A drunk driving arrest can happen to anybody. All it takes is a simple traffic mistake and an officer's belief that you're impaired (and, contrary to popular belief, you don't even have to fail a Breathalyzer for the officer to proceed with an arrest).
A 58-year-old Texan is now facing life behind bars in a federal prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. This is the most recent sentence stemming from a long-running investigation into drug activity that ran from Mexico to Tennessee.
On June 10, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 1325, which effectively creates a legal distinction between hemp products and marijuana. The new law has had an unintentional effect, however. It has thrown the offices of numerous prosecutors into disarray. Many have been forced to drop charges against hundreds of Texans accused of marijuana possession in cases where the quantity of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in a product is unknown.
Controlled substances laws are confusing for most people, especially because they're different in different states. However, most states' controlled substances laws closely align with federal statutes. That includes the state of Texas.
Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a serious offense in Texas -- but the prosecution may have trouble proceeding with about 1,700 cases in the Houston area. That's how many are estimated to be affected by a nationwide recall on the equipment that is used to hold blood sample evidence.