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Harris County

Harris County

Harris County has experienced massive growth over the past decade. As of 2020, the Texas county had a population of 4,731,145–making it the most populous county in America. A side effect of this tremendous growth has been the increase in marijuana crimes. Despite the fact that marijuana is the most widely used illegal substance in Texas.

Unfortunately, Texas law prosecutes harshly those who possess even the smallest amount of marijuana. Many individuals who purchase, sell, or consume the drug quickly find themselves facing serious consequence including possible incarcerations and fines. On top of this, often those accused of marijuana crimes lose their employment and/or any professional licenses.

The only way to fight these hefty charges is to seek a skilled law firm with vast experience in handling marijuana crimes. This is where Horak Law can step in to help.

Cannabis Defense Attorneys, Harris County | TX

Being charged with a marijuana offense can feel overwhelming and it might seem as if you have no options. During an overwhelming time like this, contact Harris County marijuana defense attorney Matthew Horak at Horak Law. He is a current member of the NORML legal committee and has spent over 17 years defending clients charged with criminal offenses.

If you have been arrested for a marijuana crime in Harris County, do not hesitate to contact Horak Law at (713) 225-8000. Mr. Horak is prepared to listen to your questions, explore all of your legal options and fight for you in court. In addition to Harris County, criminal defense attorney Matt Horak serves individuals in Hufsmith, Huffman, Highlands, Bellaire, Baytown, Spring, La Porte, Hockley, Webster, Tomball, Deer Park, Cypress, Crosby, and Baytown.

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Penalties for Marijuana Possession in Harris County, TX

Under Texas law, Marijuana possession is at least a misdemeanor criminal charge. If an individual possesses larger quantities of marijuana, he or she can face more serious charges with steep penalties. Under the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, the typical penalties for marijuana possession are as follows:

Possession of 2 oz. or less:

  • Class B misdemeanor
  • Up to 180 days in jail
  • Up to $2,000

Possession of 2 to 4 oz.:

  • Class A misdemeanor
  • Up to 1 year in jail
  • $4,000 fine

Possession of between 4 oz and 5 pounds:

  • State jail felony
  • Between 180 days jail to 2 years in prison
  • $10,000 fine

Possession of 5 to 50 lbs.:

  • Third-degree felony
  • 2-10 years in prison
  • $10,000 fine

Possession of between 50 and 2,000 lbs.:

  • Second-degree felony
  • 2-20 years in prison
  • $10,000 fine

Possession of more than 2,000 pounds:

  • First-degree felony
  • 5-99 years in prison
  • $50,000 fine

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Our Practice Areas

Violating marijuana laws in Texas can result in harsh criminal consequences such as steep fines and imprisonment. If you have been arrested for any type of marijuana crime, criminal defense attorney Matthew Horak has over 17 years of experience defending clients accused of marijuana. Don’t suffer alone. Contact Horak Law today to speak with skilled marijuana defense lawyer Matthew Horak about your case:

  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Possession of Paraphernalia
  • Trafficking in Marijuana
  • Felony Marijuana Possession
  • Misdemeanor Marijuana Possession
  • Cultivation of Marijuana / Grow Houses
  • Sale or Distribution of Marijuana

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Harris County Court Resources

Harris County District Clerk – Marilyn Burgess is the current Harris County district clerk. Follow the link provided to learn more about her. You can also read recent news and search for public case information.

Harris County District Clerk
201 Caroline, Suite 420
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (832) 927-5800

Harris County District Courts – Kristen Brauchle Hawkins serves as the current judge for the Harris County Civil Courthouse. Access the page to view the current clerk, law clerk, assistant clerk, coordinator, and bailiff.

Harris County Civil Courthouse
201 Caroline, 9th Floor
Houston, Texas 77002

Harris County Clerk – Teneshia Hudspeth is the current county clerk for Harris County. Access the webpage to view vital documents such as marriage license and birth/death records.

Harris County Clerk
201 Caroline, Suite 800
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 274-8585

Harris County District Attorney – The Harris County District Attorney’s Office is organized by 329 prosecutors, 90 investigators and 277 support personnel. Access the webpage to read their mission statement and guiding principles. Kim Ogg serves as the current district attorney.

Harris County District Attorney
500 Jefferson St Suite #600
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 274-5800

Texas Court of Appeals – Click the link to visit the official website for the Texas Court of Appeals and view a list of counties served by each court of appeals.

Office of Court Administration
205 West 14th Street, Suite 600
Austin, TX 78701

Supreme Court of Texas – Follow the link provided to visit the official website for the Supreme Court of Texas. Access the page to view court news, advisories, frequently asked questions and read more about the court.

Supreme Court of Texas
Supreme Court Building
201 W. 14th Street, Room 104
Austin, Texas 78701

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Harris County Law Enforcement Resources

Harris County Sheriff’s Office – Ed Gonzales is the 30th Sheriff of Harris County. He was elected in November 2016. Access the webpage to report a crime, find the nearest patrol district, or find someone in jail.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Follow the link provided to visit the official website for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Access the site to view the latest news, inmate information and career opportunities.

Houston Police Department – Access the Houston Police Department website to view crime statistics and crash reports. You can also read recent news and upcoming events.

Colorado State Patrol: Department of Public Safety – Access the Colorado Stage Patrol (CSP) website to learn about their Department of Public safety. The mission of (CSP) is to ensure a safe and secure environment for Colorado residents and visitors.

Harris County Jail – Follow the link provided to visit the website for the Harris County jail. Access the page to search for someone in jail, view court and case information, and read information pertaining to inmate jail.

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Additional Resources

National Institute on Drug Abuse: Marijuana – Follow the link provided to access the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH) website and read information regarding marijuana. Access the page to learn what is marijuana, how do people use the drug, and how it affects the brain.

Medical News Today: Cannabis –  Access the Medical News Today website to read information about cannabis. The article lists the drug’s medical uses, effects, risks, and long-term use addiction. You can also read common symptoms that follow cannabis withdrawals.

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Harris County Marijuana Crimes Attorney | Texas

If you have been arrested for marijuana possession, marijuana trafficking, or marijuana DWI, the charges could have a serious impact on a person’s future. This is why it is in your best interest to seek experienced legal counsel immediately. Matthew Horak at Horak Law is a skilled criminal defense lawyer who utilizes his experience to vigorously defend his clients. He can help you protect your rights.

Horak Law represents clients in Harris County, TX and surrounding areas including Humble, Katy, Hufsmith, Huffman, Highlands, Bellaire, Baytown, Spring, La Porte, Hockley, Webster, Tomball, Deer Park, Cypress, Crosby, and Baytown. Call (713) 225-8000 to secure your first consultation, free of charge. You can be confident that Mr. Horak will deliver the best possible defense using his resources and skills.

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