cannabis 448661 1920 - How to Enroll in the Maryland Marijuana Diversion Program in Baltimore

If you do not wish to participate in the Baltimore County Marijuana Diversion Program, contact attorney G. Randolph Rice, Jr. at (410) 694-7291 to schedule a free consultation and discuss your options.

The Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office Marijuana Diversion Program may be too expensive and too much of a time commitment for some individuals charged with possession of marijuana or CDS: Possession Marijuana Less than 10 Grams.  If you do not want to participate in the program, call attorney G. Randolph Rice, Jr., at (410) 694-7291 or email the office for immediate help.

The Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr., LLC, is a Criminal Defense Firm in Baltimore County concentrating on defending individuals charged with possession of marijuana, CDS, and drugs.

The Marijuana Treatment and Education Diversion Program works with both the Department of Corrections and the Department of Health and the Bureau of Substance Abuse.

The Baltimore County Office of the State’s Attorney in conjunction with the Department of Health, Bureaus of Substance Abuse and the Department of Corrections established the Marijuana Treatment and Education Diversion Program (MTEDP) as a means to divert from prosecution minor offenders charged with simple possession of marijuana and/or marijuana-related paraphernalia charges into a drug treatment and education program.

If an individual successfully completes the program, the charges against that person may be dismissed and that person will not have to appear in Court or at trial for their possession of marijuana charges.

Contact a criminal defense attorney immediately if facing possession of marijuana charges.  The consequences of a criminal conviction can haunt an individual for the rest of their life, affecting jobs, schooling, relationships, reputation in the community, or ability to obtain licenses.

Eligibility for the Program

If you have been charged, either with an arrest or by summons, with simple possession of marijuana or possession of paraphernalia, you need to contact our office immediately. We have years of experience working with the Baltimore County Office of the State’s Attorney’s Marijuana Treatment and Education Diversion Program.  Even if you don’t think you would be eligible for the program, we can fight to have your case reviewed and make a strong argument for your entrance into the Baltimore County’s Marijuana Treatment and Education Program.

Numerous factors are taken into consideration by the State’s Attorney’s Office for Baltimore County when determining if a person charged with possession of marijuana in Baltimore County is eligible for the program. Some of those factors include; the nature of the charges, the location of the charges, the amount of marijuana, the fast surrounding the arrest for possession of marijuana, the criminal record of the individual charged, and the prior juvenile contacts with the justice system.

After our office contacts the State’s Attorney for Baltimore County and works through the eligibility process and an individual is found to a good candidate for the program, the State’s Attorney for Baltimore County will notify our office that the person charged may participate in the program. The program is completely voluntary and if after a review of the charges, it is determined that a defense would be successful, one may turn down the program and take the case to trial in front of a Judge of jury in Baltimore County, MD.

An individual that does qualify and wishes to participate will be required to contact the Diversion Program for an assessment to determine what type of treatment or education program is appropriate for that individual.  After the assessment is completed, the person will be required to sign a Participation Agreement setting forth the requirements for participation in the programs.

Once all paperwork is completed, our office will work with the State’s Attorney’s Office for Baltimore County in having the individuals’ case placed on a stet docket. A stet is an inactive docket. Once the stet is entered, the defendant is waiving the right to demand a speedy trial.  That stet will remain inactive as long as the defendant completes the diversion program as specified in the Participation Agreement.  The stet can be re-opened at any time after one year for any reason and for the following two years it may be re-opened upon a showing of good cause by either the defendant or the State’s Attorney’s Office.

Once the program has been completed, our office will work with the State’s Attorney’s Office in having the case set before a Judge for purposes of dismissal.  For individuals that complete the program successfully, the case will be set for dismissal and that person will not have to appear in Court. Our office will ensure that all paperwork is completed to ensure the case is dismissed.  In addition, once the case is dismissed, our office can file the required paperwork for the charges to be expunged from the defendant’s criminal record.

Is the Program Voluntary?

As discussed above, the program is completely voluntary.  Individuals do not have to participate and can choose to go to trial and fight the possession of marijuana or possession of paraphernalia charges. This would be viable option when there is insufficient evidence that the defendant possessed, either actually or constructively, the marijuana or paraphernalia.  This is decision that needs to be made by an experienced criminal defense attorney and the defendant.  The implications for a conviction of possession of marijuana in Maryland could be up a 1 year in a department of corrections facility and or a fine.

If an individual does not complete the program, the case will be set for trial and the defendant will be forced to proceed in front of a Judge or Jury in Baltimore County, MD.

Costs

The cost for the Marijuana Treatment and Education Diversion Program is a minimum administrative fee of $150 and a $25 TASC supervision fee.  There may also be costs associated with the education and treatment program where the individual is placed.  The costs may be covered by your health insurance.  If an individual is unable to pay the fees, there may be a reduced rate applied if the program participant can show a lack of income or available funds.

You may be notified by the Office of the State’s Attorney if you qualify for the Marijuana Diversion program.  If you are uncertain if you qualify or you would like to expedite the process and determine if you are eligible, contact our office at (410) 694-7291 immediately. We can contact the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore County and walk you through the process.

Our Baltimore Marijuana Possession Lawyers Can Help

If you have been charged with simple possession of marijuana in Baltimore County, contact an aggressive and experienced criminal defense attorney.  As a former assistant State’s Attorney, I have handled thousands of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia cases; let my experience go to work for you.