While the laws in many other states have shifted to allow medicinal or recreational use of cannabis, there are still heavy penalties for being caught with even a small amount of marijuana in Texas.
While the social stigma surrounding cannabis is beginning to diminish in the U.S., that doesn’t mean that law enforcement or prosecutors will look the other way if you are caught with it in Dallas. You can still face serious consequences for what you may consider a minor offense. Believe us; prosecutors in Texas will not treat it as a minor offense.
That’s why you need the legal experience of RJ Harber and his team of lawyers. He is a former prosecuting attorney turned defense attorney who has dealt with drug cases from both sides. If you’ve been arrested for a drug related offense, you need immediate representation. Call (214) 389-1189 for a free case evaluation with an experienced attorney. Our job isn’t to judge; it’s to protect your rights.
Marijuana Offenses in Dallas
Texas has a reputation for being tough on crime, and Dallas is no exception. The drug laws in our state are no exception. In the state of Texas, marijuana is considered a Schedule I substance, which means that it is recognized to have a high potential for abuse. It is considered a crime to both possess, sell, or cultivate any amount of marijuana.
The penalty for being caught depends on the amount that is found in your possession. Texas also has a policy for increased penalties when offenses are committed in what are known as “drug-free zones” such as schools and playgrounds. Here is a break down of the levels of possession and their possible penalties:
- Two ounces or less of marijuana- Considered a Class B misdemeanor. You may receive up to 180 days in jail, a fine of as much as $2,000, or both.
- More than two ounces of marijuana, but less than four- Class A misdemeanor. You could see up to one year in jail and up to $4,000 in fines or both.
- Four ounces or more of marijuana, up to five pounds- Considered a state jail felony. Repercussions include a fine of up to $10,000, anywhere between 180 days and two years in prison, or even both.
- More than five pounds of marijuana, up to 50 pounds- This is considered a third-degree felony offense. Again, you can receive a fine of up to $10,000, between two and ten years in prison, or both.
- More than 50 pounds of marijuana, up to 2,000 pounds- This is a second-degree felony under Texas law. Penalties could include a fine of up to $10,000, between two and 20 years in prison, or both.
Texas can also penalize you for the possession of drug paraphernalia as well. Many of those offenses are classified as a Class C misdemeanor and include fines as penalties.
The penalties for being caught with marijuana in Texas aren’t solely about fines and jail time. Other serious consequences can result from a drug crime on your record. You could end up losing your job; it could make it harder to find new work, get a loan, rent an apartment, and a whole host of other challenges. These are challenges that you may not even be thinking of at the moment because you are so focused on the immediate consequences.
Getting an experienced drug crimes defense attorney on your side from the get-go can help you prepare for what’s ahead. You don’t have to navigate the legal system on your own. At the Law Offices of RJ Harber, we care about giving you the representation you need and deserve.
Why Do You Need an Attorney?
You may think you have no options and no hope. That isn’t the case. A seasoned attorney who has worked on drug cases in the past can help you in numerous ways. Fines, jail times, your career, your family, it is all on the line. Don’t jeopardize your future; you need to contact an attorney to help you maneuver through the legal landscape.
At the Law Offices of RJ Harber, we may be able to help you reduce your criminal charges, lessen the severity of the punishment, reduce or eliminate jail time, and help you develop a solid defense strategy for your case. Not all drug cases are the same; we take the time to understand the facts and circumstances of your situation so that we can craft a strong defense for you.
Frequently Asked Questions about Marijuana Charges in Texas
If you or a loved one have been charged with a cannabis-related crime in Texas, you likely have many questions about your rights and legal options. We’ve provided the answers to some frequently asked questions below, and our attorneys are standing by to discuss any questions you have about your specific situation when you call us at (214) 389-1189.
What is CBD exactly? Can I get in trouble for having it?
A: CBD comes from the cannabis plant, typically from hemp. A bill has been signed into law that allows the cultivation of hemp and the sale of CBD oil if the oil contains less than .3% THC or the active ingredient in marijuana.
It isn’t my marijuana. I was just holding it for someone. Am I still in legal trouble?
Yes. If you are found in possession of marijuana, regardless of your intentions, you are responsible for the consequences.
What if I bought marijuana legally in another state?
Transporting and consuming the drug in the state of Texas is illegal. It does not matter if you purchased the drug legally in another state if you are caught with it in Texas.
Charged With a Marijuana Offense in Dallas? Contact The Law Offices of RJ Harber
If you or a loved one has been charged with a marijuana offense, time is of the essence. You need aggressive legal representation immediately. Don’t let one mistake dictate the rest of your life. You deserve to have someone fighting for you and protecting your rights.
At RJ Harber, we offer a free case evaluation to get to know you and the circumstances of your situation. Call (214) 389-1189 and let us help you get back control over your life and your future. Don’t let a marijuana offense define you; we can help.