How Texas Courts Handle Marijuana Possession


How Texas Courts Handle Marijuana Possession

Texas courts treat drug crimes seriously, and the state has a reputation for having a strict policy against the possession of illegal substances. Unlike many other states that are decriminalizing the use and possession of marijuana, Texas still considers the drug illegal. Though Texas courts do not consider all drugs the same, if police catch you in possession of marijuana, there is a good chance you will face a fine, jail time or both.


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Even if you think the charges you face are not serious, give John L. Corn, Attorney at Law a call. The justice system is unpredictable, and it may help to have an experienced legal professional by your side. Call us today at 214-528-4529 to schedule an appointment, and read on for more information regarding drug crimes in Texas.

Less than 2 Ounces of Marijuana

While the state of Texas still considers marijuana possession illegal, being in possession of small amounts usually brings with it a lighter sentence. According to, if police catch you in possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, you will face a maximum of 180 days in prison.

First time offenders can sometimes negotiate a deal in exchange for probation while attending a drug rehabilitation program. If you commit no further drug crimes during that period, there is a chance that the courts will drop the charges.

More than 2 Ounces of Marijuana

Possession of more than 2 ounces of marijuana is a more serious offense in Texas, according to Texas Health and Safety Statutes. If police catch you with a large amount of marijuana in your possession, you could face anything from 180 days to 20 years in jail and as much as a $10,000 fine.

Texas courts have handed down life sentences to people found in possession of more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana, and in these cases, the prosecutor may attempt to show that you intended to distribute the drugs. All states take drug distribution charges seriously, and if police find you with large amounts of marijuana, they may believe you were keeping it for more than just personal use.

You should never take criminal charges lightly, and if police arrest you on suspicion of DUI or drug crimes, you could benefit from contacting an experienced Dallas DWI lawyer. A qualified attorney can evaluate the charges and may help devise a strong defense.

At John L. Corn, Attorney at Law, we have tried more than 1,000 cases, and our win rate in DWI cases is approximately 80 percent. Do not take a chance with your charges. Call us today at 214-528-4529 to schedule an appointment.

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