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April 2018 Archives

Texas one of few states with open-file criminal defense reforms

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 1963 required prosecutors to hand over to the defense evidence they uncover, even if it is exculpatory (meaning it could potentially help the defendant). Despite the fact that this is required in criminal defense cases across the country, in practice prosecutors do not always comply with this ruling. Texas is among the states that have adopted "open file" reforms to address this issue.

Possession and use of cannabis are drug crimes in Texas

Laws governing the use and distribution of medical marijuana vary from state to state. In Texas, cannabis is illegal save for exceptions laid out in the Compassionate Use Act of 2015. It is important for anyone using or seeking to use medical marijuana to understand these laws, as those who unlawfully possess or distribute the substance can be charged with drug crimes.

Teen on probation for drunk driving tries to flee to Mexico

Those who violate the law may face serious long-term consequences if convicted, even if they do not receive an initial jail sentence. For those convicted of drunk driving, strict probation terms are among these consequences. A Texas teen who made headlines by receiving only probation after killing four people in a drunk driving accident was just released from a two-year term for violating that probation.

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