Categories: Security & Defense

Immigration and Crime Rates in Texas

Alright partner, I see you’ve pulled up a stool at my metaphorical saloon, ready for a yarn about a mighty controversial topic in our beloved Lone Star State. It’s no secret that Texas is a cultural stewpot that’s been simmering for centuries, with contributions from a diverse mix of folks, native and immigrant alike. So, let’s wrangle the bull by the horns, let’s talk immigration and crime rates. Trust me, it’s not as spicy as a jalapeño. Or is it? Well, there’s one way to find out! Hold on to your Stetsons, amigos!

As Big As Texas: The Immigration Picture

Immigration in Texas is as complex and diverse as the state itself. We’re home to more than 4.7 million immigrants, which, in case you’re wondering, is bigger than the entire population of Ireland [source]. While it’s easy to get tangled up in the headlines and heated debates, it’s essential to remember that every immigrant has their own unique story, and they’re not just a statistic.

Are Immigrants Packing Heat or Just Packing Lunches?

Let’s unravel this prickly pear. Some folks out there are painting a picture where immigrants are causing crime rates to skyrocket in Texas. But is this really the case? Are immigrants more likely to be crooks, or is it just a nasty rumor? I’m gonna tell you straight, no beating around the prickly cactus: the answer isn’t black and white, but a whole lotta shades of gray.

The Cato Institute, a think tank that likes to ponder on these sorts of things, found that native-born residents in Texas were more likely to be convicted of a crime than immigrants [source].

Shocking, isn’t it?

They claim to have analyzed data from 2015 and found that the criminal conviction and arrest rates for immigrants were well below those of native-born Texans for murder, sexual assault, and larceny. But that’s assuming that illegal immigrant crimes are documented fully. After the fraudulent election of Joe Biden, it’s hard to say if any documentation coming from democrat-controlled areas can be trusted.

There’s no shortage of illegal immigrants in jail for serious crimes.

When Fear Fogs the Facts

But why is the perception of immigrants being criminals so persistent? It might have something to do with a psychological phenomenon called ‘illusory correlation’ – when people perceive a relationship between two variables even when there isn’t one. Essentially, folks might remember a crime committed by an immigrant because it stands out in their mind, leading them to believe there’s a pattern [source].

It’s important we don’t let our fears cloud the truth. These perceptions can lead to unfair policies targeting immigrants. As Tad Nelson & Associates, a well-respected Texas federal law firm, often points out, these narratives can have real and damaging effects on people’s lives.

The Role of the Media

Now, let’s not let the media off the hook here. They can often be the gasoline to the fear fire, so to speak. Overblown media reporting can skew perceptions about crime and immigration [source]. We need more balanced narratives that reflect the complexity of the situation, rather than sticking to the same old “immigrants are bad” tune.

The Real Culprits: Socioeconomic Factors

Poor Management in Home Countries

Here’s a thought, what if the real villains in this story are inequality, poverty, and lack of access to quality education? Studies suggest that crime rates are more closely tied to socioeconomic factors rather than immigration status [source].

However, there’s no shortage of illegal immigrants in the jail system. Far too often illegal immigrants commit crimes and are deported rather than punished as is the case with your typical American citizen.

It’s like that old Texas saying, “If all you ever do is all you’ve ever done, then all you’ll ever get is all you ever got.” We need to do better. Instead of vilifying immigrants, maybe we should focus more on tackling the root causes of crime.

Now to Conclude

Immigration and crime rates in Texas are intertwined in a complex dance that involves a multitude of factors.

As Texans, we need to ensure that our narratives, our laws, and our perceptions are rooted in facts and not fear. We’re the state of friendship, after all. So, let’s be friends, extend a helping hand, and remember to question the stories we’re told. Let’s challenge illusory correlations, call out unbalanced media coverage, and make a stand against policies that unfairly target our immigrant neighbors. Now, that’s a Texas I’d be proud to call home.

But that’s not to say that we’re not a nation and a state of laws. If someone is here illegally, then they should be subject to the same legal code that everyone else is subject to. Jumping the border and breaking into our country is no good way to start a friendship. As the old folks say, good fences make good neighbors. America and Texas are good enough to deserve their own fences with equally respectful neighbors.

Remember, as the attorneys at Monks Law often say, “Everyone deserves fair representation and understanding.” Let’s apply this in our daily lives and discourse too. This blog post is not intended as legal advice. For legal advice, contact a licensed criminal defense lawyer.


