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Drug charges for opioid prescriptions lead to guilty pleas

Physicians in Texas have been put on alert regarding the excess prescribing of opioid painkillers through lengthy prison sentences indicated for at least two doctors here in recent months. Both doctors were prosecuted on federal drug charges for overprescribing pain killers and for allegedly contributing to the deaths of several of their patients. The most recent guilty plea was entered in federal court by a North Texas doctor who was the principal physician at a pain and wellness center.

Governor proposes new changes in how bail bonds are issued

Texas authorities, including legislators and law enforcement agencies, have announced a set of new proposals for a purported "reform" of the bail system in Texas. The overall effect of the changes appear at least on the surface to be geared toward letting fewer accused persons obtain vital bail bonds for release pending court proceedings. With the devil always being in the details, whether the new legislation will pass and whether it will improve criminal justice in the state remains to be seen.

Criminal defense attorneys will appear for arrested juveniles

A recent report commissioned by several non-profit Texas organizations has concluded that arrests of juveniles for terroristic threats and firearms violations are up dramatically since the horrific mass shootings in schools throughout the country that occurred in 2018. The report also concluded that many students are being shuffled into the juvenile criminal justice system for crimes that would have been considered moderate disciplinary problems in the past. Criminal defense attorneys are the best protection for juveniles against such reactionary policies.

Drunk driving penalties increase greatly for third offense

When a drunk driving offense in Texas is accompanied by an accident with property damage and/or injuries, the punishment for a conviction is enhanced. Other factors that will increase the penalties for drunk driving are a high blood alcohol content, prior convictions and other miscellaneous considerations. Some of these factors will play into the handling of an arrest for DWI on July 7 in Harris County of a 41-year-old male suspect.

Criminal defense lawyers ready to defend Medicare fraud suspects

Medicare and Medicaid fraud continue to be serious crimes in Texas. They represent not only a drain on federal and state monetary resources, but are also a corrupting influence on others who would like to find a way to make some quick money.  Recently, a federal task force targeted over 590 suspects, including at least 150 from the medical profession. This nationwide Medicare fraud takedown is touted to be the largest healthcare fraud enforcement dragnet in American history. As such, criminal defense attorneys are gearing up to provide necessary defense services to the accused persons.

Getting a DUI: Boating and your risk of a DUI

Whether you enjoy heading out on the water for a day in the sun or prefer to stay along the coast while you fish, boating is a lot of fun. Many people head out with beers or other alcohol, but that's not always a good idea. If you drink too much, you can still be accused of a DUI and end up with a BUI for boating under the influence.

Search and seizure in Texas must be constitutionally compliant

Whenever a search warrant is involved in a police investigation and arrest in Texas, criminal defense counsel must be vigilant from the outset to closely examine all aspects of the alleged determination of probable cause. Every citizen is assured the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure tactics by the police. This often comes up as an issue when the search and seizure relates to an arrest on drug charges.

Drug charges brought against suspect after raid on mechanic shop

When a search by Texas authorities leads to an arrest for drugs, criminal defense counsel must investigate the facts thoroughly and evaluate whether the procedures employed were constitutionally valid. If the police overstep their authority under the constitution of Texas or its federal counterpart, a motion to suppress the evidence may be successful in getting the drug charges ultimately dismissed. Where the court orders suppression of the drug evidence, the dismissal of the charges often follows due to the lack of substantial evidence to make the charges stick.

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