Drug charges are taken seriously in Maryland, and you could face penalties such as heavy fines or time in jail or prison if you’re caught with them. Even simple possession charges can turn into more if the prosecution tries to expand the case against you. You might be accused of trying to sell drugs or of transporting them, even if that was not the case.
As someone who is accused of a drug crime, it’s in your best interests to get your attorney on board with your case as soon as you can. It’s very easy for others to make assumptions about you and your lifestyle, but you deserve to be treated fairly. As you know, everyone is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, so you should not face unfair treatment or be treated as if you’re guilty without a conviction.
Does the kind of drug in your possession affect the charges?
Absolutely. Someone who has a Schedule I drug (which is illegal in the United States) would be facing different charges with different penalties than someone caught with a prescription medication that was not theirs. It’s not just the type of drug that matters, either. The quantity of the drugs also plays a role in the charges. The less you have, the less likely the prosecution is to be able to accuse you of trafficking or selling drugs.
What is “possession” in state law?
Possession laws refer to having or giving another person a controlled, dangerous substance, obtaining it or trying to obtain it. The possession of any controlled substance other than marijuana is a misdemeanor in Maryland. Fines can range up to $25,000 and are punished with up to four years in prison.
The risks are high with possession cases. Make sure you have someone on your side to protect your rights.