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You can be arrested for impaired driving due to prescriptions

Impaired driving comes from a host of substances, not only alcohol. Texas doesn't have per se limits set for anything besides alcohol, partially because there isn't an accurate way to measure how these drugs are impacting drivers. Instead, police officers look for signs of impairment, which are sometimes present during a traffic stop.

Even though the dangers of drugged driving are just as serious as those associated with drunk driving, people don't always think about it when they need to. There are several points that you should know about driving under the influence of drugs if you have your license.

Texas police seek man suspected of aggravated robbery

When most people are faced with a potentially life-threatening situation, their adrenaline kicks in. Sometimes memories from such an event can be hazy, even distorted and could make their recollections regarding the incident unreliable. Despite this, police in Texas are searching for a teenager that the victim of an aggravated robbery allegedly identified.

Reports indicate that the incident happened on a day in mid-November. The two male victims were reportedly walking as they returned from a convenience store. They were allegedly approached by a group described as  comprised of several young men. Someone in the group reportedly pulled out a gun and demanded that the two turn over their belongings; the group is said to have stolen the victims' money, cellphones and clothes.

Texas traffic stop leads to drug charges

A confrontation with a law enforcement officer, regardless of whether it is over a relatively minor issue, can make anyone nervous, even when a person has committed no wrongdoing. With this knowledge, it should not be unusual for police officers to encounter people who are nervous. However, one Texas police officer claims that a person who acted nervous following a traffic stop had something to hide; that person is now facing drug charges.

The incident that led to the man's arrest happened on a day in late October. The police officer claims that he initially pulled over a man because of a defective light. Because he claims that the man acted nervously, the officer became suspicious. He claims that the driver handed him an open container containing alcohol, claiming that he had just poured it.

Texas police officer accused of drunk driving

Lack of sleep can often have surprising effects on the human body. Unfortunately, police may assume that an exhausted driver is actually under the influence of alcohol. In fact, a police officer in Texas was recently arrested because law enforcement officials believe that he was drunk driving

Police reportedly became involved with the man when workers at a fast food restaurant notified an off-duty police officer that a driver was asleep in the drive-thru during the early morning hours of a day in October. According to workers, the man placed his order put fell asleep between the two drive-thru windows. The officer claims that he had to hit the truck window several times before the driver, later identified as a 51-year-old man who was also an off-duty police officer, awoke. 

Man charged with family violence after woman uses pepper spray

Families can be complicated. Often, disagreements can lead to anger. Despite this, violence is relatively rare. However, a man in Texas now faces of change of assault family violence in an incident that reportedly involved a grandmother spraying pepper spray and sending five people to the hospital.

Reports indicate that the incident happened on a day in September. Police claim that they received a call about a fight in a vehicle. The driver ultimately parked the vehicle in front of a police substation; it is unclear if the driver intentionally drove there.

3 things to know if stopped for DWI

In most cases, no driver wants to see blue police lights flashing behind them, but when it does happen, it is important to keep your priorities straight and pay attention during your interaction with police. If the officer suspects that you've been drinking, then you may have to submit to sobriety tests and will likely receive drunk driving charges if you fail these tests.

The way that you conduct yourself during the stop can strongly impact the outcome, even after you receive charges. Simply receiving drunk driving charges is not an automatic conviction, but it is a sign that you need to begin building your legal defense immediately.

Texas Teenager arrested in convenience store robbery

When a person is accused of a crime in Texas, there are often a variety of different options available. In many cases, those facing an interrogation by police officers might be unsure of their constitutional rights or too intimidated to invoke them. As such, those accused of robbery and other crimes want an experienced criminal defense attorney on their side from the earliest stages.

In fact, a teenager may want such advice as he navigates the criminal justice system following the charges recently filed against him. The charges stem from what appears to be an unsuccessful robbery attempt that happened at approximately 9:30 a.m. on a day in September. Reports claim that a man who had his face and head covered with a T-shirt entered a convenience store with a gun.

Woman faces federal possession charge after Texas traffic stop

The United States Constitution affords people in this country with a variety of different rights. However, some people may not be fully aware of their options and how to assert their rights, especially when involved in a confrontation with law enforcement officers. For example, a woman faces a possession charge after her car was searched by police officers in Texas during a traffic stop.

The incident that led to the charges against the woman reportedly happened on a day in August. According to reports, the 41-year-old woman's vehicle was stopped on a Texas interstate for a traffic violation. A search of her vehicle followed.

3 things to know if stopped for DWI

It is the end of the week and you decide to go out to the local bar with a few of your buddies. Your plan is to have a few drinks and eventually drive home. Instead, you end up staying a little bit later than you originally thought you would and have a few extra drinks. Since you feel fine, you decide to hop in your car and head back to your place.

All of sudden you see the police lights come on in the rearview mirror. Naturally, you are extremely nervous. You know the penalty for a DWI would negatively affect your life. This is the type of situation where it is crucial that you know your rights and how to properly handle the impending confrontation with the police officer.

Texas driver accused of DWI for crossing median

Drivers can become distracted for a variety of different reasons. This can be especially true for those driving for work whose mental attention may be focused on the details of the next work-related tasks they must complete. While this inattention could lead to a driver drifting out of their lane of traffic, it could be easy for law enforcement officers to make assumptions about the driver's level of sobriety. Unfortunately, a man in Texas now faces accusations of DWI due to an incident that allegedly occurred while driving a commercial vehicle.

The incident reportedly happened during the morning hours of a day in August. According to reports, the man was driving a concrete truck. The vehicle allegedly crossed the media into oncoming traffic. Police say they responded after receiving 911 calls about it.

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