Categories: Criminal Justice

DWI & Drunk Driving Cases, Always Unexpected

Harris County, TX, has one of the highest concentrations of DUI and DWI arrest frequencies in the United States. However, most folks don’t know this because they’ve never had to deal with a DWI charge or, worse yet, a series of drunk driving cases. If you find yourself stopped for drunk driving on one of Houston’s roads or highways and it appears that the officer came out of nowhere, that’s because DUI and DWI enforcement is one of the top priorities of the Houston Police Department and the Harris County Sheriff’s Department in addition to all of the other law enforcement agencies in the greater Houston area.

A Night Out On The Town In Houston, TX

After Leaving The Strip Club, I Was Stopped On Suspicion Of DWI

I remember one night a few years ago, I and a few friends decided to step out and have a few drinks. Prior to leaving to visit Chics Cabaret at 10255 East Freeway, I drunk a few Heineken’s and forgot that I left one of the 22-ounce bottles in the car.

So after playing around with whores in the strip club, we decided to leave. We drove through Jacinto City, TX, only to find out that we were over the speed limit. Jacinto City, TX is a little toilet that is located on the east side of Houston that is well known for its speed traps. The small town was once occupied by mostly whites, but the Mexicans have taken it over, and the city is ferociously ticketing everybody for any & everything for the purpose of generating enough revenue & money to support the new population and infrastructure improvements. But that’s another story.

A Potential DWI Charge Was On Me!

Houston, Texas DUI & DWI Charges Suck!

DWI Police Stop
Man stopped for DWI on public street.

Basically, what happened is after leaving the strip club, I-10 Freeway and was doing about 51 mph as I was getting ready to get on the freeway heading eastbound towards Baytown, TX. Then, I noticed a Jacinto City Police Department squad car clocking for speed, and the next thing you know he is behind me with his siren blazing yelling out of his stupid ass loudspeaker asking me to pull over. He gave me a ticket for speeding, but he found the empty Heineken bottle and I was afraid that I was can be arrested for driving while intoxicated or driving with an open container. The cop was cool, and let me go with the ticket for 51 and a 40.

Things Could Have Got Expensive

I May Have Needed a Houston DWI Lawyer

The purpose of me telling that story is, you never know what’s gonna happen. You have to be careful when drinking alcohol in your vehicle and be sure not to leave evidence for the police to find in the event that you are detained for a minor traffic violation. That minor traffic violation could have turned into a criminal case in the Harris County court for DWI on the basis of an empty beer bottle. If that was the case, I would’ve had to go to the trouble of hiring a DWI attorney in Houston to help me fight the DUI charge. The first lawyer I would’ve called would have been Tad Nelson, because he is definitely the best drunk driving lawyer in Houston, TX.

Houston DWI Lawyer Tad A. Nelson is one of the best trained criminal defense lawyers in Texas that is currently accepting cases from individuals charged with driving while intoxicated by law enforcement. He runs billboards in the Clear Lake area and he’s a big part of the League City, TX community. He has been defending people accused of crimes related to driving while impaired since the mid-90s. If you’re looking for lawyer that knows how to get a DWI case dismissed in Galveston, Houston, Baytown, or elsewhere in Southeast Texas, he is the man to consult. He is a DWI lawyer – scientist, and is also Board Certified® in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization™.

He was a big time help on my case and I will not be free without his legal representation and stern wisdom.

Categories: Security & Defense

The Need for Security Guards

The San Antonio Police Department and the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office are busy law enforcement agencies. While the police do their best to promulgate public safety, it’s obvious that police officers can’t be everywhere at once and can’t guard your business or home 24/7.

Perhaps today more than ever before in modern history has there been a greater need for the extra protection and peace of mind that security guards offer. The need for security guards in the San Antonio, TX is high so we at Nationwide Investigations & Security, Inc. are available to provide protection services for almost all types of situations.

Today’s Society; More Dangerous than Day’s Past

In the past few years, we’ve all witnessed a rising wave of senseless attacks on our fellow citizens. Churches, schools, even movie theaters, have seen some of the most vicious assaults on unarmed and innocent people. Few if any of these “soft targets” are likely to be carrying firearms and in any case, would unlikely notice an active shooter’s approach. Schoolchildren in San Antonio who lack the protection of armed security guards are especially vulnerable in active shooter situations. Unarmed, trapped in schoolrooms without training or experience in defense; they’re lambs for the slaughter.

