Drug cultivation or cultivation of marijuana is a serious crime and is punishable with a lengthy prison time and hefty financial penalties. If you have been arrested or charged with drug cultivation in Maryland, you should contact an experienced Maryland criminal defense lawyer who has the knowledge and skill to successfully protect you.
Local and federal officials have become increasingly sophisticated and aggressive in their ability and drive to prosecute drug cultivation cases. Officials use overhead thermal imagers and analyze water and electricity utility bills to track down homes, garages and other structures that are used to grow large quantities of marijuana for sale and distribution. If you are under investigation or have been arrested and are facing drug cultivation charges, get experienced legal counsel from Alpert Schreyer Poe on your side to help protect your legal rights.
Common Questions After a Drug Crime Arrest
We ask several questions when clients have been charged with marijuana cultivation or other drug manufacturing charges. Most of these questions have to do with search and seizure procedures specifically relating to how law enforcement officials came to know about the alleged drug cultivation:
- How did police become aware of the cultivation operation including the grow lights and irrigation?
- Did law enforcement officials review the occupant’s electrical or water utility bills in a legal manner?
- Did authorities obtain a valid search warrant before entering the home?
- Did anyone else have access to the home or was the home actually owned by someone else.
- Were proper procedures followed during the search and seizure of the drugs?
- Were any of the defendant’s Constitutional rights violated in the process?
The charges and penalties you face depend on the quantity of drugs that were seized. So if you have possession of a significant number of plants in your home or an amount of marijuana of substantial weight for distribution or sale, you may face a mandatory minimum sentence.
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The police may have legitimately searched your property and seized a sizeable amount of drugs. However, if they act without probable cause or exceed Constitutional limitations on their actions, both searches and seizures may be deemed invalid and any resulting evidence may be tainted and therefore inadmissible.
If you have been charged with a drug crime in Maryland and have questions or concerns about whether your search and seizure rights may have been violated, please contact a criminal defense attorney at (301) 321-7277 for a free and confidential consultation.