Mandatory Minimum Statutes in Maryland

Mandatory minimum sentences mean that a person must serve a pre-determined minimum sentence upon conviction. Mandatory minimums most severely impact second offenders, especially in cases involving drug charges.

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Laws Inflict Extreme Harm

The problem with these mandatory minimum laws is that they do not take into account the specific circumstances of each individual’s case. Mandatory minimums are imposed on those convicted of murder as well as those who have been arrested for victimless crimes, such as smoking marijuana. The sentences are often disproportionately harsh on the convicted person, and judges have no discretion in meting out lighter sentences in mandatory minimum cases.

Minimum sentencing laws inflict extreme punishment in some cases that is significantly out of step with a fair and just criminal justice system.

Victimless Crimes Can Be Subject to Mandatory Minimums

For example, a person who perhaps has been arrested for multiple “victimless” crimes, such as public drunkenness or marijuana use, can be locked up for many years thanks to the mandatory minimum sentencing laws. What is needed is treatment to save a life, not punishment to destroy a life at the taxpayers’ expense.

Even if you have been arrested on a minor drug or other criminal charge, it is important to retain an attorney who understands how to build a strong case in your behalf. If you have one conviction on your record, and are arrested and tried again, you may be subject to mandatory minimum sentencing in Maryland.

Crimes Requiring Mandatory Minimum Sentences

  • Second offense drug crimes
  • Firearms offenses
  • Child abuse
  • Child pornography
  • Violent crimes, including murder and homicide
  • Sex assault, including sexual offense and rape

Third Offense for Certain Drug Crimes – 25 Years No Parole

If you have been convicted as a repeat offender and are now facing a third offense for certain types of drug crimes, you could be facing a mandatory 25 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

Studies have shown that mandatory minimum sentencing laws do not prevent or deduce drug use, drug addiction, or drug selling.

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