Over the past 20 years, social attitudes and the legal landscape around marijuana has changed in much of the country. Several states have moved to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Texas is not one of them. Texas still imposes harsh penalties for marijuana possession and related charges.
Conviction on a first-time marijuana possession charge can bring a sentence of up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. When aggravating circumstances are present, the court may sentence someone to a lifetime behind bars and/or pay a sentence of up to $50,000.
Delivery of marijuana carries even worse penalties. The maximum sentence means no less than 10 years in prison.
On top of these penalties, people who have been convicted of drug crimes often face other problems that can hold them back in their personal and professional lives. A conviction on one's records can interfere with educational opportunities, employment and even in the search for good housing.
Everyone who is accused of a crime deserves a defense, and with one's entire future potentially at stake, it is imperative that the accused get the best defense they can. This requires seeking out a skilled criminal defense attorney.
People who have been accused of a crime should talk to a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. If at all possible, they should talk to a lawyer before talking to the police or anyone else about their legal issues. A lawyer can help them to understand their legal options and the best ways to protect their future.
Category: Drug Charges
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