Drug addiction is a serious issue both here in Texas and elsewhere in the United States. One of the reasons it's so problematic is because the courts tend to focus more on the criminal aspect of drug abuse rather than the human element of addiction. The latter often involves families being torn apart as defendants spend an extended time inside of the prison system.
There are many crimes committed both here in Texas and the United States as a whole every year. While many of the defendants that are arrested are charged with municipal or state offenses, others face federal ones. At least 76,656 federal cases resulted in sentences in 2019. As many as 118 of them involved a corporation or organized offender. The others were tried against individuals.
The United States is a very moralistic society at its core. Its laws are reflective of its belief system. Crimes of moral turpitude are those offenses that go against the morality of public consciousness.
Getting convicted of a drug crime in Texas could have a significant impact on your life now and in the future. Penalties in the state are harsh, and the stigma of being convicted of this kind of crime could come back to haunt you for a long time.
If you find yourself charged with a drug crime, then your charges may either be state or federal charges depending on the type of offense that you're alleged to have committed. More serious drug cases such as manufacturing and trafficking cases are handled within the federal court system. They carry with them longer prison sentences and higher fines.
Human trafficking is an extremely serious crime with potentially devastating consequences if you are convicted. Human trafficking is done for dozens of reasons, but regardess of why, it is a grave violation of human rights. Children, men and women may all be trafficked, which means that no one is truly safe.
When a person is charged with a crime, the prosecution has the burden of proving the charges beyond a reasonable doubt. The role of the defense is to attempt to disprove or cause the jury to have doubts about the prosecution's version of events. There are many different defense strategies that a defendant's attorney may pursue in hopes of getting their client acquitted, convicted on lesser charges or working out a plea bargain.