Houston Laws and Penalties
Marijuana possession is one of the most common drug charges in Texas. While some of the charges are misdemeanors, others are much more serious. Our attorneys have extensive experience with marijuana charges and will endeavor to defend your rights. For any convicted drug crime in Houston, you face losing your license for up to six months. Some marijuana crimes, such as drug trafficking, are automatically federal crimes and you will be subject to federal penalties based on federal drug classifications, also called drug schedules. Similarly, if you are charged with marijuana possession near a school, the penalties increase.
- Less than 2 ounces: Class B misdemeanor, Penalties range from up to 180 days in a county jail and/or a fine up to $2,000
- 2 to 4 ounces: Class A misdemeanor, Penalties range from up to 1 year in a county jail and/or a fine up to $4,000
- 4 ounces to 5 pounds: Felony, Penalties range from 180 days to 2 years in a state jail and/or a fine up to $10,000
- 5 to 50 pounds: Third-degree felony, Penalties range from 2 to 10 years in a state prison and/or a fine up to $10,000
- 50 to 2,000 pounds: Second-degree felony, Penalties range from 2 to 20 years in a state prison and/or a fine up to $10,000
- More than 2,000 pounds: Enhanced first-degree felony, Penalties range from 5 to 99 years in a state prison and a fine up to $50,000
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For first-time offenders, we can often negotiate an alternative treatment in lieu of imprisonment; these are called diversion programs and are aimed at rehabilitation instead of punishment. We may even be able to get your case dismissed and keep your permanent record clean. Harris County has recently instituted a Success Through Addiction Rehabilitation program in their drug court that will likely increase your chances of a treatment option. The drug crimes defense attorneys at our firm will work to keep you out of jail; we can use our knowledge of drug court methods and successes to help preserve your freedom.