Have you been arrested for a drug crime? Whether the charges are for possession, manufacturing, or distribution, they can severely disrupt your life. For many, drug charges may mean losing your job or not getting your future dream job. Don’t leave your chances to luck. Call a Baltimore drug crime lawyer to come to your assistance.
Under Maryland law there are many different offenses that fall under drug crimes. The type of drugs and the amount you are arrested with can determine what charge you will be facing. However, there are three main categories of drug crimes that can be charged.
Under Maryland’s criminal code, there are many subsections regulating not only the possession, manufacturing and distribution of drugs, but there are also sections criminalizing related and derivative crimes. This can include distributing faked controlled dangerous substances and possessing a noncontrolled substance that one is reasonably believed to be a controlled dangerous substance. A person who is found guilty of either of those crimes is guilty of a misdemeanor and is subject to not more than one year in prison and/or a fine not exceeding $500.
The code further delineates between drugs by placing them in specific schedules, between one and five. Schedule one outlines core substances, opium derivatives, hallucinogens and depressants which are criminalized. The remaining schedules consist of about the same headings, however, they list different drugs. If the substance falls under the Schedule 1 or 2 charge, which includes heroin, cocaine, crack, LSD, methamphetamine, and ecstasy, the penalty can be increased drastically. If you have found yourself charged with a drug crime under Maryland law, you need to contact a Baltimore drug crime defense lawyer.
The Maryland criminal code states that if a person is convicted of a subsequent crime, also known as being a repeat offender, the convicted is subject to a term of imprisonment twice that otherwise authorized or twice the fine otherwise authorized or both.
If a person is charged with selling prescription drugs or controlled dangerous substances different from that ordered, the person if convicted is guilty of a misdemeanor. The penalty is no less than a month and no more than a year in jail and/or a fine not less than $100 or not exceeding $500. This crime carries a lesser sentence, when compared to crimes that can carry years in prison and fines in the tens of thousands of dollars. If you are charged with any type of drug crime, your life will be changed. Allow a Baltimore drug crime defense lawyer to assist you in your defense.
If you are charged with a drug crime, you could be looking at serious time. If you already have a preexisting drug crime, your punishment can be much more severe. With so much on the line, don’t go to court alone. We will talk to you about available defenses and possible outcomes of your case. Call a Baltimore drug crime lawyer to assist you.