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Doctors and nurses: You may have a DEA target on your back

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has been ramping up its efforts to prosecute doctors, nurse practitioners and nurses who they say are contributing to the opioid crisis by operating "pill mills."

In some cases, that's undoubtedly true. There have been instances of doctors and nurses who have been willing to exchange cash for drugs and write prescriptions for whatever anybody asks them for -- without any medical need.

Why can you be arrested for invoking your rights?

You get pulled over for a burned-out bulb in your tail light -- or maybe you rolled through a stop sign without coming to complete stop. Either way, you quickly realize that a police officer has decided to turn the traffic stop into an opportunity to see if you happen to be drunk or drugged while behind the wheel.

You aren't, but you realize that it might not matter. Conscious of your rights, you hand over your license and registration but politely decline to discuss where you've been, where you are going or what you've been doing -- including what you've had to eat or drink that day.

What common items have been misidentified as drugs by police?

How does a routine traffic stop turn into a nightmare scenario for an ordinary citizen? All it takes is for an overeager officer to glance around a vehicle and spot...some kitty litter?

Unfortunately, that's absolutely what happened to one unfortunate Texas resident. The driver had put kitty litter in a sock as a quick-fix for the problem he was having with excessive moisture and fog on his windshield. The officer didn't believe his story and two field test for drugs -- which are notoriously unreliable -- identified the kitty litter as meth. The unfortunate Texan was sent jail on a $100,000 bond for possessing about a half a pound of kitty litter. Unable to afford his bail, he sat there for about a month until a lab properly identified the substance for what it really was.

Don't let social media ruin your DWI defense

If you have recently been accused of a DWI in Texas, it is important to understand how you can properly manage the situation. The actions that you take in the days after you were pulled over are vital if you want to avoid being charged.

The use of social media is becoming increasingly prevalent, and many people have public profiles, meaning that anyone has access to their personal data and what they post. After being pulled over and accused of driving while impaired, it's common for people to feel shocked, scared or even angry about what they may believe to be a false accusation. This can mean that people impulsively post about the event on social media. However, unfortunately, this can have the potential to damage their defense.

Don't accept a false-positive result from a Breathalyzer test

You're absolutely sure you weren't driving while impaired. Maybe you had a single glass of wine with dinner several hours ago or maybe you didn't have anything to drink, but you never would have gotten behind the wheel while intoxicated. Yet, a simple traffic stop turned into a nightmare when the officer asked you to take a Breathalyzer test and the results came back positive and over the legal limit.

When the Breathalyzer says you're drunk, but you aren't, is there any way you can prove the Breathalyzer is wrong?

Clues that help police spot drunk drivers

What makes a police officer suspect that they've spotted someone who is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol? With all the cars they see on the road, what signals does an impaired driver give off?

Well, here are a few signs that will definitely give you away if you're driving while intoxicated:

New protocols for drug cases announced in Travis County

There are very few people who believe that prosecuting addicts for possessing small amounts of drugs and handing them hefty prison sentences is doing anything to change the national drug problem. Now, at least one Texas district attorney is taking measures to re-write the rules on how certain drug cases are handled.

The Travis County district attorney has announced new drug prosecutions protocols in response to the state's growing backlog of cases and rising incarceration rates. Stating that the issue essentially comes down to how the state allocates its limited resources, District Attorney Margaret Moore ordered county crime labs to stop work on cases with only trace amounts of substances suspected to be drugs. Her office will no longer be prosecuting those cases.

Are Latinos unfairly stereotyped as drug traffickers?

Could the entertainment industry be causing Latinos to be unfairly stereotyped as drug traffickers?

The idea of the Latino drug trafficker is so firmly embedded in American mindsets that the aggressive drug dealer and evil South American cartel are considered two of the most well-known TV tropes. Latino drug smugglers and dealers are also all over the silver screen these days -- and have been for a while.

Women and the drug trade

You can thank the "War on Drugs" and the drug trade in general for the fact that prisons worldwide are starting to overflow with women inmates.

According to studies, the female population of prisoners in the United States increased 757 percent between 1977 and 2004 -- which is about twice the rate of growth in the male prison population. Many believe that is directly tied to the emerging role of women in the drug trade.

3 ways you can avoid a DWI

Nothing ruins a night out in Longview quite like seeing red and blue lights in the rearview mirror. If you were under the influence of alcohol at the time of a traffic stop, you could be facing a charge for driving while intoxicated (DWI).

Like in most other places, a DWI in Texas is a serious matter. If a court convicts you of drunk driving, you could face jail time and probation, as well as the loss of your license and expensive fines and court fees.