Maryland Meth Offense Law

Methamphetamine, also known as meth, is an illegal stimulant controlled substance. It’s found listed in Schedules I and II of illegal controlled dangerous substances.

History of Meth

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant with severe withdrawal effects. It was first synthesized in 1893, and in 1944 approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for certain treatments. For example: mild depression, narcolepsy, chronic alcoholism, hay fever, and several other conditions. This approval didn’t last long, however. The highly addictive nature of methamphetamine encouraged its abuse. The illegal forms of methamphetamine are referred to as crystal meth, meth, crystal, ice, p, shabu, or glass.

Types of Meth Crimes

There are various actions that can constitute a drug crime. Apart from simple possession or administering the drug, all are felonies and carry stiff penalties. Meth offenses may include:

  • Possession
  • Administering to another
  • Obtaining the drug or trying to obtain it
  • Distribution
  • Sale
  • Possession with intent to distribute
  • Manufacture
  • Possession of manufacturing equipment
  • Creation, possession, or distribution of the drug in the guise of another
  • Keeping a location for the production, storing, distribution, concealment, or administering of the drug or its paraphernalia

There are also “related and derivative crimes’ and “miscellaneous crimes” that a meth offender may be charged with.

Minimum Penalty

Aside from meth possession, which is a misdemeanor punishable by up to four years in prison and/or a $25,000 fine, the minimum penalty for a first-time meth offense includes a felony charge, a maximum of five years in prison, and/or a maximum fine of $15,000. For repeat offenders, the penalties may increase.

Defending Your Legal Rights

The prosecution of meth offenses is aggressive. Especially if the offense involves more than just individual possession and/or use. Having a conviction of a meth crime can have disastrous effects on your future. If you made a mistake, it is important that you accept the consequences, but at Alpert Schreyer, our  defense attorneys commit themselves to ensuring the preservation of your rights.

Law enforcement and prosecutors have zero tolerance for meth offenders, which can lead to excessively harsh punishments. We can help protect your legal rights. If you are facing charges of a meth crime, call us today for a free consultation at (866) 444-6363.