Frequently Asked Questions About Drug Charges In Texas
Do you have questions after a drug arrest? One of the answers may be listed below. After reading, please contact The Law Office of Kimberly Griffin Tucker, P.C., to discuss your case and get answers to any additional questions.
I didn’t do the crime I’m being charged with. Why should I pay for a lawyer?
If you are innocent, it’s even more important that you have a lawyer to protect your rights. Read the newspaper. Watch TV. Innocent people are wrongly convicted every day.
What is a drug offense?
Generally, drug offenses involve possession, sale, distribution, trafficking or manufacturing of marijuana or a controlled substance. This also applies to prescription drugs when you don’t have a valid prescription for them. It can also include prescription drug fraud.
Is marijuana legal in Texas?
No, the possession of marijuana is illegal in Texas. In fact, it cannot even be used for medicinal purposes in Texas.
I only had one marijuana cigarette. Why did I get arrested?
It depends on the amount and whether it was a useable quantity. Sometimes, if there is not enough marijuana for a class B misdemeanor, an officer will write a citation for possession of paraphernalia, but they should not because that is not a valid charge for this fact scenario.
What are the consequences of possession of marijuana?
It depends on the amount. You should not be charged with a class C, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, just for having seeds or shake or the blunt of a marijuana cigarette that cannot be used.
However, if the amount of marijuana is useable, then the punishment depends on the amount you are found to be in possession of such as:
Class B, Possession of Marijuana (0-2 oz), 0 to180 days in jail, fine of up to $2,000
Class A, Possession of Marijuana (2-4 oz), 0 to one year in jail, fine of up to $4,000
State Jail, Possession of Marijuana (4 oz – 5 lbs), 180 days to two years in state jail time, fines of up to $10,000, etc. on up to a first-degree charge
The cop found marijuana in my car but I didn’t buy it. A friend left it. Why did I get arrested and not my friend?
That’s a great question and something you should discuss with an attorney. Possession of a drug can occur regardless of who bought it or who “owns” it. However, if it was in your car without your knowledge then that is another matter.
What kind of punishment will I get if I’m convicted of a drug crime?
Depending on the crime, you may be punished with imprisonment in jail or prison, fines, court costs, various probation terms and classes including drug and alcohol evaluations and counseling. In addition to these many consequences, a drug crime conviction on your record could cause your driver’s license to be suspended or make you ineligible for employment or some housing.
Will a drug conviction affect my going to school?
It should not affect your ability to enroll in college, but it can affect your ability to receive student financial aid to assist you in paying for your classes.
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