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Marijuana laws and policies are most definitely at a crossroads in the United States. Over the past few years, several states have either decriminalized marijuana or passed laws relaxing regulations of marijuana possession.
Because the law is currently in flux, many people are confused about their rights when it comes to marijuana. In Maryland, it is still illegal to possess marijuana, and it is a felony to possess it with the intent to distribute. If you have been charged with a marijuana distribution crime, it’s important to speak to an attorney right away. The statements you make to police at the beginning of your case can affect your entire defense. Thus, it’s critical to begin working with a knowledgeable defense attorney from the start.
Maryland Laws on Marijuana Distribution
For the most part, marijuana is generally not perceived as a dangerous or harmful drug. Whatever your thoughts on the potency or addictive properties of marijuana, it’s important to know the law, your rights, and your options if you have been charged with a distribution offense.
Unlike possession crimes, marijuana distribution charges are quite serious. Moreover, Maryland prosecutors rarely back down from distribution cases. Prosecutors rely on several tactics to obtain distribution convictions. They look at the quantity of marijuana you had with you at your arrest, whether you had any packaging paraphernalia in your presence at the time, and any evidence of an unreasonably high volume of people coming and going from your home or place of business.
However, many of these factors can easily be challenged. At the Law Office of Leon Geller, we knock down evidence one step at a time. In many cases, we can discredit the prosecution’s evidence, resulting in a reduction to possession rather than distribution.
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Distribution Charges Vary Based on the Quantity of Marijuana
The penalties for possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute depend primarily on how much of the drug you had in your possession at the time of your arrest. For example, if the police find 50 pounds of marijuana or less, a conviction could mean up to five years in prison and fines up to $15,000. In cases involving so-called “drug kingpins,” sentences can range from 20 to 40 years in prison, with fines up to $1 million.
Act Quickly to Protect Your Rights
The police are trained to get people to admit to crimes. Because so many marijuana-related charges involve young people who are unaware of their rights, it’s easy for police to take advantage of someone’s youth and inexperience.
What few people realize is that the police don’t have to be honest when they talk to you. They use interrogation techniques to obtain confessions, and they sometimes deceive people to compel admissions. This is why it’s important to get a lawyer working for you as soon as you are arrested for any type of marijuana distribution crime. Your lawyer will help you protect your important rights.
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The Law Office of Leon Geller – Maryland Marijuana Defense
Being charged with a marijuana distribution crime is a scary and overwhelming thing. It’s hard to know where to look for help. At the Law Office of Leon Geller, we offer the personal attention, good counsel, and outstanding results you deserve. You are more than just another case walking in the door. You’re a person with a bright future. We will help you protect it.
We also offer free consultations to all clients. Call us today at 301-309-8001 to schedule yours. Let’s work together to put this behind you, so you can get back to living your life.