On June 26, a former Texas lawmaker was sentenced to 12 years in prison after he was convicted of running a large Ponzi scheme. The 54-year-old man had been convicted on 11 felony charges associated with the fraudulent scheme.
On June 13, a 32-year-old man was sentenced in Texas on charges of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. The man must pay more than $46,000 in restitution and was sentenced to 100 months in federal prison.
Being charged with a crime in Texas is a serious matter, and you may be so overwhelmed that you haven’t been able to process the specifics of whether it’s a misdemeanor or a felony. However, these distinctions matter. The difference between a misdemeanor and a felony is significant, especially as it pertains to the length of a potential sentence, where that sentence is served, civil rights impact upon release, and how you can go about clearing your record if convicted.
A drug lord known as La Barbie, a leader of the Beltran-Leyva Cartel, was sentenced in federal court to 49 years in prison. The 44-year-old man entered guilty pleas to several charges in January of 2016, including conspiracy to distribute cocaine, conspiracy to import cocaine and conspiracy to launder money.
After only 90 minutes of deliberation, a jury in the Waco-based 19th State District Court passed down a 65-year sentence on a man for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. This incident marks the sixth time the man has been convicted of a felony.