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Involuntary Civil Commitment for Substance Abuse

It might surprise many to know that, as of 2015, thirty-three states (including the District of Columbia) have laws on the books authorizing civil commitment for adults who have substance abuse issues—absent any criminal charge. It might be even more surprising to know that Texas is among those thirty-three states.

Self-Defense During “Zombie” Attack

My good friend Derek has asked me (several) times if he could shoot someone he believed to be a zombie who was trying to eat him. Since I blogged about self-defense last week, I figured I would address Derek’s question here. Obviously, the answer is “no,” but why is the

A Tale of Two “Felonies”: 12.44(a) and 12.44(b)

Where felony charges are concerned, two specific provisions of the Texas Penal Code often come up: 12.44(a) and 12.44(b). The title of 12.44 explains the effect of prosecution under such provisions—“Reduction of State Jail Felony Punishment to Misdemeanor Punishment.” Both provisions permit punishment for a state jail felony to be

License Issues Relating to Drug Use or Risk of Relapse

Most people are aware (or become aware) that any conviction for a drug offense, or any offense under Chapter 481 of the Texas Health and Safety Code (where the drug offenses are, generally) will automatically suspend a person’s driver’s license for a period of 180 days. What is less-known, however,

Marijuana DWI’s in Texas: Blood Tests

Increasingly, driving while intoxicated charges are being filed against people who drive—not under the influence of alcohol—but under the alleged influence of marijuana. Often enough, a warrant is sought for the person’s blood so that it can be tested for the presence of marijuana, drugs, and prescription medication. A blood


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