All drug charges have serious criminal penalties associated with them. Therefore, if you have been charged with a drug possession or other drug-related crime in the State of Maryland, it is imperative that you seek out experienced legal counsel to represent you throughout your case.
No matter what type of drug crime you have been charged with, a knowledgeable Maryland criminal defense lawyer can help to safeguard all of your legal and constitutional rights while your case is pending. Baltimore attorney Randolph Rice is ready and willing to represent you in your case, and may be able to help you formulate legal defenses to your charge and represent you in court, if necessary. To schedule a free consultation with Mr. Rice, call our office today at (410) 694-7291 or send us an email through our online contact form.
Felony and Misdemeanor Drug Charges in Maryland
Maryland drug crimes are generally classified into two categories: felonies and misdemeanors. Generally speaking, felonies are crimes which are punishable by more than 1 year of incarceration. Misdemeanors, however, are generally punishable by up to 1 year of incarceration—or by a fine or other penalty.
Maryland drug crimes are classified by severity based on a number of factors, including the classification of the drug at issue, the amount of the drug, and whether the person is charged with simple drug possession, drug sale, drug trafficking, or drug distribution crime.
Types of Drug Charges
Maryland drug crimes can be classified into one or more of the following categories:
- Drug possession crimes—a defendant may be charged with actual possession or constructive possession (i.e. when the drugs are found in a motor vehicle, home, or some other area within the defendant’s immediate vicinity)
- Drug possession with intent to distribute—where the drugs found are of a sufficient quantity to presume that the defendant intended to sell them
- Drug trafficking crimes—where the drugs that were found weighed a certain amount
Penalties for Drug Crime Convictions
Penalties upon conviction for a Maryland drug charge depend largely upon the drug classification, the type and quantity of the drug(s) at issue, the nature and circumstances of the charge, and the number of prior drug offenses or convictions. Common penalties imposed for Maryland drug crime convictions include the following:
- Community service
- Mandatory attendance at drug abuse treatment programs
Defenses to Drug Charges
Some of the most common defenses to Maryland drug charges include improper or deficient Miranda warnings, illegal searches and seizures, improper or illegal traffic stops, lack of probable cause, improper interrogation techniques used by police officers or investigators, and cases of mistaken identity.
Contact a Baltimore, Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyer Today for a Free Initial Consultation
Drug crimes are very fact-specific. Baltimore criminal defense lawyer Randolph Rice may be able to assist you with obtaining a dismissal of your drug charge, a reduction of your drug charge by way of a plea deal with the prosecution, or a penalty reduction upon conviction. To schedule a free consultation or case evaluation with a Baltimore, Maryland criminal defense lawyer, please call us at (410) 694-7291 or contact us online.