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Drug Offenses

Criminal Defense Lawyers Representing Rockville Residents and Others

Drug crimes are taken seriously in Maryland, and the consequences for a felony conviction, in particular, may be harsh. However, even a misdemeanor may create a criminal record that will affect a prosecutor's willingness to negotiate or lead to a more severe penalty being imposed in future criminal cases. Federal drug crime convictions usually carry a mandatory minimum sentence. It is crucial to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney in these circumstances. The Rockville drug crime attorneys at Felsen & Sargent provide tough, knowledgeable representation to people accused of or charged with state or federal drug offenses. We can handle charges involving drug possession, possession with intent to sell or distribute, cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, prescription fraud, or trafficking.

Fighting Prosecution for Drug Offenses

Controlled substances in Maryland include prescription drugs like Xanax, club drugs like Ecstasy, heroin, methamphetamine, crack, cocaine, and marijuana. For example, marijuana is a Schedule I controlled hallucinogenic substance, the simple possession of which requires a different penalty from the others. The possession of more than 10 grams of marijuana is punished as a misdemeanor, which means you could face up to one year in jail. If you are caught with 10 grams or less, you may face a $100 civil penalty.

However, the possession of any other drug carries the potential of a harsh sentence because judges in Maryland have broad discretion over sentencing. Drug possession may be punished with up to four years imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000.

Other drug offenses, such as manufacturing and distribution, are considered more serious, and they are punished as felonies. For example, under § 5-612, manufacturing methamphetamine is prohibited. The maximum term of imprisonment that may be imposed is five years, and the maximum fine is $100,000. Using minors for the manufacture or delivery of drugs may be punished by a maximum prison term of 20 years and a maximum fine of $20,000.

When large quantities of drugs are involved, the federal government may bring charges. Under 21 U.S.C. § 841, it is unlawful for someone to manufacture, dispense, or distribute a controlled substance. Under 21 U.S.C. § 960, it is unlawful to knowingly and intentionally import or export a controlled substance. Mandatory minimum sentences are imposed for drug crimes. For example, if you are convicted of an offense involving one or more kilograms of heroin, you may face a 10-year mandatory minimum penalty with a maximum term of life imprisonment.

Although it may be daunting to be faced with state or federal criminal charges, there are often solid grounds to challenge the prosecution of a drug offense. The prosecution must prove every element of the drug offense beyond a reasonable doubt. If the police did not follow the appropriate procedures and respect your constitutional rights under the Fourth Amendment, the evidence seized may be subject to a motion to suppress. For example, in order to search your home, police must have probable cause to believe that a search will yield evidence of criminal activity. If the police did not have probable cause and found cocaine in a search of your home, for example, it may be possible to get the cocaine suppressed. Without evidence of drugs, it may be difficult to prove guilt "beyond a reasonable doubt," and a case may be considerably weakened. It may be possible to get the case dismissed or the charges reduced. Moreover, since Maryland judges have latitude when sentencing, it may help your case to be represented by an attorney who can point out all of the mitigating factors that should result in a lower sentence.

Contact a Rockville Attorney Knowledgeable in Drug Crime Cases

The Rockville drug crime lawyers at Felsen & Sargent provide aggressive representation to people facing a wide range of charges. We represent defendants throughout Maryland, including in Silver Spring, Frederick, Upper Marlboro, and many areas of Montgomery County and Prince George's County. Call (301) 251-4010 or complete our online form to set up a free consultation. Felsen & Sargent also can assist people who need a DUI attorney or guidance in fighting other types of charges.

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Re-Hired Mr. Felsen for His Top Reputation
No lawyer can guarantee results, but some can keep It fair when the deck is stacked against you. I had two cases handled by David and neither resulted in conviction (PBJ). Things looked very dark for awhile, and I feel like I owe it to David to give him an outstanding review because he did get me a good result from which I can move forward.
- Justin
Best attorney East Coast
If I could give David Felsen more than five stars I would. Mr. Felsen changed my life forever and made this year’s Thanksgiving dinner extra special for me and my family. Through his hard work and perseverance Mr. Felsen has given me a chance to start over; he was practically able to clear 12 points from my driver’s license as well as come to an agreement with the persecutor to have 6 serious charges against me dropped.
- Rodrigo
Hired David Felsen to Defend Me In Traffic Court
I ran into David by chance when I was looking for a lawyer to defend me in traffic court. I was immediately impressed with his calm demeanor and ability to quickly size up my case. David was very clear in describing how the process would work and in advising how to best present my case. He followed through in all that he said he would do for me, and I felt very comfortable with his advice. He is a confident, capable advocate and obviously very experienced in court. I was pleased with the outcome and would recommend him to others.
- J.
Absolutely Great Attorney That You Can Trust
Mr. Felsen took my case and helped me get the absolute best outcome that I could get. I have used him a few times now on separate occasions for various legal snafus and he was exceptional each time. He won't sugarcoat the chances of your case, but he will explain it fully in the best terms possible so that you know what's ahead of you. If you hire Mr. Felsen, know that you are getting a lawyer that will do everything he can to get you his client the best deal/verdict that you can get. This is one attorney that you can definitely trust to have your back and protect your reputation.
- Andrew
Most Amazing lawyer you could get
I got referred to David Felsen last minute and he had literally one day to prepare for my case. He did the best job possible and my case got dismissed. He was definitely the best legal counsel i could get and i would remain forever grateful, his court presence is out of this world and while waiting for my case to be called, he just played spade games on his phone. No sort of anxiety whatsoever. Some of my information wasn't even complete but he still went to court and won it. I think this is the least i could do to describe the exceptional job he did.
- Chris