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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.

Austin resident found guilty of operating underground drug website

Ross William Ulbricht, an Austin, Texas resident and a graduate of Westlake High School, was convicted on Wednesday, February 4 of various drug and conspiracy counts for operating the underground website Silk Road, which enabled illicit activity to occur anonymously online, according to statesman.com.

The jury’s guilty verdict came after only over three hours. The United States government noted that Silk Road’s income was composed primarily of drug sales in all of its three years of business. The website was shut down by FBI when Ulbricht was arrested in October 2013. It is estimated that more than one million drug deals on occurred Silk Road, earning the operator approximately $18 million in bitcoins. Ulbricht claimed that he was framed by other users.

Drug and computer crimes are taken extremely seriously, and therefore it is advisable to secure experienced and fierce representation as soon in the process as possible. Ian Inglis can fight for your rights and your freedom. Call his offices as today at (512) 472-1950.

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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