Further Proof That Everyone Hates the MVA

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Further Proof That Everyone Hates the MVA

Further Proof That Everyone Hates the MVAOther than lawyers, no one gets more crap than MVA workers. It’s a such a long running joke that any time you have a good experience at the Motor Vehicle Administration, you feel compelled to tell people about it: “Oh, I only waited for 5 minutes, so make sure you go at exactly 8:17 am on a Tuesday,” type of stuff.

But the MVA can be a hub of activity, too: just ask the state troopers, who were called to the local Glen Burnie MVA office because someone was allegedly trying to take a driver’s test with drugs and a gun in the car.

Apparently, Reginald D. Wooding Jr. was trying to get his license when the examiner thought she smelled weed. She called in a trooper to help, and he thought he smelled weed, too, which led to a search of the vehicle: “A probable cause search led to the recovery of almost one pound of marijuana, a scale, more than $15,000 in suspected drug-related money and a 9mm Glock handgun with a loaded 30-round magazine. Wooding was placed under arrest prior to his turn for the driving test.”

(That last sentence is my favorite – like there might have been a chance he could’ve finished the test before getting carted off to jail.)

The circumstances are dopey, but the charges are serious

I know this is one of those roll-your-eyes kind of crimes, but Wooding’s charges are no joke. In a nutshell, he’s facing:

  • Drug trafficking while transporting a firearm
  • Possessing a firearm while trafficking drugs
  • Use of firearm in commission of a felony
  • Removing the firearm’s ID number
  • Unlawful purchase/receipt of a high-capacity magazine
  • Illegally wearing/carrying/transporting a handgun on public roads or parking lots
  • Illegally wearing/carrying/transporting a handgun on his person
  • Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute
  • Possession of marijuana (a separate charge)
  • Possession with intent to use paraphernalia (2 counts)
  • Possession of paraphernalia (a separate charge)

Some of these charges are pretty similar, but that’s the thing you need to know: you rarely only ever face one charge when it comes to drug crimes. Possession and Possession with Intent to Distribute are two separate charges. Engaging in drug trafficking while having a gun on you is a totally different charge from possessing a gun while you’re trafficking drugs. And you can be sure that law enforcement will try to get you convicted on both.

Furthermore, because trafficking charges usually indicate interstate travel (or intent to travel), Wooding could, if the evidence points this way, end up facing very similar charges in federal court as well as state. The whole concept of “double jeopardy” doesn’t apply to jurisdictional differences like that, so he may end up facing another round of charges in a different court at a later date.

If you’re facing serious drug charges, you need a lawyer and you need one yesterday. That’s where I come in. When you hire the services of my firm – Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law – you work directly with me. I’ve been helping uphold the rights of the accused for 20 years. To learn more about my services, or to set up a consultation, in-custody or at my Annapolis office, please call 410-777-8103 or complete my contact form to learn more about how I can help.

And remember: Keep Calm – and Call Drew.

 

 

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