Waldorf Drug Possession Lawyers
Empowering You to Fight Serious Drug Charges
Even though some recreational drugs are being decriminalized, here in Maryland, drug possession charges continue to result in harsh consequences. If you face possession charges for marijuana, cocaine, painkillers, opioids, or any other illegal or controlled substance, you could face fines, probation, and even jail or prison time.
Based in Waldorf, Maryland, the Law Office of James E. Farmer, LLC has fought for the rights of those facing drug charges for decades. Our criminal defense attorneys have extensive experience handling drug cases—and we have a long history of fighting to win.
Avoid Jail, Keep Your Record Clean, Fight For Your Rights
All drug possession charges are serious, but they vary in severity depending on the type and amount of drug found, whether your case is being brought by the state or federal government, and your criminal history, among other factors. Maryland’s penalties for drug crimes increase with each offense.
When we take on drug cases, we work vigorously to drill holes in the prosecution’s case. Did the police violate your rights during the investigation? Did they have probable cause to stop and search you? Were the drugs really in someone else’s possession?
As your legal representation, we will aim to devise an aggressive defense strategy to protect your rights, keep you out of jail, and keep your record clean if possible.
Whether you face a low-level marijuana possession charge or a more severe charge, our goal is always to have the charges dismissed or reduced when this is feasible. If it is not possible to have your case dropped or obtain a reduction in charges, we will advise you on your best options, whether that involves negotiating a favorable plea deal or fighting for a not guilty verdict.
Drug Possession FAQ
Are the police allowed to search my car for drugs if they pull me over?
Law enforcement officers are supposed to establish probable cause before deciding to search your vehicle for illegal substances. The smell of marijuana and visually confirming the presence of drugs are two of the most common reasons why the police search a vehicle. However, it is quite common for a police officer to ask a driver if they can search their car even if they have no reason to suspect any foul play. Do not consent to the officer’s request. If they override your consent and search your vehicle anyway, then they might be rendering any evidence they find in your car as invalid, depending on what your criminal defense attorney can argue. In any situation, do not resist or interfere if the police pull you over and decide to search your car.
How much recreational marijuana can you carry in Maryland before it becomes illegal?
In Maryland, you can possess less than 10 grams of recreational marijuana without it becoming illegal. However, it is always unlawfulto possess any amount of marijuana, recreational or otherwise. Unlawful possession is a civil offense that can be answered with a $100 fine but no jail time. Once you are found to have more than 10 grams of recreational marijuana, the violation escalated to a misdemeanor that can be penalized with 1 year in prison and $1,000 in fines. For clarification, 10 grams is about 33% of 1 ounce, which is a minuscule amount of recreational marijuana.
Can I be charged with drug distribution if all the drugs I had were for me?
The crime of drug possession with intent to distribute in Maryland can be charged regardless of how much of an illicit substance is in question. For example, you could be found with 1 ounce of cocaine, and the District Attorney could still decide to charge you with “intent to distribute,” which would carry a penalty of up to 5 years incarceration and up to $15,000 in fines. Whether or not you are deemed to have the intent to distribute a drug depends not on the quantity but the circumstances of your arrest. If the police find packaging and mailing supplies in your apartment, as well as a few ounces of marijuana, then you could be charged with this serious drug crime.
Do penalties get worse if I get convicted for drug possession more than once?
Drug possession penalties upon conviction are not necessarily static. You can face worsening penalties based on a variety of factors, including your past criminal record. Judges can largely use their own discretion when deciding how to increase the penalties for subsequent convictions, but, in any circumstance, you can expect them to noticeably increase.
Are plea deals the best options for drug offenders?
You are the only one who can decide if you want to take a plea deal when charged with a drug possession crime, but you should not make this decision alone. Instead, work with a trusted criminal defense attorney to see if you have other options. At the least, your lawyer can help you understand if you are even being offered a fair plea deal based on the charges and the evidence that the state claims to have against you.
Contact Our Firm for a Free Case Review
If you have been charged with drug possession, do not speak with law enforcement until you have talked to a Waldorf drug possession defense lawyer. Your future hinges on ensuring that your rights are respected at every stage of your case.
Contact us if you would like our team to review your case for free. If we end up taking your case, we have payment plans available. You might not be able to afford not to call.
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