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Alternatives to incarceration: Drug courts in Texas

You really never thought about your child having trouble with drugs, let alone that he'd be selling and distributing them to other people at school or on the streets. He's a teen, but, in your mind, still the innocent child you raised.

Unfortunately, when it comes to the law, the reality is stark. Your child could face serious penalties for violating drug laws, possessing drugs, selling drugs, and using or selling them in school zones. The good news is that there are alternatives to prison being used in Collin County. The Drug Court aims to address issues including drug abuse and DWI cases outside the traditional court system.

The law on methamphetamine in Texas

If you are found to be possessing any illegal substance willfully, or, if you voluntarily chose to carry an illegal substance, you are committing a crime in Texas. This is true for drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.

In addition, any equipment that is associated with manufacturing or distributing the drug can also be classed as a criminal possession. The consequences of drug possession in Texas depend largely on the type of drug that was found in your possession, as well as the quantity that you possessed.

The consequences of heroin use in Texas

Texas is a state that is very strict about the use of serious narcotics, including heroin. Therefore, if you are to be found using heroin, you should not ignore this, and instead treat the problem extremely seriously. Being found to be in possession of even the smallest amount of the drug can result in a felony, which is a serious crime involving jail time.

You should look into the different options that you have as a person in Texas being found using heroin. Some of the options, such as the drug court program, could be beneficial to you.

Underage DUIs: What happens when a child faces arrest?

As a young adult, you're bound to make mistakes. The trouble is that when you make certain mistakes, they can come back to haunt you for some time into the future. One of those potential mistakes is having a DUI on your criminal record.

A DUI is easier to get when you're under the age of 21 than when you're older. Texas is a zero-tolerance state, meaning that if you have any alcohol in your system at the time of a traffic stop, you can be arrested for driving under the influence and end up with a DUI on your record. The trouble with this is that many things cause a breathalyzer to read above 0.00 percent, from mouthwash to eating food with wine reduction sauces.

Texas DWI penalties: You could find yourself in deep trouble

It doesn't matter where you are in the United States, driving while intoxicated is a serious crime that can lead you toward a punishment that changes your life in many ways.

The best way to deal with a DWI penalty in the state of Texas is to avoid an arrest in the first place. And, of course, the best way to do this is to never drink and drive.

Your child has been arrested - now what?

One of the worst calls you can receive as a parent is one from the local Denton police department telling you that your child is under arrest. Resulting emotions often range from anger to shame to guilt, with a healthy side of panic thrown in. After such a call, you may be wondering what to do next or what rights your child has in Texas. One of the first things you should do is learn as much as you can about your child's charges. Knowing the full scale of the situation can help you decide what to do next.

When it comes it certain juvenile crimes, such as drug possession, a Texas court can take a very strict stance. Your child might be facing expensive court fees, fines, jail time and probation if the courts hands down a conviction. For some basic information on what you can expect, read further.

Infraction vs. Misdemeanor vs. Felony: What’s the difference?

If you or someone you love has been charged with a crime, facing the criminal justice system can be daunting. To navigate this difficult time, one of the most important steps you can take is to understand the criminal charges that have been made and know their potential consequences.

The court system has several different categories for crime, usually based on severity. There are three main classifications: Infractions, misdemeanors and felonies. All three categories have subtle distinctions. Here, we’ll list the main differences between infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies:

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