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Drug possession: Charges and penalties in Maryland

Possessing drugs in Maryland is a quick way to get into trouble with the law. Although possessing drugs is not usually as serious as selling, transporting or distributing them, it is still a serious crime to be in possession of illicit drugs and controlled substances.

By law, you may not possess or administer controlled substances unless you have a prescription or are authorized to have the substance for a professional practice. It is also illegal to try or to obtain a controlled substance through fraud, using a false name and address, using a counterfeit prescription or through other illegal means.

What happens if you're caught with drugs in Maryland?

If you are caught with drugs, it is a misdemeanor and can be punished with up to four years in prison and fines. Fines can be as much as $25,000 per charge. The penalties that you'll face will vary depending on the drug in your possession and if you have a criminal record. For Schedule I and II drugs, you may face up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $25,000 if you are believed to be in possession of the drugs to distribute them.

Possession's four-year limit on a prison sentence is a stark contrast to the 20 years that you could face for attempting to distribute drugs. Your attorney will work closely with you to make sure that the charges you are facing are fair. It's easy for the authorities to start adding on charges, but your attorney can work to reduce the penalties you face.

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