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07
Aug

I posted this to my website under Expunctions/Nondisclosures earlier today. I want to re-post it here, for a couple of reasons. First, it’s a great reminder that the law is organic—it moves forward, backwards, etc. all the time. Secondly, it’s a good reminder to all lawyers (especially newer lawyers) that you risk being ineffective if […]

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16
Jul

You might assume, as any rational person would, that if the police illegally stop your vehicle and then illegally search it, and find cash and a small amount of cocaine, that the police would not be able to use the illegal search to justify forfeiture of your car. You would reason that police should not […]

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12
Jun

On June 6, 2017, one of the nation’s largest databases of chemical signatures, NIST, announced that it had added 25,000 chemical signatures to its already massive database of 240,000 signatures. NIST stores the molecular “fingerprints” of various natural and man-made compounds and substances.   Why does this matter, and what does it have to do […]

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29
May

Most arrests for drug offenses do not arise from a carefully planned surveillance operation where police have sought warrants to place GPS trackers on vehicles, or collected trash outside the residence to go through later at the police station. In fact, most drug offenses emerge from routine traffic stops—speeding, no seat belt, failing to signal […]

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07
Apr

Commonly, I am asked how long marijuana stays in a person’s system. This is a bad question, because it is imprecise—by system, do you mean in a person’s urine, hair, or blood? If the concern is drug testing through probation in Denton and most counties, urine is the most common method of testing. Any substance […]

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Feb

With the current news of massive Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in Texas and other states, much talk has been devoted to explaining exactly who is being seized by ICE for deportation. Discussion has largely centered on immigrants who have been “charged with or convicted of” a criminal offense. This is troubling for the […]

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