Cite and Release
It is common for police in Austin, Texas to issue a marijuana ticket instead of making an arrest for possession of four ounces or less of marijuana. However, this ticket represents a more serious charge with more serious penalties than a typical traffic ticket. You could still face misdemeanor charges with serious penalties and the possibility of a jail sentence.
Austin Marijuana Ticket Lawyer
If you have been issued a marijuana ticket, or are facing charges for possessing marijuana in Austin, Pflugerville, Lago Vista, Lakeway, or any of the surrounding cities or counties near Travis County, the Law Office of Kevin Bennett is prepared to defend you.
Kevin Bennett is a qualified marijuana ticket defense attorney who represents those accused of marijuana possession. The Law Office of Kevin Bennett works with clients to take very specific steps to build a solid defense and to increase the likelihood of getting the marijuana possession charge reduced or dismissed entirely.
Kevin Bennett is committed to ensuring that the rights of his clients are protected and that his clients are kept fully informed throughout the legal process. Contact The Law Office of Kevin Bennett today at (512) 476-4626 to schedule a consultation to discuss your legal options. Your initial consultation is free and the sooner you contact us the sooner we can start preparing your rigorous defense.
Travis County Misdemeanor Marijuana Charges Overview
- What kinds of penalties does a person face if ticketed for marijuana possession?
- When might a person be arrested for possession of four ounces or less of marijuana?
Marijuana Tickets are for a Criminal Offense
Marijuana tickets represent more serious criminal charges than a typical traffic ticket. You will be charged with a Class A or B misdemeanor criminal offense under Texas Health and Safety Code § 481.121.
For possession of up to two ounces, you can be charged with a Class B misdemeanor. A conviction for marijuana possession as a Class B misdemeanor will result in:
- Up to 180 days in jail
- Up to $2,000 in fines
For possession of more than two ounces and up to four ounces, you can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. Conviction of marijuana possession as a Class A misdemeanor will result in:
- Up to a year in jail
- Up to $4,000 in fines
In addition these penalties, a conviction for marijuana possession can also mean the loss of your driver’s license, loss of your job, and sanctions from your school. A conviction can also leave a permanent mark on your criminal record that can interfere with many future opportunities.
Possession of more than four ounces will result in immediate arrest and a felony charge.
Austin Marijuana Cite and Release Policy
It is common for police in Austin, Texas to issue a marijuana ticket instead of making an arrest for possession of four ounces or less of marijuana. However, you still face immediate arrest for misdemeanor marijuana possession in Austin, Texas if you:
- Are intoxicated to a level that the police officer decides you present a danger to yourself or others
- Require medical care
- Have outstanding warrants
- Do not provide ID
- Are suspected of a more serious offense
- Are viewed by the police officer as likely to continue the offense or present a danger to people or property
- Refuse to sign the ticket or demand to see a magistrate
- Are viewed as unlikely, for a particular reason, to appear for your court date
- Are not a resident of Travis County
In these situations, you will still be charged with a misdemeanor marijuana possession offense if you have four ounces or less, even if you are arrested immediately.
Finding a Marijuana Ticket Attorney in Travis County
As with any drug charge, a marijuana ticket puts your future at risk. However, with the help of The Law Office of Kevin Bennett, you can protect your future and get back to your daily life. Kevin Bennett can help you chose the best way to proceed and give you confidence through the confusing legal process that lies ahead of you. Call us at (512) 476-4626 today to schedule your free consultation appointment.