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The penalties that result from being convicted of driving while intoxicated with marijuana are every bit as serious as a normal DWI. Get the best defense possible by working with a Williamson County marijuana DWI lawyer.
Despite increasing calls to make marijuana legal in many states-including here in Texas-it will likely always be illegal to drive while intoxicated (DWI) by any marijuana substance. Recent upgrades to testing techniques and laws geared toward policing drugged driving have made it more dangerous than ever to drive while intoxicated.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for marijuana charges while driving, you need to fight against your charges because the alternative is accepting huge costs, jail time, and severe restrictions on your future. You should discuss your case with a Williamson County marijuana DWI lawyer from Hines & Holub to discover how we can protect both your interests and your freedom.
Marijuana Intoxicated Driving Penalties
Penalties for a marijuana DWI can vary depending on how many DWIs of any kind you have been convicted of in the past. You will face thousands of dollars in fines, possible jail or prison time, and community service. You will also definitely lose your license for a while. The penalties are as follows:
- First conviction has a fine of up to $2,000, between three and 180 days in jail, twenty-four to 100 hours of community service, and up to a one-year license suspension.
- Second conviction has a fine of up to $4,000, three days to one year in jail, eighty to 200 hours of community service, and between a 180-day and two-year license suspension.
- Third and subsequent convictions carry a fine of up to $10,000, two to ten years in prison, 160 to 600 hours of community service, and between a 180-day and two-year license suspension.
Other Marijuana Charges
Other than the immediate consequences associated with DWI, you may also face other controlled substance charges if you are pulled over while in possession of marijuana. If you are also charged with any of the following, your Williamson County marijuana DWI lawyer will be able to help you defend against them, as well:
- Possession of marijuana
- Intent to distribute
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
The penalties for these marijuana charges can range from misdemeanors with no jail time and a small fine to ninety-nine years in prison and a $50,000 fine. The severity of your marijuana-related charges will likely depend on the quantity you had in your possession when you were pulled over.
Post-Punishment Problems for a Marijuana DWI
The above punishments can obviously all be life-changing, but the social and professional impacts can sometimes be even greater. You will forever have a criminal record that will affect your opportunities for jobs, loans, and housing. You will have to check that little box on every application and describe what crime you were convicted of on every important form you fill out.
You will also have to face the humiliation and stigma of simply being charged with a crime, let alone of being convicted. The best way to protect yourself from the full brunt of these penalties and their side effects is to work with a Williamson County marijuana DWI lawyer from our firm. We'll fight to reduce the charges against you, possibly even getting them dismissed completely.
Consult with a Wilco Marijuana DWI Lawyer
If you are facing a marijuana driving charge, you really must fight it, no matter how minor you think the penalties sound. The long-term costs go much further than the short-term punishments, so having a discussion with a Williamson County marijuana DWI lawyer from Hines & Holub should be your first step toward defending your future.
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