Drug Crime Defense Attorney
Helping Maryland residents including those in Anne Arundel, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George Counties
The use and abuse of street drugs is a pervasive problem in Maryland as well as the rest of the nation. Given the dangers associated with illicit drugs, from addiction to overdose deaths, to related violent and weapons crimes, the state’s narcotics laws are strictly enforced. A minor drug possession offense can land you in jail, while a conviction for a serious drug crime can lead to very harsh penalties. If you are facing narcotics charges, your freedom depends on having a tough criminal defense attorney in your corner.
Located in Silver Spring, the Law Office of Asher Weinberg has extensive experience defending clients against a wide range of drug crimes. My track record is well-established, having won numerous acquittals over the years. While prosecutors tend to be overzealous in their pursuit of drug convictions, I have the knowledge and skills to level the playing field. When you become my client, I will design the most effective defense strategy and work tirelessly to protect your rights.
Drug Charges in Maryland
Depending on the circumstances, you can be charged with:
- Possession — Charges depend on factors such as the classification — non-dangerous or dangerous (heroin, fentanyl) — and the amount in your possession
- Distribution — The sale or distribution, or possession with intent to sell, illegal narcotics
- Manufacturing — Controlled substances (e.g. crack cocaine, methamphetamines), possession of drug manufacturing materials, and the cultivation of marijuana
- Trafficking — The illegal production and distribution of controlled substances, or conspiracy to traffic in drugs
- Prescription Fraud — Forging or falsifying prescriptions, possession without a valid prescription, illegal transportation, distribution or trafficking or prescription drugs
The penalties for drug crimes are determined based on the nature of the crime, such as possession for use, or possession with intent to sell, and the quantity involved. In any event, it is imperative to have the first-rate legal representation the Law Office of Asher Weinberg is prepared to provide.
Maryland follows the following federal classifications of controlled substances that are based on whether the drug has a known medical purpose and its potential to be abused:
- Schedule I — Drugs that have no known medicinal use and will likely to lead to dependency, such as heroin, MDMA (ecstasy or Molly), peyote, mescaline, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), and fentanyl
- Schedule II — Drugs with some accepted medical use, but are likely to be abused, such as codeine, hydrocodone, morphine, oxycodone, cocaine, and methadone
- Schedule III – Drugs that have some accepted medical purpose, but have a moderate risk of abuse, such as barbiturates, anabolic steroids, or medicines containing small amounts of codeine.
- Schedule IV – Assigned to prescription, anti-anxiety drugs, including Xanax, Valium, and Ambien
- Schedule V – Substances that contain small amounts of narcotics, or one or more non-narcotic active medical ingredient, often found in over-the-counter medicines, cough syrups, and cold medications
Possession of Marijuana in Maryland
Although Maryland decriminalized the possession of certain amounts of marijuana in 2014, marijuana is still considered an illegal drug under state and federal law.
Currently, simple possession (possession of less than 10 grams without the intent to distribute) is a civil offense, that comes with a $100 ticket for a first offense, but no permanent criminal record. While the fine is up to $250 for a second offense, and 500 for third or subsequent offenses, third-time offenders and minors under the age of 21 are required to participate in a drug education program.
On the other hand, possession of 10 grams to 50 pounds of marijuana is a misdemeanor, punishable by up one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Possession of 50 pounds or more is also a misdemeanor, punishable by a minimum of 5 years in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Finally, cultivation may be charged either as simple possession or possession with intent to deliver, depending on the circumstance, while possession of marijuana-related paraphernal is also a civil violation under Maryland law. Regardless of the marijuana possession charges you are facing, it helps to a have an experienced drug crimes defense attorney in your corner.
Maryland Drug Crime Penalties
The penalties for drug crimes in Maryland Florida depend on factors such as:
- The classification and amount
- Whether the drugs were intended for personal use or distribution
- Whether the accused has prior drug convictions or other felony offenses.
In short, drug crimes can be classified as either misdemeanor of felony offenses. Generally, misdemeanors are punishable by up to 1 year in jail, fines and other penalties while felonies will result in longer prison sentences and steeper fines.
Contact Our Silver Spring Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer
Through the years, my practice has defended clients against drug charges ranging from misdemeanor marijuana possession to manufacturing of controlled substances, to drug trafficking, to prescription fraud. Well-versed in the applicable state and federal narcotics laws, I leverage my skills and resources to design innovative, effective, and successful defense strategies.
Drug possession, distribution, manufacturing, and trafficking cases often hinge on asserting strong defenses, such as showing that you did not knowingly possess, or did not intend to sell, the controlled substance. I will also conduct a thorough investigation to determine if there were civil rights violations by law enforcement, such as unreasonable searches and seizures, failing to recite the Miranda Warnings or other police misconduct.
Regardless of the charges you are facing, being accused of a drug crime in Maryland is a serious matter. The best way to preserve your freedom and your reputation is to hire a drug crimes defense attorney who knows how to fight back. Contact the Law Office of Asher Weinberg today, your future depends on it.
The Law Offices of Asher Weinberg is located in Silver Spring and provides drug crimes defense throughout Maryland including Montgomery County, Prince George County, Howard County, and Anne Arundel County.