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Drug Possession in Texas

The possession of illegal drugs is considered a criminal act in the United States. Illegal drugs range from milder substances, such as marijuana, to highly addictive and dangerous substances, such as opiates. The most commonly used illegal drug is marijuana, and there are debates in various states regarding legalizing this substance, if only for medicinal use.

Many employers require their workers to sign drug-free agreements, in which they vow to not use, possess, or sell illicit drugs. Should the employee be caught violating this agreement, he or she often suffers severe consequences. In stricter environments, where quality of work is vital (such as an aerospace engineering firm or a hospital), there is a no tolerance policy and the worker in violation of the agreement is terminated.

Marijuana in Texas

In Texas, the punishment for possession of marijuana varies depending on how much of the drug is found on the offender. The laws are quite strict in this state, and possession of any amount results in at least 180 days in jail and a $2000 fine, at the minimum. The defendant has the potential to serve 99 years in jail and pay a $50,000 fine, with the worst charge of drug possession.

The possession of any more than 4 oz of the drug is considered a felony. Repeat offenders face even stricter charges, depending on whether he or she has committed a felony or a misdemeanor.

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Sometimes, individuals may find themselves in situations they didn’t plan on entering. Bad luck has incarcerated innocent people who happened to find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. If you have been wrongly accused of drug possession, contact Austin criminal defense attorney Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 today.

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