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Texas school superintendent charged with drug possession

A routine traffic stop on March 6 led to a major Texas school superintendent being detained. The man, who has been superintendent of the Waco Independent School District since April 2017, was charged with misdemeanor possession of drugs. He was booked into Robertson County Jail, which is located in Franklin.

According to a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson, the man was stopped by a trooper while traveling approximately 55 miles southeast of Waco on U.S. 190. The man was driving in a passing lane but was not passing other vehicles. A trooper pulled the man over for the alleged lane violation. Once the trooper approached the vehicle, he allegedly smelled marijuana. Upon searching the vehicle, less than 2 ounces of marijuana was found.

Can you get a DUI in a self-driving car?

It’s been just over a year since was charged with a DUI while intoxicated behind the wheel of his self-driving Tesla. As more vehicles have adopted self-driving safety assist features as standard, the realty of many Americans owning self-driving cars is getting closer.

However, some are questioning whether the technology will lead to inattentive or impaired drivers. But, if the car is self-driving will that even matter anymore?

Texas judge denies bonds for 2 men arrested in drug raid

An investigation of drug activity in a Marlin neighborhood resulted in the issuance of a search warrant for a residence at 300 Durr St. According to reports, sheriff's deputies in Falls County raided the property and arrested two 40-year-old men and one 17-year-old minor. Within the property, law enforcement officers reported finding over $1,000 in cash, 9 grams of methamphetamine, small bags of marijuana, digital scales, a surveillance system, a .45 caliber handgun and a modified .22 rifle.

The minor obtained release on a $2,500 surety bond, but the adult men remain in jail because a judge denied them an opportunity to post bond. A news release from the sheriff detailed the charges against the adult men, which included possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor marijuana possession, manufacturing of a controlled substance and resisting arrest. One of the men reportedly received treatment at a local emergency room after suffering minor injuries in an altercation with a deputy during his arrest.

Former QB Vince Young says he is innocent after DWI arrest

Vince Young is a familiar name to football fans in Texas and now to local police in Missouri City as well after his arrest for allegedly driving under the influence. The retired NFL quarterback initially issued an apology on Twitter to his fans, friends and family following the arrest. His latest statement, however, referred to the DWI charge as an allegation. He said that he is innocent and has faith in his lawyer's ability to defend him.

After his traffic stop, he spent a short amount of time in the Fort Bend County Jail. He secured his release on a $500 bond. When asked for comments by reporters, he said that he was strong and that everything happens for a reason.

Judges need more leeway when sentencing violent offenders

Texas, like the rest of the country, has a mass incarceration problem. In 2008, when the issue was at its peak, there were 1,000 inmates per every 100,000 adults in the U.S. In an effort to drive that number down, many jurisdictions began offering more incarceration alternatives for low-level offenders. As a result, the U.S. incarceration rate fell to 830 inmates per 100,000 adults.

While this is a step in the right direction, experts say that much more needs to be done. In 2018, Congress passed the FIRST STEP Act, which reduces sentences for nonviolent offenders convicted in the federal court system. This is helpful, but it does nothing to reduce the number of inmates produced by state courts.

Teens who share drugs may be held responsible for related crimes

Because of advances in technology, it's easier for teens in Texas and elsewhere in the country seeking controlled substances to find ways to do so. While marijuana and alcohol are still the main substances illegally obtained by teens, some young people within this age group are also experimenting with prescription drugs, potent narcotics, and various street drugs. Teens typically obtain drugs by pooling their money together, getting them from a friend who has access to drugs, or stealing prescription drugs from medicine cabinets at home.

Regardless of how drugs are obtained, teens sharing them with others can be charged with serious drug crimes. It's also possible for charges to be brought against anyone who may be considered a party to drug-related crime, including victims' friends, siblings, and parents who may have had knowledge of drug-related activities. For instance, one teen and two classmates faced murder charges after LSD passed along to a friend resulted in a fatal OD.

Can you get a DWI for driving while hungover?

Waking up after a night out drinking can be painful. However, the situation can get much worse for people who drive before their blood alcohol content (BAC) is back down to zero. Drivers who get in a vehicle while hungover might receive a “day after DUI.”

Day after DUIs received their name, because they occur the next morning after a driver was under the influence of alcohol the night before. While people tend to assume that a good night's sleep is enough to reduce the body’s BAC, this is not always the case. It can take up to 90 minutes for a person’s BAC to drop to zero after one alcoholic drink. Depending on the amount of drinks you have the night before, your BAC could be much higher than you think when you start driving the next morning.

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