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One mistake with drugs could haunt your job search for life

If you get picked up on drug charges, you may be mostly interested in potential fines and jail time if you get convicted. While it is wise to educate yourself on the potential ramifications, remember that a conviction could impact your life long after you have paid your debt to society.

Exceeding the scope: drug evidence tossed in warrantless search

Police say that a Houston motorist executed a flawed driving maneuver, so they stopped him. Based upon that, they handcuffed him and conducted an exhaustive search of his car. That turned up a small amount of cocaine. The driver was promptly arrested and ultimately pleaded guilty to drug possession.

Did you have a legitimate expectation of privacy?

If the police carry out a search, there are steps that must be followed. Typically, they need to have probable cause -- they have a reasonable suspicion that a crime happened -- and they need to get a warrant from a judge. Only then can they search your home, your car or anywhere else that you have an expectation of privacy.

Remember that Texas has strict marijuana laws

In some states, possession of a small amount of marijuana is similar to getting a speeding ticket; you just pay a small fine and it's over. In other states, possession is legal if you have a medical reason to require marijuana. In yet other states, a small amount is not only legal for recreational purposes, but you can buy it over the counter at numerous retail outlets.

Common defenses for drug crimes in Texas

Facing drug charges in Texas can be stressful, especially if this has never happened to you in the past. So, what do you do if you are facing drug charges? Where do you turn? How do you defend yourself? The first place to start is with the actual charge. Find out the type of penalties it comes with should you be convicted. Find out if it is a misdemeanor or a felony charge. Then you can figure out the type of defenses available.

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