RAPPER YOUNG THUG HAS EVIDENCE DISMISSED

RAPPER YOUNG THUG HAS EVIDENCE DISMISSED

Texas fans of rapper Young Thug may be aware that he was indicted on a number of drug-related charges in September 2018. However, the rapper said there was improper conduct in the case, and when he appeared in court on March 21, a judge reportedly agreed.

Three law enforcement officers appeared in the courtroom with their evidence after Young Thug entered a motion to have certain evidence in the case suppressed. One law enforcement officer said the traffic stop that led to the charges against Young Thug was initiated by the fact that the tinted windows on his vehicle violated the law. However, the judge ruled that there was no violation and that the rapper’s rights had been violated.

As a result, the stop was considered to be an illegal search and seizure. The order said that any drugs, firearms, statements or other evidence related to the stop could not be used in the case. While this represents a win for Young Thug, the case might still go trial, and the penalty could be several years in prison.

Examining the legality of how evidence was obtained is one tactic an attorney may use when working with someone facing drug-related charges. The concept of illegal search and seizure rests on the idea that there must be probable cause for law enforcement to search a person. Laws around search and seizure during traffic stops have often been interpreted to be less strict than those around searching other pieces of property, such as a person’s home, but as this case demonstrates, this approach may still sometimes lead to the dismissal of evidence. An attorney might also look at whether the person’s rights were violated in other ways when the person was taken into custody.

Source: Hot New Hip Hop, “Young Thug Gets Key Evidence Tossed In Drug Case: Report,” Aron A., 3/22/2019

TEXAS SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT FACING MARIJUANA POSSESSION CHARGE

TEXAS SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT FACING MARIJUANA POSSESSION CHARGE

A routine traffic stop on the evening of March 6 led to a misdemeanor drug possession charge for the superintendent of a major Texas public school district. The man was taken into custody by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper after less than 2 ounces of marijuana was allegedly discovered in his vehicle. Media reports indicate that he was released from the Robertson County Jail on his own recognizance on March 7.

According to a DPS report, the man’s car was pulled over on U.S. Highway 190 about 55 miles from Waco for driving in the passing lane. The trooper says that he became suspicious and decided to conduct a probable cause search of the vehicle after noticing the odor of marijuana.

The Waco Independent School District has announced that trustees will meet on March 19 to discuss the case. The man is a former Texas Association of School Boards Superintendent of the Year, and reports of his arrest have prompted an outpouring of support from the local community. A Change.org petition supporting the superintendent started by a local resident and retired teacher has been signed by 4,000 people and is expected to surpass its 5,000 signature goal.

Prosecutors are often reluctant to pursue minor marijuana possession cases because they understand that attitudes toward the drug are changing both in law enforcement and society as a whole. When individuals have not been in trouble with the law before and have the support of family members, friends or members of the community, experienced criminal defense attorneys may urge prosecutors to reduce or dismiss drug possession charges involving small amounts of marijuana.

Source: CBS DFW, Superintendent Of Texas School District Accused Of Marijuana Possession, Associated Press report, March 8, 2019Source: The Laredo Morning Times, Petition to support former LISD superintendent charged with possession gets thousands of signatures, JeriLynn Thorpe, March 11, 2019

3 ARRESTED DURING TEXAS DRUG RAID

3 ARRESTED DURING TEXAS DRUG RAID

On Feb. 19, Texas deputies took two men and a teenage boy into custody during a drug raid in Marlin. The arrests took place on the 300 block of Durr Street at approximately 5:30 a.m.

According to a press release issued by the Falls County Sheriff’s Office, deputies raided the home following an investigation into alleged drug activity in the neighborhood. Upon entering the residence, they found two men, a woman, two teenage boys and multiple children. They also found and seized 9 grams of methamphetamine, several small bags of marijuana, a bottle containing over 390 grams of suspected liquid methamphetamine, various items of drug paraphernalia, a surveillance system, night vision equipment, a .45 caliber handgun, a .22 caliber rifle with a modified barrel, two BB guns and just over $1,000 in cash.

