The punishments for drug crimes in Maryland depend on the crime, though some crimes are grouped together for the same punishment.
A person can be charged with the crime of drug possession and/or use if they possess a controlled dangerous substance or attempt to possess a dangerous controlled substance. If convicted of this crime, the offender is guilty of committing a misdemeanor and could be subject to imprisonment and large fines.
§ 5-602 through § 5-606 Crimes
Crimes within the above sections of the Maryland Criminal Law Code Annotated include:
- Distributing a controlled substance;
- Possessing with intent to distribute a controlled substance;
- Dispensing a controlled substance;
- Manufacturing a controlled substance;
- Possessing equipment for manufacturing a controlled substance;
- Creating or possessing a counterfeit substance;
- Issuing, making, or possessing a false prescription; and
- Keeping a building, dwelling, vehicle, or other place for the purpose of manufacturing or using controlled substances and/or paraphernalia.
In general, if a person is convicted of any of the above crimes, they would be charged with a felony and subject to a maximum prison sentence of five years and/or a maximum fine of $15,000. If the person is a repeat offender, they will be subject to a prison sentence of no less than two years.
Special Circumstances – Narcotic Drugs and Hallucinogenic Substances
Drug crime punishments change depending on the type of controlled substance involved. If a person is convicted of any of the above crimes involving a narcotic drug, as identified in Schedule I or Schedule II, they would be guilty of a felony and subject to a maximum prison sentence of 20 years and/or a maximum fine of $25,000. A repeat offender would be subject to a prison sentence of at least 10 years and a maximum fine of $100,000.
If the controlled substance involved was a hallucinogenic substance in Schedule I or Schedule II, a convicted offender would be guilty of a felony and subject to a maximum prison sentence of 20 years and/or a maximum fine of $20,000. A convicted repeat offender would be subject to a minimum 10-year prison sentence and/or a maximum $100,000 fine.
An Aggressive Defense
As the list of punishments suggests, a drug crime conviction in the state can significantly affect a person’s financial, personal, and professional future. At Alpert Schreyer, our experienced defense lawyers have a successful track record of defending against a wide range of drug charges and have the necessary knowledge, skills, and resources to get your charges and/or penalties reduced, or even dismissed. Call us today to learn more about your legal options at (866) 444-6363.