Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer : Texas Lawmakers Push Legislation to Legalize Marijuana

Last year was a great year for supporters of the legalization of marijuana, with both Colorado and Washington legalizing and planning to regulate the recreational use of marijuana.  Although Texas is considered to be one of the more conservative states in this country, two lawmakers are advocating for the legalization of marijuana.  These two Democratic state representatives are planning to re-introduce marijuana legislation that will mirror much of the same legislation that was passed in Colorado and Washington.  These Texas lawmakers plan to keep pushing even though their proposal will likely not be looked upon favorably by most Texas lawmakers.

The viewpoint of these Texas state representatives is also shared by a majority of Texas citizens, with 58 percent of the Texas population supporting the legalization and regulation of recreational marijuana use for adults.  Further, 61 percent of Texas citizens support the decriminalization of marijuana.  It may take Texas quite a while to join the ranks of Colorado and Washington, however, Texans who support the legalization of marijuana feel confident that one day Texas will be another state that follows the trend that is expected to flock to many other states in the next few years.

While the legalization of marijuana might not be too far off for Texans, the law as it stands treats marijuana possession fairly seriously.  Texas citizens should not assume that law enforcement officials will be lenient when it comes to marijuana possession simply because the trend in other states has pushed for legalization.  Until Texas law changes, you are at risk for criminal penalties for even the smallest amount of marijuana.

With Colorado not being too far from Texas, the influx of marijuana into Texas territory may increase as access to marijuana is easier for many Texas marijuana users.  Law enforcement officials are well aware of this possibility and are likely to crack down on the import of marijuana from Colorado and other states.  Therefore, if you are a marijuana user, you should expect that Texas law may be enforced to the fullest extent for a marijuana charge.

If you are charged with marijuana possession and do not have adequate legal representation, you could be facing jail time, hefty fines, probation and a blemish on your criminal record.  You may have trouble getting a job or being admitted to a college or university.  The negative effects of a marijuana possession charge can last for years to come.  While many employers may not take a marijuana possession charge or conviction too seriously, it is still cumbersome and stressful to know that such a charge or conviction may pop up on any background check.  To increase your chances of being able to avoid a blemished criminal record, you should seek the advice of a highly experienced Dallas criminal defense attorney who specializes in drug possession charges.

Contact Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney Jack Pettit Today

If you have been charged with marijuana possession, or are facing any other drug possession charge, you need the assistance of a skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to fight to keep you out of jail.  While you may be able to avoid jail time and keep a marijuana charge off your record in the long run through a diversion or deferred adjudication program, you will need an attorney who has the ability to negotiate this type of arrangement.  Attorney Jack Pettit has been practicing law for over 30 years and has helped hundreds of clients avoid jail time and put drug possession charges behind them.  Mr. Pettit has the experienced required to fight your marijuana possession charge.  To speak with Mr. Pettit about your case, contact our office today at (214) 521-4567.  Mr. Pettit provides bilingual legal services in both English and Spanish.  We also accept major credit cards.

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