Being accused of a drug crime in Maryland should not be taken lightly. If convicted, you can face serious consequences, including, but not necessarily limited to, years or even decades in prison and thousands of dollars in fines. The penalties you face are determined by the drug crime you are accused of and the circumstances surrounding that crime.
As a former prosecutor and an aggressive drug crime defense attorney in Maryland, Andrew Alpert is not only aware of the state’s drug crime laws, but also the circumstances under which those crimes may carry harsher penalties. When aggravating factors further threaten your freedom and financial security, you need a strong defense to protect you from unjust prosecution and excessive penalties. There are many circumstances under which the prosecution may push for additional penalties, whether this means a longer prison sentence, larger fine amounts, or other consequences. The following include some common reasons for an increase in drug crime penalties.
- Type of drug. Typically, being in possession of a controlled dangerous substance found in Schedule I or II would carry more serious penalties, as these drugs are considered to have the highest potential for abuse.
- Amount of drug. The amount of drug in a person’s possession can increase the penalties on conviction, partly due to the fact that having large amounts may indicate an intent to distribute or even traffic the drug. Manufacturing or cultivating large amounts of a drug also increases penalties. In general, the greater the drug amount involved, the worse the punishment.
- Youth involvement. If any drug crime involves children or minors, or even if the crime is committed in proximity to or on a school campus, it can warrant additional charges and penalties against you.
When you are faced with criminal penalties for a MD drug crime, your best changes of reducing the charges or even dismissing them is hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney. At Alpert Schreyer, our drug crime defense lawyers can build an effective strategy to fight the charges you are facing. To find out more about your legal rights and options for your defense, contact us for a consultation today.