Texas police are particularly vigilant when it comes to enforcing drug laws. In fact, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety, police arrest more than 100,000 people annually for drug violations, including distribution, possession and manufacturing.
DWI arrest rates in Texas are among the highest in the country. According to MADD, there were 1,337 drunk-driving fatalities in the state last year, and more than 15,000 injury crashes involving alcohol. Over the same period, police arrested thousands for driving under the influence of alcohol, and in 2014, they charged nearly 100,000 people with DWI, resulting in more than 70,000 convictions.
Drug crimes are a serious concern for Texas law enforcement. In part, this is because studies show a link between drug use and the prevalence of other offenses.
All drug charges are serious, and law enforcement personnel consider preventing drug crimes to be a high priority. Aside from the harmful effect drug abuse has on society, a significant percentage of other crimes, such as robbery, aggravated assault and domestic violence, take place while the suspect is under the influence of a controlled substance.
Texas courts treat drug crimes seriously, and the state has a reputation for having a strict policy against the possession of illegal substances. Unlike many other states that are decriminalizing the use and possession of marijuana, Texas still considers the drug illegal. Though Texas courts do not consider all drugs the same, if police catch you in possession of marijuana, there is a good chance you will face a fine, jail time or both.