Charges For Growing Marijuana In The State Of Texas
A man in Denton was recently arrested for growing marijuana on his property. The Sheriff’s Office arrested the man during a drug investigation of his home because law enforcement found six marijuana plants growing at the man’s residence. The man was charged with manufacturing marijuana and was later discovered to have an outstanding warrant from Ohio. Bond was subsequently set for the man and he was placed in the Davidson County Jail. Even if a person does not intend to sell marijuana to someone else, cultivating or growing marijuana in the state of Texas is a serious offense. In many cases, these types of charges can result in a person facing felony charges. Grow houses have been increasing in number throughout both the state of Texas and the nation. Due to these increasing numbers, law enforcement has increased its focus on these investigations. In many cases, law enforcement is known to review electrical and water usage to determine if excessive amounts of marijuana are being grown. In cases where marijuana growth is illegal, a person often needs the assistance of a skilled attorney.
The Signs of Marijuana Operations
There are various signs of marijuana operations. Some signs of outdoor marijuana operations include camouflage netting, excessive security measures in remote areas, garden hoses, large amount of fertilizer, or PVC pipe. Some signs of indoor marijuana operations include covered windows, excessive amounts of fertilizer, large amounts of fertilizer, loud humming sounds, and unusually strong odors.
Penalties a Person can Face for a Cultivating Marijuana Charge
Even though the state of Texas does not have special penalties for cultivation, individuals can still face significant penalties for these charges. These felony charges are established at four ounces and even the smallest marijuana plant is likely to weigh this much. For marijuana between four ounces and five pounds, individuals can expect to face a felony possession charge that will result in 180 days to two years in jail and a $10,000 fine. If the weight of the marijuana plant is between five and 50 pounds, a person can expect to face is two and years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Marijuana that weighs between 50 and 2,000 pounds can result in a person facing two and 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Obtain the Assistance of a Strong Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you or a loved one is charged with a crime in Denton, contact a talented criminal defense attorney who will fight to make sure that you reach the best possible outcome. There are various defenses that our law enforcement can help raise including determinations of how law enforcement became aware of the use of grow lights, whether the home was owned by another person, whether reviewing a person’s electrical bill was legal, whether someone else had access to the house, and whether a valid search warrant was obtained before entering the home. A skilled attorney can help create a strong legal strategy and will hire experts to argue the weight of marijuana involved. Do not hesitate to contact an attorney at Wheeler Law Office today.
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