One minute you are a highly-respected business person, maybe even a CEO, and the next you are facing a life-changing consequence of a mistake. One careless choice holds the power to rewrite the rest of your life. However, you don't have to let it.
An arrest for possession of illegal drugs in Texas can result in a number of serious consequences. However, a conviction for of a drug-related crime committed within a designated drug-free zone will add to penalties you may face.
Drug convictions can really mess up a person's life. From possible jail time and expensive fines, to restrictions on employment and housing, those with drug crime convictions on their record often continue to face an uphill battle, even after they have served the requirements of a sentence. For college students, though, the consequences do not stop there.
In Texas, everything is bigger, including DWI penalties for habitual offenders. Recently, a Houston man was sentenced to life in prison after his ninth drunk driving conviction. And that wasn't the first life sentence handed out for DWIs this year. In February, another habitual offender from Texas was given life in prison after his tenth conviction.
No one ever plans on being arrested. But, let us say you've had a little too much to drink and have been pulled over, or perhaps you've been caught in possession of marijuana. In these and other circumstances, there is a high probability that you could be arrested by law enforcement. This is the moment when many people make the mistake of talking -- something that could harm your case.
Some Texas lawmakers have compared it to a debtors' prison. They're talking about the state's Driver Responsibility Program, which levies heavy surcharges for certain traffic offenses, including DWI.
The winter holidays are known for increased DWI patrols in Texas, but police departments throughout the state also focus on the football playoff season to arrest drunk drivers.
Every year in Texas about 70,000 people are arrested for marijuana possession, while about 1,500 more are arrested for marijuana sales.
The debate over reforming marijuana laws is ongoing throughout the country, and a recent poll shows that Texans' views on the issue have changed in the last several years.
Ignition interlock devices have been used in Texas for some time now, but only for drivers who were convicted of DWI with a blood-alcohol concentration of .15 percent or higher. The devices work by locking your ignition if any trace of alcohol is detected on your breath.