Columbia Drug Crimes Lawyer
There is nothing more terrifying than being arrested. When the charges include drug crimes of any kind, the consequences can be surprisingly severe. Because your life and liberty are on the line, the knowledgeable and aggressive Columbia drug crimes lawyers at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, PA is ready to go to the mat in your defense.
Medical marijuana is now legal in Maryland. To be clear, recreational marijuana is still considered a drug, although possession has been decriminalized in Maryland, meaning if you’re found to have less than 10 grams it is a mere civil offense, not much more serious than a traffic ticket (MD Code 5-601). Federal charges could conceivably cause you some headaches, since marijuana is still classified on a par with heroin and other hard drugs. Charges involving production or distribution of marijuana can vary depending on the charge and the circumstances of the case. Dealing in significant volume could cost you upwards of $100,000 and 20 years of incarceration. Trafficking in drugs while carrying a firearm includes additional felony charges with 5-20 year sentences. Clearly, the potential consequences for these types of charges necessitate a heavy-hitting defense team.
In addition to marijuana, there are plenty of other drugs that can get you into trouble. Controlled substances such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines can lead to charges of possession if the prosecution can prove that you knowingly obtained the drugs with the intent to use them. That means if drugs were found on your person, in your living quarters, or in a vehicle, you could be in legal jeopardy. Even if the drugs were not in plain sight, if the prosecution can prove that you were aware of their presence, you may be charged.
Intent to Sell
Things get more serious if the charge includes the intent to distribute the drugs. The amount of drugs and accompanying items such as baggies and scales will play a part in whether or not intent charges are filed.
Mandatory Penalties in Howard County
In the event you are found guilty of possessing certain quantities of drugs, you will face a mandatory sentence of five years in prison and up to $100,000 in fines (MD Statute 5-612).
The guidelines include the following:
- 50 pounds of marijuana
- 448 grams of cocaine;
- 50 grams of crack;
- 28 grams of heroin;
- 1,000 units of LSD;
- 16 ounces of PCP;
- 448 grams of methamphetamines.
Prescription drugs can be a problem if you don’t actually have a legitimate prescription, or even if you do have one, but get behind the wheel while using it.
You Deserve a Top Notch Defense
Regardless of the circumstances of your situation, the dedicated and experienced team at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, PA is committed to achieving the best outcomes possible for you. For a confidential consultation, contact our Howard County drug crimes lawyers today at 410-964-0050.