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Felony Marijuana Possession

Crimes involving possession of smaller amounts of marijuana are misdemeanor offenses, but alleged offenses that involve more than 4 ounces of cannabis constitutes a felony in Texas. Felony convictions can carry a staggering number of collateral consequences in addition to the possibility of imprisonment and fines.

Being convicted of a felony offense can result in a person being ineligible for certain types of employment and losing eligibility for certain federal assistance programs. Additionally, individuals convicted of felony offenses in Texas lose their rights to possess firearms, be unable to vote, and possibly have passports revoked.

Lawyer for Felony Marijuana Possession Arrests in Fort Worth, TX

If you were arrested in the DFW area for alleged felony possession of cannabis, it is in your best interest to retain legal counsel as soon as possible. Townsend, Gebhardt & Eppes, PLLC can fight to help you achieve the most favorable outcome to your case, including possibly having the criminal charges reduced or dismissed.

Fort Worth criminal defense attorneys Andrea Townsend, Steven Gebhardt, and Brian Eppes represent individuals charged with marijuana crimes in Cleburne, Fort Worth, Weatherford, Arlington, and many surrounding areas of Tarrant County, Parker County, and Johnson County. You can have our lawyers review your case when you call 817-502-3600 to take advantage of a free initial consultation.


Tarrant County Felony Marijuana Possession Information Center


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Felony Marijuana Possession Charges in Texas

A person can be charged with possession of marijuana under Texas Health and Safety Code § 481.121 if he or she knowingly or intentionally possesses a usable quantity of marijuana (referred to in the statute as “marihuana”). Cannabis possession becomes a felony offense in Texas when an alleged offender possesses more than four ounces (a quarter pound) of marijuana.

The grade of felony that an alleged offender is charged with depends on the specific amount of cannabis that he or she allegedly possessed:

  • 5 pounds or less but more than 4 ounces — State jail felony;
  • 50 pounds or less but more than 5 pounds — Third-degree felony;
  • 2,000 pounds or less but more than 50 pounds — Second-degree felony;
  • More than 2,000 pounds — First-degree felony;

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Felony Marijuana Possession Penalties in Tarrant County

Convictions for felony marijuana offenses carry extremely steep consequences. The maximum sentences that alleged offenders can receive if convicted of one of these crimes are as follows:

  • State Jail Felony — Up to two years in state jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000;
  • Third-Degree Felony — Up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000;
  • Second-Degree Felony — Up to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000; or
  • First-Degree Felony — Up to 99 years or life in prison and/or a fine of up to $50,000.

A conviction for any kind of marijuana crime—even a misdemeanor—will also result in an alleged offender having his or her driver’s license suspended for 180 days under Texas Transportation Code § 521.372.


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Texas Felony Marijuana Possession Resources

Texas | Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) — The MPP identifies itself as “the largest organization in the U.S. that’s focused solely on ending marijuana prohibition.” On this section of the MPP website, you can read recent news related to marijuana in Texas. You can also find a voter guide, an overview of the state’s medical cannabis program, and ways to get involved locally.

Marijuana Felony Possession Amounts by State — If you are curious to know how the amount of marijuana that constitutes felony possession in Texas compares to other states, visit this website. The website also provides a map of where cannabis is legal in the United States. You can also find a link to Texas’ marijuana statutes.


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Townsend, Gebhardt & Eppes, PLLC | Fort Worth Felony Marijuana Possession Defense Attorney

Were you arrested for allegedly possessing more than four ounces of cannabis in the DFW area? Do not say anything to authorities without legal representation. Contact Townsend, Gebhardt & Eppes, PLLC today.

Andrea Townsend, Steven Gebhardt, and Brian Eppes are experienced criminal defense lawyers in Fort Worth who aggressively defend clients all over Tarrant County, Parker County, and Johnson County, including Arlington, Cleburne, Fort Worth, Weatherford, and many other nearby communities. Call 817-502-3600 or fill out an online form to have our attorneys provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free, confidential consultation.


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