Possession of Marijuana Lawyer Jeffrey Grass
Plano Possession of Marijuana Lawyer
While many states have decriminalized and even legalized marijuana, Texas is not amongst these states (although medical marijuana measures were passed, allowing for the future sale of marijuana-based products. But dispensaries are not expected to be licensed until June 2017.) This means that it is still illegal to possess, sell and grow marijuana in Texas, with some felony drug charges carrying significant prison terms and hefty fines.
Notably, marijuana is actually in a class of its own in terms of Texas legal drug classifications, so it takes an experienced marijuana possession attorney to defend you from a drug crime involving this substance.
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, our experienced legal team has defended clients facing a broad range of drug crimes, involving all types of controlled substances, including marijuana. We are available to offer criminal defense for state and federal drug crimes.
Our drug crimes defense lawyers strive to protect your interests, while helping you to maintain your freedom and minimizing any adverse impact from this experience.
If you or a loved one have been arrested for marijuana possession in Texas, contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass to discuss your case in a free and confidential case consultation session. Just call (972) 422-9999.
Common Concerns and Questions After a Marijuana Possession Arrest in Collin County
Defense attorneys with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass routinely assist clients who are facing marijuana-related drug possession charges. It’s natural to be concerned because Texas has some very stringent penalties for drug possession, including a six-month driver’s license suspension for convictions. What’s more, a drug conviction can follow you for a lifetime, making it difficult or impossible to secure student loans, to get a job or rent an apartment.
Our legal team has compiled an overview of some of the most common questions and concerns that we address on this issue.
When Will Medical Marijuana Be Legal in Texas?
Texas lawmakers have approved the use of certain medical marijuana-based products, containing low levels of THC, such as cannabis oil. The state approved the use of these marijuana-based products for people diagnosed with intractable epilepsy, which does not respond to traditional medications. The first Texas dispensaries are expected to be licensed by June 2017.
Only a very limited number of individuals will have access to these legalized medical marijuana-based products. All other forms of marijuana are expected to remain illegal.
Is Marijuana Classified Differently from Other Drugs?
Texas law does have a separate policy for marijuana, with all other drugs falling into one of several penalty groups: Penalty Group 1, 1A, 2, 3, and 4. This unique classification is significant, and it’s representative of the rapidly-changing views toward marijuana, which is now decriminalized and legal for recreational use and/or medical use in many areas.
Marijuana is approached differently in Texas law, as there are unique possession laws for cannabis. Marijuana is defined as any cannabis sativa plant. This includes an actively growing plant, harvested and dried marijuana buds or seeds.
Generally speaking, Texas law imposes milder penalties for marijuana-related possession cases when compared to other controlled substances.
What Are the Marijuana Possession Penalties in Collin County?
Marijuana possession penalties can range from probation to serious jail time and thousands of dollars in fines. Factors impacting your sentence will include your prior criminal record and the amount in your possession. First-time offenders or individuals with a small amount may be sentenced to probation and a treatment program, for instance, while a repeat offender or an individual with a large amount may be subject to more serious penalties.
Possession of 2 ounces or less is a class B misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 6 months in jail and a $2,000 fine.
Possession of 2 to 4 ounces is considered a class A misdemeanor, which carries a maximum penalty of 1 year in jail and a fine up to $4,000.
Possession of 4 ounces to 5 pounds is considered a felony with a maximum penalty of 2 years in jail and a fine up to $10,000.
Possession of 5 to 50 pounds is considered a third-degree felony which is punishable by a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail and a fine up to $10,000.
Possession of a sum between 50 pounds and 2,000 pounds is considered a second-degree felony, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Those who are arrested with over 2,000 pounds of marijuana may be charged with a first-degree felony. This crime carries a maximum penalty of 99 years in prison and fine of up to $50,000.
Will I Definitely Lose My Driver’s License if I’m Convicted of Drug Charges in Texas?
Texas law does call for a 180-day driver’s license suspension for individuals who are convicted of a drug charge, even in cases where a vehicle is not involved in the alleged crime. Additionally, the individual is required to attend a 15-hour Drug Education Program. Of course, your defense lawyer will work hard to help you avoid a conviction, so a license suspension is not necessarily unavoidable if you’ve been arrested on drug charges.
For younger individuals who are seeking their driver’s license, a drug conviction can result in a delay of 180 days. It’s important to note that the 180-day timeframe only begins when you complete a form with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), so it’s essential that you complete this paperwork promptly so you will be eligible to get your license as soon as possible.
Our Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Will Defend You in Your Marijuana Possession Case
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, we understand what’s at stake, and we recognize how profoundly your life can be impacted if you’re charged and ultimately convicted of a drug offense in Texas. These legal issues can impact an individual for many years to come, making it difficult or impossible to secure student loans, a new job or even a home.
Our marijuana possession lawyers are committed to providing exceptional legal representation and defense to our clients, combined with access to other resources, such as counseling, rehabilitation or social services for those who are struggling with health and substance-related issues. We believe that this is important because these underlying health, social and substance-related issues often lead to one’s legal troubles, so by addressing these matters, we can ensure that you can move forward to make the most of your life.
Our Texas law firm was established by Attorney Jeffrey C. Grass, a defense attorney who has been in practice for more than 20 years. Attorney Grass also served as a U.S. Navy Judge Advocate (JAG), in addition to achieving an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. Our attorneys have extensive trial experience, including with cases that have proceeded all the way to the United States Supreme Court. This allows our firm to provide the exceptional criminal defense representation our clients deserve.
If you’ve been arrested for marijuana possession in Texas, defense lawyers with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass are here to help. Contact us to discuss your case in a confidential, no-cost case consultation by calling (972) 422-9999.
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