Houston Drug Offenses FAQ's

For What Drug Offenses May I Go To Jail?

Everyone arrested for Possession of Marijuana stands a good chance of going to jail at the time of arrest. However, in some cases, a person may be released on the scene if it is a small Class "C" misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Once the case is disposed of at a later date, a jail sentence is a possibility depending on the facts in the case. Each case is different, however, and many factors are involved concerning what may happen; however, for a typical first time misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana, a jail sentence is not the normal outcome.

Will I Lose My Driver License?

If your case is not dismissed and you do not obtain deferred adjudication probation, you may lose your license for 180 days if you are over 21. If you are under 21, you may lose your license for one year.

If I Lose My License May I Obtain A Restricted License?

Yes. Your lawyer may obtain a restricted driver license that will allow you to drive for twelve hours per day.

Will It Be A Misdemeanor or Felony?

Possession Amount Penalty

  • Two ounces or less - Class "B" Misdemeanor
  • Two to four ounces - Class "A" Misdemeanor
  • Four to five ounces - State Jail Felony
  • Five ounces to fifty ounces - Third degree felony

What Is the Penalty For Selling Marijuana?

The penalty is more severe than for a simple possession. Selling more than one-forth ounce of marijuana is likely to bring you a felony charge.