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What are the legal consequences of a first-time DUI in Texas?

Consumption of alcohol can result in decreased coordination, slower reaction times and poor decision-making. It should come as little surprise that those symptoms of intoxication can make driving a motor vehicle much more dangerous than it typically is. Alcohol consumption can result in serious collisions or crashes, which is why Texas takesĀ  driving while intoxicated (DWI) laws so seriously.

Ideally, people choosing to imbibe more than one or two drinks on any given day will arrange for a friend or family member to drive them afterward. Alternatively, it's also a good idea to have Lyft or Uber installed on a smartphone to allow for a quick and simple way to arrange for sober transportation. For those who choose to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking, there could be serious criminal penalties, even if they don't cause any kind of crash or accident.

Texas laws on marijuana extracts, like hash oil, are very harsh

It seems like marijuana is in the news all the time these days. More and more states are taking steps to legalize medical marijuana, as well as adult recreational marijuana. However, Texas is not one of them. While the state does have a medical marijuana law, it is quite restrictive, offering protection only for certain kinds of marijuana used by those with intractable epileptic seizures.

In order to avoid detection by law enforcement, more people have started using hash oil and similar marijuana extracts and concentrates. They take up very little space, offer higher potency and have less of the tell-tale smell of marijuana than the leafy green version. However, possession of these stronger, concentrated solutions also carry substantially increased risks of criminal penalties for those who get caught with them.

Where does Texas stand on marijuana?

Marijuana has become increasingly socially acceptable in recent years. More states every year vote to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational purposes. As people see that crime rates do not end up spiking in these states, prohibition seems like a lost cause. However, many states, including Texas, still criminalize the possession, use and cultivation of marijuana for most people.

When people think about marijuana laws in Texas, they might recall that Texas does have a medical marijuana law on the books. In fact, the state has already approved three companies to grow and distribute medical marijuana in the state. Nevertheless, although 83 percent of people in Texas support legalized medical marijuana, the state's law covers next to no one.

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