Category Archives: Drug Crimes
Marijuana Laws In Texas Today — A Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Perspective on the Eve of the 2014 DFW Marijuana March
Marijuana laws here in Texas are tough. Over the years I’ve seen many clients come through our doors who haven’t been that mixed up with marijuana or grass or pot or weed but they’ve still faced some pretty stiff sentences under either Texas statutes or federal law. Marijuana cases can mean a real defense fight…Share This
Justice Department Comments (34 Pages) to the Proposed Amendments to Federal Sentencing Guidelines Added to Michael Lowe Digital Library
Comments to Proposed Amendments to Federal Sentencing Guidelines by the Justice Department in March 2014Share This
Will The Justice Department Go After Marijuana Grow Operations Using Environmental Laws?
Proposed Increase to Sentencing Guidelines for Marijuana Grow Operations’ Environmental Crimes Supported by DOJ Last week, we discussed the recent statement made by Attorney General Eric Holder regarding the proposed changes to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines proposed by the United States Sentencing Commission. In his appearance before the Commission, the head of the Justice Department…Share This
Major Changes to Federal Drug Crime Sentencing Guidelines Underway: DOJ’s Holder Helps Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers Get Lower Sentences for Drug Defendants
In 1986, Congress passed the Anti-Drug Abuse Act (”ADAA”) which formed a two level (aka two-tiered) formula for use in federal sentencing of certain kinds of drug traffickers. This was the first federal legislation passed as part of the “War on Drugs” (there were others, e.g., the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010). In the ADAA,…Share This
Philip Seymour Hoffman Heroin Dealers and the United States Supreme Court: Recent Opinion Makes It Harder to Convict Drug Dealers for Heroin Death Under Federal Law
Philip Seymour Hoffman drug dealers rejoice! The United States Supreme Court has released a new decision that defines a new standard for “causation” in a heroin death case. The High Court interprets the “resulted in the death” language of 21 U.S.C. 841 (the “Controlled Substances Act”) to really mean that it’s a “but for” cause…Share This
Philip Seymour Hoffman Killed Himself: Predicting the Arrest and Conviction of the Drug Dealers Who Sold Hoffman the Heroin
Philip Seymour Hoffman killed himself. Hoffman became addicted to a substance knowing that he could die using it. We know from the continuing, extensive, international news coverage of Hoffman’s death on Super Bowl Sunday that the talented actor first used heroin in his early 20s and after avoiding the drug for over 20 years, Hoffman…Share This
Heroin Dealers to Philip Seymour Hoffman Arrested on Possession; Heroin Suppliers in Texas Already Face Life Imprisonment in Heroin Overdose Death Arrests
The heroin sold in New York City last week to famed actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, which is presumed to be the cause of his death on Sunday, has now been tracked to the dealers allegedly responsible for selling the heroin to Hoffman that was found in his system, as well as in the syringe still…Share This
Texas Marijuana Laws: Strict Drug Laws Now as Marijuana is Absolutely Illegal in Texas, But Will This Change and Can You Still Be Arrested for Pot in Texas?
Make no mistake about it: marijuana is 100% illegal in the State of Texas. It doesn’t matter if you are a marijuana farmer with a huge crop for harvest, or a marijuana distributor with lots and lots of product, or a recreational user with a tiny bit of pot in your possession: having any amount…Share This
Dog Sniffing Searches and the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution: Have Your Privacy Rights Against Unreasonable Search and Seizure Gone to the Dogs in Texas?
Dogs are great, and no one is going to challenge that dogs have the ability to hear and to smell things that human beings cannot. Dogs, after all, have the ability to hear sounds at a much larger frequency range than humans — from 67 Hz to 45 kHz (humans max out at 23 kHz)….Share This
Marijuana Grow Defendant Receives Up to approximate 75% Reduction Federal Sentencing Guideline Range
Approximately three years ago, Mr. Lowe was hired to represent a local businessman that graduated from SMU with a degree in Economics. At that time, Mr. Lowe’s client was the target of a Federal IRS/HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas) investigation in an eventual six defendant Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana in the Dallas area. Mr….Share This