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Drug possession charges can carry severe immigration penalties

While some people in the Longview area might not realize it, even a non-citizen who has permission to be in this country can always be asked to leave under certain circumstances.

For instance, an immigrant who has not been naturalized may be deported if he or she commits certain types of crimes, including crimes related to drug possession. Unfortunately, sometimes the law even requires that the government deport an alien, even a permanent resident, who has committed a non-violent crime related to drug possession.

Drug crimes: how penalties are determined and potential defenses

Texans who are arrested for drug possession will be understandably fearful of what the future holds. The prospect of jail time, fines, lost standing in the community and a criminal record might seem to be too much to bear. Those who are not involved in the sale of drugs but possessed it for their own use will face different consequences than those who are selling drugs. Regardless of the situation, people who are arrested for drug offenses have the right to a defense. In the immediate aftermath of the arrest, it is vital to understand how the potential penalties are determined and what defenses are available.

There are certain basic factors that will determine what the penalty will be. The type of drug is important. If it is marijuana - a drug that is increasingly being treated as negligible - the penalties will be less than if the person possesses methamphetamine or heroin. The amount of the drug is also important. If it is an amount where the person is perceived to be selling it, then it will be worse than possession for personal use. The storing and concealment of the drug will be assessed. Whether there was drug paraphernalia and what it was - scales vs. a pipe for smoking the drug - will be key. And, if the person has convictions in the past, this will be a factor in the level of penalties for the latest charges.

Mother faces DWI charges with children in vehicle

Being charged with and convicted of driving while intoxicated in Longview and throughout Texas can have consequences that are not limited to losing driving privileges, fines and jail time. Depending on the circumstances, it can negatively impact the family of the person who is facing the DWI charges. It can cause job loss and even hinder one's ability to care for their children. To avoid the harshest penalties and long-term issues, it is imperative to grasp the issues and have legal assistance to craft a defense.

A woman was arrested on multiple charges related to DWI. Law enforcement stated that they saw children outside her vehicle standing near the interstate. The officer believed the children could have been hit by another vehicle had they been allowed to remain there. She was given sobriety tests and it was determined that she was under the influence of drugs. She said she had taken several drugs, including Xanax, Lithium and PCP. She was charged with multiple offenses, including DWI with children under the age of 15.

What are the penalties for DWI in Texas?

When a Texan is stopped by law enforcement and is arrested for driving under the influence, there are many things that may go through their mind. One might be worried that they will face jail time, the loss of driving privileges, a negative perception in the community and lifelong issues. While a DWI is serious, knowing the penalties and other factors of a case can be beneficial to a defense. If a person's blood alcohol concentration level is above 0.08, they will be charged with DWI. For commercial drivers, the level is 0.04.

If a person has been previously convicted of DWI, this will affect how they will be punished. For a first offense, a person could be fined up to $2,000; incarcerated for six to 180 days; have their driver's license suspended for 90 days to one year; and have to pay a fee on an annual basis for three years of as much as $2,000. A second offense can result in a fine of as much as $4,000; jail for one month to one year; a driver's license suspension of a minimum of one year; and the same fee as a first offense. A third offense raises the penalties substantially. There will be a fine of $10,000; a jail sentence of two to 10 years; a driver's license suspension of one to two years; and the same annual fee as a first and second offense.

Release from jail while criminal charges are pending

A person who is facing criminal charges will likely want to be released from jail while the case moves through the court system. This poses a problem for the court because some defendants might not return for hearings and other processes. Still, it isn't legal in many cases to require the person to remain in jail without the option of release pending the outcome of the criminal case since the person hasn't yet been convicted of the crime.

The court has to decide on whether the person is eligible for bail or not. The process to set bail can be complex in some cases. The type of charge, the person's criminal history, their ties to the community and their flight risk are all points that the court might review. Once this is done, the conditions of release, which can include a bail, are set.

What do I do if I am charged with drug crimes in Texas?

Today's news is full of stories about people who are involved with heroin in one capacity or another. Texas is no different than the rest of the country in that this is a growing problem that law enforcement and legislators are seeking to stop.

For those who are confronted with charges related to drug possession or drug sales relating to heroin, understanding the law and the penalties for a conviction is imperative when trying to craft a defense. For people who possess heroin, simply having a small amount of the drug can lead to felony charges with accompanying jail time. Those who are charged with the sale of the drug can be sentenced to life in prison.

Woman arrested for possessing crack cocaine, pills and marijuana

People in Longview and throughout Texas who find themselves under arrest for drug possession and related charges might not know where to turn when they are dealing with the issue. This is especially relevant when there is an arrest and drugs such as crack cocaine is allegedly part of the case. Another issue that is taking its toll on society is prescription pills and law enforcement is on the lookout for that. Add in marijuana and how it is still being debated as to its dangers and whether it should be legalized or not and anyone who is arrested on charges related to one or all these should remember that they need legal protection for the upcoming case.

Law enforcement arrested a 40-year-old woman and charged her with possession of various drugs. The arrest was made in the mid-afternoon at around 2:25 p.m. as the officers executed a search on her home. They found marijuana, pills and at least 54 grams of crack cocaine. Her bond was set at $350,000. She faces charges of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance that weighed between 4 grams and 200 grams.

Couple faces allegations of multiple drug crimes after arrest

Since drugs can be so problematic for Longview residents and for people throughout Texas, law enforcement officers try to make arrests and stop those who are involved in drug activity. To do this, there will be investigations, coordinated enforcement and other strategies to catch and arrest those who might be taking part in drug sales, drug trafficking and other crimes. People who are facing charges related to drugs should remember their right to a strong defense, as there can be significant penalties for a conviction.

An investigation into potential drug activity resulted in the arrests of two people. The arrests took place at a motel where police entered two separate rooms and found various drugs. The drugs found included marijuana, crack, methamphetamine and Ecstasy. A 39-year-old man was arrested on charges related to manufacturing/delivering a controlled substance. He also had two misdemeanor warrants. The other person arrested was a 20-year-old woman. She also faces charges related to manufacturing/delivering a controlled substance.

Man charged with DWI after attempted stop

A case involving allegations of drunk driving in Longview is often complicated by other charges that accompany the DWI. This can be due to many factors, including an attempt to flee the scene, possession of certain items in the vehicle, and more. The amount of alcohol in a person's bloodstream and whether there were previous convictions can make it even more difficult. No matter the allegations, however, every case can be defended and those who are charged must bear that in mind as they try to craft a defense.

A 22-year-old man was arrested on multiple offenses after a car chase. Law enforcement attempted to initiate a traffic stop because the driver was said to be operating his vehicle recklessly. Rather than stop his vehicle, he drove off.

Social media posts might impact your criminal case

Most American adults have at least one social media account with which they interact on a regular basis. Many of these adults also don't think about how their posts are perceived. Instead, some people adopt an "anything goes" attitude when it comes to their social media posts. This is certainly your right as an adult. However, you should always remember that what you post can be used against you by the authorities if you get charged in a criminal case.

Below are some interesting points about social media that all adults should know if they are planning on posting online:

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