Arrested for Possession of Marijuana?
Are you thinking the offense is no big deal?
Possession of Marijuana is still a serious offense in Texas with lasting consequences. The punishment range for Possession of Marijuana is dependent on the weight of the marijuana in the person’s possession. Texas Health and Safety Code §481.121 lists the range of punishment for Possession of Marijuana. In Texas, an individual possessing any useable quantity of marijuana is looking at up to 180 days in county jail and a fine of up to $2,000.00. The lowest level offense for Possession of Marijuana is a Class B misdemeanor for an individual possessing any useable quantity of marijuana up to two ounces. An individual possessing more than four ounces of marijuana can be charged with a felony offense.
A conviction for Possession of Marijuana can have lasting consequences outside of the actual punishment in the court case. A person convicted of any drug offense is subject to a mandatory driver’s license suspension of 180 days pursuant to Texas Transportation Code §521.372. The conviction may also cause an individual’s car insurance rate to increase. A second concern is the Federal Government’s restriction on an individual’s eligibility to obtain student loans or grants. Pursuant to 20 USC §1091(r), an individual convicted of a drug offense is not eligible to receive Federal student loans or grants for at least one year.
Chris Fredericks understands the dangers of a Possession of Marijuana conviction. Mr. Fredericks will use his background and experience to evaluate your case and the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. Mr. Fredericks will seek to have the evidence legally suppressed if possible or the case dismissed. Alternatively, Mr. Fredericks will use his advocacy skills to seek a plea reduction or deferred adjudication probation plea. You need an expert who can evaluate your case and get you the best possible outcome.