Maryland Heroin Laws
Towson Heroin Possession Defense Lawyers
The state of Maryland has battled the distribution of drugs like heroin for years. Primarily due to the increased violence surrounding certain drugs, Maryland authorities crack down heavily on sale, manufacturing and possession of heroin. Facing heroin charges of any kind is a very serious offense. You need the help of our Baltimore County drug crime attorneys.
Call our Towson, Maryland Drug Crime Lawyers immediately for a free consultation. A drug crime conviction, whether it is a misdemeanor or felony, has the capacity to totally ruin your life now and in the future. Contact Essex Drug Crime Attorney John G. Turnbull III today to discuss your rights and how to protect them.
Maryland Heroin Laws
Heroin possession, sale, and trafficking are felony crimes in nearly every state in the country. Possession of a small amount of the drug can lead to serious penalties in Maryland. Like heroin laws in other states, Maryland’s statutes increase in severity and punishment with multiple offenses.
The charges and penalties under Maryland’s heroin laws are listed below in this brief summary of heroin laws in the state.
|Code Section||Art. 27 §276, et seq.|
|Possession||Misdemeanor with penalty of up to 4 yrs. and/or $25,000; Bringing 4 g. into state: felony with penalty of up to $50,000 and/or up to 25 yrs.; Subsequent offense: double penalties|
|Sale||Felony with penalty of 20 yrs. and/or $25,000; Sale of more than 28 g.: not less than 40 yrs.; Subsequent offense: double penalties, 2 yrs. mandatory, not less than 10 yrs. sentence; 3rd offense: not less than 40 yrs. Sale to minors or near school property: stricter penalties|
|Trafficking||If “drug kingpin”: 20-40 yrs. and/or $1,000,000|
Illicit drugs like heroin are regulated by both federal and state drug laws, and these overlapping statutes can criminalize everything from mere possession all the way up to manufacturing and cultivation as well as trafficking and distribution. Although some prosecutors can and will offer plea bargains to lower-level drug offenders in exchange for help building a larger case against higher-level producers and dealers, most charge convictions can carry severe penalties, including prison time and heavy fines. That said, in recent years more jurisdictions have created specialized “drug courts” that can help drug crime defendants avoid jail sentences in lieu of drug treatment programs and other options.
State drug laws, and their enforcement, are constantly changing, and can vary depending on the jurisdiction and specifics of your case. If you would like legal assistance with an existing drug case, or if you would just like to know your rights, you can contact a Maryland drug crime attorney serving the Bel Air, Essex and Towson, Maryland areas. For related information, you can also visit our drug charges section. If you think you might need help with a drug addiction or substance abuse problem, your first step is to ask for help. Contact Towson Heroin Crime Defense Lawyer John G. Turnbull III for a free consultation.