In February 2019, police charged the former quarterback with DWI. Fort Bend County prosecutors recently reduced those charges. And, Young may not even be convicted of that offense.
By a 7-2 vote, the highest court in the land once again reaffirmed the federal government's power to retry an individual for the same offense.
Pretrial release is obviously important from a personal perspective. It's also important from a legal perspective. The presumption of innocence is one of the bedrock principles of the American justice system. If the defendant remains in jail, that presumption of innocence essentially becomes a presumption of guilt.
Largely because of the extremely broad definitions in Texas Penal Code Section 49.04, "drugged driving" cases are more common than "drunk driving" cases in many jurisdictions. Under Texas law, any "substance" can cause intoxication. That substance could be an illegal street drug, like heroin, a prescription painkiller, like Oxycontin, an over-the-counter drug, like NyQuil, or a consumer product, like caffeine.
The vast majority of personal injury cases, over 90 percent in some jurisdictions, settle before trial. But this statistic only tells part of the story.
Drug possession cases, mostly marijuana cases, make up about 85 percent of the drug arrests in Parker County. Depending on the type and amount of substance, these offenses are usually felonies. If the defendant has no criminal record, pretrial diversion or deferred adjudication may be an option. But in very serious cases, or if you have been through the system before, Parker County prosecutors rarely make these generous offers.
A sudden personal injury has an earth-shattering effect. Medical bills pile up when there is little money coming in to take care of them. This financial stress adds to the stress of the injury, making it difficult to recover. All the while, insurance company representatives call constantly with settlement offers. But you have no idea whether or not these offers are fair.
Mostly due to better injury diagnosis and treatment, the average dog bite claim has increased 94 percent since 2003.
The presumption of innocence is the foundation of any criminal defense case. But if the defendant is in jail, that presumption of innocence essentially becomes a presumption of guilt.
Serious falls send quite a few older people to area nursing homes. Additionally, subsequent falls keep many people at these long-term care facilities. Fortunately, the families do not have to pick up the pieces all by themselves. Substantial compensation may be available in these cases, including money for economic damages, like medical bills, and noneconomic damages, like pain and suffering.
It's hard to believe that the liberation of France began seventy-five years ago today. It is even harder to believe that, at the time, the Normandy invasion was a risky and unpopular proposition.
Partially due to the stern warnings about mandatory drivers' license suspension and the use of refusal information in court, about 75 percent of the people who are arrested for DWI submit to a chemical test. Many others probably do not fully understand that they have a right to refuse the test, and they do not understand how much chemical tests increase conviction rates.