Marijuana's legalization for recreational and medical purposes in over half of the United States has shifted cultural attitudes about its use. This leads some people to believe that marijuana possession isn't a real concern anymore.
The state of Texas still enforces harsh laws against the possession, use, cultivation and sale of marijuana. If you or someone you love is facing marijuana possession charges, seek the counsel of an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The consequences of inaction when facing marijuana charges could be quite steep.
Substantial penalties for even small amounts
Possession of any amount of marijuana, from a single joint to two ounces, is a misdemeanor offense that carries both a fine and potential jail time. Simple possession in Texas could result in 180 days in jail, as well as a $2,000 fine. There are additional penalties if your charges include possession of paraphernalia. Possession of any amount of hash or marijuana extracts, such as butane hash oil, is a felony offense. If convicted, those charged with possession of less than a gram of marijuana concentrates face up to two years in prison, as well as a $10,000 fine.
Combine those immediate punishments with the fact that state law mandates the suspension of your driver's license following a drug offense conviction, and simple marijuana possession charges can change your life. If you are facing marijuana possession charges, you need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
What if I consider my marijuana use medical?
Unless you have epilepsy and a prescription from your doctor, your marijuana is not covered under the existing medical marijuana law in Texas. The Texas Compassionate Use Act of 2015 allows for the treatment of epilepsy with low-THC marijuana. No other medical conditions qualify.
Attempting to defend yourself or using an overworked public defender aren't the best strategies for protecting your rights and avoiding the ongoing impact of a drug conviction. You may not end up going to jail, but your conviction could keep you from securing housing, federal student aid and gainful employment.
An attorney may improve your case's outlook
Working with an attorney is your best chance of successfully defending yourself against possession charges. An attorney could request diversion to a treatment program. He or she may also be able to have evidence withheld if it was obtained illegally.
Don't gamble with your future. There are many options for an experienced criminal defense attorney to mount a vigorous defense in your marijuana possession case. The only way to discover what options are available to you is to consult with an attorney about the details of your arrest and the case against you.