Maryland Drug Laws & Penalties
Arrested for Drug Possession with Intent to Distribute in Maryland?
Serious Maryland drug offenses like possession with intent carry serious penalties. If you have been charged with an offense more serious than simple possession, you may be frightened and unsure of what to expect in court. We can help you navigate your way through the system and ensure you get fair treatment.
We have successfully defended many clients against serious drug charges like this and know you are getting ready to face some tough scrutiny in the Maryland courts. You need an aggressive attorney working to get you the best results possible.
Although we have experience in these cases, we also know that individual cases require personal and individualized treatment. Because of this, we are eager to hear about your case and what led to these charges.
Whether you made a mistake you now regret or are innocent of the charges against you, we want to help. Please contact us for a free legal consultation and full case evaluation on Maryland felony drug charges.
Maryland Drug Possession w/Intent – Penalties
If you are charged with possession with intent to distribute, drug distribution, or manufacturing a controlled substance, under Maryland law you will be charged with a felony.
For less dangerous drugs, these felony charges typically carry a potential 5 years in prison and fines reaching $15,000. If this isn’t your first offense, you will be sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 2 years in prison.
If, however, the substance in question is a Schedule I or Schedule II substance (heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, crack, LSD, and other dangerous drugs) your sentence could be elevated quite drastically. If convicted of possession with intent to distribute one of these more dangerous substances you will face up to 20 years in prison and fines reaching $25,000 for your first offense.
|Felony Drug Charge/Substance||Penalty|
|Schedule I & Schedule 2 drugs, including:|
|Felony Possession w/intent, distribution or manufacturing of all other Drugs|
If 2nd offense, 2-year mandatory prison sentence
What Can a Lawyer Do to Help Me with a Maryland Felony Drug Offense?
If this is a first offense, there is a slight chance you could serve a period of probation prior to conviction. This means that your charges will be put on hold while you serve. If you successfully complete your probation, the charges are then dropped.
Of course, we will aggressively challenge the case if there is any possibility of getting charges reduced or dropped.
We can file motions to dismiss if the search and seizure was illegal under the Constitution and laws of Maryland.
And we can challenge all other evidence against you in court. Can the prosecution prove that the drugs were yours? Even if they were in your home or car, that doesn’t necessarily prove that you knew they were there.
There are a variety of legal defense tactics we can explore. But with felony charges with a real possibility of jail time, there is no time to waste. We need to start investigating, working to prepare your defense as soon as possible. So don’t delay in contacting us for a consultation.
Call (888) 452-4344 for your Maryland drug charge free criminal defense consultation.