Facing Marijuana Possession Charges?
Our Dallas Drug Possession Attorney Can Help
Attitudes and laws about marijuana are changing all around the country. However, it can be confusing, as laws will differ state to state. In the state of Texas, marijuana is still illegal. You can still be charged with marijuana possession and distribution. The penalties for drug possession can be stiffer and more damaging than that of drinking and driving, depending on the drug, its quantity and other factors, such as if:
- You were caught in a school zone.
- Your crime involved a minor.
- Your crime took place near a government building.
Even a minor drug offense can be a stressful experience that can negatively impact your life. If you are arrested for marijuana possession or other drug charges, you need a Dallas drug possession attorney to help you either clear your name or build a compelling defense. The Goolsby Law Firm has been defending the rights of the accused for more than 20 years. We have proven experience in litigation strategies that can help you reduce or avoid the potentially harmful consequences of facing drug-related charges. We have built a reputation for having compassion for our clients and playing an important role in helping them deal with a difficult situation that could have huge ramifications for their lives going forward.
What Is the Law About Marijuana Possession in Texas?
As of 2018, recreational weed is legal in nine states. Medical marijuana is legal in 29 states. Texas marijuana laws differ, however. The possession and distribution of marijuana remains illegal. Medical marijuana is not yet legal, either. In 2015, Governor Greg Abbot signed the Texas Compassionate Use Act, which allows people with intractable epilepsy access to CBD oil, a low THC cannabis oil. That is as far as current Texas laws go for now, however.
The state of Texas considers even carrying a small amount of weed around a crime. The Texas Health and Safety Code states that it is illegal for a person to knowingly or intentionally possess a usable amount of marijuana. While possession and distribution of marijuana might be legal in other states, it is considered a drug-related crime in Texas and drug-related charges can tarnish your reputation. It could result in jailtime and fines. It could factor into whether you are eligible for government programs for housing or food sharing, or even affect your future employment. However, you have the right to an attorney. Our Dallas drug possession attorneys can answer your questions about your situation and steer you toward a more favorable outcome than you might otherwise receive.
What Are the Possible Penalties for a Marijuana Conviction?
There are a wide variety of drug-related charges you can face in Texas, ranging from possession to distribution to manufacturing. You may also face charges of participation in criminal activities. The more serious the charges the more severe the penalties might be, but even first-time offenders can end up serving jailtime.
The quantity of marijuana in your possession determines the penalty:
- Up to 2 ounces: Class B Misdemeanor, up to 180 days in jail and up to a $2,000 fine.
- 2 to 4 ounces: Class A Misdemeanor, up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
- 4 ounces to 5 pounds: State Jail Felony, 180 days to 2 years in jail and up to a $10,000 fine.
- 5 to 50 pounds: Third Degree Felony, 2 to 10 years in jail and up to a $10,000 fine.
- 50 to 2,000 pounds: Second Degree Felony, 2 to 20 years in jail and up to a $10,000 fine.
- More than 2,000 pounds: First Degree Felony, 2 to 99 years in jail and up to a $50,000 fine.
Contact a Dallas Drug Possession Attorney for a Free Consultation
If you are facing charges, you need a Dallas drug possession attorney looking out for your best interests. You do not have to go this trying and stressful process alone, nor do you have to settle for court-appointed legal representation. You want a lawyer with the experience and knowledge to have the charges dismissed. Sometimes, police make mistakes in drug-related crimes and do not properly you your Miranda rights. Since courts tend to favor treatment over imprisonment, a skilled Dallas drug possession attorney might enroll you in a drug rehabilitation program as a pretrial measure. Both might help in getting your charge dropped or reduced. If this is not possible, the Goolsby Law Firm will put the best defense together that we can to guide you through the complicated legal process and gain you as a good a result as we can.
Call us today at (972) 394-2141 or contact us online. We serve residents in the cities of Arlen, Arlington, Carrollton, Dallas, Denton, Fort Worth, Irving, McKinney and Plano.