Long delays for crime lab results caused 21 people in Texas to be wrongfully convicted

A report published on Sunday, April 20 in the Austin American-Statesman revealed that long delays at crime labs caused around 21 people in Texas to be imprisoned on drug possession charges even though the substances they had been carrying at the time of their arrests were not illegal.

The newspaper found that 14 men and 7 women, many of whom were repeat offenders with a long criminal history, entered guilty pleas before the test results came back.

The false-positive drug tests trace back to 2005. However, in the last two years, 14 people who were wrongly convicted have been exonerated.

At the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, we know just how much a drug crimes charge can affect all aspects of your life, and we are committed to putting our years of experience to work fighting for your rights. For the legal help and experienced representation you need if you are facing drug charges of any kind, call us today at (214) 845-7007.

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