Experienced Annapolis Marijuana Possession Attorney
Trustworthy representation for marijuana defendants in Maryland courts
In 2014, the state of Maryland decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana, and many people began to doubt the severity of all marijuana possession charges. However, marijuana possession is a serious offense with the potential for significant jail time.
I am Gill Andrew Cochran, and I know what’s at stake in any drug case. That’s why I diligently advocate in the best interest of every client. At Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law, you receive comprehensive representation from an experienced Annapolis criminal defense attorney.
Understanding Maryland’s marijuana possession laws
Maryland’s possession laws are separated according to the amount of marijuana. For less than 10 grams, the state issues a civil penalty. This is similar to a speeding ticket and the fine is $100. Possession of 10 grams to less than 50 pounds is a misdemeanor, with a potential punishment of one year in jail and a fine up to $1,000. Possession becomes a felony with 50 pounds or more, punishable by a minimum sentence of five years in jail and a $100,000 fine.
It’s important to note that the possession of large amounts of marijuana often leads law enforcement to the assumption that you are possessing the substance with the intention of selling it. They assume that sizable amounts of marijuana are too large for individual use, so you must intend to distribute it. When establishing a possession with intent case, law enforcement agents look for signs of distribution, such as scales, small baggies, and large amounts of cash. The maximum penalty for possession with intent for less than 50 pounds is five years and $15,000 in fines. For 50 pounds or more, five years is the mandatory minimum. This means that you must serve at least five years if convicted of the possession with intent to distribute charge.
A knowledgeable Maryland marijuana possession attorney understands that additional convictions carry even harsher sentences. This is why I work hard to prevent any conviction, whether it is the first or the fifth.
Providing an aggressive marijuana possession defense
When developing a marijuana possession defense, there are numerous tactics a skilled Annapolis criminal defense lawyer may use. The discovery of the marijuana often results from an improper search of your home or vehicle. At Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law, I expect law enforcement officers to conduct their marijuana possession investigations according to the laws of this state and country. If they fail to meet this expectation, I diligently advocate for suppression of all resulting evidence.
When defending intent to distribute cases, one possible strategy is getting the charges reduced to simple possession. This is done by challenging the state’s assumption about your intentions and asserting that the marijuana was possessed for personal use only.
Providing accessible marijuana possession legal services for the accused in Annapolis and throughout Maryland
At Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law, I take every marijuana possession case seriously and diligently advocate for the best possible outcome. I am proud to represent my clients in Annapolis, and I strive to keep my services financially accessible. If you are facing marijuana possession charges, call my office today at 410-271-1892 or complete my contact form.
And remember: Keep Calm – and Call Drew.