The consequences of a felony conviction in Texas and around the country go far beyond spending some time behind bars. Convicted felons lose the right to vote, are barred from many jobs, face travel restrictions and may even lose custody of their children. Some may think that this is a fair price to pay when an individual has been convicted of a violent crime like murder or rape, but the vast majority of felonies are nonviolent, and many felons were convicted of behavior that most people would not even consider criminal.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas has announced that narcotics investigations in Bell and McLennan counties led to 16 people being taken into custody on Sept. 12. Three individuals were already in custody According to the press release. Agencies taking part in the two investigations include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Department of Homeland Security, the McLennan County Sheriff's Office and the Waco and Lacy Lakeview police departments.
Detectives from the Abilene Fraud, Cyber Crimes and Special Victim's unit arrested two men after obtaining a search warrant for an apartment in north Abilene on Washington Street. The search warrant arose from an investigation into the theft of money orders that were allegedly forged and used to pay a local business. Officers reported that one of the men attempted to prevent their entry by barricading a door, but they eventually forced their way inside.
There is a lot of confusion surrounding your rights when you interact with law enforcement. Misinformation abounds in the media, and the more technical aspects often don't receive adequate attention.
More than 30 states, including Texas, allow the use of some form of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes. That means that more marijuana products, including cookies, gummies and brownies, are hitting the market every day. However, because the legalized pot industry is still in its infancy, much is still unknown about the potency of these products, which can be a problem for consumers who are prescribed a certain dose for pain or those who want to control their buzz.