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Fort Bend County's Misdemeanor Marijuana Diversion Program: Fresh Start

Posted by Lisa Gonzalez | May 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

UPDATE: As of July 2, 2019 ll pending misdemeanor possession of marijuana cases in Fort Bend County are being dismissed.  Click here for more information.

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Fort Bend kills marijuana cases due to issues with testing after HB 1325 passes.

Fort Bend County's Fresh Start program is designed to help citizens accused with possessing 2 ounces or less of marijuana an alternative to entering the court system.  The purpose of the program is to alleviate heavy court dockets and give people a second chance.  

Drug convictions can result in suspension of drivers license, surcharges on drivers license, loss of job, ineligibility for government education loans, and more, in addition to the conviction on one's criminal record.  Participating and completing the Fresh Start program avoids all these complications.  

The program is straightforward.  Sign a contract with the District Attorney's Office, pay the program fees, take a drug offender education program, stay out of trouble for 90 days, pay for and pass a urine test at the end of the 90 days and your case will be dismissed.*

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The program requires the participant (1) be over 17 years old, (2) charged with a Class B Possession of Marijuana < 2oz. (3) have no additional criminal charges arising out of the incident** (4) have no outstanding warrants** (5) is not on bond or deferred adjudication or probation in Fort Bend or other county**.  The program does not automatically accept cases where the possession of marijuana was in a 'drug free zone' or a correctional facility.

If you are interested in learning more about Fresh Start or how to participate, please call us- we are glad to help. 

*Fresh Start does not include the expunction of the record- just the dismissal of the case. Expunctions carry their own fees for filing. 

**Other than Class C (traffic) charges or warrants respectively. 

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Lisa Gonzalez

LEGAL ROOTS. The Law office of Lisa Marie Gonzalez was established in 2008.  Her main area of practice is criminal defense, with an emphasis on cases involving DWI, Drugs, Pornography, and Sexual Assaults . She follows in her father's footsteps as a criminal defense attorney. Ralph Gonzalez has ...

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