Arrests for Marijuana Possession are Increasing in Texas

Despite the recent legislative push in the United States to legalize marijuana, it seems like everywhere you turn, people are being arrested for the possession of this popular drug.  In fact, the number of people arrested for possession of marijuana in Texas and across the nation is being tracked by the FBI, who has released some startling statistics in this regard.  According to a report issued by the FBI, there were 1.5 million arrests for drug possession in the United States in 2011 with about 750,000 of them involving the possession of marijuana.  Upon further review of these numbers, this amounts to approximately one arrest per every 42 seconds in the U.S.

If you believe that these numbers are alarming, you are certainly not alone.  Critics of the nation’s war against drugs say that the large proportion of marijuana related arrests evince the failure of our current drug policies and laws.  Additionally, advocates for legalizing marijuana in the U.S., including former drug enforcement officers, feel that taxpayers are being unfairly stuck with fronting the bill to lock up low level drug offenders.  Such offenders include those that are caught with and arrested for having minimal amounts of marijuana in their possession.

Although some states have proposed legalizing marijuana, Texas maintains a strong stance against those that use, possess or distribute the drug.   Under Texas law, those arrested for marijuana possession could face harsh monetary fines, the suspension of their driver’s license, and even jail time, depending upon the amount of drugs uncovered.  Moreover, having drug related charges on your record can cause other serious consequences, such as difficulty finding gainful employment, being barred from attending reputable educational institutions and more.  Additionally, Marijuana possession in Texas is at least a misdemeanor criminal charge under the law. Although many minor possession charges can be addressed with minimal consequences, more serious felony level charges that include large quantities of marijuana can be much more severe.

If you are facing drug possession charges in Texas, it is important to work with an experienced Dallas criminal defense attorney to help you fight for your rights.  Drug charges are no laughing matter and require the most skilled and sophisticated legal representation available.  For over three decades, attorney Jack Pettit has successfully defended thousands of individuals dealing with all types of drug related charges.

If you would like to speak to Mr. Pettit about your felony or misdemeanor charges, contact our firm today by calling 214-521-4567.  We accept most major credit cards and provide bilingual services in Spanish.

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