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If you’ve been accused of a drug-related crime in Maryland, your charge can trigger many uncomfortable questions. How will this change your life? What will your family and friends think? Will you lose your job and perhaps be unable to find another job in the future? Will you be able to afford the fines that you might need to pay? Will you spend time behind bars? The best way to learn more is to contact a Maryland drug lawyer with any questions you may have.
The good news is that a drug charge does not equal a drug conviction. Whether you are being accused of a misdemeanor or a felony, with the help of an experienced Maryland drug attorney, you can fight the charges and maximize your probability of receiving a favorable outcome on the date of your trial. Even when the evidence against you is overwhelming, a qualified Maryland drug lawyer will assist you in working to reduce your penalties to the minimum allowable by the state, reducing the resulting impact on your life and livelihood. Contact The Law Office of Edward Tayter at (410) 241-2244 now for a free consultation.
Criminal Defense for Drug Possession
Drug possession and drug paraphernalia possession charges are covered by Maryland state code Section 5-601. According to this code, it is a criminal offense to be in possession of controlled substances such as methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and MDMA. State code Section 5-601(c)(1) classifies these types of drug possession crimes as misdemeanors. The penalties associated with this type of misdemeanor conviction can include an incarceration term of up to four years along with a maximum of $25,000 in fines. For a full explanation of the penalties in Maryland and your local city and county, contact a local drug attorney in Maryland. Drug paraphernalia can include syringes, and other devices used to ingest or otherwise consume drugs (see image to the right).
The penalties associated with marijuana possession have recently changed with the passage of Senate Bill 364 and, as of Oct. 1, 2014, possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana is now considered a civil offense and may result in a fine of no more than $100 for a first offense. Those who are convicted on a second or third charge face up to a $500 fine. Possession of drug paraphernalia related to marijuana use, however, remains a criminal offense. Those who are caught with less than 10 grams of pot and who are under the age of 20 will face not only a civil fine but will also have to attend a drug education or treatment program. It is also important that we note that federal law still views possession of marijuana, no matter how little the amount, to be a criminal offense. Those who possess more than 10 grams of marijuana, even for medical use, still face misdemeanor criminal charges in Maryland. You can read the full text of the senate bill here.
The fines for repeat drug offenders, including those only convicted of misdemeanor penalties, can be more severe. Even first-time offenders can face penalties beyond incarceration and fines, including probation, limiting driving restrictions, community service and mandatory rehabilitation programs. With the help of an experienced Maryland drug lawyer, you can fight all of these charges, minimize the penalties associated with a conviction, or even have your case thrown out entirely on the basis of illegitimate police work, such as entering your residency without a warrant or probable cause.
Criminal Defense for Drug Cultivation, Manufacture, and/or Sale
Maryland state code Section 5-602 makes it a criminal offense to manufacture, distribute, or possess with an intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, such as cocaine, crystal meth, heroin or marijuana. Further, state code Section 5-603 makes it illegal to possess a piece of equipment designed to produce or otherwise manufacture a controlled dangerous substance. While these charges are more serious than simple possession charges and typically result in a felony as opposed to a misdemeanor, a qualified Maryland drug lawyer with a strong track record can examine the details of your case and argue against the notion that you intended to distribute the substance(s), as opposed to keeping them for your own personal use.
Individuals convicted of violating codes Section 5-602 or Section 5-603 are guilty of a felony according to Maryland law and can be imprisoned for up to 5 years and forced to pay a fine of up to $15,000. This is covered by state code Section 5-607, which also states that repeat offenders will face a prison sentence of no less than two years with zero chance of parole.
State code Section 5-608 pertains to penalties for narcotic drug distribution in particular, which results in a felony along with a prison term of up to 20 years along with a fine of up to $25,000. Repeat offenders found guilty of this type of crime face no less than 10 years of prison along with a fine of up to $100,000, according to state code Section 5-608(b)(1). Additional codes under section Section 5-608 deal with third-time offenders (no less than 25 years in prison) and fourth-time offenders (no less than 40 years in prison).
Needless to say, the penalties associated with drug manufacture and distribution offenders in Maryland are extremely severe, particularly for repeat offenders. With the help of a knowledgeable, experienced Maryland drug defense lawyer who will look into every single detail of your case in building a strong legal defense, you can reduce these penalties in case of a conviction or even escape conviction entirely depending on the specifics of your charges and the circumstances of the alleged offense.
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