Waldorf Drug Crime Attorneys
Aggressive Representation for Those Accused of Drug Possession & Trafficking
In Maryland, as in other states, the possession, sale, distribution, and trafficking of illicit substances are very serious crimes, punished harshly at both the state and federal level. At the Farmer & Klopfer, we provide aggressive defense for those accused of all types of drug crimes. Our Waldorf, Maryland drug crime lawyers have represented those facing criminal charges involving marijuana, cocaine, opioids/heroin, methamphetamine, and other illegal and prescription medications. We understand what is at stake, and we also understand your rights and how to protect them.
Penalties for Drug Crimes in Maryland
While the penalties for drug crimes in the state of Maryland vary fairly dramatically depending on the type of illicit substance allegedly in possession, as well as the amount and whether or not the substance was allegedly meant for distribution/sale, it is safe to say that all drug crimes are punished harshly by the state.
Generally speaking, you could face the following penalties:
- Jail time or imprisonment in state prison for a period of days, months, or years
- Hundreds to thousands of dollars in fines, court costs, and other fees
- A lengthy probation sentence
- Mandatory community service
A conviction for a drug crime can also severely affect your reputation. If convicted, you will have a permanent criminal record, accessible to anyone with internet access, including future potential employers, landlords, lenders, and educational institutions.
It is crucial that you speak to a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible, regardless of how seemingly minor or major your charges may be.
Drug Crimes with Manslaughter or Murder Charges
In Maryland, there is a legislative and law enforcement push to charge more people with “death by distribution” when someone overdoses fatally on an illegally sold narcotic. Prosecutors are also backing the idea as the opioid epidemic continues across the country.
In other words, if you are accused of distributing a drug illegally and someone who receives that drug from you dies due to an overdose, then you could be charged with not only drug distribution but also murder or manslaughter. Although it might be clear that you never had any intent to cause anyone any serious or lasting harm, the prosecution will still be adamant about pinning you with the charges and securing a conviction. Just for selling or distributing an ounce or two of narcotics, you could be sent to prison for murder and have the rest of your life living under that shadow.
With decades of combined legal experience, our Waldorf drug crime lawyers know what to look for when investigating the facts of your case. Our team can determine if law enforcement violated your rights in any way during the arrest or investigation. If the arresting officer did not have probable cause to arrest you or search your person/property, we may be able to have your charges reduced or dropped. We can also argue that the illicit substance was not actually in your possession or that you were not aware the substance in question was, in fact, illegal.
The exact strategy our team will take will depend on the circumstances surrounding your case. In any instance, we will work with you to develop a personalized defense aimed at protecting your rights and keeping you out of jail.
Our legal team has built a solid reputation for providing aggressive, uncompromising defense for those accused of serious crimes throughout Southern Maryland. We know how to take on the prosecution—and how to win.
Our defense attorneys from the Farmer & Klopfer recognize the unjust and exaggerated nature of “death by distribution” charges. No one should be charged with a crime they did not commit. Providing someone with a narcotic is not forcing that person to use it, and it is certainly not causing that person to use it to the point of excess and a fatal overdose. We can challenge your charges and defend you if you have been accused of this serious drug crime.
Showed me true dedication that goes far beyond a paycheck
“James Farmer and his team exceeded all expectations! I had a very serious criminal case and his firm was recommended to me by a family member. I was incarcerated during this time and he and his associate Stephanie came to update me on multiple occasions on the progress of my case. They were not only professional but the amount of time and energy they put into my case showed me true dedication that goes far beyond a paycheck! They prepared for trial, but in the end was able to work out a plea deal that did not include any jail time. I couldn’t have asked for a better attorney. I highly recommend Mr. Farmer and his team for any criminal case!”
Nothing short of miraculous
“Mr. Farmer and his associates go the EXTRA mile for all their clients! It's nice to feel safe at the hands of your attorney and get a great outcome! Every experience I've personally had, as well as watched, has been nothing short of miraculous!! Farmer and staff are who you want on your side!!!”
Thorough and attentive to my case from the beginning
“From the initial consultation, I knew I needed James Farmer and his team on my side. He was thorough and attentive to my case from the beginning, prior to even hiring his firm. Once I officially hired his firm, he and his colleague Mr. Melvin Allen moved to strategically place me in the best position possible. They supported me throughout the process by making sure I understood what was happening and I felt extremely grateful to have them on my side! Long story short, my case was successfully completed with a favorable outcome! An outcome I couldn’t even imagine was possible but Mr. Allen’s expertise, strategy, and courtroom presence made it all possible! My wife and I are forever grateful and will always look to this firm on any future needs and you should, too!”
Kind, sympathetic, reassuring and more importantly, very knowledgeable
“I couldn’t be happier with the service I received from this law firm. I felt comfortable from the minute I first walked through the door. I had less than two weeks before the expiration of my personal injury filing date and was overwhelmed. My first appointment was with Elizabeth who took my huge stack of papers with a smile and said, “Let me take care of this for you.” Although all of the staff that I encountered were wonderful, my main experience was with Mr. Farmer and Elizabeth who were both kind, sympathetic, reassuring and more importantly, very knowledgeable. My case was handled professionally and in a timely fashion. My case was recently concluded and I am very happy with the outcome and would not hesitate to use them again or recommend them to my friends and family in the future. Need a good law firm, no need to look further.”
A wise choice for anyone pursuing legal justice and/or a defense
Mr. Farmer and his team were impressive through their work effort and detailed approach in every phase the Civil Court Personal Injury case. They also were responsive to any questions/concerns, supportive and communicated well through out the process. In the end, a satisfactory settlement was achieved. Mr. Farmer would be a wise choice for anyone pursuing legal justice and/or a defense.”
Committed to Improvement
We take pride in learning the latest strategies for maximizing damages, preparing our clients for trial & mounting an effective case.
A Record of Results
Our firm has won tens of millions of dollars in financial compensation for individuals & their families.
Renowned in Our FieldWe are well-regarded in the legal community & are even known & respected among insurance companies.
Fearless AdvocacyWe are not afraid to confront negligent medical professionals, hospitals, nursing homes or their insurance companies.
Valuable InsightWe know how to skillfully navigate government bureaucracies to help our clients obtain workers’ compensation benefits.