Although most people enjoy using marijuana for recreational purposes, if you are caught by law enforcement with the drug, you’ll need to hire a Houston criminal lawyer as soon as possible to fight the criminal charges you will be facing for “possession of marijuana”.
Below is a chart with the penalties for people facing incarceration for being found in possession of marijuana, as well as the crime’s classification and potential fines.
|2 Ounces or less||Class B Misdemeanor||Not more than 180 days in a county jail and/or a fine of not more than $2,000|
|Over 2 Ounces, but less than 4 Ounces||Class A Misdemeanor||Not more than 1 year in a county jail and/or a fine of not more than $4,000|
|Over 4 Ounces, but less than 5 Pounds||State Jail Felony||180 days to 2 years in a state jail and/or a fine of not more than $10,000|
|Over 5 Pounds, but less than 50 Pounds||3rd Degree Felony||2 to 10 years in a state prison and/or a fine of not more than $10,000|
|Over 50 Pounds, but less than 2,000 Pounds||2nd Degree Felony||2 to 20 years in a state prison and/or a fine of not more than $10,000|
As you can see from the chart above, a person found in possession of certain quantities of can be imprisoned for multiple decades. In some cases, people are charged with federal crimes for their part in trafficking the drug into the United States, or across state lines.
A smart Houston area drug crimes lawyer will be able to engage in a serious courtroom battle on your behalf while fighting to have you exonerated of responsibility, criminally, for the possession of the controlled substance known as marijuana.