Back in the day, the spousal privilege applied in assault cases. Spouses had an absolute right to refuse to testify in these situations. But the law changed several decades ago. The domestic assault trial of former Houston Oilers quarterback Warren Moon was one of the first times that the state forced a wife to testify against her husband.
Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas have developed a saliva test which determines the level of marijuana in a person's system.
The right to privacy runs deep in the Constitution. Specifically, the Fourth Amendment prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures.
Since 1999, drug overdoses have killed about 800,000 Americans. That fatality rate makes poisoning one of the leading causes of injury-related death in the United States. Many of these fatalities are directly related to prescription drugs, mostly painkillers. Other fatalities are indirectly related to prescription drugs. Many heroin users first became addicted to opioid painkillers.
Prompt jail release is an often-overlooked component of a successful criminal defense. Without jail release, the presumption of innocence basically becomes a presumption of guilt. Incarcerated defendants cannot meaningfully participate in their own defenses, and they may accept unfavorable plea bargain offers to get things over with.
About twenty years ago, Texas lawmakers approved a per se DWI law. Before the legal change, a BAC level above the legal limit was a presumption of intoxication. Now, people with a BAC over the limit may be intoxicated as a matter of law. Not surprisingly, the DWI conviction rate increased significantly.
According to the federal government, there are about 4.5 million adults on probation in the United States. The rather distressing thing about that number is that it's the lowest probation population figure in twenty years.