Maryland Drug Crimes Defense Lawyers
Drugs And Narcotics Information
Narcotics charges can prove tough to fight—but you can answer them right back with the tough defense provided by Alpert Schreyer. Our Maryland drug offense attorneys are highly knowledgeable in criminal law, 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. If you’re facing drug or narcotics charges, call us toll-free today at (866) 444-6363 or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free case evaluation.
Representing Clients Throughout Maryland
As former prosecutors, the drug crime defense lawyers at Alpert Schreyer, LLC 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:
- Federal Drug Charges
- Searches and Seizures in Drug Cases
- The Role of the Grand Jury in Drug Cases
- Why Treatment May Be Better than Incarceration for Drug Offenders
- Possession Defense
- Cultivation Defense
- Prescription Drug Fraud
- Drug Trafficking
- Intent To Distribute
- Transportation Possession Defense
- Alternative Sentencing
- Marijuana Offenses
- Cocaine Possession
- Methamphetamine Possession
- Drug Sales
- Cocaine Defense
- DUI Drugs
- Drug Crime Penalties
Everyone who’s charged with drug crimes deserves a fair trial, and that includes you. The first and most important step you should take to ensure that your case proceeds fairly is to hire an experienced Maryland drug crimes defense attorney. Every drug crime case is unique, but a skilled attorney will carefully analyze the specifics of your case, clarify your options, and help navigate your case toward its most positive outcome. Your case and your future are far too important not to aggressively fight for the fair resolution of your drug charge.
A drug charge is not a conviction. Even if the facts in your case are not in your favor, don’t lose hope. A dedicated drug crime attorney will fight to preserve your best possible outcome, which could mean a dismissal of your drug charges, a reduction of your drug charges through a plea deal with the prosecution, or a reduction of penalties if the court convicts you. Your Maryland drug crime defense attorney will carefully evaluate the facts specific to your case and will help navigate forward from there.
Drug Charges and 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 on 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.
Drug Charges and Your Career
A drug conviction will almost certainly damage your career. 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.
Maryland Drug Charges
Maryland classifies drug charges into several distinct categories:
- Drug possession – A charge that you either actually possessed the drugs or that you constructively possessed the drugs, which means that police found the drugs in your vehicle, in your home, or in an area within your immediate vicinity.
- Drug possession with the intent to distribute – A charge that you possessed drugs in a sufficient quantity to cause the authorities to presume that you intended to sell them.
- Drug trafficking – A charge that goes into effect when you possess a specifically large quantity of the drug in question.
Misdemeanor and 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 in Maryland, 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 Crime Convictions and Penalties
The harsh penalties associated with drug crimes in Maryland are—again—based on the drug classification, the quantity, the severity of the charge, and the number of prior convictions. Common penalties include fines, jail time, community service, and mandatory participation in drug treatment programs. These penalties increase exponentially with the severity of the charges and with multiple offenses.
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 drug crimes defense attorney will fight for your case’s most favorable resolution, a working understanding of how your case is likely to proceed can help.
- 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.
- Probation. 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.
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Drug crimes may prove more common than you think. Federal government statistics show more people arrested for drug crimes than for any other federal crime. And police arrest a majority of those charged with drug crimes for possession, most often possession of marijuana.
Anyone caught in Maryland faces severe penalties, including thousands of dollars in fines, years or decades in federal prison, and seizure of any property law enforcement thinks is related to the drugs. Federal charges come with high mandatory minimum sentences and limited chances for parole, even if the judge feels these punishments are too harsh. And in the state, just possessing a certain amount of drugs is enough to get you charged with intent to distribute. In some cases, even inert counterfeit drugs, or possession of equipment that could be used to make drugs, may be enough to put you in prison.
Call the Criminal Defense and DUI Attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC, for a Free Consultation, 24 Hours, at (866) 444-6363. If you have to leave a message, we’ll contact you promptly!