Even the simple possession of small amounts of this drug can have serious consequences for individuals.
While the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana has seen a substantial increase in popularity among many Americans over the last decade, law enforcement agencies across the country continue to place a substantial emphasis on arresting and prosecuting non-violent marijuana offenders.
In Texas, the penalties for marijuana possession are significant. Moreover, the impact that an arrest or conviction for marijuana possession can have on a person’s life often extends far beyond the criminal penalties they may face. Personal and professional consequences resulting from the criminal record that being arrested and charged with marijuana possession can create are often extremely substantial.
The Penalties for Marijuana Possession in Texas
The following is a brief explanation of the various criminal penalties associated with marijuana possession in Texas:
- The possession of less than 2 ounces is a misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum of 180 days in jail and a fine of $2000
- The possession of 2-4 ounces is a misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum of 1 year in jail and a fine of $4000
- The possession of 4 ounces to 5 pounds is a felony, punishable by a maximum of 2 years in prison and a fine of $10,000
- The possession of 5-50 pounds is a felony, punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of $10,000
Additional enhanced penalties may be assessed against individuals who are found to be in possession of greater quantities of marijuana or with marijuana in certain locations, such as near a school.
Contact a Marijuana Possession Lawyer in Texas
If you have been accused of marijuana possession, the assistance of an experienced attorney can help to protect you against the worst possible outcomes. In fact, with the help of an attorney from Del Prado Law, you might be able to get your charge reduced or dismissed entirely. Call us today at (210) 698-3533 to talk with us about your possible legal options.