What to do When Charged with Possession of Marijuana in Maryland

Possession of Marijuana Charges

Recent arrest were 1,638,846 arrests for drug violations annually in the United States. Many of these involved charges for possession of marijuana.

What is Possession of Marijuana?

Under Maryland law, it is a criminal violation to possess a controlled dangerous substance. The definition of controlled dangerous substance includes marijuana. Possession may either be “actual” or “constructive.” Actual possession means that the drugs on located on your person. Constructive possession means that the drugs may not be directly on your person, but you have knowledge of the drugs’ existence and the ability to exercise control over it. More than one person can be guilty of constructively possessing the same drugs.

What are the Penalties for Possession of Marijuana in Maryland?

A person convicted in Maryland for possession of marijuana may be sentenced to one year in jail, and fined $1,000.00, or both.

If you are charged with possession of marijuana, you should seek an experienced Maryland criminal defense lawyer.

Top Rated Howard County Drug Possession Attorney

Mr. Smith is a top rated attorney and former prosecutor with more than 30 years of extensive trial experience. Attorney Smith has handled thousands of criminal cases in the local courts, including numerous possession of marijuana and drug possession charges. With a solid and longstanding reputation for personal service and thorough preparation, we get many of our new cases as referrals from existing or former clients, or from other attorneys. Mr. Smith fights hard for his clients. That’s why many satisfied clients think so highly of him.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful results in possession of marijuana and drug possession charges, and other criminal cases— has earned him the recognition of his peers, with an AV® Preeminent™* Peer Review Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process, and a 10.0 Superb AVVO rating. These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition. Attorney Smith is considered to be one of the best criminal lawyers in Howard County.

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To schedule an appointment with an experienced criminal defense lawyer, contact us online or call us at 410-740-0101. Put the skill and experience of a former prosecutor to fight for you. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith represents clients in possession of marijuana, other criminal defense matters, DUI / DWI, MVA Hearings, traffic offensesdomestic violence and child abuse charges throughout Maryland, including the cities of Columbia, Clarksville, Sykesville, Fulton, Elkridge, Frederick, Mt. Airy, Ellicott City, Laurel, Westminster, and Baltimore. Lawyer Smith also provides experienced legal representation for clients in Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Prince Georges (Prince George) County, Howard County and Montgomery County, MD.


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