Marijuana is a popular recreational drug throughout Texas and has recently been used for many medicinal purposes and to treat a variety of ailments. However, marijuana is still criminalized in Texas and an individual can be arrested and charged with a serious offense if they are caught with marijuana in their possession.
A conviction for marijuana possession in Texas can result in serious penalties, including jail time, steep fines and/or a criminal record. If you have been arrested for possessing pot, marijuana, cannabis, hydro, chronic, bud or weed throughout Georgetown, it is important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who will make every effort to help you achieve the most desirable outcome in your particular situation.
Georgetown Possession of Marijuana Attorney
Contact Price & Twine, PLLC if you have been charged with possession of marijuana in Georgetown, or any of the surrounding areas of Round Rock, Killeen, Temple, Belton or Harker Heights. Texas criminal defense lawyer Michael J. Price will aggressively fight the serious marijuana allegations against you.
Call Price & Twine, PLLC for a free consultation at (512) 354-1880 or send a convenient online message about your alleged possession marijuana offense.
Marijuana Possession in Georgetown
According to Texas Health and Safety Code § 481.121, the offense of possession of marijuana can occur when an individual knowingly or intentionally possesses a usable amount of marijuana or marihuana.
Possession in Texas can be classified as either constructive actual possession. Constructive possession is generally harder for the prosecution to prove, and requires the prosecutor to show the alleged offender was aware of the marijuana was in their presence, they had the intent to take actual possession of the marijuana, and they were able to take actual possession of the marijuana. Actual possession requires the alleged offender to have the marijuana on their person, or in some place on their person, like a pocket or a wallet.
Penalties for Possession of Marijuana in Georgetown
Criminal charges for a marijuana possession can result in a misdemeanor or felony conviction depending on the amount of marijuana that is in the individual’s possession when they are arrested.
- If the amount of marijuana in the alleged offender’s possession was two ounces or less, the offense can result in a Class B misdemeanor, which is punishable by a jail sentence up to 180 days and/or a fine up to $2,000.
- If the alleged offender possesses an amount of marijuana that is more than two ounces but less than four ounces, a conviction for the marijuana offense can result in a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by a jail sentence up to one year and/or a fine not more than $4,000.
- If the amount of marijuana in the alleged offender’s possession is five pounds or less but more than four ounces, the offense can result in a felony of the third-degree conviction, which is punishable by a sentence of two to ten years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000.
- If an individual possesses an amount of marijuana that 2,000 pounds or less but more than 50 pounds, the offense can result in a felony of the second-degree conviction, which is punishable by a two to 20-year prison sentence and/or a fine up to $10,000.
- If the amount of marijuana in the alleged offender’s possession is more than 2,000 pounds, the offense is punishable by life imprisonment or a term of five to 99 years in prison and/or a fine up to $50,000.
Williamson County Drug Court
The Williamson Count Drug Court is a program that lasts 12 months or longer, which combines substance abuse treatment, counseling, and mandatory drug court requirements to rehabilitate repeat misdemeanor drug possession offenders instead of sentencing them to jail.
The program focuses on the completion of court-ordered conditions, such as probation, maintaining sobriety and abstaining from drug use, participation in an intensive outpatient treatment, the development and maintenance of living skills and new behaviors, and attendance of regular court hearings to inform the judge of the alleged offender’s progress.
Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be referred to the court for the dismissal of probation.
Price & Twine, PLLC | Williamson County Marijuana Possession Lawyer
Contact a Georgetown criminal defense attorney at Price & Twine, PLLC if you have been arrested for possession of marijuana in Cental Texas. Michael J. Price is knowledgeable in all areas of Texas’ drug laws and will fiercely fight the marijuana allegations against you.
Contact Price & Twine, PLLC at (512) 354-1880 or complete an online contact form for a consultation about your alleged marijuana possession charges throughout Williamson County and Bell County in Texas.