Though many states have now made the move to legalize, or at least decriminalize marijuana, Texas is not one of them. Unfortunately, if you are convicted of a possession charge in Texas, you risk jail time, high fines, and you will obtain a criminal record. A criminal record, as you may know, can prevent you from getting certain jobs, taking out certain loans, and even living in certain areas. That is why it goes without saying that if you have been charged with marijuana possession in Texas, you must not delay–read on and reach out to our experienced Texas criminal defense attorneys today to learn more about the consequences of marijuana possession.
What are the penalties for a marijuana possession charge in Houston?
In Texas, you face a wide variety of charges for marijuana possession, though the severity of those charges corresponds with the amount of marijuana you had in your possession at the time of your arrest. Possession charges in Texas are as follows:
- 2 oz. or less: A Class B misdemeanor that can result in up to 180 days of incarceration, as well as a fine of up to $2,000.
- 2-4 oz: A Class A misdemeanor that can result in up to 1 year in jail, as well as a potential $4,000 fine.
- 4 oz-5 lbs: A state jail felony that can result in up to 2 years in jail, as well as a maximum fine of $10,000.
- 5-50 lbs: A third-degree felony that can result in up to 10 years in jail, as well as a fine of up to $10,000.
- 50-2,000 lbs: A second-degree felony that can result in up to 20 years in jail, as well as a maximum fine of $10,000.
- More than 2,000 lbs is a capital felony. If convicted, you may face up to 99 years in jail, as well as a maximum fine of $50,000.
Rather obviously, a marijuana possession charge is not to be taken lightly, which is why if you are facing these charges, you must speak with one of our Houston criminal defense attorneys as soon as you can. We can fight to have these charges mitigated, or, in the best cases, dropped altogether. Give us a call today–we are ready to help you.
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