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Alex Houthuijzen, criminal defense trial attorney, helps defend the rights and freedoms of Houston area residents against local Marijuana possession misdemeanor charges, as well as more serious state and federal Marijuana related felonies at county, state, appeals, and federal courts.
 
WHY CHOOSE ALEX HOUTHUIJZEN

Alexander "The Defender" Houthuijzen is a Texas criminal defense trial attorney helping Marijuana defendants across the Greater Houston, as well as in Harris county, Fort Bend county, Galveston county, Montgomery county, and other surrounding cities and areas in Southeast Texas. Alex aggressively advocates for, helps, and defends Texas Marijuana defendants fight for their rights, justice, and freedom in Texas criminal and drug courts.

 

Alex fights passionately and cares deeply for each and every one of his clients regardless of their financial or social status, and personally represents and defends each and every single one of his clients aggressively to the maximum possible extent under the law. 

 
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5/5 Star Avvo Review #1: Great experience with POSITIVE results! I was an absolute pleasure having Alex as my counsel. He was overly proactive in providing timely and regular reassurance on the legal process pertaining to my case. In the end my charges were dismissed.
5/5 Star Avvo Review #2: Diligent attorney. Alexander was conscientious and hard-working. He was always ready and willing to answer all of my questions, even on weekends! Thank you so much for all of your work and your help in my matter.
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Houston Marijuana Defense Attorney

Texas law has a zero tolerance approach to Marijuana (otherwise known as weed, cannabis, marihuana, chronic, etc) crimes as it has been proven case after case. Drug courts, prosecutors, judges, and juries illustrate that possession, manufacture, or distribution or Marijuana and its derivatives, extracts, and paraphernalia can all have serious consequences in Texas. This occurs despite shifting national and local public opinion on the topic and regardless of a number of local or out of state efforts to make the policies and punishments more lenient, including the recently announced Misdemeanor Marijuana Diversion Program policy of Kim Ogg, the new Harris County District Attorney. Regardless, something around 97% of all Texas Marijuana convictions are for possession of Marijuana, and sadly a great majority of them involve defendants under 30. A Marijuana conviction in Texas can wreak havoc on future of these young defendants affecting everything from their educational financial aid, college acceptance, job prospects, driving privileges, voting and other civil rights, as well as housing opportunities for many years and decades to come.

Southeast Texas Marijuana CRIMINAL TRIAL Defense Lawyer

Alexander J. Houthuijzen is an aggressive, compassionate, and smart Harris county based Marijuana criminal trial defense lawyer who has helped a number of local defendants in and around Houston area beat their cases without any major risks posed to their livelihoods or futures. 
 
Alex “The Defender” Houthuijzen can help legally represent Texas Marijuana defendants charged by local police departments, Texas state troopers, constable precincts, county sheriffs departments, federal agents, and other multi agency drug task forces in all towns, cities, and localities in southeast Texas and within:

  • Harris County

  • Montgomery County

  • Galveston County

  • Brazoria County

  • Orange County

  • Liberty County

  • Waller County

  • Fort Bend County

  • Chambers County

  • Jefferson County

  • Jasper County

  • Polk County

  • San Jacinto County

  • Madison county.

 
You can reach Alex by calling his law office at 713-600-9902 or by using his direct online chat when available. However Alex encourages you to go ahead and get a FREE no-obligation consultation booked right away and online, so that you may benefit from a free initial Marijuana defense consultation and find out broadly about your options.
 
We'd like to emphasize that Alex does not typically dabble in plea bargains and deals offered routinely by most prosecutors and courts whenever and wherever there is reason to believe a case’s circumstances or evidence can be contested and dismissed in a court, or challenged and defended against during a criminal trial.

 
 
 

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Texas Criminal Marijuana Laws

Criminal defense attorney Alex Houthuijzen stands ready to help you or your loved one who may have been arrested and charged with Marijuana related crimes in Houston, Harris county and surrounding areas. Alex can help defend cases involving crimes such as:

 

Potential Marijuana Possession Penalties in Texas

Those charged with Marijuana possession or possession of drug paraphernalia (water bongs, rolling papers, pipes, etc) could potentially be subject to stiff penalties in Texas. The exact punishment will depend on the circumstances of the case and the amounts confiscated. Texas Code of Criminal Procedure declares typical possession of Marijuana penalties as follows:

  • Possession of 2 ounces (or less) of Marijuana is a class B misdemeanor and can potentially subject the defendant to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.

  • Possession of 2 to 4 ounces of Marijuana is a class A misdemeanor and can potentially subject the defendant to a year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000.

  • Possession of 4 ounces to 5 pounds of Marijuana is a state jail felony, with a punishment ranging between 180 days in state jail and up to 2 years in state jail. A person convicted of such an offense can additionally face up to a $10,000 fine.

  • Possession of 5 lbs to 50 lbs of Marijuana is a third degree felony. Punishment is a likely 2 to 10 years in state prison and a potential fine of up to $10,000.

