MEXICO LEGALIZES RECREATIONAL COCAINE USE

The legal climate in Mexico right now has unexpectedly come out on the side of individual liberty and against the drug war, even as they spent billions of dollars fighting that drug war every year. One could argue that the legal system is in conflict with the political goals of the country in the drug war. The caveat to the ruling is that it only applies to use and possession and does not authorize transfer or sale – an interesting legal gymnastics that will likely be modified over time.

Advocates of the ruling like Lisa Sanchez of Mexicans United Against Crime have commented: “This case is about insisting on the need to stop criminalizing … drug users and designing better public policies that explore all the available options.”

On the political side – the opposition is obvious, with the Mexican government’s Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk saying it will attempt to block the judge’s order, which was handed down earlier this year and first announced Tuesday.

On the legal side their is review as well, with a panel of judges set to review the ruling and decide whether it should be carried out.

In Texas, possession of cocaine is a felony offense if you are in possession of any detectable amount (even residue that cannot be weighed in a lab). Section 481 of the Texas Health and Safety Code regulates cocaine possession – with it being listed as a Penalty Group 1 substance.

You will sometiemes see cocaine possession as “PCS PG1” on court paperwork. The penalties for possession of cocaine in Texas are as follows:

  • Less than one gram: State Jail Felony (6mo – 2Y state jail).
  • 1 to 4 grams: 3rd Degree Felony (2 – 10Y TDCJ)
  • 4 to 200 grams: 2nd Degree Felony ( 2 – 20Y TDCJ)
  • 200 to 400 grams: 1st Degree Felony (5 – 99Y TDCJ)
  • More than 400 grams: 10 to99 years, or life

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I will not answer any questions and I will not make any statement.

Seems simple enough, but the majority of clients that call me with a legal issue do so AFTER they have already spoken to the police, made a statement, or even given a recorded interview. This can seriously damage their defense – if you the police are investigating a crime and they either tell you that you are a suspect, you think you may have done something illegal, or you have any reason to think you might be suspected of doing anything illegal – DO NOT SPEAK TO THE POLICE AND DO NOT ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

As you probably already know, the right to remain silent is an important right. The 5th Amendment to the US Constitution acknowledges the right not to be compelled to offer evidence against yourself. The “Miranda” rights we are all familiar with hearing from television is a reflection of the Supreme Court recognizing this very important right. What you don’t say can’t hurt you. If you find yourself in a situation where the police want yo question you or have you make a statement, you need to calmly, but assertively, inform the officer (or agent, investigator, etc) …

  1. You will not be making any statement
  2. You will not be answering any questions
  3. If you are under arrest, you want to speak to a lawyer immediately.

Many people are intimidated when the police contact them and ask them to come in and answer questions or make a statement. Make sure you listen carefully to what the officer tells you – they are REQUESTING that you make a statement or answer questions. They will likely want you to sign something waiving the important rights I mentioned earlier. DO NOT DO IT.

One final important caveat is that you must ASSERT your right to remain silent if you are arrested. Simply staying quiet is not enough. If the police are asking you questions, you need to state simply “I am using my right to remain silent,” or something to that effect. Unfortunately, some cases have required this type of assertion to invoke all of your 5th amendment protections. See Salinas v. Texas, 133 S.Ct. 2174 (2013)

Before you even consider talking to the police, contact attorney Tristan LeGrande for a free consultation. If you have already been charged with a crime, don’t leave it up to chance! Hire an aggressive attorney with a track record of success!

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A New Year’s Resolution: Exercise Your Constitutional Rights!

ASSERT YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS IN 2019

You may have never been in a position where you needed to flex your constitutional rights.  In fact, many reading this might say: if I am doing nothing wrong, why should I assert my rights?  Won’t this make things harder for me?

I can answer that for you real quick – you MUST assert your rights, as an American, many men and women have fought, bled, and died for those rights.  You MUST because that IS how you live up to your role as a US Citizen.  Do you realize that when people become lawyers, law enforcement, become new US citizens, or assume many government positions – they swear an oath to “support and defend the constitution of the United States…”?

When YOU flex your rights, regardless of whether you are not engaged in nefarious behavior…is vital to maintaining those rights in a free society.

NOTE: Asserting your rights DOES NOT MEAN being rude, aggressive, or combative with any agent of the State (Police officer, Sheriff, Constable, District Attorney, etc, etc.).  Be assertive, but be polite and respectful.

Almost every law enforcement official you encounter is doing their job to the best of their ability, and doing it for the right reasons.  Treating agents of the State with respect and cordiality goes a long way, even if you are refusing to give consent or forfeit other important rights.  Additionally, as with anyone else you encounter, law enforcement will notice how you treat them, and MOST will respond by treating you with dignity and respect as well.

MY CHALLENGE TO YOU THIS NEW YEAR:

ASSERT YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS!  

Some of you are on board, but may not know exactly what I mean by asserting your constitutional rights.  So, the following are some ways in which you can stand tall and speak truth to power!

#1 Never Consent to a search without being presented with a search warrant

This is a little easier said than done, and will require you to assert your rights in an often precarious position at the side of the road, or with Officers pushing their way inside your residence.  Why is this so important?  Because knowing and voluntary consent to a search of your person or property is an exception to the warrant requirement, and oftentimes will foreclose any legal arguments in Court about the validity of the search!

#2 DO NOT Volunteer Or Admit to Any Illegal Activity

You may think you are better off if you fess up to some sort of illegal activity, in hopes that the honesty will make the Officer appreciative, and maybe they will let you off.  This is a terribly unwise thing to do – once you have admitted to committing any arrestable offense, its GAME OVER – you are at the mercy of the Officer.  Your person and effects can be searched.  You are highly likely to be arrested, and any legal objections to the search or seizure of your person or property are highly likely to fail.  (which is anything except speeding or driving with an open container)

#3 If There is even a remote possibility you are Suspected of a Crime – REMAIN SILENT 

You do not need to wait until a police officer tells you “you have a right to remain silent…” when they read you Miranda Warnings – you ALWAYS have the right to remain silent!  You cannot be forced to speak with any agent of the government.  Your 5th Amendment right against self incrimination means you always can state: “I am invoking my right to remain silent, I will not be making any statement or answering any questions.”

#4 DO NOT Answer Any Questions

This one is hard.  You will be in a coercive situation: there is a police officer focused on you, demanding that you waive your rights and answer his questions.  Maybe he has lied to you and told you that if you agree to talk to him, they will cut you a break, or pass along a good word to the District Attorney.  This deception will not get the officer in any trouble, of course, the Supreme Court has decided that law enforcement is permitted to lie to you in order to obtain a confession.

Especially if charges have not been filed yet – if you are contacted by law enforcement in any sort of criminal investigation where you may be suspected of a crime, DO NOT speak with the police or answer any questions.  Politely, bu assertively, inform the officer you will not be answering any questions without the presence of your attorney.

#5 Assert Your Right to Consult with an Attorney

If you find yourself facing any criminal charges, or subject to questioning by law enforcement in ANY capacity, demand your 6th Amendment Right to consult with an attorney.  Something like this will work: “I am asserting my right to consult with an attorney.  At the earliest opportunity, I request use of a telephone to contact my attorney.”  Repeat as needed (and you will likely have to repeat this to several officers, especially in tense situations.”).


If you are accused of ANY CRIME, you need an attorney with a track record of successfully defending criminal cases.

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