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When Police Are Thieves: forfeiture law update

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

SITSA Act: adding a new penalty group to federal drug charges

On June 8, 2017, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-California) revealed a proposed bill they had drafted together, clumsily named the “Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act of 2017” or Senate Bill 1327, or SITSA Act. The purpose of the bill was purportedly to “amend

Can the Police Search…?: Quick Answers to Search Questions

Summer has begun, and Denton, like many “college towns” now seems to have far fewer people around and cars on the road. I drive by Texas Woman’s University and by the University of North Texas several times a week (the former everyday on my way home from my office), and

New Drugs and NIST

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

Drugs In Cars

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

Drug Tests and Marijuana

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


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