Facing Marijuana Possession Charges
Marijuana is one of the most commonly used recreational drugs in America, despite it being illegal in most states. Even though its popularity has continued to rise, the charges for marijuana crimes have become harsher over the years. Police officers are cracking down on individuals found to be in possession of it as well as individuals they believe to have the intention of selling or distributing the drug. These charges can range in severity according to a number of factors, and may include probation to lengthy terms of incarceration.
Penalties for Marijuana Possession in Texas
While prosecutors will likely seek extreme penalties for those charged with marijuana-related crimes, the outcome of your case will likely depend on the amount of marijuana you were found with at the time of your arrest. Generally, a court will follow these guidelines in convicting and sentencing:
- 2 ounces or less will result in a misdemeanor charge and up to 180 days in jail with a maximum fine of $2,000
- 2-4 ounces will also be classified as a misdemeanor, but will carry a potential punishment of up to one year in prison and a maximum fine of $4,000
- 4-5 pounds will constitute a felony level offense with up to two years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000
- 5-50 pounds may result in a felony conviction with a jail sentence of up to ten years and a fine of $10,000
- 50-2,000 pounds will still be considered a felony level offense and carry a maximum fine of $10,000, but potential jail time will increase to twenty years
- 2,000 pounds or more carries the potential punishment of life in prison and fines up to $50,000
Even in smaller cases that require no jail time, a marijuana conviction can make important things such as finding a job or buying a house very difficult. For this reason, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can work to create the strongest possible defense against the charges you are facing as soon as you are notified of the marijuana charges you face.
Contact a Houston Criminal Defense Lawyer
Our Houston legal team is dedicated to defending against marijuana possession charges. We work to protect your right throughout the legal process and create a comprehensive strategy that will challenge the charges you are facing. To learn more about the services we offer, call Kyle Sampson, Attorney at Law, at (713) 337-1420 today.