CDS Drug Crime Defense Lawyer in Queen Anne’s County
Defending Prescription & Controlled Drug Charges in Maryland
Drug crimes – also known in Maryland as controlled dangerous substance crimes – are among the most common of all criminal charges prosecuted in Queen Anne’s County courts. These crimes range from simple possession of marijuana to unauthorized prescription drug use to narcotics trafficking across state lines. Being convicted of a drug crime can lead to serious consequences, such as incarceration, hefty fines, probation, and more. Trusted legal representation is essential in these cases if you wish to protect your rights and increase your chances of a favorable outcome.
At Matthew Penick Law, we understand the stakes involved in CDS cases. Our Queen Anne’s County CDS crime attorney is well-versed in the laws, court procedures, and tactics used by prosecutors. We can help you understand your options, select the right course of action for your defense, and aggressively protect your rights from start to finish.
What Are Controlled Dangerous Substance Charges?
Like other states, Maryland adheres to a schedule of controlled substances categorized by their potential for abuse and lack of medical value. The schedule ranges from Schedule I to Schedule V with the most dangerous listed as Schedule I. How you are charged and penalized in any drug case depends on the type of drug found in your possession, the quantity, and the nature of the crime.
Controlled dangerous substance charges include:
- Possession with intent to sell/distribute
- Drug manufacturing
- Drug cultivation
- Drug trafficking
Penalties for CDS Charges in Maryland
As we mentioned, the penalty for a CDS conviction varies on the type and amount of drugs involved, and the general nature of the alleged offense. To give you a better idea, we give a breakdown of Maryland’s penalties for CDS charges below:
Schedule I and II Narcotics
Intentionally making, selling, or possessing Schedule I or II Narcotic CDS is punishable by a $25,000 fine and/or up to 20 years in prison. A second and subsequent conviction is punishable by a maximum $100,000 fine and/or at least 10 years in prison. Similarly, third convictions carry a fine of up to $100,000 but the minimum prison sentence would be 25 years. Lastly, a fourth conviction is penalized by the same fine as second and third convictions, however, an offender would face at least 40 years in prison.
Schedule I and II Hallucinogens
Similar to the consequences for Narcotic CDS, intentionally making, selling, or possessing a Schedule I or II hallucinogenic CDS is punishable as such:
- First conviction: Up to $20,000 fines and/or at least 20 years in prison.
- Second conviction: Up to $100,000 fines and/or at least 10 years in prison.
- Third conviction: Up to $100,000 fines and/or at least 25 years in prison.
- Fourth conviction: Up to $100,000 fines and/or at least 40 years in prison.
Schedule III, IV, and V Substances
Intentionally making, selling, or possessing a Schedule III, IV, or V controlled dangerous substance is penalized by a maximum $15,000 fine and/or up to 5 years in prison. Second and subsequent convictions are punishable by a fine of up to $15,000 and/or 2 to 5 years in prison.
Unlike the penalties for possessing other controlled dangerous substances, possession of more than 10 grams of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail and/or $1,000 fines. The state of Maryland has long decriminalized the possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana, making it a civil infraction, but efforts to expand the state’s decriminalization laws are underway.
Possession of CDS Besides Marijuana
If you are caught in possession of any drug besides marijuana, narcotics, and hallucinogenic substances, you are looking at felony charges punishable by 4 years in prison and/or up to a $25,000 fine. This consequence generally applies to possessing drugs like cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, LSD, meth, and prescription drugs.
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At Matthew Penick Law, we can investigate the felony or misdemeanor charges against you and look for mistakes or inconsistencies on the part of law enforcement that can prove favorable to your case. We will leave no stone unturned in building an effective defense and finding creative solutions to resolve your case.
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