This is a relatively new phenomenon. However, we aren’t helpless against this sort of insanity. When trained security guards patrol these “soft-target” locations, the possibility of such a deadly assault is greatly reduced. With their training and experience, an armed security guard is prepared to identify a threat and take actions to mitigate damages. While it’s impossible to catch every incident before it occurs, the value of staffing security guards is as a form of crime “prevention” as opposed to the crime “response” mechanism provided by the San Antonio Police Department.

San Antonio, TX Can Be Dangerous

San Antonio, TX boasts the dubious honor of being one of the most crime-ridden cities in the United States. Translation: In San Antonio, one out of every seventeen residents will suffer the loss of property or worse; become the victim of a violent crime. Bexar County has recorded an average of fifteen thousand reported crimes a year over the past five years.

Securtiy Guard Stops IntruderThe FBI released a report in September of this year regarding violent crimes in San Antonio, a statement that recalls the days of the Wild West. With the aforementioned statistics in mind, the value of well-trained security officers for establishments located in high-risk areas of San Antonio is well demonstrated.

The San Antonio Police Department and the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office cannot guard every business, warehouse or gated community. There is an effective way to ensure peace, safety, and property; employ Security Guards. Security Guards deter crime and supplement the work of police officers by preventing crime by virtue of their presence. They also stop crimes in progress and are required to contact the San Antonio Police Department to report crimes and other threats to public safety.

Commercial Security

Convenience stores, gas stations, sandwich shops, and shops open late into the night, early in the morning, and other publicly exposed businesses benefit greatly with security operatives present.

Retail Theft Prevention

Shoplifting costs retailers billions of dollars annually. Video cameras are a useful theft deterrent, but often record the theft as opposed to preventing the loss in the first place. This is an area where retail-theft guards can prove pivotal in defending a shopkeeper’s bottom line. Considering the thin margins in the retail sector, having security guards on-site can prove to be a profitable investment.

Security Guard Licensing

In the San Antonio area, the security guard licensing system is divided into a few areas:

Level II

A Level II Security Guard License is the starting point for most trainees. Level II security officers are unarmed. Training includes emergency procedures, management of disruptive people, crisis management, and aspects related to crime prevention.

Level III

Level III security officers are certified to carry firearms. In the State of Texas, armed security officers must meet strict requirements. Before receiving a Level III License, trainees must undergo a course that not only involves the use and care of firearms but also increased training in crisis maintenance, legal liabilities and other training to prepare them to perform their duties properly.

Level III security guards are trained in property note keeping and incident reporting.

Level IV

Level IV Security requires the trained security guard not only to complete Levels II and III but complete additional training which is demanding. Level IV security guards are essentially bodyguards. Celebrities often hire bodyguards. Many businesspersons, such as jewelers, etc. hire bodyguards. Government officials need bodyguards. In today’s charged climate of escalating violence, bodyguards have become more desirable than ever.

Armed Security Guards

In many cases, it is deemed necessary to have armed security officers on duty. This is usually due to higher risk, valuable merchandise, equipment, or high profile businesses or businesses subject to political backlash. Financial institutions, banks, credit unions and other institutions where significant amounts of cash are often on hand are institutions that are frequent targets of robbery and burglary.

Strip malls, late night convenience stores, gas stations, nightclubs, cafés and other businesses that keep late hours, particularly those located in sparsely populated areas, may consider security staff a requirement to doing business.

Active Shooter Defense

You’re in church, a movie theater, restaurant or shopping mall with your children. What could be more terrifying than to have someone barge in and open fire with a deadly weapon? Unfortunately, this trend, like a virus, has escalated over the past few years into a common occurrence. Last June, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office offered a presentation to help citizens prepare for active shooter situations.

Although Texans are encouraged to defend each other, well-trained armed security guards are best counter-measures for such situations. They know that these incidents seldom last over fifteen minutes, but in those fifteen minutes, a good number people can be wounded or killed.

The untrained civilian will usually panic in such situations. The trained security guard will have learned the “two exits” rule to the degree that it has become second nature. The “two exists” rule means that no matter which area of a building may be under attack, especially in settings like large shopping malls, the security guard instinctively notes the two nearest exits which could be used to corral people to safety.

