Being found in the possession of illegal drugs in any part of the country can lead to very serious consequences. However, every state has different laws that dictate how they deal with drug possession regarding different drugs. This is why if you have been accused of possessing a certain drug, you should read about how the law applies to you concerning the type of drug and your physical location at the time.
In Maryland, marijuana has been decriminalized. This means that being found in possession of fewer than 10 grams will lead to being charged with a very minor civil offense. The following is an overview of how the possession of other illegal drugs is dealt with in Maryland.
The possession of any controlled substance
If a person is found in possession of any controlled substance excluding marijuana, they are charged with a misdemeanor. It can lead to fines of up to $25,000 and can result in up to four years in prison, depending on the type of drug.
The possession of excessive amounts of a controlled substance
If you are found in possession of excessive amounts of a particular controlled substance, you may be accused of possession with intent to distribute. This can lead to much more serious consequences. For example, being found guilty of possessing excessive amounts of cocaine or heroin could lead to up to 25 years in jail.
It is very important that you take immediate action to form your defense if you have been accused of drug possession in Maryland. Doing so could help you to avoid charges.