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Texas police chief arrested on drug-related charges

Criminal charges of any kind can negatively impact a person's personal life and, even in the absence of a conviction, may result in the loss of his professional career. Not only can drug charges carry with them harsh consequences, but they also can result in a loss of freedom.

Readers in San Antonio may have heard about the recent arrest of a southeast Texas police chief on charges of drug possession and evidence tampering. The police chief in question was accused of allegedly taking drugs from evidence that had been collected by the police. The arrest occurred on Feb. 21, and the police chief was held on a $100,000 bond as of Feb. 22.

The district attorney states that employees at the West Columbia Police Department had been investigating the case independently before reporting the possible crime to the prosecutor. The criminal complaint states that the police chief had allegedly been taking pills and other medications during arrests as well as during investigations into hospice deaths. The time frame given for these alleged actions was from March 28, 2012, to Feb. 8. The City Council suspended the police chief pending an investigation after a special meeting.

It is important for those facing drug-related charges to be aware of their legal rights. A strong defense may be able to mitigate the more serious consequences associated with a drug crime conviction. Should a mistake have occurred during the investigation process, it may also be possible to eliminate or reduce charges that have been leveled at the defendant.

Source: KHOU.com, "SE Texas police chief charged with drug possession," Feb. 22, 2013

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