Top Drug Possession Defense Attorneys
It is illegal for anyone in the United States or in the State of Maryland to possess any type of illegal drugs or unauthorized prescription drugs. Possession of illicit drugs is both a violation of state and federal law. United States Code Section 844 (a) states: “It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly or intentionally to possess a controlled substance unless such a substance was obtained directly, or pursuant to a valid prescription or order.” Maryland Criminal Code Section 5-601 states that a person shall not “possess or administer to another a controlled dangerous substance unless obtained directly or by prescription or order from an authorized provider acting in the course of a professional.”
Under the same Maryland Criminal Law Section, it is also illegal obtain or attempt to obtain a controlled substance by:
- Fraud, deceit, misrepresentation or subterfuge
- The counterfeiting or alteration of a prescription or a written order
- The concealment of a material fact
- The use of a false name or address
- Falsely assuming the title of or representing to be a manufacturer, distributor or authorized provider
- Making, issuing or presenting a false or counterfeit prescription or written order
If you are found to be in possession of an illegal drug, narcotic or controlled substance in Frederick or elsewhere in Maryland, you can be charged with drug possession. Under Maryland law, an individual who is convicted of drug possession, other than marijuana, is guilty of a misdemeanor and could be sentenced to up to four years in prison and ordered to pay a fine of up to $25,000. An individual who is convicted of use or possession of marijuana could face a one-year prison sentence and a $1,000 fine.
If you have been charged with drug possession, it is in your best interest to immediately contact an experienced Maryland drug crime defense lawyer, who will examine the circumstances of your arrest and determine if there was a violation of your Constitutional rights. The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution protects an individual against unreasonable searches and seizures of his or her person or property. A search may involve an officer inspecting your person or property such as a home or a vehicle. In almost all drug possession cases, the arrest and the evidence used to support a conviction results from search and seizure. If the law enforcement officer violated Constitutional limits, the evidence could be deemed inadmissible in a court of law and the charges will be dismissed.
Alpert Schreyer is on Your Side
In drug charge cases, it is essential that you contact an experienced drug possession defense attorney who can advise you whether the evidence against you may have stemmed from an improper search and seizure. If you have been charged with drug possession, please call Alpert Schreyer, LLC at 866-444-6363 to schedule a free and confidential consultation at our Frederick, Maryland office or at one of our other four convenient office locations.