Maryland Drug Crime Defense Attorneys
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Narcotics charges can prove tough to fight—but you can answer them right back with the tough defense provided by Alpert Schreyer, LLC. Our Maryland drug crime defense attorneys are highly knowledgeable in criminal defense, with more than three decades of experience practicing law in Maryland. We are committed to protecting our client’s constitutional rights and providing them with an aggressive and complete defense in court.
Our Approach to Your Case
As former prosecutors, the drug crime defense lawyers at Alpert Schreyer understand that law enforcement doesn’t always follow correct or ethical procedures involving drugs. We know when police need a search warrant and how to recognize when they illegally obtained evidence. We will use that knowledge to go through your case step by step, looking for facts that can get your charges dismissed or reduced. In marijuana cases, we may also mount a medical defense. And if necessary, we will take our fight to defend your legal rights to a trial.
At Alpert Schreyer, our Maryland drug crimes attorneys have represented defendants in drug cases ranging from simple possession to large trafficking cases.
Types of drug cases we handle include:
- Prescription drug fraud
- Drug trafficking
- Intent to distribute
- Marijuana offenses
- Cocaine offenses
- Drug sales
- DUI of drugs
Misdemeanor vs. Felony Drug Charges
Maryland typically classifies drug crimes as either misdemeanors or felonies. In general, misdemeanors are punishable by as long as one year in jail (plus fines or other penalties) and felonies are punishable by more than a year of jail time.
The severity of the drug crime – and thus the charge – is based on:
- The classification of the drug that the state accused you of possessing
- The amount of the drug that the state accused you of possessing
- Whether the state charged you with simple drug possession, drug possession with intent to distribute, or drug trafficking
Drug Charges & Your Future
The effects of a drug conviction are so significant that they’re difficult to adequately catalog. The financial costs are obviously a burden, but that’s only the beginning. If your conviction leads to prison time, the consequences are likely to escalate. A prison sentence not only socially stigmatizes you but can also debilitate you emotionally and psychologically. Jail time is likely to damage your self-esteem and even leave you with a diminished sense of self-worth that most people find difficult to overcome. Furthermore, a prison sentence will prove extremely difficult for your family, who likely depends on you in a variety of ways, including for love and financial support. A drug conviction that leads to jail time is exceedingly painful for the entire family. The hardships don’t end there, however.
A drug conviction will almost certainly damage your career, too. Many employers simply don’t like the optics of employing someone with a drug conviction, and some have strict policies against it. In addition, while you spend time in jail, you can’t show up for work in the first place. If you lose your job or hunt for a new one, many employers perform background checks and simply won’t give you a second look if your record contains a drug conviction. Finally, the government can revoke or suspend certain kinds of professional licensure upon such a conviction. Suffice it to say that conviction of a drug crime is destined to derail your career and even your future earning potential.
What to Expect
A drug crime charge is extremely anxiety provoking. After all, your future is at stake—and it probably seems as if you can’t do much about it. While your dedicated Maryland drug crime defense attorney will fight for a favorable resolution, it can help to have a working understanding of how your case is likely to proceed.
Preparing for Your Court Date
Your attorney will generally advise you—and it’s in your best interest all the way around—to begin attending drug abuse counseling and treatment before your court date. The court will most likely be require you to do so in the end anyway, and it can help demonstrate that you take the matter seriously, which could work in your favor at court.
In addition, your defense attorney will gather the evidence associated with your case, including police reports, witness statements, and lab analyses, and will use this information to help build your most viable defense. Common defenses for a drug possession charge (the most common charge) are whether you knew you possessed an illegal drug and whether the police conducted a proper search and seizure.
Your Court Date
After building the strongest strategy for your case, your legal team will educate you about potential outcomes and will thoroughly prepare you for what to expect in court, how to dress for court, and how to compose yourself in court.
If convicted, you may receive probation in lieu of jail time—but with the threat of jail time if you fail to thoroughly comply with the terms of your probation. Your defense attorney will ensure that you understand what’s at stake and how to remain compliant with your probation, including regular visits with your probation officer.
If you are facing drug charges, do not hesitate to call our drug crime defense attorneys at (301) 321-7277 to schedule a free consultation.
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