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 2018, Texas law enforcement officers arrested over 95,000 Texans for DWI. That figure was almost 10 percent higher than the 2017 arrest total. Prosecutors are very aggressive as well. The number of dismissals dropped sharply in 2018. In other words, Parker County prosecutors almost always pursue DWI cases, no matter how weak or strong the evidence is.
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.
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.
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.