Drug Crimes

Aggressive Criminal Defense Lawyer For Drug Charges In Maryland

Drugs are a fact of life in the Baltimore area. Police drug squads are vigilant near airports, and BWI Marshall is no exception. Even if you think that you have no way out, allow me to evaluate your case to look for defense options that you may not be aware of. Do not be afraid to seek a proper legal defense from Robert A. Siegel with the Law Office of Marla Zide, LLC. I take your case very seriously, and work hard to achieve a dismissal or an acquittal when you are accused of:

  • Drug possession
  • Drug distribution
  • Manufacturing of drugs
  • Possession with intent to distribute drugs
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Prescription drug fraud

Even if you have been found in clear possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), there are many factors that must be considered before you can be convicted of a drug crime. I have more than 10 years of experience unraveling drug cases and helping people avoid convictions.

Defense For Marijuana Charges

Marijuana arrests should not be taken lightly. Possession of even a small amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor offense, and a conviction may result in a sentence of:

  • A $1,000 fine
  • One year in jail

For possession cases, I look for mistakes in the conduct of the police, such as improper search and seizure. I may also challenge the prosecution's evidence establishing your connection with the marijuana in possession. If you are present in someone else's home or car where a drug is found, then the state may not be able to prove that you knew the drug was there.

Defense For Heroin, Cocaine And Other CDS Charges

Penalties for possession of controlled dangerous substances other than marijuana are much more severe. Heroin and cocaine charges are especially common. The potential sentence for a first conviction of even the smallest amount of a nonmarijuana CDS is:

  • A $25,000 fine
  • Four years in prison
  • Eight years in prison as a subsequent offender

Marijuana Or Other CDS Distribution

If you are found in possession of a large amount of any CDS, you may also be charged with having the intent to distribute the drug — which is a felony. Even a small amount may trigger this charge if other factors are noted, such as:

  • Scales
  • Packaging of the drug
  • Frequent visitors to your home or car
  • Cash found on your person
  • Cellphones
  • Weapon possession

But these details are subject to interpretation. I argue strongly to prevent the use of circumstantial evidence when I defend you against charges of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana or other drugs.

Although the penalties are frightening and a plea deal may sound appealing, let me fight for your charges to be dismissed or reduced. There are very specific rules of evidence in drug cases, and often I can weaken the state's case against you by focusing on improper handling of the evidence. I can help you keep your criminal record clean.

Get Help With Your Drug Charges From A Talented Defense Lawyer

For a free initial consultation about your drug charges, contact Joshua Tabor or Robert A. Siegel with the Law Office of Marla Zide, LLC.