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Possession charges are very serious matters in Texas

Many people think that having drugs in your possession isn't a big deal unless you are carrying a large quantity of the drug. This is absolutely false in Texas. It doesn't matter what type of drug you are said to be in possession of, you need to understand a few basic points about possession charges.

Texas enacts limited medical marijuana laws

While several other states have made drastic alterations in their marijuana laws, including decriminalizing it and even legalizing it for recreational use, Texas has started making its own small changes. Unfortunately, the medical marijuana program that Texas has enacted is so narrow that there are widespread doubts about who will actually qualify.

Common types of harassment

"Harassment" is a broad term that the criminal justice system uses to describe various behaviors. Two common types of harassment are stalking and cyberstalking. Here in Texas, the two are very different offenses. You might have also heard the term "harassment" used to describe behavior in the workplace. There are certain kinds of harassment that results in criminal charges, while other types usually fall under the jurisdiction of the civil courts.

A larceny conviction in Texas can come with a harsh punishment

The penalties associated with theft in Texas can be very severe. However, like most criminal charges, the punishment you might face in case of a conviction will directly relate to the seriousness of the offense. For example, the penalties for shoplifting a pack of gum will be extremely different than those for stealing a Ferrari.

Even a minor violation of probation could mean jail time

Facing criminal charges is frightening, especially if they are felony charges with the potential for a large jail sentence. For those accused of non-violent crimes and first time offenses, there is always potential for probation instead of jail, unless there is a mandatory minimum sentence for the crime.

Selling or giving away prescription drugs could ruin your future

There's a popular misconception that those who have prescriptions for controlled substances have the right to do what they want with those medications. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Controlled substances are carefully regulated by both the state of Texas and the federal government to protect the public. Those who receive a prescription for a controlled substance may only possess and use those medications in accordance with the directions of the prescribing physician.

Growing your own marijuana in Texas is a major legal risk

There are a lot of reasons why people in Texas might decide to grow marijuana. For many people, doing so may be the result of a serious medical condition. Cancer, epilepsy and even degenerative conditions like multiple sclerosis may respond to marijuana when standard medicine fails to help. Others may use marijuana to treat side effects associated with medical treatments, like anxiety, wasting disease or insomnia related to chemotherapy.

How Texas defines and penalizes different kinds of theft

There are a host of reasons why a person could end up charged with a theft-related crime. Sometimes, for example, young people seek thrills by shoplifting small items in stores or while at the mall. Other times, people may take items that belong to another individual for their own use or to sell for a profit. Regardless of why theft happens, it's important to understand that Texas takes these kinds of crimes very seriously.

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