Drug Lawyers in Owings Mills
If you have been charged with drug possession in Maryland, seek a lawyer immediately to ensure a favorable outcome. Kent L. Greenberg has years of experience in dealing with drug convictions; with his help, you can fight for your freedom, your rights, and your future.
Penalties for Drug Possession
Possession of any drug in Maryland can be a serious charge. Any dangerous controlled substance or illegal narcotic that’s made or ported can be considered a drug. They are often found during a search or traffic spot. The drug in question also plays a role in the charges; possessing a few grams of marijuana is not on the same level as possessing heroin. That said, possessing over 10 grams of marijuana can mean penalties of up to a $1,000 fine and a year of imprisonment. For all possession charges, the maximum penalty according to state law is a $25,000 fine and/or imprisonment for up to four years. In most cases, all possession charges are automatically classified as a misdemeanor.
You can also be charged for possessing drug paraphernalia (such as syringes or pipes). While the first offense is a minor misdemeanor, distributing drug paraphernalia to minors can carry a penalty of up to eight years in prison.
However, bringing large amounts of drugs into the state (even if they were not intended for distribution) can have penalties as high as a $50,000 fine and imprisonment for up to 25 years. In other words, if it seems you have large amounts of drugs to distribute as opposed to possessing them only for personal use, you could be charged with a felony, which has stricter and longer-lasting consequences. The sale, manufacturing, and distribution of drugs are treated more severely and carry stringent and more substantial penalties, especially for repeat offenders. Closely related to this category is drug trafficking, with the primary difference lying in quantity. A grave federal crime, drug trafficking is saved for cases with larger quantities of drugs that are generally valued at over $75,000 or more.
Our legal representation
The experienced attorneys at the Law Office of Kent L. Greenberg will fight for your rights and challenge the charges in as many ways as possible. The constitutionality of the search and seizure can be challenged, as well as the statements that are submitted to prove you were actually in constructive possession of the drug or substance. It’s also important for the prosecutor to have sufficient backing that proves what you had was indeed an illegal substance; this requires a lab report or chemical analysis. Until the state meets the burden of proof, there is ample opportunity for your drug defense attorney to research and challenge different angles of the case, creating a solid defense on your behalf for an ideal outcome.
Do not wait until the trial begins; the investigation period is crucial to helping swing the odds in your favor. Having a skilled drug defense lawyer could mean the difference between prison time and a clean record, so if you are searching for a drug defense attorney in Owings Mills, MD, reach out to us.
Why Choose Kent L. Greenberg?
- Seasoned Litigator with over 30 Years of Experience
- Providing Thorough & Honest Analysis on Every Case