If you’re arrested in Galveston and charged with possession of marijuana in the state of Texas you can expect a misdemeanor charge at minimum which, if convicted, can lead to a drivers license suspension that will last a minimum of six months plus a sentence of up to 180 days county jail.
Misdemeanor & Felony Defense
Even if you can avoid or receive minimal jail time if convicted, not being able to drive due to a drivers license suspension will make life difficult in Galveston. Couple that with having a criminal record on your background, and hiring a Galveston criminal defense lawyer with experience beating marijuana cases becomes a viable option that you’ll need to exercise.
Texas Penalties for Marijuana Convictions
|Amount of Marijuana||Offense Classification||Punishment If Convicted
|2 oz. or less||Class B Misdemeanor||Up to 180 Days County Jail – Up to $2K Fine|
|Over 2 oz., Under 4 oz.||Class A Misdemeanor||Up to 1 Yr County Jail – Up to $4K Fine|
|Over 4 oz., Under 5 lbs.||State Jail Felony||180 Days – 2 Yrs State Jail – Up to $10K Fine|
|Over 5 lbs, Under 50 lbs.||3rd Degree Felony||2–10 Yrs Prison – Up to $10,000 Fine|
|Over 50 lbs, Under 2,000||2nd Degree Felony||2–20 Yrs Prison – Up to $10K Fine|
|More than 2,000 lbs||Enhanced 1st Degree Felony||5–99 Yrs Prison – Up to $50K Fine|
Depending on the details of your case, and any criminal history you may have, a prison sentence for a defendant found guilty of marijuana possession can range from a few days in jail, to a 99 year penitentiary sentence. In cases where the defendant is a first or second time offender caught with less than 2 ounces of marijuana, we may be able to get around jail time with a small fine and an agreement for community service.
In some circumstances, we may be able to prevent the record of the crime from appearing as an entry during any criminal background checks related to enrolling in school or gaining employment.
Contact Galveston Lawyer Tad Nelson
There are a number of options available to you if you’ve been accused of marijuana possession in Texas. Galveston drug crimes defense expert Tad Nelson can help with your defense regardless of the seriousness of the charges against you.
With over 25 years of experience defending people accused of drug related offenses, and a board certification in criminal law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization under his belt, few are better equipped to defend your rights in the court of law than attorney Tad Nelson. To contact Tad Nelson, send us a message using the contact page or call 409-765-5614.