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Dallas Police to stop people to enforce shelter-in-place laws

The Dallas Police have announced through the media they’re going to be stopping people to enforce the shelter-in-place laws. If the police stop you merely to inquire if you are engaged in an “essential activity” and nothing more they are doing so unlawfully! Absent their observation of you’re having committed some other violation they need…
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JUDGE SUPPRESSES ALL EVIDENCE OBTAINED FROM UNLAWFUL STOP/DETENTION

  3-16-2020   PRESS RELEASE   JUDGE SUPPRESSES ALL EVIDENCE OBTAINED FROM UNLAWFUL STOP/DETENTION Including 400 pounds of Marijuana and 5 pounds of THC Extracts.  The defendant’s in this case have authorized me to discuss their case.   On March 12, 2020 Hon. Judge Jack McGaughey of the 97th District Court in Montague County held…
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Hemp update March 2020: Apply to grow hemp in Texas today!

Farmers can finally apply to grow industrial hemp in Texas The 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law in December of 2018. This bill removed hemp, defined as Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing…
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My past charges have been expunged. Can I still app for a Texas Concealed Handgun License?

A lot of former clients that we have had their charges dismissed and the record of their arrest expunged are calling and asking how to respond when being asked about “arrests,” on government forms such as with the application for the Texas Concealed Handgun License. When confronted with a global “have you ever been arrested”…
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Lawsuit Against Texas DPS Regarding Disgraced State Trooper

Today, I have begun taking initial formal steps in preparation to sue the Texas Department of Public Safety (Highway Patrol) for the release of criminal investigative files under the Texas Public Information Act. The records I am seeking concern ex-trooper Chad Harden, 45, of Iowa Park, who was recently booked into Wichita County Jail and…
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The “Smell of Marijuana” and Probable Cause

In an automobile the smell of marijuana alone is enough to give an officer probable cause to search. The Supreme Court has long held officers can use trickery and deceit to catch law-breakers. Unfortunately it has now became commonplace for many officers to routinely say or imply they smell marijuana even though they do not….
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Differing Prosecution Standards Across Texas

It is the right of the citizen to travel upon public highways. However, what individuals navigating through Texas in possession of marijuana don’t know is that each county within the State of Texas holds its own standards of prosecution. Having travelled through the entire state, the Law Offices of David Sloane has noticed that the…
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Tarrant DA Offers Marijuana Arrestees New Way to Avoid Jail

As almost all major jurisdictions across Texas have moved to decriminalize marijuana, Tarrant county has lagged behind and continues to heavily prosecute small time cannabis crimes. At the latest Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association meeting, District Attorney Sharen Wilson announced policy changes that would significantly reduce the punishments for marijuana offenses. The new guidelines…
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Tarrant County Marijuana Prosecutions by the Numbers

Dallas County District Attorney, John Creuzot, joined the D.A.s of Houston’s Harris County, San Antonio’s Bexar County, and Austin’s Travis County in decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. Dallas county will decline prosecuting misdemeanor possession of marijuana for first time offenders and subsequent offenders will be offered diversion programs. Creuzot, cited racial disparities, with African Americans…
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Setting Aside Convictions with Judicial Clemency

For people currently on Probation with a Felony Conviction a relatively new Texas law may provide some relief via Judicial Clemency, including for some felony marijuana convictions. Judicial Clemency is the term used to describe the power of a judge to set aside a conviction under the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. Judicial Clemency is…
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    The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of NORML is a grassroots, educational non-profit organization dedicated to fighting cannabis prohibition in the Lone Star State.
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