A new method of detecting cocaine use in individuals may soon be available to Texas authorities involved in the testing and monitoring of suspected drug users. This new kind of drug test is purported to be able to detect cocaine use by identifying the residual presence of certain chemical byproducts in a person's fingerprint.
Most states differentiate between the charges of voluntary and involuntary manslaughter, depending on the defendant's actions and their effects. Texas makes no such distinction. Instead, additional penalties are imposed upon anyone found guilty of manslaughter under certain circumstances, such as when the act was committed while the defendant was in a state of intoxication.