Texas shoppers accomplished much of last season’s holiday shopping through online retailers, but some of those people might not have received all of their packages. Police recently arrested a woman they say stole hundreds of those packages from Texas homes. She is currently facing charges for possessing a controlled substance as well as for mail theft, the latter of which are federal charges, which makes criminal defense planning especially important.

At approximately 4:30 a.m. on a Sunday, local police were alerted to a person who was tampering with mailboxes in a Texas community. Upon their arrival, they located a vehicle that witnesses had reported seeing in the area. After initiating a traffic stop, officers claim they could see hundreds of packages and other forms of mail inside of the vehicle.

The 42-year-old driver was arrested and booked into an area jail. At last update, she was still waiting to go before a judge to have her bond set. It is also unclear exactly what controlled substance she was allegedly in possession of what some of those packages contained.

Forming a criminal defense for such serious charges can be an overwhelming task. Most Texas defendants understand just how much is on the line, especially when their criminal charges could land them behind bars for significant periods of time. While this can be an extremely difficult period of life, focusing on the facts of the case, related evidence and the nature of all charges can help defendants develop a more clear picture of their case.