Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit substance in Texas and throughout the United States. While recreational and medical use of marijuana is perfectly legal in some states, Texas is not one of them. Law enforcement in Texas takes marijuana possession and trafficking charges very seriously. If you have been arrested for possession of marijuana, you will need an experienced criminal defense attorney who can vigorously defend you from these charges, as a conviction can result in a long jail sentence, hefty fines, and possibly even affect your driving privileges.

PENALTIES FOR CONVICTION OF POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA

A conviction for possession of marijuana can have serious consequences, and might continue to affect your life long after you have served your time. The severity of punishment runs in correlation with the amount of marijuana you are charged with possessing.

Under the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, penalties for possession are as follows:

Less than 2 ounces – Class B Misdemeanor, resulting in up to 180 days in jail along with a fine of up to $2,000.00

2-4 ounces – Class A Misdemeanor, resulting in up to a year in jail along with a fine of up to $4,000.00

4 oz – 5 lbs – State Jail Felony, resulting in up to 2 years in state jail along with a fine of up to $10,000.00

5 – 50 lbs – 3rd Degree Felony, resulting in up to 10 years in prison along with a fine of up to $10,000.00.

50 – 2,000 lbs – 2nd Degree Felony, resulting in up to 20 years in prison along with a fine of up to $10,000.00

Over 2,000 lbs – 1st Degree Felony, resulting in up to 99 years in prison along with a fine of up to $10,000.00