of pot can be charged with a Class B misdemeanor. If convicted, a person can face up to 180 days behind bars, a $2,000 fine and having their driver license suspended. This is on top of a permanent criminal record.

Police lied on search warrant, drug crimes charges dropped

Texas police often use evidence collected during raids to pursue criminal charges against certain individuals. However, some of these charges are not based in fact or credible evidence, which can be extremely frustrating for defendants. In the case of one man facing charges for alleged drug crimes, a botched raid led to what he says was a wrongful arrest. The charges have since been dropped.

In 2017, police spent time watching a house they suspected of being involved in drug trafficking. They reportedly saw the same man repeatedly leaving  and returning to the house. They suspected that the man was a specific individual, and ultimately obtained a search warrant for the house. They performed a raid of the house and made an arrest. Police initially believed they had arrested the man they suspected of going in and out of the house, but they had taken a completely different person into custody.

Indicted by a grand jury? What does it mean?

Police questioned you, maybe several times, about the circumstances of a recent crime. Perhaps police detained you for a while, and you felt nervous about what might happen. Then, maybe they released you, and you didn't hear anything more about the case for days, weeks or longer.

Suddenly, police arrive at your door to arrest you. You have been indicted, and now they are charging you with a felony. It may seem like the beginning of a terrifying process, but in truth, the process has been ongoing since the moment police first suspected your involvement in the crime. Your indictment came as a result of gathering evidence and presenting it to a grand jury.

Trivago spokesperson Tim Williams arrested for drunk driving

Texas residents who like to travel might be familiar with the travel website Trivago as well as its television personality, Tim Williams. Williams is featured in many of the Trivago commercials and is frequently referred to as simply the "Trivago Guy." However, Williams future as the company spokesperson could be in question after his recent drunk driving arrest.

Police were first alerted to a possible drunk driver in the early hours of the morning in early April 2019. Multiple people apparently called authorities to report that a vehicle was stalled in an open lane of travel. When police responded, they said they found the 52-year-old commercial actor asleep in the driver's seat. He allegedly still had his foot pressed against the brake.

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.

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