Texas Penalties for Marijuana Possession

If you or a loved one are ever arrested for the possession of marijuana it makes good sense to talk with a criminal defense lawyer who has a record of experience fighting marijuana related criminal charges in the court of law in Houston. A drug arrest for marijuana related criminal offense can net jail time and sizable criminal fines.


Criminal penalties for anyone unfortunate enough to be busted with the controlled substance referred to as marijuana are listed below.

Weight Classification Penalty
2 ounces or less Class B misdemeanor Not more than 180 days in a county jail – a fine of not more than $2,000
More than 2 ounces – but less than 4 ounces Class A misdemeanor Not more than 1 year in a county jail – fine of not more than $4,000
More than 4 ounces – less than 5 pounds State jail felony 180 days to 2 years in a state jail – a fine of not more than $10,000
More than 5 pounds – less than 50 pounds Third-degree felony 2 to 10 years in a state prison – fine of not more than $10,000
More than 50 pounds – less than 2,000 Second-degree felony 2 to 20 years in a state prison – fine of not more than $10,000
More than 2,000 pounds Enhanced first-degree felony 5 to 99 years – fine of not more than $50,000

Doing jail time in the Harris County Jail possession small amounts of marijuana, or sitting in the penitentiary for major weight is not an experience that I would wish on my worse enemy. People die in jail every day and to be rotting away in a correctional institution can be a result of a bad lawyer, or a habitual criminal history.

If you are ever facing a court appearance as a result of being found in possession of marijuana we highly recommend talking with an attorney who can beat the case. During the coarse of an arrest police have been known to make mistakes which has resulted in cases involving drug possession being thrown out of court. In other cases evidence has been found to have been collected illegally resulting in a case dismissal. During some criminal trials, a jury may even find an offender not guilty. However, to get results like these you’ll almost have to retain a drug crimes lawyer for your defense.

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