In the event of an active shooter scenario, armed security guards may return fire to neutralize the attacker or to maintain a buffer zone, but are also required to notify police and wait for backup. Things happen quickly in active shooter situations, yet the event may seem to last for hours to an unarmed, untrained person that’s pinned down. Trained Level III & IV security guards will feel right at home in this situation, ready to protect their clients and the public.

Need to hire security guards in San Antonio?

Call Nationwide Investigations & Security, Inc. today!

The cost of hiring security guards are negligible compared to being exposed to massive losses which could be prevented. Loss of life, assets, property, and peace of mind can be prevented with minimal investment. If you’re interested in reaching out to Nationwide Investigations & Security, Inc. regarding armed or unarmed security patrols, call our San Antonio office at any time, by calling 210-774-6977.

Categories: Criminal Justice, Drug Laws

Texas Law: Drug Manufacture & Delivery

Under the Texas law, it is illegal to possess or be in control of items that can be used for drug consumption or manufacturing. The state of Texas considers drug offenses to be quite serious, and mostly, these offenses come with severe penalties if convicted. Sometimes, the charges even extend to those who are found with just paraphernalia and not necessarily the actual drugs. The laws are particularly tough on drug-related cases due to the rampant drug peddling and abuse in Texas. However, the penalties vary depending on the size and type of illegal drugs one is found with. One may have to face jail time or even financial penalties in more severe cases. You should, therefore, know that the manufacture of illicit drugs is always considered to be a more pressing case than the possession of a similar substance. Even the classification of these two crimes is different. For instance, the delivery and manufacture, are classified as a felony offense, whereas possession is classified as a misdemeanor when factoring in Marijuana.

Manufacturing and Delivery of Illegal Drugs, Defined.

Precisely, it’s the production and distribution of illegal substances. Production entails the processing of these substances in a lab using chemicals. Mostly, in secluded places; sometimes with or without the help of an expert. But once manufactured, the drugs are then delivered to potential users. However, it is important to note that the manufacturing and distribution of these drugs are against the law.

Some of these drugs include; cocaine, LSD, Heroin, Methamphetamine amongst others. You can, therefore, be assured of facing charges should you be convicted of the manufacturing or the selling of these substances, whether inexpensively or not.

The Penalty Groups

In Texas, different drug penalty groups are set for the different substance being manufactured or delivered. The dangers that may be caused by a particular element play a significant role in determining which penalty group one falls in.

A good example is an individual convicted of manufacturing or delivering cocaine. Such an individual will face a more severe punishment to one convicted of producing prescription painkillers. As such, you should know that during the conviction, if a drug has an accepted medical property, then that will be taken into account. Otherwise, it will be tested for addiction or its general effect on a user, after which, you will be charged.

Below are the Texas penalty groups:

  • Penalty Group 1 – It entails drugs such as narcotics, meth, and ketamine.
  • Penalty Group 2 – Comprise of hallucinogenic substances such as ecstasy and mescaline.
  • Penalty Group 3 – This category includes opioids and prescription painkillers.
  • Penalty Group 4 – it consists of some prescription painkillers and precursor chemicals.

As mentioned above, the penalty of manufacturing and delivery of drugs also depends on the amounts. Let’s take for example drugs falling in penalty group 1. Manufacturing less than a gram is considered a state jail felony, and the punishment is for up to 2 years in a state jail. The more illegal drugs you manufacture, the more severe the penalty. Manufacturing more than 200 grams is considered a first-degree felony that is punishable by life imprisonment.

The Legal Interpretation

Drug manufacture and delivery are placed in the same category as per the Texas laws. Meaning that the rule assumes that when a person decides to manufacture illegal substances, then they intend to distribute them, whether or not at a profit. The primary reason why the laws are severe on drug manufacturers and distributors is that the only way to do away with drug abuse is by cutting down the source. Punishing those caught possessing illegal substances isn’t usually considered an effective and long-term solution to the problem. If a person is therefore charged with the manufacture and delivery of these drugs, they should know the seriousness accorded to the case.

Charged with Drug Manufacture & Delivery in Austin?

Contact a Criminal Defense Lawyer

When charged with such a case, it’s advisable that you find and hire a lawyer immediately. Judges and prosecutors won’t spare a manufacturer or distributor of illicit drugs. However, as an individual, you have rights, and a good lawyer can help you out. But above all, it is important to note that drug and substance peddling will negatively affect our kids, and the society at large, and therefore, it is best if best that we stump it out.