Minors and Marijuana Possession
Recently, there have been several tunnels found linking Mexico and Texas that are alleged to have been used for smuggling drugs like marijuana into Texas. This has translated to stricter monitoring of marijuana possession and use in Texas. A minor caught with marijuana can face the same charges and consequences as an adult.
If you or someone you love has been charged with this crime, an experienced Dallas marijuana possession lawyer may be able to help you have your charges reduced or even dismissed. To discuss your situation, contact an attorney from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today at (214) 845-7007.
What is Marijuana Possession?
As with the possession of other drugs, you can be charged with marijuana possession if you have any amount of the drug on your body, such as in your pockets or your purse. However, it is important to realize that you can also be charged with this crime if drugs are under your control or within your reach, such as hidden under the chair where you are seated.
Consequences of Marijuana Possession for a Minor
In Texas, possession of marijuana for minors as well as adults can range from a class B misdemeanor to a first-degree felony depending on the amount of the drug you possess. Minors charged with marijuana possession of less than 4 ounces can face the following consequences:
- 180 days to 1 year in a juvenile detention facility or jail
- Fines of $2,000-$4,000
- Driver’s license suspension of up to 6 months
However, if you are a minor, do not have any prior felony convictions, and have a pound or less of marijuana in your possession, your sentence may be reduced to probation and drug treatment. In addition, there are numerous other drug defenses that may apply.
Minors in possession of marijuana face serious penalties and consequences if convicted. For the legal help you need during this difficult time, please contact an experienced Dallas marijuana possession defense attorney from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 today.