  • Possession of 50 lbs to 2,000 lbs of Marihuana is a second-degree felony, which could result in a sentence of 2 to 20 years incarceration and up to a $10,000 fine.

  • Possession of more than 2,000 pounds of Cannabis is a serious offense and a first degree felony in Texas, and can land the defendant anywhere from 5 to 99 years in prison. An additional fine of up to $50,000 is also possible.

 
 

It is critical to note that the actual sentence will depend on the factual circumstances of the case, the criminal history of the defendant, as well as other factors such as the judge, prosecutor, and jury assigned to the case and their personalities and views. Book a free consultation online and speak with Marijuana defense attorney Alex Houthuijzen to find out more about your case and the potential punishment involved.

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Potential Penalties for Smuggling, MANUFACTURING, or Trafficking Marijuana in Texas

Trafficking charges typically apply when contraband is being transported over an international or interstate border. In these instances, defendants may be charged with either a state or a federal criminal offense, or both, accusing them of crossing international borders to import and sell Marijuana in the United States, or of internal or interstate trafficking of Marijuana with intent to distribute. So in addition to Texas criminal law, federal criminal statutes may apply as well. It is important to note that residents, citizens, and persons in states that have legalized recreational or medical use of marijuana are not exempt from federal enforcement. Current US attorney General's views are no secret on this topic, and his words and federal statutes pretty much define the law of the land and the public policy of our times. Accordingly, it is critical to remain aware of how the justice system looks at and punishes such defined and proven criminal activities. Marijuana trafficking and manufacturing offenses are defined per the Controlled Substances Act and other related or auxiliary Texas or federal statutes:

  • Purely based on Federal law, growing, cultivation, storage, or possession of 50 or fewer identifiable marijuana plants can be punished by a maximum of five years in federal prison.

  • According to Federal law, growing, cultivation, storage, or possession of 1,000 or more marijuana plants can result in up to a possible life sentence in federal prison.

  • According to Texas law, charges and penalties for growing, cultivating, storing, or possessing marijuana plants can range from a state jail felony with a sentence of 180 days to two years in state prison and a possible maximum monetary fine of $10,000. Depending on the number of plants involved, Texas law can sentence an individual convicted of manufacturing marijuana to life in prison and a possible fine of up to $250,000.

 

Texas DAs will enhance Marijuana charges and penalties when the allegations of Marijuana possession, selling, manufacturing, or delivering are reported to occur within 1,000 feet of a school, or 300 feet of other designated areas, or if other aggravating factors are involved such as presence of minors or weapons when the crime was alleged to have been committed.

 
 

Potential Penalties for

SIMPLE POSSESSION OF Marijuana Paraphernalia in Texas

Possession of Marijuana paraphernalia is a class C misdemeanor, and it can subject the defendant to a $500 fine.

POSSIBLE Penalties for

POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER OF Marijuana Paraphernalia

Sale of Marijuana paraphernalia is a class A misdemeanor in Texas, potentially leading to 1 year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000.

The TEXAS Marijuana Tax Stamp Act

 

Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana

 

Like many other states, Texas used to have a Tax Stamp Act in effect until very recently. However, Texas is no longer able to tax illegal drugs. This is just one less charge and trouble Marijuana defendants in Texas have to worry about these days.

Driving under the influence of Marijuana, hash oil, or other marijuana analogues or extracts is governed like all other intoxicants by driving while intoxicated (DWI) laws in Texas and does not have its own exclusive law per se.

FALSIFYING A MARIJUANA DRUG TEST IN TEXAS

Per Texas Health and Safety Code § A481.133 and Texas Penal Code § 12.22, falsifying a drug test in Texas, or possession of any materials or devices with intent to use for the falsification of a drug test is a Class B misdemeanor with a maximum punishment of up to 180 days in jail, and a potential maximum fine of $2,000.

MARIJUANA RELATED SUSPENDED DRIVER'S LICENSE

One must always keep in mind that under Texas Transportation Code § 521.372 on final conviction of either an offense under the Federal Controlled Substances Act or a drug offense under Texas laws, your driver's license is automatically suspended.

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Potential TEXAS PUNISHMENTS FOR

POSSESSION OF HASH OIL, WAX, SHATTER, OTHER MARIJUANA CONCENTRATES OR EXTRACTS

Often combined with a paraphernalia charge for accompanying hash

pen, vape pen, or other vaporizer devices.

Texas simply takes its already notoriously harsh approach to marijuana even a notch higher when it comes to marijuana extracts and concentrates such as hash oil, hash wax, dabs, shatter, live resin, compressed or powdered hashish, or even dry resin more popularly known as kief, as well as any and all marijuana edibles, making simple possession-let alone delivery or distribution-of any amounts of these extracts a felonious offense.

