Marijuana Penalties in Houston

Houston Marijuana Charge Lawyer

Being charged with a marijuana crime is serious in Houston. Although there are diversion programs that could allow you to avoid conviction, not every person qualifies for these programs. Habitual drug offenders are treated extremely harshly, and can expect to spend time in jail or prison. I am presenting facts about the various penalties that you could face if you are charged with possession, trafficking, cultivation, or importation of marijuana.

Looking for a highly qualified marijuana defense lawyer in Houston? Get in touch with me at my firm, Mark Morasch, Attorney at Law. As a former prosecutor and a decade of success in defending drug crimes, you can be confident that your case will be handled with the highest level of professionalism.

Possession of Marijuana

For possession, the penalties vary based upon the quantity of the substance that is alleged to have been found in your possession. If you have a criminal record, you could face heavier penalties.

0 – 2 Ounces

  • Misdemeanor Drug Crime
  • Jail: Up to 180 days
  • Fines: Up to $2,000

2 – 4 Ounces

  • Misdemeanor Drug Crime
  • Jail: Up to 1 year
  • Fines: Up to $4,000

4 Ounces – 5 Pounds

  • Felony Drug Crime
  • Prison: Up to 2 years, 180 days Mandatory
  • Fines: Up to $10,000

5 – 50 Pounds

  • Felony Drug Crime
  • Prison: Up to 10 years, 2 years Mandatory
  • Fines: Up to $10,000

50 – 2000 Pounds

  • Felony Drug Crime
  • Prison: 20 – 10 years, 2 years Mandatory
  • Fines: Up to $10,000

2000 Pounds or More

  • Felony Drug Crime
  • Prison: 5 – 99 Years, 5 Years Mandatory
  • Fines: Up to $50,000

Marijuana Sales Penalties

Selling marijuana is punished more heavily than possession. If you are found to be in possession of a quantity above a certain amount, it will be assumed that you intended to traffic. Evidence such as weigh scales and wrapping materials could be part of the evidence used to attempt to convict.

0 – 7 Grams (given away)

  • Misdemeanor Drug Crime
  • Jail: Up to 180 Days
  • Fines: Up to $2,000

0 – 7 Grams (sold)

  • Misdemeanor Drug Crime
  • Jail: Up to 1 Year
  • Fines: Up to $4,000

7 Grams to 5 Pounds

  • Felony Drug Crime
  • Prison: Up to 2 years, 180 Days Mandatory
  • Fines: Up to $4,000

5 – 50 Pounds

  • Felony Drug Crime
  • Prison: Up to 20 Years, 2 Years Mandatory
  • Fines: Up to $10,000

50 – 2000 Pounds

  • Felony Crime
  • Prison: Up to 99 Years, 5 Years Mandatory
  • Fines: Up to $10,000

2000 Pounds or More

  • Felony Crime
  • Prison: Up to 99 Years, 10 Years Mandatory
  • Fines: Up to $100,000

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There are several other types of charges that could be filed against you, particularly if there were weapons found in the drug bust, or for those who have imported the substance across state or international borders, which will lead to federal drug crime charges, with a different set of penalties.

If you do not act quickly and choose the right Houston drug crime lawyer, you could be facing severe penalties that will impact your future.

Contact my firm today if you are accused of a marijuana crime. I can be reached at (713) 468-9333.

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