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Audit reveals 298 wrongful drug convictions

Barry Demings was on his way to work in Beaumont when a member of the Houston Police Department pulled him over and found white powder on the floorboard of his Ford Explorer. The officer charged Demings with a felony drug possession based on the results of a primitive test administered roadside. The test is worth $2 and has been known to give highly erroneous results. After agreeing to a plea deal, Demings left Texas for good, losing his job, his girlfriend, and his vehicle in the process.

Demings is among the 298 individuals convicted of drug possession who end up innocent after crime lab tests come back at a later date. The New York Times and non-profit organization ProPublica said in a report issued on Sunday, July 10 that there are more than 200 wrongful drug convictions in Harris County due to roadside tests that are riddled with mistakes. Police officers can misidentify illicit drugs, including prescription pills and marijuana.

Ian Inglis Attorney at Law can help you protect your rights if you are facing drug possession charges. Contact our attorneys for a better chance of a reduced sentence or a dismissal by calling our Austin offices today at (512) 472-1950.

Chipotle CMO charged for cocaine possession

Fifty-three-year-old Chipotle Mexican Grill chief marketing officer Mark Crumpacker made a court appearance in handcuffs on Tuesday, July 5 after his arrest, which was part of a year-long New York Police Department drug sting. Police charged Crumpacker with criminal possession in the seventh degree for allegedly asking for cocaine deliveries 13 times to his $2.5-million apartment on West 13th Street near Union Square in New York.

Judge Edward McLaughlin, who handed Crumpacker a $10,000 or $4,500 cash bail, told him “I don’t want someone who is a purported bigshot to think they should be treated differently.” Multiple other New Yorkers, including Katie Welnhofer of Fox Business News, have faced arrest due to the drug bust.

Criminal suspects face difficult challenges after being charged with criminal offenses. If you are facing charges for a crime in Austin or another area of Texas, hire Ian Inglis Attorney at Law. Our team can ensure that your legal interests are protected, represented, and prioritized. Seek our legal help by calling (512) 472-1950 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team.

Psychedelic mushroom operation raided in Austin

An illegal mushroom operation in a South Austin home in the 6300 block of Berkley Cove, which police say is situated near a daycare center, was found by the Austin Police Department, who was able to recover 30 pounds of the illegal items on Thursday, August 27.

Experts, who were with the police during the time of the raid, told the police to evacuate the house immediately after recovering the items, because “mushrooms, usually when you disturb them, admit a spore and if you breathe that in, it can cause you to have health issues and it is possible that sometimes it can be fatal”, noted Sergeant Robbie Volk.

Ian Inglis, a criminal defense lawyer in Austin, Texas, vows to do right by his clients by working hard to give their cases a favorable result. Call his offices today at (512) 472-1950.

Attorney General notes changing trend in drug crime sentencing

United States Attorney General Eric Himpton Holder, Jr., said that federal prosecutors are currently revising how drug defendants are being charged and punished, citing statistics that reveal sentences meted out to defendants are no longer based on rigid formulas but on the circumstances of each crime, an Associated Press article reported.

According to the data garnered by the United States Sentencing Commission, during the last year, prosecutors were seen going after more violent drug criminals while veering away from seeking harsh punishments for low-level drug offenders.

The figures revealed that federal prosecutors sought mandatory minimum punishments in 51% of drug cases, signifying the lowest rate on record, in the year that ended last September.

Our attorneys at the law office of Ian Inglis in Austin may work for the benefit of your future if you have been charged with a drug crime or another criminal offense. Hire a member of our legal team today by calling (512) 472-1950 today.

Wanted person in Austin has long criminal record

Police authorities in Austin, Texas are on the lookout for 45-year-old Abel Ray Martinez, who violated his supervised release after an eight-year incarceration in federal prison for charges of possession with intent to distribute heroin, KEYE TV reported on January 2.

Martinez has a lengthy criminal history which started at the age of 18 when he was charged, sentenced, and convicted for a myriad of crimes including possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute heroin, evading arrest, larceny, theft, and parole violations, among others.

Being charged with a criminal offense in any capacity can prove life-changing, to both your personal and professional life. If you have experienced this in Austin, your best chances for receiving the most favorable result possible from your case is to enlist the help of an experienced defense attorney. Call Ian Inglis Attorney at Law at (512) 472-1950 today to learn how he may fight on behalf of your rights and interests.

Teen sentenced to life for pot brownies appeals case

Nineteen-year-old Round Rock resident Jacob Lavoro, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in April for baking a batch of pot brownies, appeared in court the first week of August to try to appeal his sentence, the Inquisitr reported on August 10.

Under the Texas law, law enforcement agents can measure the entire tray of the brownies, including far more ingredients than the hash oil he used. Lavoro’s lawyer told the court that laboratory findings measured the total amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) recovered at Lavoro’s apartment was actually only 2.5 grams, compared to the police declaration of 660 grams or 1 ½ pounds of marijuana.

Holmes has asked the court to lessen the charges against Lavoro to a second-degree felony from the first-degree felony he was earlier charged with. A second-degree felony can carry a sentence of up to 20 years of imprisonment, but because Lavoro had no previous criminal record, he may end up with a far reduced sentence.

If you think you are facing severe penalties for seemingly minor drug charges and you live in the Texas area, the Austin-based criminal defense attorney Ian Inglis Attorney at Law may defend your case. Call our offices at (512) 472-1950 today to learn more.

Marijuana advocates aim for ease of Texas’ pot laws

Washington, D.C.-based non-partisan and non-profit organization Marijuana Policy Project has a $200,000 budget to last through the 2015 legislative session and aims to use it advocating for legislative concessions in Texas regarding marijuana policy, the Akron Beacon Journal reported on May 21.

The group’s political director in Texas Heather Fazio said the goal is to treat marijuana like liquor, so it can be taxed and regulated. Fazio points to Colorado’s tax revenue earned in just three months of legalized marijuana trade. The state received $7.3 million in revenue from taxes. Once medical marijuana sales tax and licensing fees are added, that number increases to $12.6 million.

However, Texas Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott is averse to the proposal, claiming that legalizing marijuana would be detrimental to the state due to the negative effects of drug use.

Possession of marijuana in Texas may result in criminal offense charges, with varying penalties based on the amount of substance at hand. Don’t hesitate to employ the legal services of Ian Inglis Attorney at Law if you have been arrested for marijuana possession. Call his office in Austin today at (512) 472-1950 to schedule a consultation.

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