Although marijuana laws are relaxing around the country, possession of marijuana is still a crime in the state of Texas. Possession of even a small amount can result in jail time of up to 180 days and a $2,000 fine.
At the Law Office of Chad West, we are long-time advocates for marijuana law reform through NORML, and believe that the harsh laws for possession of marijuana are unjust. We aggressively defend clients who have been charged with crimes related to marijuana, and provide an emergency jail release service for clients arrested for marijuana possession. If you are in Dallas county, call us for help. We will post bond for you to be released from jail, and will defend you on these charges.
Penalties for Marijuana Possession in Texas
Conviction of any drug-related offense in Texas can be life-changing, even for marijuana. The potential penalties for marijuana crimes include:
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Class C Misdemeanor): up to $500 fine
- Possession of 0 - 2 ounces of Marijuana (Class B Misdemeanor): up to 180 days in jail and up to $2,000 in fines
- Possession of 2 - 4 ounces of Marijuana (Class A Misdemeanor): up to 1 year in jail and up to $4,000 in fines
- Possession of 4 ounces to 5 pounds of Marijuana (State Jail felony): between 6 and 24 months in state jail, and up to $10,000 in fines
- Possession of 5 to 5 pounds of Marijuana (3rd Degree Felony): between 2 and 10 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines
- Possession of 50 to 2,000 pounds of Marijuana (2nd Degree Felony): between 2 and 20 years in prison and up to $50,000 in fines