In a recent criminal case before an appeals court in Texas, the State appealed a previous ruling in the defendant’s favor regarding his conviction for tampering. Originally, the defendant was charged with tampering in 2017, and he was ultimately found guilty as charged. The defendant appealed, and the court of appeals reversed the conviction. The State appealed, however, and the higher court ultimately reversed the verdict that was in favor of the defendant.
Facts of the Case
According to the opinion, an officer on the highway was on patrol in his car when he saw the defendant driving by, going 84 miles per hour in a 75-mile-per-hour zone. The officer activated his lights and began following the defendant, attempting to make a traffic stop.
As the officer followed the defendant, he noticed that the defendant threw several brown objects out of his window. One of the objects flew directly into the officer’s windshield, and the others fell to the ground.
The defendant eventually stopped his car, and the officer issued a traffic ticket. The officer then went back to look for the objects that the defendant threw from his car, finding five joints with marijuana wrapped in brown cigar paper. Officers later arrested the defendant and charged him with possession of marijuana and tampering.