 

The severe penalties usually triggered by hash oil and wax or edible cases are simply because how the Texas Health and Safety Code  § 481.112 classifies such offenses by their aggregate weight including that of any adulterants or dilutants. Marijuana derivatives including all forms of hashish or hash extracts (oil, wax, shatter, resin, etc) are categorized and addressed under Sec. 481.103. PENALTY GROUP 2-A. This means in a hypothetical example involving pot brownies the entire weight of pot brownies confiscated will be of concern to the state or DA for the criminal charge and not any actual amounts of marijuana or cannabutter used in the brownies. This means a 1 lb tray of brownies or any other edibles for that matter will be treated as 1 lb of marijuana extract, triggering some of the harshest criminal penalties on the books.

  • Possession of 1 gram (or less) of Marijuana concentrate (hash oil or wax) is a state jail felony and can potentially subject the defendant to 180 days in to two years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

  • Possession of 1 - 4 grams of Marijuana concentrate is a third degree felony and can potentially subject the defendant to two to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

  • Possession of 4 - 400 grams of Marijuana concentrate is a second degree felony and can potentially subject the defendant to two to twenty years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

  • Possession of 400 grams or more of Marijuana concentrate is a first degree felony and can potentially subject the defendant to 5 - 99 years  in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

 

Potential TEXAS Penalties FOR

HASH OIL MANUFACTURING, DELIVERY, OR TRAFFICKING

The same dry Texas logic applies to the laws concerning criminal manufacture or delivery of marijuana concentrates, wax, and hash oil. Possible penalties for manufacture and/or delivery of marijuana derivatives in Texas include:

  • Manufacture (with intent to deliver) or delivery of 1 gram (or less) of Marijuana concentrate (hash oil or wax) is a state jail felony and can potentially subject the defendant to 180 days in to two years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

  • Manufacture or delivery of 1 - 4 grams of Marijuana concentrate is a second degree felony and can potentially subject the defendant to two to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

  • Manufacture or delivery of 4 - 400 grams of Marijuana concentrate is a first degree felony and can potentially subject the defendant to two to twenty years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

  • Manufacture or delivery of 400 grams or more of Marijuana concentrate is a felony and can potentially subject the defendant to 10 - 99 years  in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

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Possible Defenses for Marijuana crimes in Texas

Only your defense attorney can advise you of your actual defenses possible under the law and considering the facts and circumstances of your case. However, some possible defenses attorneys can use in helping Marijuana defendants in Texas are:

  • Invalid search warrant: If law enforcement used an improperly or illegally obtained search warrant (based on false information or flawed witnesses), or if the agents searched areas outside of the authorization and scope of the search warrant, it may be possible file a motion to suppress any evidence they may have uncovered against the defendant during the search.

  • Illegal searches and seizures: Motion to suppress of illegally obtained evidence is among the most common tactics used by attorneys when circumstances allow to try and get a charge thrown out before ever going to trial. These defenses are valid when an illegal search of a vehicle, boat, person, or other property has been done in an unconstitutional manner. 

  • Failure to Possess: In circumstances where the defendant may have been physically present along with Marijuana in the same place, it might be possible to prove that the defendant was not in possession of Marijuana. Examples are defendants and Marijuana found in the same car, at a club or party, or at other property.

  • Insufficient quantity: Certain minimum requirements apply for quantities of alleged contraband that has been confiscated for a charge you are facing to be a valid and legally qualifying charge to stick in court or even with the DA's office when involved in pre-trial negotiations.

  • Lack of intent: Where a delivery, cultivation, or trafficking charge is involved, proving intent to deliver beyond reasonable doubt is something the DA will have to do to. If the accused cannot be proven to have had an intent to deliver, that may possibly help nullify the intent to deliver or delivery charges in court.

  • Lack of knowledge: Whether the charge is a simple possession or a marijuana grow house bust involving extremely costly asset forfeitures to unaware property owners and landlords, lack of knowledge of presence of such contraband or related criminal activity may be among possible valid defenses.

  • Not for human consumption: When the charges involve synthetic marijuana, otherwise known as spice (which is constantly chemically manipulated and reformulated to curtail existing laws and drug recognition and classification), possessing the alleged grey area contraband without intention for human consumption may be considered a valid defense.

  • Proper exercise of honesty with legal counsel as well as ardent employment of 4th and 5th Amendment rights with everyone else: This is really not a legal defense, more like how you can help defend you better when in trouble with the law in general. Alex "The Defender" Houthuijzen will speak with you or your loved one about the exact circumstances of the Marijuana case in order to determine your best chances of legal defense moving forward. Accordingly, a complete and 100% truthful account of what happened, and your honest answers to any other questions Alexander may ask you are absolutely critical in maximizing the chances of a successful defense when speaking with Alex. We'd like to emphasize that generally, anything you say to anyone besides your legal representative can and may be used against you in a court of law, even if it seemingly has nothing to do with the nature of allegations you may already be dealing with. Think of your character flaws and a character assassination attempt as the very least of what can be attempted against you in court, using your own words and actions, with just about anything you say or do publicly or in presence of any authorized witnesses.

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TEXAS Marijuana DEFENSE FAQs

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