Fox 26 news has learned the Harris County District Attorney has instituted a policy in hopes of keeping innocent people from entering guilty pleas.
The DA’s office confirms they are no longer accepting guilty pleas on drug cases before the substance is tested by a crime lab.
This policy change comes after several defendants found themselves exonerated last year after pleading guilty to substances that weren’t actually drugs.
Opponents to this policy change say defendants could find themselves in limbo for long periods of time depending on how long the drug testing policy takes.
It could also cause a backlog of defendants who can’t afford bail.
Jeff McShan with the DA’s office confirms this change with the Factor.