Arrested for a Marijuana Possession in Maryland? Fight Your MD Drug Charge!
Being caught in possession of marijuana can be quite frightening. Although it may not be seen as serious as some drug offenses, marijuana possession is still a criminal offense under Maryland law that carries potential jail time. When up against charges like these you want to be certain you have the right attorney to help you protect your rights and fight to avoid a permanent criminal record.
We have handled many marijuana cases in the state of Maryland. From minor possession charges to distribution cases, we know what to expect in court and can help you get through the system.
Marijuana possession charges can be the result of a police mistake. Proper search and seizure laws must always be followed, but the police can be sloppy. If your rights were violated, you case should be dismissed.
It is also possible that you didn’t even know there was marijuana in your car or home. It could easily belong to someone else.
Of course, if you feel you may be guilty of the offense, that doesn’t mean you should just plead guilty without talking to a lawyer. You deserve fair treatment and need to ensure you aren’t given an unfairly harsh penalty, that could affect the rest of your life.
Whatever happened in your case, we can help you get best the results in court.
Please contact us to find out exactly what we can do on your behalf. The consultation is free.
Maryland Marijuana Possession – Laws & Penalties
Possession of marijuana greater than 10 grams is a misdemeanor offense in the state of Maryland.
If convicted of this crime you will face up to 1 year in jail and fines up to $1,000.
Less than 10 grams of marijuana was decriminalized in 2014. It should only be a civil penalty of $100, like a speeding ticket, unless they accuse you of selling.
If you are caught with a significant quantity of marijuana, your charge could be elevated to possession with intent to distribute, which carries much harsher terms.
Marijuana Distribution and Possession with Intent – Laws & Penalties
A prosecutor can try to claim you were intending to sell the marijuana in your possession by how much you had as well as other factors. Things like scales, baggies, and heavy traffic in and out of your home can all be indicators, to the prosecution, that you were selling or intending to sell.
However, these charges are subjective, and as your attorney, we are prepared to challenge the alleged intent and argue that the offense should be reduced to a simple marijuana possession charge.
If you are charged with distribution, intent to distribute, or cultivation, the potential sentence you face is based on how much marijuana was in your possession at the time.
If you are caught with less than 50 pounds you will face up to 5 years in prison and $15,000 in fines.
If the amount is greater than 50 pounds, your potential sentence is increased to up to at least 5 years in prison and up to $100,000 in fines.
All distribution charges are considered felonies. A felony offense on your record can be detrimental, making it harder to find a job or rent an apartment.
If this isn’t your first marijuana offense, the potential sentence can be doubled by the judge. For this reason and because these are serious charges, you need someone working tirelessly for a positive outcome on your case.
Having handled many marijuana cases in Maryland, we know what you are up against and want to help you.
Please contact us today to find out what we can do for you.
Call (888) 452-4344 for your free legal defense consultation.