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 Law Office of James E. Farmer, LLC, 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.
Our defense attorneys from the Law Office of James E. Farmer, LLC 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.
How the Law Office of James E. Farmer, LLC Can Help
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.
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