Were you arrested for possession of marijuana in Fort Worth, Arlington, or somewhere else in Tarrant County? Over the last several years, we have witnessed dramatic shifts in the public attitudes toward marijuana. We have even seen changes in the law. In some states, possession of marijuana has been decriminalized.
But, this is still Texas. And make no mistake: in Texas, marijuana is still illegal. Possession of marijuana can result in a misdemeanor or a felony conviction. And a conviction may have some consequences that you may not have expected. But there are ways to attack possession charges. The Legality of the Search can always be challenged, depending on whether or not the marijuana was found in your Car or in your Home.
Penalties for Possession of Marijuana – It Depends on the Amount
- Two ounces or less: Class ‘B’ Misdemeanor
- Two ounces to four ounces: Class ‘A’ Misdemeanor
- Four ounces to five pounds: State Jail Felony
- Five pounds to 50 pounds: Third Degree Felony
- 50 pounds to 2,000 pounds: Second Degree Felony
- More than 2,000 pounds: First Degree Felony
Conviction for Possession of Marijuana Means Suspended Driver’s License
If your possession of marijuana charge results in a conviction, you will be facing a driver’s license suspension. The suspension will last 180 days. In addition, you must complete a Drug Education Program (DEP). The DEP is run by the Texas Dept of State Health Services. If you fail to complete the DEP, your driver’s license will be revoked until you take and complete it.
Conviction for Possession of Marijuana Impacts Financial Aid
Many people do not realize how a conviction for possession of marijuana can impact their lives until they apply for federal student aid. This is especially affects young people who rely on FAFSA to help them with college tuition and expenses. College is very expensive. A conviction for possession of marijuana can keep you from going to school. It can derail a person’s life. It is critically important for young people (and anyone going getting financial aid college) to avoid a conviction at all costs.
Have you been arrested for possession of marijuana? Contact my law office to discuss your case. You can call me. Or you can fill out the contact form. I will schedule a convenient time to meet with you. My office is located at 108 Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102. Andrew Deegan 817-689-7002.