As in most other states, there are strict laws surrounding the possession or distribution of marijuana. However, the penalties in Texas for marijuana-related crimes tends to be particularly severe. Even first time offenders accused of possessing a small amount of the drug can face jail time, heavy fines, a loss of driving privileges, and a criminal record that can interfere with employment and education opportunities for years.
The penalties for possessing marijuana vary depending on the amount in question and prior offenses.
For first time offenders, the penalties are as follows:
There are other related offenses, such as selling marijuana, intention to distribute it, cultivation, and possessing paraphernalia that carry additional penalties. A number of circumstances can also affect these charges, such as a minor being present, offense occurring in a drug free zone (school, parks etc.) or the offense allegedly occurring in multiple states.
Any marijuana offense carries a mark on your criminal record, which can follow you for years and interfere with applying for admission to schools, tuition loans and scholarships, employment, and even housing applications. A conviction for a drug related offense can also cause your driver’s license to be suspended. For this reason, it’s imperative to enlist the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney who is familiar with the marijuana laws of Texas and the Fort Bend County court system. No matter what evidence may be against you or your situation, a Sugar Land marijuana possession attorney can review your case with you and determine how to best proceed with your defense.