Some individuals who reside in the State of Texas ingest marijuana that comes in the form of concentrated THC or dabs. Dabs, for example, is a type of marijuana concentrate – and users typically inhale the substance after it vaporizes on glass or hot metal.
Because many states across the country have been broadly legalizing marijuana for various uses, including recreational use in several instances, numerous individuals have become increasingly lax when it comes to marijuana consumption. However, particularly in the State of Texas, adopting this attitude can be a serious mistake.
In fact, under the Texas Penal Code (and also under federal law), if you are caught possessing or selling concentrated THC and dabs, you can face felony criminal charges. You might also be looking at significant penalties if you are ultimately convicted.
If you are currently facing a pending drug charge, it is essential that you have experienced legal counsel in your corner right away. The skilled Austin criminal defense lawyers at Granger and Mueller PC are ready to help you defend against your criminal drug charge and work toward the best possible result in your case. Please speak with us today to learn more about how we could help you formulate a strong defense to your criminal drug charge.
Potential Penalties upon Conviction
When it comes to proving that you are guilty of committing a drug crime, the Texas state prosecuting attorney who is assigned to your case has the legal burden of proof. If the prosecutor is able to satisfy that burden, it will be up to a sentencing judge to establish the penalty or penalties to be imposed in your case.
Specifically, possessing a marijuana concentrate in any amount (even a tiny amount) is a felony that could result in a minimum of 180 days and a maximum of two years of incarceration. In addition, you could be sentenced to pay a maximum monetary fine of $10,000. In cases where an individual possesses between four and 400 grams of cannabis concentrate, he or she could be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years of incarceration.
In addition to the possession charge associated with a marijuana concentrate, you could be charged with possessing drug paraphernalia, including scales, torches, vaporizers, pipes, and containers, that are used to smoke or store the substance. Although a conviction for possessing drug paraphernalia might not result in more jail time, you could still be sentenced to a $500 fine per item of paraphernalia.
Contact a Knowledgeable Austin Criminal Defense Lawyer About Your Drug Charges Today
Having a drug-related felony conviction on your record is never a good thing. If you are facing a criminal drug charge, the knowledgeable legal team at Granger and Mueller PC will do everything possible to help you reduce or eliminate the potential negative consequences stemming from your charge.
For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a knowledgeable Austin criminal defense attorney, please call us today at 512-474-9999 or contact us online for more information about how we could help.