As the weather heats up outside, the number of assaults usually goes up as well. Generally, hot temperatures increase violent crimes. Curiously, hot weather has almost no effect on theft and other property crimes.
Most Tarrant County drug crimes are simple possession cases. That's true for 85 percent of drug cases overall, and over 90 percent of marijuana prosecutions.
In the 2018-19 session, Texas lawmakers expanded the medical marijuana rules and legitimized CBD oil. However, a bill to decriminalize low-level possession failed.
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.
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.
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.
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.