Teens and college students enjoy experimenting with drugs and alcohol, even if it is illegal. However, they may not know that drug possession carries high penalties in Texas.
If the police found your child with drugs, such as marijuana, in their possession, they are not alone. In 2017, there were over 650,000 individuals arrested for marijuana violations, with around 90 percent of the violations for possession. What consequences will they face and how will it affect their life plans?
Penalties for Marijuana possession
The punishment for this type of crime directly relates to how much of the drug your child had in their possession.
- Under two ounces: Class B misdemeanor
- Between two and four ounces: Class A misdemeanor
- Between four ounces and five pounds: State jail felony
- Between five pounds and 50 pounds: Felony (third degree)
- Between 50 pounds and 2,000 pounds: Felony (second degree)
- Over 2,000 pounds: Lifelong imprisonment, or between 5 and 99 years; fine of $50,000
Effects of a criminal record on future
Both a misdemeanor and a felony will go on one’s criminal record. If your child has a criminal record, it will show up on any background checks they take. This has the potential to hinder them from getting into a college of their choice, receiving financial aid, and seeking employment post-college. Some apartments also do background checks before letting tenants move in, which could affect your child’s housing situation as well.
Depending on your child’s situation, they may be able to have their record sealed or expunged, which can alleviate some of the difficulties mentioned above due to a drug possession charge on their record.
It can be scary to learn that your child is facing drug possession charges, especially when the consequences are so serious. Knowing what is in store, however, can be helpful in deciding what to do next.