Marijuana Possession

Marijuana is the most frequently used illegal recreational drug. It is considered less harmful than many other drugs such as cocaine and heroin. However, being found in possession of the substance may have serious effects on an individual’s life. The penalties for marijuana possession will vary from state to state. Some states only fine people with small amounts whereas others consider possession of even a small amount of the drug a serious crime.

Possession of small amounts of marijuana may be charged as a misdemeanor and handled by a city or county court. In the state of Texas, possession of 2 oz or less of marijuana is considered a Class B misdemeanor, and a Class A misdemeanor is assigned for possession of 2-4 oz. People accused of this crime typically hire an attorney to help them fight these charges or negotiate a fair sentence.

Felony charges for marijuana possession are rare, however some states will assign a case to federal court if the amount of marijuana possessed exceeded a certain weight, typically around 5 lbs. Punishments may include expensive fines and jail time.

Possession with the intent to sell is a more serious crime, and therefore harsher punishments are a possibility. In order to be convicted of possession with intent to sell, evidence must be provided that shows beyond a reasonable doubt that a person intended to sell marijuana to other individuals. Evidence may include marijuana that has been separated into equal amounts, the presence of a scale in the house, or the presence of large amounts of cash.

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If you have been accused of unlawfully possessing marijuana, waiting to hire representation can work against you. Contact the Dallas drug crimes defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today at 214-845-7007 for a free consultation.

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