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.
As we discussed last week, there are certain freedoms that are removed when you have a felony drug conviction on your record. One of those freedoms that can be affected is the freedom to travel where you want. When you are facing drug charges, all of the consequences of a conviction are likely going through your mind. We know how stressful that can be.
People who are facing a felony charge might realize that a conviction can lead to having to pay fines, spending time in prison or having to live on probation. While those are some of the consequences of a felony conviction, they aren't the only consequences. Some people might not realize that a felony conviction might stop you from being able to travel.
We have often discussed cases involving drug charges. While some people might have a tendency to think that some drug crimes are worse than others, that isn't necessarily the case. The thought that being charged with cocaine possession is somehow worse than being charged with marijuana possession isn't correct. A person who faces charges relating to marijuana might find that there are very serious effects of those charges.
People who are incarcerated for federal drug crimes are facing a new sentencing guidelines as of Nov. 1. The new guidelines, which were passed by a federal judicial panel, call for reduced sentences. This will affect the prison terms for some people who are currently incarcerated, including some from Maryland, but determining who is eligible for an early release might prove daunting.