Columbia Drug Possession Lawyer
If you’ve been charged with the possession of certain substances, you know that your liberty is in jeopardy. A conviction can lead to fines, prison time, and prolonged social stigma. State and federal laws prohibit the possession of a number of drugs, and mete out significant penalties, particularly for possession of large quantities. This is a battle for your future, and you want a professional legal team with extensive experience and proven success on your side. That’s why a call to one of our Columbia drug possession lawyers the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, PA is the best move you can make the minute you sense trouble.
The statute (5-601) is clear: persons are not allowed to have controlled substances without a prescription from an authorized provider. Penalties for the possession of a controlled substances may include imprisonment for up to four years and fines amounting to $25,000. And those consequences increase with the amount and combination of drugs. The list of prohibited substances includes:
- Crack cocaine;
- Prescription drugs acquired through fraudulent means.
Although medical marijuana is legal and recreational marijuana has been decriminalized in Maryland, there are still small fines associated with possession without a prescription. Furthermore, federal statutes still consider cannabis a controlled substance, and technically the feds may push for more severe penalties.
Being in possession of drug paraphernalia in connection to marijuana can put you in jail for a year and stick you with a 1,000 fine (5-601). Having non-marijuana paraphernalia such as syringes is much more serious, and can result in four years of imprisonment and a $25,000 fine.
Factors to be Considered
Maximum penalties are not the only possible outcome in these cases. A number of factors require legal consideration, including:
- Previous convictions;
- Type of substance;
- Amount of substance;
- Search and seizure procedures used;
- 4th and 5th amendment rights.
Innocent Until Proven Guilty
At the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, PA, our experienced legal team understands both the social and the legal peril faced by clients. We work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcomes for every client. If you’ve been charged with crimes of this magnitude, it is essential to have a team that is committed to thoroughly investigating and aggressively defending you. You can expect nothing less from the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, PA. Our initial strategy will be to attempt to get any charges against you dismissed. For first time offenders, there’s the possibility of enrollment in a diversionary program. Repeat offenders may benefit from a forcefully negotiated plea deal. Whatever your situation, don’t delay. Contact our Howard County drug possession lawyers today at 410-964-0050 for a free, confidential consultation.