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Drug Crimes

A drug crime is the umbrella term for any type of offense that involves a controlled substance. Some examples of drug crimes are:

  • Possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia
  • Marijuana possession
  • Drug manufacturing or sale
  • Distribution of fake controlled substances

Each of these types of drug charges has a different penalty, and some are constituted as felonies while others are charged as misdemeanors. If you’ve been accused of any of these types of drug crimes, it’s vital that you contact a lawyer right away. A lawyer will be able to walk you through the potential penalties for the crime you’re accused of, and they will help you understand what may happen in the courtroom.

An experienced lawyer, specializing in Maryland criminal law can be the right choice for those looking for quality legal representation in cases related to drug crimes. If you are in a similar situation and looking for one of the best local criminal attorneys in Maryland, you must make sure that you choose a legal professional specializing in drug crimes and has a good reputation of defending clients in similar cases.

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Maryland Drug Crime Laws

Each state has their own laws and penalties for drug crimes. In Maryland, some drug crimes are charged as misdemeanors, while others carry a felony charge. One example of a misdemeanor drug crime is possession of a controlled substance, such as methamphetamine, heroin, or cocaine. For this misdemeanor, you can be given up to four years of jail-time and a maximum fine of $25,000. Another type of misdemeanor drug crime is marijuana possession. The marijuana possession laws have recently changed, and now, being found with less than 10 grams of marijuana is considered a civil offense. However, having over 10 grams of marijuana is still considered a misdemeanor crime.

Felony drug crimes in Maryland carry with them much more stringent penalties. This includes manufacturing narcotics, distributing narcotics, or possessing equipment to manufacture narcotics. For one of these felony charges, the penalties include up to 20 years of jail-time and a fine of up to $25,000. For repeat offenders, the fine can be up to $100,000, and they will also be given no less than 10 years in prison.

Being charged with a drug crime does not necessarily mean that you’ll be given a conviction. A Maryland criminal lawyer will be able to help fight for you in the courtroom, and if you are convicted, they may be able to help get you a lighter sentence.

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Legal Representation in Maryland Drug Crime Cases

If you need legal representation for a drug crime case, the Law Office of Rowena N. Nelson, LLC can help you. We’re able to provide high-quality representation for a number of criminal law cases, including drug crime cases. We’re also able to provide information about Maryland’s drug crime laws, and we will provide reassurance and guidance throughout your whole case. At the law office of Rowena N. Nelson, LLC, we’re able to provide you with outstanding legal representation.

If you need representation for a drug crime case, Contact Us. We’re dedicated to giving our clients stellar legal representation throughout their case.

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FAQs

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What is Bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy is a “last resort” method that is designed to allow the government to provide debt repayment or settlement to those who are unable to pay money that is owed. There are different types of bankruptcy, and there are rules in which to qualify for this service.

How do I know if I qualify?

Generally, you must be in a situation where you have acquired debt that you can no longer repay due to a change in your financial capabilities. Often, bankruptcy occurs after a major life event such as death, divorce, illness, job loss, or any other hardship.

Is bankruptcy right for me?

It is strongly encouraged to make bankruptcy your last resort. Attempt to make arrangements with your debtors first by contacting each one of them directly and discussing reduced payments or the ability to defer payments for a period of time. Many debtors are willing to negotiate to some level to help those in need.

What is the process for filing bankruptcy?

While it is possible to file for bankruptcy on your own, it is highly recommended to use legal assistance. Find a law firm that specializes in bankruptcy and can help you determine which type of bankruptcy is best for your situation. Then the firm can handle all of the needed paperwork throughout the process to make sure your bankruptcy runs smoothly.

What advice can a bankruptcy attorney give me?

The best bankruptcy attorneys will have an initial conversation with you at no charge. The attorney can provide advice on next steps and your alternatives. If you decide to proceed, you may have to pay a small initial fee to begin the filing process.

How often can a person file for bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy can only be filed once every 6 years.

What must I do before I file my case?

Discuss your situation with a knowledgeable attorney, who will also request for a list of all debts. The list should include the company or individual name, the amount owed, account number, and a phone number.

What is an exempt asset?

Depending on the type of bankruptcy, some of your assets can be exempted. This could include your home, vehicle, or certain personal debts such as child support.

Can I pay some creditors if I want to?

With bankruptcy, it is very important to stick to the terms of your agreement. Discuss any situations with your attorney to determine how best to prioritize payments.

Will filing bankruptcy hurt my credit?

Because bankruptcy often results in debtors losing money, your credit score will be dramatically impacted. A record of your bankruptcy can remain on your credit report for as long as ten years.

Can I choose which type of bankruptcy to file?

How do I choose the right one? Choose a law firm that specializes in bankruptcy to help you determine which choice is best for your particular situation.

What are the main differences between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

In a chapter 7 bankruptcy, virtually all of your assets are used to repay the debt, and then the remaining debt is put into structured payments that must be completed within a set period of time, typically 3-5 years. A chapter 13 bankruptcy allows you to retain some of your assets such as home and vehicle and restructured payments are put into place.

Will I be able to keep my property and assets if I file Bankruptcy?

It depends on the type of bankruptcy, but your attorney can help you determine how best to keep the assets you need.

Can I file Bankruptcy on my own?

It is possible but the paperwork and legal process are extremely time-consuming and very complicated. In a vast majority of cases it is much easier to use a skilled attorney.

Are there alternatives to Bankruptcy?

Everyone is always encouraged to use bankruptcy as a last resort. Some people may be able to repay debts simply by living within their means and adhering to a budget. Others may need to negotiate a reduced payment with their debtors. But in some cases, bankruptcy is the only alternative.

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