After being charged with possession of marijuana, there are both criminal and life consequences to consider.
The criminal consequences of marijuana possession can vary considerably. Under Texas law, a person charged with possession of 2 ounces or less of marijuana can face up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. A person caught with 2 to 4 ounces can get one year in jail and a $4,000 fine. If a person is caught near a school, this can significantly compound the criminal penalties.
We also want to discuss the life consequences of possession charges, as they are more static. Securing employment, an apartment and keeping jobs can become difficult.
Finding Employment: Many employers are reluctant to hire workers with criminal backgrounds, especially for drug-related crimes. In a 2009 survey published by the Society for Human Resource Management, employers claimed they would not hire workers with criminal convictions because they could be held liable if these employees broke the law. This form of job discrimination is especially severe for felons.
Finding Housing: In the event a person is arrested with a felony amount of marijuana, or a concentrate such as hashish, finding an apartment can become exceptionally difficult. Most apartments will not lease to tenants with felony convictions.
Destroyed Careers: If an employed person is facing incarceration for marijuana possession, it can be difficult to convince employers not to terminate the position.
How Criminal Defense Attorneys Can Help
These are all very good reasons to hire a criminal defense attorney. Criminal defense attorneys can fight for reducing sentences, dropping charges and helping you avoid jail time. Depending on the circumstances, hiring an attorney can mean the difference between facing jail time or community service, a felony or a misdemeanor. Don’t put your future at risk by not speaking with an attorney.