Being caught in possession of controlled substances is a serious crime in Carroll County, MD. Along with the potential jail time and fines, you may be facing the loss of employment and housing among other serious consequences. To ensure that you’re able to maintain your quality of life, let’s take a look at the kinds of penalties you are facing and what you should do next.
What Happens When You Are Caught With Drugs in Carroll County?
If you are caught in possession of illegal drugs, then you will likely be charged with possession. You may also be charged with possession of any paraphernalia that you may have on your person as a separate crime. In the event that you were operating a motor vehicle, then you may also be charged with a DUI. All of these charges could result in fines, jail time, and serious implications for your future. In all circumstances, the best course of action is to consult with a lawyer to ensure that no major damage is done.
What Were You Caught With?
The type and amount of drug that you were caught with is going to determine the severity of your charges. For example, the penalty for being caught with a small amount of Marijuana is vastly different than being caught with a pound of heroine. Marijuana has been decriminalized by the state of Maryland, which means that you won’t face criminal charges for it, though you still may be fined on a small scale for a 1st offense. Subsequent offenses will be subject to more severe penalties. However, for any other drug, you will be given criminal charges.
How Much Were You Caught With?
Though being charged with possession is bad enough, if you are in possession of a larger amount of the drug in question, you may be charged with “Intent to Distribute.” Intent to Distribute comes with even higher penalties and will almost certainly hold serious long-term implications for your future. Unlike possession charges, which are often misdemeanors, if a court feels that you had intent to sell the drugs, you the charges will escalate into a felony. Felonies are much, much more serious. Many places of business will not hire convicted felons and you will also lose the right to vote.
Contact a Lawyer to Help You Right Away
If you have been charged with possession or a more serious drug crime in Carroll County, then contact the Law Office of Ross W. Albers today. We can help to ensure that you’re protected and that you are given a fair trial. Get a free consultation and find out what you need to do next.