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Hotels and the Fourth Amendment: Tilghman v. State

Until June 2021, it was well-established that a person staying in a hotel had a reasonable expectation of privacy in the rented room. Equally well-established was that this expectation of privacy was “[n]o less than a tenant of a house.” Thus, a person could expect to...

2021 Jessica Sosa Act: aka, Texas Good Samaritan Overdose Law

September 1, 2021, the Jessica Sosa Act (also known HB 1694, and by its “long title” as “an act relating to a defense to prosecution for certain offenses involving possession of small amounts of controlled substances, marihuana, dangerous drugs, or abusable volatile...

New Texas Fentanyl Law Changes Are More a Statement Than Effective Law

On September 1, 2021, Texas decided to get “tough” on fentanyl. Problem is, the Legislature decided to issue something closer to a political statement on fentanyl than an actual, workable law.   Effective September 1, 2021, the Texas Legislature has added a “new”...

Codeine Complexity in the Court of Criminal Appeals

September 22, 2021, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals released its decision in Biggers v. State. The case centered on a relatively convoluted group of statutes concerning the possession of codeine and codeine mixtures. The decision in that case brought a win for...

SAFE Banking Act: a win for marijuana reform

With the legalization of marijuana in various states over the past several years, a problem had developed related to the ability of legitimate marijuana businesses to deposit earnings in a bank account. Banks are subject to federal regulation, oversight, and...

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