Of all of the states beginning to legalize both medical and recreational marijuana use, Texas ain’t one of em’. Criminal laws for marijuana possession are strict with the harshest punishments reserved for defendants busted with massive quantities of the drug in their possession.
Texas Marijuana Possession Law Explained
“Possession” is defined as a person knowingly owning or having an illegal controlled substance on their person, in their car, in their place of residence, or otherwise hidden. The Harris County prosecutor must prove that the defendant purposely obtained the drug in order for them to be eligible for punishment.
In Houston, TX, being caught with 2 oz of Marijuana or less is a Class B Misdemeanor offense if prosecuted at all. A person caught with more that 2 ounces of marijuana, but less than 4oz, will be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor criminal offense. Any drug crime involving more than 4oz of marijuana will fall under felony guidelines.
Penalties for Marijuana Possession in Texas
Criminal penalties for marijuana possession in Texas are listed below.
- 2 oz or less: 180 days and $2000
- 2-4 oz: 1 year and $4000
- 4 oz-5 lbs: 180 days – 2 years and $10,000
- 5-50 lbs: 2 – 10 years and $10,000
- 50-2000 lbs: 2 – 20 years and $10,000
- Over 2000 lbs: 5 – 99 years and $50,000
Other Consequences of Marijuana Possession
Some of the other consequences for people convicted of marijuana possession are less obvious. Having a criminal record is one of the residual detriments of such a conviction. Imagine not being able to find a job because you got caught with a joint in the past.
If you were driving while in possession of marijuana it will result in the suspension of your Texas Driver License. If you can’t legally drive, your life’s challenges will be compounded even further. This makes it important to have a lawyer on your team when dealing with legal challenges like this. With a good attorney on your side, you’ll have an edge that defendants without lawyers or with public defenders won’t have.