SKILLED DRUG LAWYERS REPRESENTING DRUG OFFENDERS IN BETHESDA
In 2015, arrests for drug-related offenses in Maryland totaled 32,251. Montgomery County made up 4,805 of all drug-related offenses in Maryland in 2015. Arrests for sale or manufacturing of marijuana increased by 5 percent in 2015, whereas, arrests for the sale or manufacturing of opium and cocaine decreased by 13 percent in 2015.
While the decrease in arrests for sales of opioids is a move in the right direction, Montgomery County is still carrying 14 percent of the total arrest burden in the Maryland area. This means that by living Montgomery County, you are more likely than the average Maryland resident to face arrest for a drug-related offense. If you are a Bethesda resident currently facing charges for a drug-related offense, seek out defense representation immediately.
At Alpert Schreyer, LLC, our Bethesda drug crime attorneys work with defendants facing drug charges throughout the Bethesda area. To schedule a free case evaluation, call our office today at (866) 444-6363 or send us an email through our online contact form.
COMMON DRUG-RELATED OFFENSES
A person may be charged with a drug offense for many different reasons. Because not knowing that something is a crime is not an appropriate defense to a drug-related offense, it is important that you know what crimes that you may be charged for. The following are some drug-related offenses common to the Bethesda area:
- Possession of cocaine
- Ecstasy manufacturing and distribution
- Sale and manufacturing of marijuana
- Possession of marijuana
- Sale and manufacturing of methamphetamine
- Unauthorized possession or sale of prescription drugs such as Xanax, Adderall, Vicodin, Valium, OxyContin/Percocet
- Sale and manufacturing of heroin
- Possession of methamphetamine
- Laundering drug money
- Possession of heroin
Although the above are the most common drug-related offenses, if you are in the unfortunate circumstance where police arrested you for one of the less common drug-related offenses, our Bethesda attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC, can assist clients with the following cases:
- DUI drugs
- Prescription drug fraud
- Possession defense
- Alternative sentencing, such as drug treatment
- Searches and seizures in drug cases
- Federal drug charges
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
CONSEQUENCES OF MARYLAND DRUG POSSESSION
Although this is not an exhaustive list of the consequences of Drug Possession Charges, it is important to have an idea of what you risk by not having adequate representation.
- Less than 10 grams: Incur a $100 fine for the first offense, $250 fine for a second offense, $500 fine for a third or subsequent offense
- 10 grams to 50 pounds: Misdemeanor, maximum of one year in jail and/or fine of $1,000
- Over 50 pounds: Felony, maximum of five years in prison, maximum fines of $100,000. Third-time offenders and individuals younger than 21 must undergo a clinical assessment for substance abuse disorders and the court may require they attend a drug education program.
Non-Marijuana Controlled Substances (Heroin, Cocaine, Methamphetamines)
- Possession: Misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of four years and/or $25,000
- Trafficking drugs into state: Felony with a maximum penalty $50,000 and/or 25 years if you bring 28 grams into the state. All subsequent offenses will incur double penalties.
HOW MIGHT A BETHESDA DRUG ATTORNEY DEFEND MY CASE?
Building a defense against a drug-related charge is the most important factor in proving your innocence. Although defenses are determined by a case-by-case basis, there are a number of ways your attorney might approach your defense. It is important to know that a successful defense is built on solid evidence, so it is important that you meet with an attorney immediately to make sure that your evidence is preserved. Here are some of the most common ways your attorney might defend your case:
- Proving that your arrest is the result of an unlawful or warrantless search and seizure or proving that the arrest was a result of bad faith or an abuse of power: This can mean that the police use illegal surveillance methods or unreasonable pressure or threats against witnesses or other parties.
- Proving that you did not know you were in actual possession of the drugs: This may be difficult to prove, but might be proved by showing that the drugs were planted, or were given to you unknowingly. It’s important to hire an experienced attorney who knows how to file the appropriate motions to argue this defense.
- Proving that you were not in fact in possession of the drugs: This can mean several things, one that the police officer was incorrect in their assertion that you were in possession of drugs. This can also mean that the item looked like drugs, but actually was not a drug. This would require a crime lab analysis of the evidence and the testimony of the crime lab analyst.
- Entrapment: Proving that you were induced into buying drugs in an instance where you would not have normally done so.
- Proving that the prosecutors are unable to produce the actual drugs the client is being charged with: When the attorney can prove that the prosecutors have lost track of the actual drugs, your attorney might be able to get your case dismissed. A skilled attorney would have a much better chance of tracking the chain of custody of the drugs.
- Proving that your case fits the medical marijuana exception: Although medical marijuana was legalized in 2013, Marijuana use, possession, or selling is still federally illegal. So this rule will vary depending on where you were when you are charged. Where the exception applies, you will be required to provide a signed doctors recommendation and show clear and convincing evidence of medical necessity.
- Alternative sentencing treatment: Our firm specializes in alternative sentencing treatments. Maryland is a special state that provides an alternative sentencing treatment.
A COMMON MISCONCEPTION
Police are not required to tell the truth or identify themselves as police officers if you ask them. This is not a proper defense, even in an Entrapment defense. Undercover officers are known to lie to get individuals to buy drugs or sell drugs.
HOW CAN A BETHESDA DEFENSE LAWYER HELP ME?
When you’ve been arrested on a drug-related charge the last thing you want to worry about is navigating your way through the court system with a public defender. You want an experienced attorney you trust, who is familiar with the trends in arrests and has a passion for advocating for the residents in the Bethesda area.
SPEAK WITH MARYLAND DRUG CRIME DEFENSE ATTORNEY NOW
Drug charges are serious accusations that could result in prison time, a permanent criminal record, and other serious penalties. It is important that you hire a criminal attorney experienced in defending drug-related offenses. The top-rated Maryland attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC, has more than 25 years of experience defending offenses. Schedule a free case evaluation at (866) 444-6363 or through our online contact form.