Federal and state drug possession laws make it a crime to willfully possess illegal controlled substances such as marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD, ecstasy and heroin.
The laws in Maryland criminalize the possession of “precursor” chemicals used in drug cultivation and manufacturing, as well as certain accessories related to drug use.
Drug possession laws in Maryland vary according to drug type, amount, and geographic area of the offense.
Possession of small quantities may be deemed “simple” possession in Maryland, while possession of large amounts may result in a charge of presumed “possession with intent to distribute.”
How your case is handled may make all the difference in world as to how your life progresses from this potentially traumatic event. Don’t let someone who will not keep you informed as to the status of your case keep you in the dark. The relationship you have with your attorney during this very difficult period can have a substantial impact on your mental health. You need and deserve a lawyer who is looking out for you.
You want a lawyer who will take the time to sit down with you and explain the process and why a particular strategy is being used. You want a lawyer who will listen to you and keep your best interests at heart.
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First and foremost, we will discuss your case with you. We will explain to you the different options you have and the pros and cons of each option. We do not require clients to come in and sit down and talk with us. Certainly, our clients are welcome to come in and talk with us. However, we understand that clients are very busy and may not have the time to come to the office. Therefore, we allow clients to consult with us by phone first and let the clients decide whether they need to come in and meet with their attorney. To learn more about how a SRIS Law Group can help you, please call us at 888-437-7747 and speak with a lawyer the same day.
If you need help to defend yourself against a drug charge in Maryland, then contact the SRIS Law Group Maryland criminal defense lawyers for help.
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- Md. Criminal Law Code Ann. § 5-603. Equipment to produce controlled dangerous substance.
Except as otherwise provided in this title, a person may not manufacture a controlled dangerous substance, or manufacture, distribute, or possess a machine, equipment, instrument, implement, device, or a combination of them that is adapted to produce a controlled dangerous substance under circumstances that reasonably indicate an intent to use it to produce, sell, or dispense a controlled dangerous substance in violation of this title.
- Md. Criminal Law Code Ann. § 5-617. Distributing faked controlled dangerous substance.
(a) Prohibited.- A person may not distribute, attempt to distribute, or possess with intent to distribute a noncontrolled substance:
(1) that the person represents as a controlled dangerous substance;
(2) that the person intends for use or distribution as a controlled dangerous substance; or
(3) under circumstances where one reasonably should know that the noncontrolled substance will be used or distributed for use as a controlled dangerous substance.
(b) Considerations.- To determine if a person has violated this section, the court or other authority shall include in its consideration:
(1) whether the noncontrolled substance was packaged in a manner normally used to distribute a controlled dangerous substance illegally;
(2) whether the distribution or attempted distribution included an exchange of or demand for money or other property as consideration, and whether the amount of consideration was substantially greater than the reasonable value of the noncontrolled substance; and
(3) whether the physical appearance of the noncontrolled substance is substantially identical to that of a controlled dangerous substance.
(c) Penalty.- A person who violates this section is guilty of a felony and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 5 years or a fine not exceeding $15,000 or both.
(d) Belief not a defense.- It is not a defense to a prosecution under this section that the defendant believed that the noncontrolled substance was a controlled dangerous substance.
- Md. Criminal Law Code Ann. § 5-602. Manufacturing, distributing, possessing with intent to distribute, or dispensing controlled dangerous substance.
Except as otherwise provided in this title, a person may not:
(1) distribute or dispense a controlled dangerous substance; or
(2) possess a controlled dangerous substance in sufficient quantity reasonably to indicate under all circumstances an intent to distribute or dispense a controlled dangerous substance
The SRIS Law Group lawyers assist clients in the following counties in Maryland:
Montgomery County, Prince Georges County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Anne Arundel County, Howard County, Harford County, Frederick County, Carroll County, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Somerset, Worcester, Baltimore Federal Court, Greenbelt Federal Court, Eastern Shore, Ocean City.