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Texas police say 14 arrests are allegedly linked to trafficking

When a Texas resident is charged with a drug crime, he or she is guaranteed an opportunity to refute the charges in court. Not every person facing illegal drug charges such as trafficking, manufacturing or possession gets convicted. In fact, if a defendant can show that his or her personal rights were violated leading up to or following arrest, the judge overseeing the case may order a dismissal.

There are currently 14 people in Sweetwater who are likely spending time this week researching their defense strategy options. They were all arrested as part of a drug conspiracy investigation. The investigation has been ongoing for some time. In January, as well as in November of last year, at least 13 other arrests took place in connection with the same task force assignment.

4 under the age of 18 charged with robbery in Texas

When people in Texas -- especially young people -- find themselves facing criminal charges, they are often unsure of their options or who to turn to for guidance. Unfortunately, four young people may now be feeling confused and uncertain following their recent arrests. Police claim that the four were involved in a robbery string.

The incidents that led to their arrest reportedly began just after 5:30 a.m. on a day in early March. Reports claim that the four entered the lobby of a hotel and demanded money from a cash register. After the clerk was reportedly unable to open a safe, one of the teenagers is said to have struck her with a gun.

Texas mother accused of DWI after parking lot accident

Anyone who has driven with small children likely knows of the distractions that they can sometimes create. Something as simple as handing a child a sippy cup can ultimately be sufficient distraction to cause an accident. Unfortunately, police in Texas believe that an accident in the parking lot of an apartment complex was the result of DWI rather than a tired mother distracted by her young children.

Police claim that they were called to the scene during the early morning hours of a day in March. The caller claimed that a vehicle had struck another car. It was also reported that the driver appeared to be intoxicated and had two children with her in the vehicle. Police say that after arriving at the scene, they observed the woman returning; they claim that neither of the children were restrained.

Domestic disturbance: Texas woman charged with kidnapping

For many people in Texas and across the country, Valentine's Day is a holiday that is spent with family members and friends to celebrate love. However, the day allegedly sparked an event that left one woman facing criminal charges in what police describe as a domestic disturbance. Charges against the woman include aggravated kidnapping.

The alleged incident is said to have involved a 59-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman. Law enforcement officers claim that the pair had known each other for approximately 17 years. The woman, according to reports, lived in the man's home periodically over that time frame.

No arrest immediately following suspected DWI crash in Texas

Following an accident -- especially one that results in a fatality -- it is necessary for police to conduct an investigation to determine what exactly happened. There are often many pieces of evidence to be examined in order to put together an accurate picture of the incident. Unfortunately, police in Texas believe that both DWI and speed were factors in a recent crash that resulted in a man's death.

The incident reportedly happened during the early morning hours of a day in February. According to reports, a 34-year-old woman was driving east on a Texas roadway; police believe that she was speeding at the time. Unfortunately, the vehicle reportedly struck a curb and a fence before traveling over an exit ramp and eventually coming to a stop on an on-ramp.

Should you take a field sobriety test during a DWI stop?

If you are pulled over by law enforcement in Texas for suspected DWI, the officer will typically have a planned set of questions and tests to give you to determine if you may be intoxicated. Many times, people who are not as familiar with their rights and who may be intimidated in this situation may submit to any test the officer asks them to do. But did you know you are not required to participate in any field sobriety tests?

Father faces weapons, drug possession charges in Texas

Anyone who has driven with small children likely knows of the distractions that they can create. However, most parents are committed to doing everything they can to meet the needs of their children and protect their safety. Despite this, a man in Texas now faces multiple charges, including drug possession, after he was stopped by police.

The traffic stop that led to the man's arrest reportedly happened on a day in January. According to reports, the 29-year-old father traveled to Texas to pick up his young children. He was driving them to live with him in another state.

Driver involved in Texas crash suspected of drunk driving

Car accidents can happen at anytime of the day or night. However, law enforcement officers may be quicker to assume that an accident that happens during the early morning hours, for example, is the result of a driver who is under the influence of alcohol. In fact, a man in Texas is now suspected of drunk driving following a recent crash.

The incident reportedly happened at approximately 1 a.m. on a day in January. According to reports, witnesses spotted a red pickup truck being driven erratically. Reports claim that as the driver -- later identified as a 34-year-old man -- approached a red light, he accelerated through. Police say that the truck struck a northbound vehicle in the intersection.

Domestic violence claim leads to firing of Texas police chief

Romantic relationships are often complex. Even people who love each other very much can experience conflict. While stressful, this conflict rarely results in violence. Despite this, a police chief in Texas was recently fired from his position after he became the subject of domestic violence allegations.

The incident that led to the man's termination reportedly happened on a day in late December. The man faces a charge of assault causing bodily injury to a family member, a misdemeanor. Reports regarding the incident are vague, leaving many of the details unclear. However, the town's city manager claims that the arrest was a violation of the police chief's contract, resulting in his termination. He had previously been suspended from his position of chief following unrelated allegations of conflicts of interest and inappropriate workplace conduct.

Man charged with aggravated robbery in Texas

Many people in Texas and across the country have made mistakes at some point in their lives. These past mistakes, however, are not indicators of the future. Unfortunately, despite attempts to overcome their pasts, many will still be judged because of them. In fact, reports describing aggravated robbery charges against a man also detail his past convictions.

The man was most recently arrested following an alleged robbery attempt that occurred at a Texas gas station on a day in mid-December.  According to reports, the 29-year-old man entered the gas station around 8:30 p.m. and demanded money. A witness claims that when the clerk was unable to provide money, the man shot her several times before fleeing the scene in a motor vehicle.

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