Marijuana Lawyer in Houston
Facing criminal charges for marijuana?
Our nation’s conflicting views are easily evident in the way we view the legality of marijuana. Although trends are shifting and public opinion growing strong and boisterous, the fact remains that unlike other states that have legalized marijuana for either recreational or medicinal use, Texas stands in line with the federal government in making the possession of marijuana a crime. As a result, numerous residents throughout the state are arrested, prosecuted, and convicted for a marijuana charges.
The Law Offices of Billy Skinner is an active proponent of marijuana rights and an aggressive, bold, and outspoken advocate for people accused of victimless marijuana drug crimes. Should you choose to work with our firm, you can be confident that he will not only deliver the experienced representation you need, but fight with the determination of a legal professional who is passionate about what he does for a living.
- Possession of Marijuana: The penalties for possession of marijuana depend on the amount of marijuana allegedly in one’s possession. Possession can be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or felony.
- Medical Marijuana: Possession of marijuana is illegal in Texas even if you have a valid prescription from another state where medical marijuana possession is legal. Although legislative efforts have been introduced to minimize or eliminate criminal consequences associated with the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, there are no formal medical marijuana laws. Law enforcement agencies and prosecutors are not necessarily lenient or sympathetic toward people arrested for possession of medical marijuana in Texas.
- Possession with Intent to Sell: If you possess marijuana in an amount or under circumstances that cause authorities to believe that you intended to distribute for sale, you can be charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver. This crime is a felony and is punishable by harsh penalties, including fines and imprisonment.
- Marijuana Trafficking: Trafficking is one of the most serious drug crimes in Texas. A conviction for drug trafficking can result in a felony criminal record, a prison sentence and harsher penalties than other drug crimes. Depending on the facts involved, trafficking may also be prosecuted as a federal crime.
- Operating a Grow House or Engaging in Marijuana Cultivation: If you are found in possession of marijuana plants, even if you are growing the plants for personal use, the government can charge you in federal court. You may face separate charges for each plant that you possess.
- Driving While Intoxicated (DWI): Just as someone can be arrested for driving while intoxicated by alcohol, the same applies to marijuana. Criminal penalties and license suspensions can greatly compromise your personal, professional, and financial well-being.
Criminal penalties for drug crimes that involve marijuana can vary considerably from case to case. Generally, courts will primarily consider the type of charge, the amount of marijuana involved, and the accused’s prior criminal history when determining punishment. Repeat offenders are more harshly penalized and penalties are enhanced as the amount of marijuana allegedly involved increases.
Terms of imprisonment can range from a maximum of 180 days for possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana to a number of years for larger amounts and more serious allegations, such as sale or delivery. A Houston criminal defense lawyer can provide you with extensive information about the charge and penalties you face and what can be done to preserve your freedom and protect your future.
Passionate, Relentless Houston Criminal Defense Lawyer
We aim to bring a level of passion to our practice that is refreshing, comforting to clients, and rare to find in any profession. His personal commitment to defending the rights of local residents and to advocating on behalf of people accused of marijuana crimes have allowed our firm to amass a number of successful case results for clients charged with various marijuana offenses, including possession and cultivation.
While his experience and insight into the Texas criminal justice system prove essential to producing effective defense strategies, it is his genuine passion for challenging the law and protecting the accused that truly sets him apart from the rest. If you or your loved one is facing drug crime allegations, contact the Law Offices of Billy Skinner today.