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Synthetic marijuana is every bit as illegal as the real thing, and a conviction involving it can dramatically hurt your future and cost you your freedom. Take on your charge with help from an Austin K2 possession lawyer.
As of a few years ago, synthetic marijuana is illegal in Texas. Whether you call it K2, spice, or something else, it is illegal to possess, distribute, or manufacture it. Getting charged with a synthetic marijuana crime can leave you facing consequences that are every bit as serious as any other drug or controlled substance.
When you find yourself in this situation, your future, finances, and freedom are all at stake, and you have to take advantage of every legal recourse available to defend yourself. By working with an Austin K2 possession lawyer from Hines & Holub, you can get the defense you need to see your charges reduced as much as possible, possibly even dismissed outright.
What Is Synthetic Marijuana?
Legally speaking, the answer to this question is surprisingly vague and could actually form the foundation of your defense. Most forms of K2 and spice are different herbs that have been sprayed with a chemical mixture that mimics the effect of THC-the chemical in marijuana that produces the "high."
Under Texas law, "controlled substance analogues" are just as illegal as the drug they mimic, and an offense involving them will carry the same penalties. However, it's up to the prosecution to prove that the K2 involved in your case meets the criteria to be considered analogous.
By pointing out how they're not similar enough, your Austin K2 possession lawyer might be able to expose a flaw in the prosecution's case, especially if they failed to have an actual chemist analyze the synthetic marijuana you were accused of possessing.
Punishments for K2 Possession Are Harsh
Because spice and K2 are analogous to marijuana, if you do get convicted of a drug-related offense involving them, you'll face a penalty that would be the same for an equal amount of actual marijuana.
At the low end, this would be for two ounces or less of synthetic marijuana. A conviction would result in the formation of a criminal record with a class B misdemeanor, up to a $2,000 fine, and up to 180 days in jail.
At the high end, you would have to be in possession of over 2,000 pounds of K2 or spice. This would result in a first-degree felony, up to a $10,000 fine, and either a life sentence or between five and ninety-nine years in prison. At this quantity, you would likely also be charged with an additional crime, such as distribution or trafficking.
These are just the extremes, and there are a number of different punishments for the quantities in-between. Your Austin spice possession lawyer will help you determine what penalty you are likely to face and what your chances for reducing them are.
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