State Drug Offenses in Maryland
Even a misdemeanor conviction for drug possession can result in serious consequences in your life. While you might not always receive a jail sentence, a conviction can cause difficulties obtaining employment and sometimes even obtaining student loans. It may also result in a permanent criminal history. If you have been arrested for a drug crime, call us at 410-862-0351 for a free initial consultation before you go to court.
At Murphy & Price, LLP, criminal defense attorneys J. Dennis Murphy Jr. and Warren D. Price share extensive experience prosecuting and defending people charged with state and federal drug crimes, such as:
- Possession of illegal drugs, such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamines or crystal meth, and PCP o
- Possession with intent to distribute
- Drug trafficking
The penalties for drug crimes often depends on the quantity of drugs involved. If a significant quantity of drugs is involved, the case could ultimately be charged as a federal crime, subject to a more lengthy prison sentence.
Free consultation: Contact an Annapolis, Maryland, drug crimes attorney at Murphy & Price, LLP, for a complimentary evaluation of your possession or distribution case.
Aggressive Drug Crime Defense For Anne Arundel County
In state court there are two types of drug offenses:
Simple possession: Simple drug possession which is a misdemeanor under state law. An experienced attorney can help identify potential defenses which often involve the legality of the search involved. Vehicle searches are often performed improperly by the police which can give basis for suppression of the drug evidence at trial. In addition to possible jail sentences, conviction can impair prospects for employment. We offer referrals to various drug education and treatment programs depending on the type necessary which often helps with sentencing mitigation.
Possession with intent to distribute: Possession with intent to distribute is a felony under state law. The same types of defenses and mitigation are often available as simple possession. Potential penalties are significantly higher especially if there are prior convictions which can carry mandatory jail sentences. Expert witnesses are often involved which require significant legal experience.
The defense in drug cases often has to do with search and seizure issues. If the search and seizure of drugs occurred following an illegal traffic stop, an illegal stop on the street or an illegal search of a home, then the drug evidence can be suppressed.
If the search and seizure were legal, then your lawyer can look at other possible defenses. Did the defendant know the drugs were present? If not, lack of knowledge can be a defense.
If the state has a strong case, we often have clients enroll in a drug treatment program. Judges will often give suspended sentences or lenient sentences for drug crimes if the person charged starts or completes drug rehabilitation treatment prior to his or her court appearance.