Marijuana is legal in a growing number of states. Texas, however, is not one of them. You can still be prosecuted in Dallas and the surrounding areas for possessing or delivering marijuana. A conviction for any type of drug charge can negatively impact your future. That’s why it’s imperative to contact an experienced Dallas marijuana lawyer if you’ve been arrested on a marijuana charge.
In this article, we will explain the marijuana laws in Texas, punishment ranges, possible defenses, and potential collateral consequences. But before you move on, please watch this highly-informative video from Benson Varghese, a Dallas marijuana lawyer who is board certified in criminal law and describes how to beat marijuana charges in Dallas.
In Texas, possession of marijuana is defined as knowingly or intentionally possessing a usable quantity of marijuana. This can be a misdemeanor or felony offense depending on the amount of marijuana possessed.
The amount of marijuana considered to be a “usable quantity” depends on the circumstances of each case, but it generally refers to an amount that is sufficient for personal use. Some courts have found that as little as a third of a gram is enough to convict someone for possession of marijuana.
The penalties for possession of marijuana in Texas depend on the amount of the drug for which you are caught. Here’s a breakdown:
In Texas, delivery of marijuana is defined as intentionally or knowingly delivering marijuana, actually or constructively, to another. In other words, it can involve actually handing marijuana to another person, using another person for the transfer, or even leaving the drugs at a specified location. It also doesn’t matter whether or not there is an actual exchange of money to be charged with this offense or if it was given as a gift.
The penalties for delivery of marijuana in Texas depend on the amount of the drug involved. Here’s the breakdown:
No, possession of THC concentrates or extracts, including edibles, wax, hash, or oils, is punished much harsher than weed in Texas or marijuana buds. Possession of any type of marijuana extract or cannabis concentrate with more than .3 THC is a felony in Texas. Listed below are the possible penalties for possession of THC concentrates and extracts.
To reiterate, being arrested with a vape or edible is more serious than being caught with plant marijuana, or a joint or blunt. Many people are not aware that is a felony offense in Texas. Please take a moment to watch this video by Dallas marijuana lawyer Benson Varghese.
In February 2019, Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot initiated a non-prosecution policy for most cases of first-time misdemeanor possession of marijuana cases. However, Dallas law enforcement has not changed the way they handle cases involving THC or large amounts of marijuana. Dallas police will still arrest people for felony possession of marijuana and the Dallas DA’s Office continues to prosecute cases involving large amounts of weed, sales of any amount of marijuana, and possession of THC concentrates or extracts.
If you have been arrested for any type of marijuana charge in Dallas, it is important to contact an experienced Dallas marijuana lawyer who can help you navigate the criminal justice system and fight to keep your record. Even if your case was dismissed, the arrest will remain unless it is expunged.
As far as crimes go, many people don’t think marijuana possession or a THC charge is that big of a deal. That is, until a drug conviction shows up on their criminal record.
It is extremely important that you handle your drug charge in a manner that will avoid a felony conviction. Otherwise it could impact your ability to vote, own firearms, obtain certain types of employment, the list goes on. At Varghese Summersett, our goal is to keep you out of jail, avoid a felony conviction and keep your record clean. Call 214-903-4000 today and find out how we will work to accomplish these goals.
A Dallas marijuana lawyer at our law firm will look at every angle of your case to to determine the best defense strategy. Possible defenses to marijuana possession and delivery charges could include:
If you have been charged with a marijuana offense in Dallas, it’s important to seek out experienced legal representation. The attorneys at Varghese Summersett have successfully defended countless clients against these types of charges and will fight to get you the best possible outcome in your case. Call 214-903-4000 today for a free consultation with a Dallas marijuana lawyer.