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In the Wake of Harvey, Authorities Brace for Crime Wave

Fraud Crimes

The former Hurricane Harvey has come and gone, leaving with it a wake of destruction and several lost lives. The storm could have cost billions of dollars in damage, but it’s not just floodwaters and building repairs that people worry about following hurricanes. Authorities are bracing for a different post-hurricane fight: the fight against fraud. After large disasters like Harvey or 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans, federal and state officials will warn people…
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What Are Defenses Against Federal Drug Crimes?

Drug Possession and Abuse

Recently, an East Texas man plead guilty to federal drug crimes after police discovered cash, a meth pipe, 12 ounces of methamphetamine, marijuana and other drugs in his vehicle. After searching his home, police also found more drug paraphernalia and a firearm. As a result, he is facing a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison. Enforcement of Federal Drug Crimes and the Penalties Examples of federal drug…
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Heat-Related Illnesses in Texas Prisons a Huge Problem

Are inmates in danger of heat-related illnesses in Texas? The answer is an overwhelming yes. U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison of Houston recently ordered a geriatric prison in Texas, Wallace Pack Unit south of Navasota, to help inmates overcome extreme heat and rising summer temperatures. In his ruling, he slammed the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for continuous violations of inmates’ Eighth Amendment rights (“Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor…
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What Elevates a Drug Charge to Federal Court?

When is a drug crime a federal crime? It’s an important distinction. Federal drug crimes often lead to harsher sentences and penalties for those convicted, so it’s important to know what can turn a drug crime into a federal crime. The first and perhaps the simplest way to land a federal drug crime charge is to be arrested by a federal officer. Oftentimes (especially in minor drug crimes like possession), people caught in drug crimes…
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