Marijuana Felony Offenses

Marijuana has become so widely used; it’s easy to forget the plant is illegal. Every day, good people are arrested for crimes involving the plant. Depending on the amount found in possession, marijuana crimes have the potential to be charged as a felony.

A felony conviction will negatively impact your life. Not only will you lose fundamental rights, but you could also lose your job and access to federal aid. You will need an attorney who specializes in marijuana defense to fight the charges against you.

Attorney for Marijuana Felony Offenses in Texas

David Sloane takes pride in defending clients of marijuana crimes. As a member of NORML, he is leading the fight to legalize the plant. Until then, he will vigorously advocate for anyone accused of a marijuana offense in North-Central Texas.

The charges you face are serious. Defending them will require an attorney with proven experience and vast knowledge. Find that attorney at Law Offices of David Sloane, PLLC. David Sloane is a compassionate marijuana attorney who will always have your best interest in mind. Call (817) 349-7118 to schedule a complimentary consultation.

Law Offices of David Sloane, PLLC defends those accused of marijuana crimes in counties across North-Central Texas such as Tarrant County, Dallas County, Hall County, Wichita County and Clay County.


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When is Marijuana Possession a Felony in Texas?

Texas has taken steps to loosen the penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana. There are situations, though, where possession of the substance is a felony. If police catch you with more than four ounces of marijuana, you will be charged with a felony.

The penalties for possessing more than four ounces of marijuana are listed in the table below.

WeightChargeJail/Prison TimeFine
More than 4 oz. but less than 5 lbs.State jail felony180 days – 2 years$10,000
More than 5lbs. but less than 50 lbs.Third-degree felony2 years – 10 years$10,000
More than 50 lbs. but less than 2,000Second-degree felony2 years – 20 years$10,000
More than 2,000 lbs.First-degree felony5 years – 99 years or life$50,000

 


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Possession of Edibles and THC Concentrates

Marijuana can be consumed in various ways. Some of these ways include concentrates such as THC oils and dabs or edibles infused with marijuana. Texas law does not consider these substances marijuana. Instead, they are both classified as THC concentrates and considered penalty group 2 substances.

To create a THC concentrate, marijuana buds are put through solvent-based extraction and turned into a resin-like substance. The resin is then transformed into substances like oils, dabs or infused into food. What sets THC extracts and edibles apart from marijuana buds is the potency.  Buds have THC levels ranging from 10-25% while concentrates can range from 50-90%.

Since THC edibles and concentrates are classified in penalty group 2, possession of these substances will entail more serious penalties than possession of marijuana buds. Possessing any amount of THC concentrates or edibles is a felony offense. Listed below are the charges for possession of concentrates and edibles based on weight.

  • State jail felony: Less than 1 gram
  • Third-degree felony: More than 1 gram but less than 4 grams
  • Second-degree felony: More than 4 grams but less than 400 grams
  • First-degree felony: 400 grams or more

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Marijuana Delivery in Texas

Marijuana delivery is a charge encompassing both trafficking and delivery. Both crimes deal with transferring the substance. This can include moving the drug across state lines or selling it to another person. Either way, the practice is highly illegal.

Texas law does not require you to receive money in exchange for the drug. Simply giving your friend a few buds is enough to be charged with the crime. Marijuana delivery is not always charged as a felony, but selling or trafficking more than ¼ of an ounce will result in felony charges.

The extent of the charge depends on the amount you trafficked or sold. Listed below are the charges for marijuana delivery in Texas.

  • State jail felony: More than ¼ oz. but less than 5 lbs.
  • Seconddegree felony: More than 5 lbs. but less than 50 lbs.
  • Firstdegree felony: More than 50 lbs. but less than 2,000 lbs.

Delivering more than 2,000 lbs. of marijuana is an enhanced first-degree felony. Instead of a minimum of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, the crime is punishable by a minimum of 10 years in prison and a fine up to $100,000.

Marijuana trafficking has the potential to be prosecuted by the Federal Government. For the Federal Government to get involved, the crime must have taken place across state lines, involved a federal agent or took place on federal property.


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Collateral Consequences of a Felony Conviction

A felony conviction will impact your life long after you’ve served your time in prison. For one, if your job requires a professional license, it may be suspended or revoked. If your employer finds out about the conviction, you may also be fired from your job.

You may also be expelled from your university, lose access to federal student aid, have a difficult time finding employment and housing. Fundamental rights such as the right to bear arms, vote and sit on a jury will also be temporarily lost.

To reduce the chances of having to deal with the collateral consequences of a felony conviction, contact Law Offices of David Sloane, PLLC. David Sloane will do everything in his power to help you.


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Additional Resources for Marijuana Felony Offenses

Texas Controlled Substance Act – Visit the official website of the Texas Constitution and Statutes website to read through the Texas Controlled Substance Act. You can read the precise legal definitions of the crimes mentioned on this page and learn about other marijuana offenses.

Federal Trafficking Penalties – Follow the link to view the penalties for federal marijuana trafficking. You can also gain access to federal penalties for trafficking other illegal drugs such as LSD and cocaine.


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Lawyer for Felony Marijuana Offenses in Texas

Contact Law Offices of David Sloane, PLLC immediately if you have been arrested or charged with a felony marijuana offense. Fighting these charges will require an attorney well versed in marijuana defense. David Sloane has over two decades of experience successfully defending marijuana crimes in Texas.  He will use this experience to your advantage and formulate a defense plan in your best interest.

Don’t delay. The sooner you retain legal counsel, the better your chances of a more favorable outcome in court. Call (817) 349-7118 to schedule a confidential consultation. Law Offices of David Sloane, PLLC defends those accused of marijuana crimes in North-Central Texas counties including Dallas County, Tarrant County, Donley County, Gray County and many others.


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This page was last update on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.