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Houston Possession of marijuana lawyer

Generally, marijuana is considered to be an illegal recreational drug, known by many names including cannibus, hydro, chronic, weed, bud, Mary Jane, and innumerable others. A conviction for possession of marijuana can result in jail time, large fines, a drivers license suspension and a permanent criminal record. However, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you identify legal issues relating to the investigation and subsequent search and seizure that lead to your arrest that can potentially result in a dismissal or reduction of the charges against you. Contact The Law Office of Rick Oliver to see how we can assist you.

Penalties for Possession and/or Delivery of Marijuana

The penalties that can be assess for a person convicted of possession of marijuana are codified in the Texas Health & Safety Code. Those ranges are as follows:

  1. Possession of paraphernalia – Class C misdemeanor (up to $500 fine)
  2. < 2 oz. – Class B misdemeanor (0 to 180 days in jail and fine of $2,000)
  3. 2 to 4 oz. – Class A misdemeanor (up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine)
  4. 4 oz and 5 pounds – State Jail Felony (180 days jail to 2 years in State Jail Facility and $10,000 fine)
  5. 5 to 50 lbs – 3rd degree felony (2-10 years in prison and fine of $10,000)
  6. 50 and 2,000 lbs – 2nd degree felony (2-20 years in prisonn and $10,000 fine)
  7. More than 2,000 pounds – 1st degree felony (5-99 years/Life and $50,000 fine)

Delivery of Marijuana

A person can be accused of being a "drug dealer" even if no money is exchanged for the drugs. Those "dealers" who are paid in exchange for drugs face much harsher penalties than those whose only desire is to smoke:

  1. Gift of ¼ oz or less – Class B misdemeanor (0 to 180 days in jail and $2,000 fine)
  2. Sale of ¼ oz of marijuana or less – Class A misdemeanor (up to 1 year in jail and $4,000 fine)
  3. Sale of ¼ oz to 5 lbs – State Jail Felony (180 days to 2 years in State Jail Facility and $10,000 fine)
  4. Sale of 5 to 50 lbs – 2nd degree felony (2-20 years in prison and $10,000 fine)
  5. Sale of 50 to 2,000 lbs – 1st degree felony (5-99 years in prison and $10,000 fine)
  6. Sale of more than 2,000 lbs – 1st degree felony (10-99 years in prison and $100, 000 fine).

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