Drug laws can be tricky - trying to balance keeping our communities safe while recognizing how addiction can come into play is a difficult task. Cocaine, in both powdered form and as crack, is a serious drug threat today and one of the state's most heavily trafficked illegal drugs. If you are facing cocaine charges of any kind you need the help our skilled and experienced Maryland criminal defense lawyers handling cocaine crimes.
Cocaine possession, sale, and trafficking are felonies in nearly every state. Possession of even a small amount of the drug can lead to serious penalties in Maryland. As with cocaine laws in other states, Maryland’s statutes increase in severity and punishment with multiple offenses. The charges and penalties under Maryland's cocaine laws are listed below.
Cocaine possession: Under MD cocaine laws simple possession is a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to 4 years in jail. Subsequent offenses double the penalties.
Sale of cocaine: Current Maryland statutes deem the selling of cocaine a felony with a
penalty of up to 20 years in jail/prison and or a fine of up to $25,000.00. If you sell more than 448g, or 50g of crack cocaine, you are looking at no less than 4 years in jail.
Subsequent offenses again equate to double penalties. If you are caught selling near a school or to a minor the legal consequences are even more severe.
Cocaine trafficking: These charges can lead to up to 40 years in jail and or a fine of up to $1,000,000.00.
There are Maryland state statutes as well as federal laws on the books. Federal drug laws prohibit simple cocaine possession along with manufacturing and cultivation and trafficking and distribution. As seen above, penalties for cocaine possession or sale can be severe and generally vary depending on whether you have prior drug convictions and the quantity of drugs involved.
In some cases, prosecutors can offer a plea bargain to a lower-level offender in
exchange for helping to build a case against higher-level producers and dealers. In
addition, some jurisdictions have recently created specialized drug courts that allow first or second-time drug crime defendants to spend time in treatment in lieu of a jail sentence.
Our societal norms regarding drugs and the state laws that reflect them are changing every day. You can also our Maryland drug crime defense lawyers if you would like legal help regarding a drug case or in understanding local drug laws. If you or someone you know has been struggling with drug addiction or a substance abuse problem, the first step is to reach out for help.
If you have been charged with a cocaine-related drug offense, you may be facing
several years in prison. Make sure your best interests are protected by working with a skilled defense attorney experienced in controlled substances cases. Get started today with a free consult by our Maryland criminal defense attorneys.
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