For the last few years, marijuana concentrates have been increasing in popularity. Unfortunately for those in Texas who are susceptible to trend-following, Texas doesn’t look kindly on the possession of marijuana concentrates. Being caught in possession of any amount is considered a felony offense. That means that even if you just have a tiny dab in your pocket to try, thanks to a generous friend, you could be looking at a criminal record that will haunt you for the rest of your life. If you’re facing criminal charges for hash, BHO (butane hash oil) or other marijuana concentrates, you need an attorney.
Texas-sized charges for the tiniest amount
It doesn’t matter if you had natural pressed hash or BHO in your possession. Any amount of any form of marijuana concentrate is a felony. Amounts of less than one gram carry between 180 days and two years in prison, along with a $10,000 fine. If you are charged with possession of between 1 and 4 grams, you could be facing between two and ten years in prison, as well as a $10,000 fine. If you have more than 4 grams, up to 400 grams, you’re looking at between two ad twenty years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Even 180 days in jail could completely change your life as you know it.
That’s why you need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after a possession. Your attorney can review all the details of your situation, your arrest and your charges and help you plan for the best possible defense given your situation.
Don’t gamble with your future through a public defender
Since any marijuana concentrate charge is a felony, the courts will offer you the aid of a public defender. Unfortunately, public defenders are notoriously spread thin and overworked. If you want to mount a rigorous defense, you need the complete attention and focus that comes from retaining a private criminal defense attorney. Since the charges you are facing are quite serious, you need to be equally serious about mounting a defense. Texas’ stance on marijuana doesn’t really allow for first mistakes and second chances when it comes to marijuana concentrates.
An attorney can make all the difference
From arguing to have your charges dropped if you complete substance abuse counseling to pushing back against illegally obtained evidence, your attorney can help you defend against possession charges. Ideally, you will ask for an attorney as soon as possible after your arrest. You will want the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney before you speak with law enforcement. The best chance for a positive outcome stems from retaining an experienced legal advocate.