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Texas Considers New Approach to Certain Drug Offenses
Check out this article about proposed changes to the way that some drug offenses are treated under Texas law. Lawmakers are considering reducing penalties for non-violent offenses or entirely decriminalizing these infractions and focusing instead on rehabilitating convicted offenders. Learn more about the rationale for these legal changes and the potential impacts on people in Texas.
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BAC Calculator via Your Iphone
Read about the Application and Website called "RUPissed?". The website also features other valuable information about alcohol, hangover cures and more.
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Texas updates property crime “value ladder”
Check out this article about how Texas recently updated its “value ladder” used to categorize certain property crimes. The system, which had not been updated since 1993, had previously set the threshold at which a property crime was considered a felony at $1,500 worth of property damaged or stolen. Now that threshold has been raised to $2,500 and thresholds for misdemeanor charges have likewise been adjusted to keep up with inflation.
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Texas led the nation in 2014 exonerations
Take a look at this article about how there was a record number of exonerations that occurred in the U.S. during 2014. Of these exonerations, a large number were tied back to Texas drug cases. To avoid being wrongly convicted of a crime, those facing charges after an arrest may benefit from working with an attorney.
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Texas procedures for expungement
It is increasingly recognized that criminal records often stand in the way of gainful employment of those who have been arrested, charged or convicted of a crime. Being turned away from employment due to a prior arrest or a conviction often traps unfortunate individuals in a cycle of poverty and public assistance. Read this article to learn how society can benefit if nonviolent offenders are allowed to expunge their past criminal records.
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