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How is illegal re-entry into the United States penalized?

It's a felony for an individual who has previously been removed from the United States to try and re-enter the United States. It's possible for someone who has previously been deported to be permitted to return to this country though.

The presiding U.S. criminal statute that defines the word alien is the Immigration and Nationality Act. It spells out how a person who attempts to re-enter the country or who is found here after having been removed may be charged with illegal re-entry. The alien must have been previously been deported, excluded from, have departed or been denied entry to the U.S. to be able to be accused of illegal re-entry.

Driver of vehicle transporting drugs leaves ID in it

Anyone who is accused of transporting drugs through Texas is has a major challenge ahead of them. When someone is found guilty of being a drug runner in the Lone Star state, they face very serious drug trafficking penalties. For that reason, those who are accused of transporting drugs through Texas need to build their case carefully with the best help they can get. Of course, it helps if they don't leave their picture ID behind like one person recently did.

On a recent Saturday morning, a team comprised of Border Patrol agents and Sheriff's deputies recovered an enormous amount of marijuana from an abandoned SUV. They weighed it and realized that it weighed approximately 1,127 pounds. No snack foods were reported to be in the van, so it is presumed that those must have shipped separately.

An aggressive defense is required for human trafficking cases

A report published by The Human Trafficking Institute over the summer captured how Texas is the leading state for human trafficking in this entire country.

Their data shows that there were over 200 human trafficking cases that were filed across the U.S. in 2018. At least 36 of those criminal cases were initiated by territorial or state prosecutors. The other 171 were brought by federal prosecutors. Some had to do with labor trafficking. Most were related to sex trafficking though.

Seven factors that affect your alcohol impairment level

Many people enjoy alcohol and there is nothing wrong with that. There is something wrong with becoming over-impaired and significantly upping the chance of causing injury or death to yourself or others.

It’s relatively unknown that so many factors affect how fast and severe alcohol impairs people. Everyone absorbs and metabolizes alcohol at a different rate. These factors, that we’ll go into more detail about below, are your sex and ethnicity, weight, any medications you’re taking, drinking on an empty vs. full stomach, family history and whether you partake in chugging or skilled sipping.

Drug crimes can involve multiple types of drugs

Texas is known as a state with strong law enforcement. One of the key tasks for law enforcement professionals in Texas is addressing drug crimes. One recent example of that happened at a county motel.

Authorities were alerted to a vehicle in the motel parking lot that was parked across three spaces. They approached the vehicle and saw a man sitting in the driver's seat. The authorities talked with him and realized that he was in possession of methamphetamine.

DWI charges can be affected by multiple factors

Texas laws are tough on anything that could result in harm to others while driving on the state's busy roads. That includes drunk driving. Drunk driving is typically referred to under the law as driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI). Anyone charged with a DWI can face serious penalties, especially if they are a repeat offender or if someone got hurt.

One DWI case that made headlines across Texas recently involved both of those circumstances. A 36-year-old man was arrested and charged with DWI. He had been charged with two previous DWI offenses, making this his third. Additionally, he is accused of injuring two Texas police officers.

Drug crimes can involve possession and transportation

Being accused of a crime involving possession or trafficking of drugs in Texas is very serious. Individuals who are accused of drug possession or drug trafficking crimes can find their reputations damaged. They can also face severe penalties. For that reason, it is critical for anyone facing such accusations to secure qualified and experienced representation in the form of an attorney who has successfully worked with the issues specific to drug crimes before.

One recent drug crime in the news involved someone originally brought to the attention of authorities by way of a car accident. The man involved, a former Mexican police officer, was driving in a 2007 Ford Explorer SUV on Interstate 40 and almost hit the vehicle a trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety was in. The trooper, confronting the man about that, became very suspicious of the man and asked to search his vehicle.

Victims and perpetrators are sometimes hard to distinguish

Not long ago, most Americans would have been shocked and puzzled to hear that the trafficking of human victims still existed anywhere, much less in the United States and even in communities near them.

Times have changed quickly. Only in 2003 did Washington State become the first state in America to criminalize human trafficking. Today, every state has done the same and public awareness has grown enormously.

Drugs found by officers seeking stolen cellphones

It is a serious matter to be charged with drug-related offenses, including possession of drugs. A charge of possession of drugs can result in a wide range of penalties for a person found guilty of it, including, in some cases, incarceration. Of course, the penalties for those found guilty of drug possession are dependent upon a wide array of factors, including the kind of drugs that they had and if the amount of drugs they had constitutes intent to distribute the drugs.

Sometimes, drugs are discovered by accident while intrepid police officers are busily investigating something else. Recently, officers were responding to the theft of backpacks from several people who were at a water park. Those backpacks included items like an Apple Watch and cellphones, with the total value of the items being $4,869.

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