Evidence in a trial is the backbone of the prosecution's case. It is also usually the backbone of the defense's case. Much of the evidence that is used in criminal trial is scientific evidence or forensic evidence. Both of these play a crucial role in the criminal justice system.
We have often mentioned how a big problem with the criminal justice system's method for dealing with drug charges is that many people who are facing drug charges have an addiction problem. That means that without proper help, those defendants are likely going to re-offend. A recent proposal about how drug treatment payments are made through the Medicaid reimbursement system could have a significant impact on how many drug addicts are able to get the help they need to overcome the addiction and avoid having to face criminal charges.
In our previous blog post, we discussed some of the trends that were found in a federal sentencing report. If you recall, crack cocaine and cocaine topped the list of drugs associated with federal inmates who were serving prison sentences. Federal laws aren't the only laws that cover cocaine-related charges. Maryland also has laws pertaining to cocaine-related incidents.
Federal drug charges are serious criminal charges that carry the possibility of lengthy jail sentences upon a conviction. The reality is that drug convictions on the federal level carry with them an average of more than 11 years in prison. For convictions on marijuana charges alone, the average prison sentence is over 7 years.
Maryland law has some very harsh penalties for drug convictions. These penalties can affect your freedom and your finances, so it is vital to begin working on your defense strategy right away once you learn you are facing criminal charges related to drugs.
Being accused of drug crimes can affect several points of your life. In some cases, you might have to miss work if you are placed in jail. You might also have to miss work to make your appearances in court. Most people who are facing drug charges want to minimize the effect the charges have on their life. One way you can do this is to invoke your right to counsel.
The circumstances surrounding drug cases can vary greatly. In our previous blog post, we discussed the case of the fatal heroin sale that led to one person facing criminal charges. If you recall, that case was resolved with a plea agreement. That is only one possible way that a drug case can be resolved.
For some people, selling drugs is a way to make fast money. Making that money, however, can come at a high cost if the person is caught. Drug charges in Maryland have serious penalties that aren't anything to laugh at. One 24-year-old man was recently sentenced as part of a plea agreement involving heroin sales.
Last week, we discussed how minimum mandatory sentences for some drug charges might be changing if a bill becomes a new law. Some of our readers might find that troubling, but we want our readers to know that longer sentences might not reduce recidivism.
Changes to the minimum sentencing laws for drug offenses might occur soon in Maryland. There is a bill before the Maryland House that seeks to allow judges to depart from the mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug offenders. This could have a considerable impact on the criminal justice system in the state.