Things to Know About Drug Possession
In the state of Texas, there can be severe punishments for drug possession. Consequences vary depending on if it is a possession charge or if trafficking is also part of the charge. For example, if a person is charged for delivery and sales of a drug, a person can face a more severe sentence and larger fines.
An experienced Houston drug crime lawyer has the knowledge you need, whether your drug charge is connected to marijuana, cocaine, or another substance.
Marijuana Possession and Consequences
While marijuana has been legalized in many parts of the United States, it is illegal in Texas.
Medical cannabis is legal, but those are unique circumstances. A person who can legally use medical cannabis will have a prescription in connection to a medical issue, such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, ALS, or Parkinson’s disease. For anyone possessing marijuana for recreation, harsh punishments are possible.
If a person is charged with selling marijuana, the following consequences could be possible:
- 7 grams or less, 180 days in jail and a fine of $2,000
- 7 grams-5 pounds, 1 year in jail and a fine of $4,000
- Selling to a minor, 2-20 years in jail and a fine of $20,000
Whatever the circumstances, a legal professional is needed.
Cocaine and Intent to Deliver
A powerful stimulant, cocaine has an impact on a person’s cardiac and central nervous systems. It is an illegal drug that can carry high fines and jail time. The amount of cocaine will have an impact on the penalties.
Also, if a person is found with a large amount of cocaine and small bags to distribute the substance, they could face an intent to deliver charge. This is true whether the small containers have been filled or not. Even empty containers can be used as proof of an individual intending to distribute the substance. When a person is seen as an individual that had an intent to deliver, harsher sentences can follow.
Drug charges can be felony charges, and felony convictions can restrict some of your rights. For instance, if you are convicted of a felony you may be denied the ability to serve in the military or purchase a firearm. Individuals convicted of cocaine possession may find their drivers license suspended while they attend a drug education program. Typically, the suspension is for a set period of time before the license can be reinstated.
There are many complexities when it comes to drug charges, not all substances are treated in the same way. If you need help with a drug charge, whether it is for marijuana, cocaine, or both, a skilled Houston DWI lawyer is needed to protect your rights.
Do you need help with a drug possession charge? Our experienced legal team can defend you against criminal charges. We have the knowledge to protect you whether the alleged crime was minor or serious. Reach out to the legal team at Ayson Law Firm to understand your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation with a Houston criminal defense attorney today.