As you may know, attitudes about the use of marijuana are rapidly changing throughout the U.S. While several states have taken measures to decriminalize the medicinal use of cannabis, most still uphold strict laws against the possession, sale and cultivation of this drug – including Texas. In fact, it is true that you could be charged with a Class B misdemeanor if you are caught with two ounces of marijuana or less in the state of Texas. For larger amounts, you could be charged with a felony. For this reason, you should not take an arrest for marijuana possession lightly. Not only could you be facing costly fines and a permanent criminal record, but you may even be sentenced to hard time behind bars. More specifically, the penalties for marijuana possession in Texas are as follows:
2 Ounces or Less: Class B Misdemeanor
- Up to 180 days in jail and/or a $2,000 fine
2-4 Ounces: Class A Misdemeanor
- Up to 1 year in jail and/or a $4,000 fine
4 Ounces–5 Pounds: State Jail Felony
- Up to 2 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine
5-50 Pounds: Third Degree Felony
- Up to 10 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine
50-2,000 Pounds: Second Degree Felony
- Up to 20 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine
2,000 Pounds or More: First Degree Felony
- Up to 99 years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine
If you or someone you love has been arrested for possessing marijuana in Texas, it is important to understand that the Fort Worth criminal defense lawyer at The Law Office of Samuel R. Terry, P.C. is here to help. Our firm understands that there is nothing scarier than the time following an arrest, so we encourage you to let us guide you through the criminal process ahead. All you have to do is give us a call today at (817) 756-1817 to find out how we can help. Your initial consultation won't cost you a thing—whether you contact us online or by phone—so there is no reason why you should wait any longer to secure the aggressive defense that you will need. We have years of criminal law experience that we can to put to work for you, but it is up to you to take the first step.
Interested in learning more about the various marijuana laws in Texas? Visit our drug crimes page for further information or contact our firm directly for a free initial consultation.