Marijuana is one of the most commonly used substances or recreational drugs in Texas. The state has numerous laws concerning marijuana and provides for very harsh penalties if an individual is convicted of the offense.
Even the simple act of taking marijuana from one place to another, otherwise known as marijuana distribution, can result in a criminal charge, which may be punishable by a lengthy jail or prison sentence, expensive fines and/or a possible permanent criminal record.
Georgetown Distribution of Marijuana Attorney
Contact the Price & Twine, PLLC if you have been charged with marijuana distribution in Georgetown, or any of the surrounding areas of Round Rock, Killeen, Temple, Belton or Harker Heights. Georgetown criminal defense lawyer Michael J. Price will listen to your side of your the allegations against you and prepare the best defense possible regarding your circumstance.
Call Price & Twine, PLLC for a free consultation at (512) 354-1880 about your alleged marijuana offense.
Definition of Marijuana Distribution in Texas
According to Texas Health and Safety Code § 481.120, person can be charged with the offense of marijuana distribution if they knowingly deliver marijuana to another person or destination. This offense is similar to marijuana trafficking, and can include offenses where the marijuana was given to someone else as a gift. Marijuana is also commonly known as weed, pot, bud, chronic, ganja, hydro and cannabis.
Marijuana Distribution Penalties in Georgetown
The penalties for marijuana distribution conviction in Texas can vary depending on certain factors, such as:
- The amount of marijuana delivered or distributed,
- Whether payment was received for the delivery of the marijuana, and/or
- The age of the marijuana recipient.
A marijuana distribution conviction can result in the following penalties:
- If the amount of marijuana distributed is 50 pounds or less but more than five pounds, the offense can result in a felony of the second degree, which is punishable by a prison sentence of two to 20 years and/or a fine up to $10,000.
- The offense of marijuana distribution can result in a felony of the first-degree conviction if the amount of marijuana exceed 50 pounds but is less than 2,000 pounds. A felony of the first-degree conviction is punishable by a prison sentence of five to 99 years and/or a fine up to $10,000.
- If the amount of marijuana distributed exceeds 2,000 pounds, the offense is punishable by a prison term of 10 to 99 years or life imprisonment. Additionally, an individual can be fined up to $100,000.
- An amount of marijuana that measures ¼ of an ounce or less and that is delivered without receipt of payment to the alleged offender can result in a Class B misdemeanor conviction, which is punishable by a jail sentence up to 180 days and/or a fine up to $2,000.
- If an individual distributes ¼ of an ounce or less of marijuana and receives payment upon delivery, they can be convicted of a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by a jail sentence up to one year and/or a fine not more than $4,000.
- A marijuana distribution offense can result in a state jail felony if the amount of marijuana delivered is five pounds or less but more than ¼ of an ounce. A state jail felony is punishable by a jail sentence up to 180 days and/or a fine up to $2,000.
- An individual who knowingly distributes marijuana to a person under the age of 18, or to a person enrolled in a primary or secondary school, commits the offense of marijuana distribution to a child. This offense can result in a conviction for a felony of the second degree and is punishable by a prison sentence of two to 20 years and/or a fine up to $10,000.
Price & Twine, PLLC | Williamson County Marijuana Distribution Lawyer
If you have been arrested for marijuana distribution offense throughout Williamson and Bell County in Texas, contact the Price & Twine, PLLC at (512) 354-1880 or send an online message for a consultation about your alleged distribution of marijuana offense.
Michael J. Price is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Georgetown who will make every effort to help you avoid the most serious penalties and repercussions to your alleged marijuana offense.