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Fatal car accident leads to DWI charges

A Texas man was taken into custody after he allegedly killed two people and injured two others in a car accident. According to police, the man ran a red light while making a left turn in a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado and hit a 1996 GMC Suburban on the left side. The accident happened along Highway 290 at the West Road intersection in Jersey Village around 3 a.m. on Sept. 6. A family of four was in the SUV when the incident occurred. Two of them died at the scene while two others were transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Reports say that the man who was driving the Silverado appeared to be under the influence at the scene, and the man now faces charges related to drunk driving. Police have charged him with a count of intoxication assault and two counts of intoxication manslaughter.

DWI suspected in serious Texas car accident

Toxicology reports are pending in connection with a one-vehicle accident that occurred on the night of Sept. 9 in Abilene. Authorities have not filed DWI charges yet, but they believe that alcohol and excessive speed may have played a role in the incident. The 23-year-old driver crashed his vehicle into a sign, wrapping it around a pole at Betty Hardwick Center.

The man was taken to Hendrick Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, and he was later released. It is believed that he drove at high speed and lost control as he traveled south on an Abilene street. Nearby residents reported that they heard the crash and that they went to the scene to assist any victims. Although the driver suffered injuries, he was reported to be alert and responsive when authorities arrived on the scene.

Technicality results in overturned DWI conviction

A 44-year-old Texas man recently had his drunk driving conviction overturned due to a technicality after an appeal. The man had previously been serving a life sentence in connection to a third DWI. Sources say that he was detained in 2012 after a traffic stop by an officer in Tyler. At the time of the stop, the officer determined that the man was intoxicated and requested a breath test. However, the man refused, and officials obtained a blood draw without securing a warrant first.

Although the defense lawyer representing the man attempted to have the blood draw omitted from evidence, it was permitted during the trial. The man chose to plead guilty, and he was sentenced. However, a case in the U.S. Supreme Court was in progress in the same time period. The case revolved around a situation in which a blood draw was collected without a warrant. The Court ruled that collecting the sample without a warrant was a violation of the individual's Fourth Amendment rights.

Multi-agency drug bust in Texas

On Sept. 4, 23 people in Texas were arrested on charges related to pharmaceutical drug fraud. The arrests were the culmination of a 10-month long investigation ongoing in the El Paso area. Several agencies collaborated in the investigation, including local law enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Border Patrol, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Drug Enforcement Agency. Law enforcement was unable to apprehend six of the 29 people targeted for arrest.

The operation deployed 100 officers and agents during the morning hours in efforts to complete all the arrests. Authorities also claim that the arrests made may have uncovered evidence related to child pornography as well. The names and photos of the six people who were not apprehended have already been publicly released. Investigators allegedly uncovered four criminal organizations that were responsible for the vast majority of ongoing prescription fraud.

Texas man faces lesser drug charges for pot brownies

A 19-year-old Texas man has had the most severe drug charges against him dropped after a district attorney decided that it would be difficult to determine the concentration of THC in the 1.5 pounds of brownies that the man allegedly made and sold. Marijuana contains THC, but even though the amounts of THC in the brownies might have been small, technically, their entire weight could have been used in the case against the man. As a result, he could have been sentenced to life in prison.

The man is still facing drug possession charges. One is a state felony for marijuana possession and the other is a second degree felony for possession of THC. A grand jury has indicted the man for these charges. He still may be sentenced to probation or to up to 20 years in prison.

10 lbs of marijuana allegedly found in car's trunk

Two people were detained and charged with serious drug offenses on Aug. 28 after they were pulled over for a routine traffic stop in Texas. The incident happened around 1:20 p.m. on the eastbound side of Interstate 40 in Carson County. A trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety initially pulled the Dodge sedan over for a traffic violation. The vehicle was being driven by a 33-year-old Pennsylvania woman, and a 26-year-old New York man was a passenger in the car.

During the traffic stop, the trooper claims to have discovered 10 bundles filled with marijuana hidden in the trunk of the vehicle. The pair was allegedly transporting the marijuana from Los Angeles to New York when they were pulled over. The two occupants in the vehicle were taken into custody on third-degree felony charges of possession of marijuana over five pounds but less than 50 pounds. Local reports claim that the 10 pounds of marijuana recovered has an estimated value of $44,000.

Man pleads guilty to submitting fraudulent insurance claims

The owner and operator of a vehicle repair shop in Texas pleaded guilty to federal crimes involving false insurance claims. Evidence presented at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas apparently showed that the 42-year-old man had committed acts of wire fraud. The alleged criminal activities took place between June 2008 and November 2013.

While operating Tony's Kustom & Collision in Port Arthur, the man allegedly submitted multiple fraudulent claims to Farmers Insurance. The fraud was detected after Farmers Insurance conducted an investigation into claims submitted by the accused man. While inspecting 44 of these claims, Farmers came to the conclusion that some repairs the man had claimed were never actually completed. Further, the claims would in some cases reference new vehicle parts when second-hand parts had actually been used. The insured parties apparently had no knowledge of the false claims that were submitted.

Man sentenced after fraud conviction

A 35-year-old Texas man has been sentenced to serve more than nine years in prison after being convicted of mortgage fraud. Authorities accused the man of submitting falsified loan applications and sharing the resulting proceeds with three associates. He is said to have at one time collected up to $800,000 from an approved loan. The man pleaded guilty to wire fraud affecting a financial institution in January.

In addition to serving prison time, the man has also been ordered to provide more than $5 million in restitution to the affected parties; lenders claim that the fraud cost them more than $3 million. The man's wire fraud conviction was paired with an earlier conviction for involvement in a foreclosure scam, which likely contributed to the severity of his sentence.

Man sentenced to 20 years for stalking girl and assault

On Aug. 14, a 23-year-old Texas man who was convicted for stalking a teenage girl received a prison sentence of 20 years. According to the report, the man, who was asked to stop the stalking by the girl's father, shot the father three times.

During the trial, prosecutors claimed that the man was extremely obsessed with the girl and had tattooed her name at least 11 times on his body. The man, who testified on his behalf, claimed that his judgment was impaired because he was high on a number of drugs that included heroin, Xanax and PCP, among others. He was found guilty on charges of stalking and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

How we can help you avoid sex offender registration

Someone who is charged with a sex crime may find themselves facing embarrassment and shock, and the effects of such an accusation can be detrimental and far-reaching. A jail or prison sentence could be handed down, and one might have to register as a sex offender both nationally and within the state of Texas, possibly for life. Even cases that result in deferred adjudication probation could require sex offender registration.

Because the Texas and National Sex Offender Registry is available to the public, this can cause problems in not only someone's personal life but also his or her professional life. However, someone who has been accused of a sex crime could potentially form a defense against the charges.

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