Travis was a young eighteen year old man from Houston, Texas that recently graduated high school and was struggling between looking out for his future and partying. He decided to take a year off after high school and go to a community college part time and work a full time job. Travis liked to party, but never got into the “heavy” drugs like many of his friends had. Sure, he had tried the bad narcotics such as heroin, cocaine, and crystal methamphetamine, but didn’t do them more than once – unlike most of his close friends.
One night Travis was staying out late at a friend’s house, just relaxing and smoking a little weed. Travis was a light weight when it came to drugs and alcohol so he ended up falling asleep on his friend’s couch after taking a few hits while watching a funny movie. He woke up hours later shocked that he had slept so long and decided to leave immediately.
He jumped into his Toyota Pickup and felt ready to take the 45 minute trip home. He did not feel buzzed at all at this point, just tired from being asleep the last few hours. He took the normal route home from his friend’s place to his parents’ house.
As he was close to getting home he had a car come speeding up on him and pass him on the right side. Just as this car passed him he saw a Texas State Trooper pull out onto the highway and get behind the two cars. The patrol car first got behind the car next to Travis for a bit then the patrol car’s brake lights lit up and the car shot behind Travis.
Travis Was Stopped By Texas State Troopers
It didn’t take long before Travis saw the red and blue flashing lights in his rearview-mirror urging him to pull over to the side of the road. As soon as the cop came to the window he told Travis that he smelled marijuana. Travis thought this was strange since he had not smoked weed for hours and had not smoked in his truck ever.
The patrolman immediately pulled Travis out of his car, roughed him up and through handcuffs on the eighteen year old boy making them as tight as he possibly could causing Travis to bleed from his wrists. The patrolman told Travis that he believed that the young man was under the influence and was placing him under arrest.
The patrolman then started searching Travis’ Toyota for drugs. However, Travis stashed all of the weed he had in his shoe and the trooper missed it on the initial pat down. Travis was positive in his thinking and hoped that since the cop didn’t find the marijuana that he would not have it so bad.
However, after a few minutes of searching the truck, the Texas Highway patrolman came rushing up to Travis (who was sitting in the patrol car.) The officer was furious and was holding a small, plastic baggie in his hand and was screaming at Travis.
The cop showed Travis a small baggie that was coated in white residue that he had supposedly found in Travis’ truck. Travis had never seen the empty drug bag before and had no clue how it had made its’ way into the young man’s truck.
The patrol man took Travis back to their little Highway Patrol “office trailer” and put him (and the mysterious white residue coated baggie) through a series of tests. The patrol men proved with their tests and drug kits that the substance in the baggie was indeed cocaine and that Travis was indeed intoxicated making the young man a criminal for the first time in his life. He tried to stay positive and kept thinking to himself the old saying that goes, “you haven’t lived until you’ve spent a night in jail, and if you’ve spent a night in prison you’ve lived too much!” Sitting in jail with felony charges the young man thought, “well now I have ‘lived!’ But please, please God Don’t let me live too much!”
A Houston Criminal Lawyer Saved His Ass
Fortunately, an experienced Houston drug crimes lawyer was able to save the day. Considering that Travis only had weed in his system, and claimed to have no knowledge of the cocaine, the Harris County DA’s Office cut him a deal; 6 months deferred adjudication. If he completes his term with no offenses other than minor traffic violations, he’ll be able to have the criminal record sealed.