Drug Charges? An Attorney Is A Must
Selling or possessing controlled substances can result in serious charges anywhere in the United States, but the specific laws and consequences for drugs vary state by state.
If you’ve been charged in the state of Maryland for drug sales or possession, you’ll need a lawyer who will defend you based on how the state treats your specific charges and help you maintain your rights throughout the process.
C. Sei-Hee Arii of Arii Law Firm, LLC, is an experienced criminal defense attorney with extensive knowledge of Maryland’s court system. We’ll help by analyzing the facts and constructing a defense so you can protect your rights and your future.
Drug Classifications And Penalties Are Complex
Drugs are divided into five classifications, called schedules. The penalties for each schedule differ based on the ranking of the severity of each, although all are considered felonies. It can all seem very confusing, especially for first-time offenders.
The schedules and penalties as defined by Maryland’s drug statute are as follows:
Schedule I And II Narcotics And Hallucinogenics: The most severe of the classifications, Schedule I or II violations include substances like meth, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, LSD and prescription drugs, which can carry a hefty prison sentence and fines of up to $25,000 for first-time offenders.
Schedule III, IV And V Substances: In Maryland, Schedule III, IV and V drugs, which include the abuse or mishandling of otherwise legal pharmaceuticals such as ketamine, Vicodin, Xanax and cough syrups, are subject to fines of up to $15,000 and up to five years in prison.
Marijuana Possession: Marijuana is the only substance not classified under the scheduling, so its consequences are different. Personal possession of marijuana in Maryland ranges from a $100 fine to a misdemeanor requiring up to a year of jail time and a fine of up to $1,000. Penalties increase based on trafficking, intention to sell or proximity to schools.
Don’t Be Manipulated By Prosecutors
Controlled substance laws can be extremely convoluted, especially concerning the type of substance, number of prior convictions and exceptions. Without an experienced defense attorney on your side, you may be at the mercy of aggressive prosecutors looking to make an example out of you.
Attorney Arii is devoted to helping people in your position keep your dignity and rights from slipping away if you’re facing drug charges. She can help you negotiate your charges and penalties, as well as advocate for you in the face of a criminal justice system that can sometimes seem impersonal and ruthless.
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The quicker you speak with an attorney, the sooner we can get to work on your behalf. Call us today at 240-621-0007 for a free consultation, or reach out on our website.