Dallas County Marijuana Charges may be Changing, for the Better!
Breaking news for Dallas residents! Instead of being immediately arrested, Dallas County individuals found in possession of less than two ounces of marijuana may soon simply receive a citation and be immediately released pending a later court date.
Officials in Dallas County are working on a pilot program with hopes of freeing up officers for more pressing matters and focusing on more serious offenders. A citation program is already in effect in Travis County, where since 2012, officials believe they have saved over 11,300 hours of work for police officers. Travis County officials see it as a successful program and hope to see it utilized in more counties. If enacted, this program would reduce the amount of money spent on housing individuals in jail (currently it costs about $63 a day to house an inmate in the Dallas County Jail). A move like this will lead to a more efficient law enforcement process, savings on resources, and greater police availability. The criminal defense attorneys at Chad West, PLLC have been following the marijuana movement for years and serving individuals in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that have faced marijuana related charges. We will continue to follow this story and keep our clients and followers updated during the whole process. Until this is in effect, you will still be arrested for possession of marijuana, when that happens, make your first call to Chad West PLLC, Attorneys at Law.