If you have been arrested and charged with marijuana possession in Texas, you could be facing severe and life-altering penalties. Without a top Fort Bend marijuana defense lawyer by your side, you could be looking at years in prison, hefty fines and other harsh consequences that could greatly inhibit your freedom.
After being arrested for possession of cannabis, you should first of all be aware of what possession entails. It is defined as knowingly having the marijuana either in your place of residence, your car or on your person. This could even include having it in your purse, backpack or any other item you have on you at the time or arrest.
Now whether or not the charges are filed as a misdemeanor or felony rely greatly upon these factors:
- past criminal history,
- your age,
- if you also had drug paraphernalia on you, and
- how much of the substance was in your possession.
Understanding the Potential Penalties
Texas State laws are extremely severe when it comes to dealing with drug crimes, especially marijuana. The criminal justice system is not very lenient to those facing potential conviction. In 2011 alone, Texas law officers and FBI arrested over 70,000 individuals for marijuana-related crimes. Out of that number, 98% were for possession of weed.
Possessing even just two ounces of marijuana could land you with a 6 month jail sentence and $2,000 in fines. With the right legal representation, you may be able to exchange additional probation for completion of a drug treatment program.
Possessing more than two ounces of marijuana could get you anywhere from 6 months to 20 years in jail, not to mention the $10,000 in fines. More than 2,000 pounds of cannabis could result in life imprisonment. Be sure to protect your future by retaining an aggressive Fort Bend cannabis defense lawyer.
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When you choose to call my firm, the Law Office of John L. Venza Jr., you can expect to have a relentless defense on your side. From the moment you call my office at (281) 971-5660, you will receive knowledgeable legal advocacy from a former felony prosecutor. With this experience, I am well-versed in how to fight against the schemes and tactics played by the other side of the court room.
Having a history of successful case results, rest assured that I will do everything in my power to fight for you, if you have been charged with possession of marijuana in Fort Bend County. Fill out my free case evaluation form now!