The deputies arrested two 40-year-old men and a 17-year-old boy and took them to Falls County Jail for processing. One of the men was first transported to a local emergency room for treatment of minor injuries he suffered while resisting arrest. Both men have been charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance over 400 grams, misdemeanor marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and parole violations. One of the men has been additionally charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. The teen boy has been charged with possession of marijuana over 2 ounces. He posted a $2,500 bond and was released.

The penalties for a conviction on drug charges can be severe, including incarceration and steep fines. Accordingly, people who have been issued them might find it advisable to meet with a criminal defense attorney at the earliest opportunity so that a strategy to counter the allegations can be constructed.

Source: KWTX, “Local deputies arrest 2 men, teenager in early-morning drug raid“, Rissa Shaw, Feb. 22, 2019

FOLLOWING DWI ARREST, FORMER QB VINCE YOUNG SAYS HE’S NOT GUILTY

FOLLOWING DWI ARREST, FORMER QB VINCE YOUNG SAYS HE’S NOT GUILTY

Texas native and former NFL quarterback Vince Young was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated in early February, 2019 in Missouri City. However, Young says he is innocent. He made the statement during an appearance at the TRISTAR Houston show. “It’s just an allegation,” the former Heisman Trophy runner-up said when speaking about the incident.

Young, who first played football at Madison High School in Houston, also responded to the DWI allegations on Twitter by pledging to “make sure this never happens again.” He went on to apologize to his family, friends, and fans in the statement he made via social media. After the arrest occurred, the Pro Bowl honoree was booked on $500 bond and subsequently released. This isn’t the first time Young was charged with this type of behavior.

In 2016, Young was arrested for same offense while in Austin after he was observed driving erratically on a highway. During the 2016 incident, he was subjected to a field sobriety test, which he failed. He also admitted to consuming several bottles of beer before getting behind the wheel. Prior to retiring from the NFL in 2014, Young helped the University of Texas score a victory in a game against USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl.

While making his statement about the arrest, Young also expressed confidence in his lawyer. As for what an attorney may do in a similar situation involving a DWI charge, one possible option is to question the reason for stopping the vehicle in the first place. Building a defense against charges of this nature may also involve questioning test results or presenting evidence of medical reasons for driving behaviors. In some instances, a lawyer might make an argument for dismissing or reducing charges.

Source: ABC 13, “Vince Young claims he’s not guilty after DWI arrest near Missouri City,” KTRK, February 9, 2019

WILL MY MARIJUANA MISDEMEANOR HAVE AN EFFECT ON COLLEGE?

WILL MY MARIJUANA MISDEMEANOR HAVE AN EFFECT ON COLLEGE?

During the four or so years of college, many students end up experiencing a wide variety of life lessons. Although college students have significant experience with consequences, they become more serious after the age of 18.

One of the biggest life lessons learned during college surrounds marijuana possession.

Although many states in the U.S. have legalized marijuana, it is still illegal in most states, and of course, on a federal level. If you have marijuana in Texas and are caught, you can expect serious punishment and a ripple-effect of consequences. The laws regarding marijuana possession in Texas are among the toughest in the U.S., so it is important to stay informed and be prepared to mount a legal defense should charges be filed.

Texas marijuana laws

  • 2 ounces or less. Possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana is eligible for a Class B misdemeanor
  • 2 to 4 ounces. Possession of 2 to 4 ounces of marijuana is eligible for a Class A misdemeanor and up to one year in jail as well as fines up to $4,000.
  • 4 or more ounces. Possession of 4 or more ounces of marijuana, could lead to felony charges. The penalty will depend on the amount and circumstances.

How a misdemeanor can affect college

Because misdemeanors are a matter of public record, an off-campus charge may come to the attention of college officials. Additionally, if court appearances or jail time occur during the academic year, you may have no choice but to notify the college of your situation. Should the college find out, consequences may include:

  • Unexcused absences
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion
  • Loss of athletic scholarship
  • Loss of academic scholarship
  • Loss of financial aid
  • Dropping out due to lost funds

A misdemeanor charge is a very real threat to a person’s present and future. Regardless of circumstance, it is in your best interest to aggressively fight the charges.

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