The Texas Legislature’s 86th regular session kicked off last week and there are already over a dozen proposed bills that would legalize or decriminalize marijuana to some extent. As more than half the states in the union have legalized cannabis for medical use and 10 states have some form of recreational marijuana, marijuana advocates in…
In states like California, the state constitution allows for electors to vote on referenda to become law during general elections. So, for instance, the question of whether marijuana should be legalized was left up to California citizens under California Proposition 64 in 2016. That measure passed with 57% of the vote which is why recreational…
Discussions about legalizing Marijuana begin and end with the Governor of Texas Greg Abbott. Abbott has, until recently, been staunchly opposed to any form of cannabis legalization. The governor has even expressly stated that, “Texas should not legalize marijuana, nor should Texas open the door for conventional marijuana [to] be used for medical or medicinal…
A Texas man was recently sentenced to 35 years in Illinois state prison for soliciting nude photos of underage girls from across the county. The defendant, 36-year-old Mark Barnwell of Whitehouse, Texas, would create fake Facebook profiles and then contact young women, posing as a modeling agent. He would persuade the girls to submit compromising…
You may have read about the tragic accident that occurred in December when a drunk driver killed a 23-year-old woman. The driver, 19-year-old Erick Hernandez, had been drinking at a bar for approximately six hours, and the crash occurred within five minutes after he left. Hernandez has been charged with second-degree felony intoxicated manslaughter, and…
Lawmakers are expected to address several issues in Texas’ justice system in the 2019 legislative session. With decades of experience, Houston criminal defense attorney Ned Barnett knows the justice system’s various shortcomings and will be watching these developments closely. He hopes that any changes to the law will bring about a system that is more…
Sex crimes carry more stigma than almost any other criminal allegation. As a result, if you’re accused of a sexual offense, you face significant bias from the very start of your case. An experienced sex crimes attorney is vital in overcoming this bias and achieving a fair outcome. However, time is not on your side…
There are pre-determined standards for the amount of alcohol in your body that can lead to DWI (driving while intoxicated) charges. If you are over 21 and operating a personal vehicle, the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit is 0.08 percent. When you are under 21 years of age, any detectable amount of alcohol in…
It has been widely reported in the media that Fortnite and other online games are attracting sexual predators. In Broward County, Florida, a 41-year-old man was recently arrested and charged with sex crimes related to victimizing at least 20 children. The man would use the popular game Fortnite to coerce his victims into sending him…
We all know how quickly a teen can make a mistake and get into trouble. As the parent of a teenager, you know how easily they can be influenced by their peers, celebrities, and various media sources. They don’t have the capacity or maturity to recognize when they need to avoid certain people, say no…