Kingpin Charges in Maryland

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Annapolis & Baltimore Drug Conspiracy Charges Defense Attorney

Maryland's Drug Laws are Hard on High-Level, Organized Drug Dealers/Distributors

Unlike defendants in many states, defendants facing drug trafficking and distribution charges in Maryland face enhanced criminal penalties if they are deemed to be drug "kingpins". Kingpins are defined as people who:

  • Are involved in a conspiracy to manufacture, distribute, dispense, bring into, or transport certain drugs into the state, and;
  • Are deemed an organizer, supervisor, financier or manager of that conspiracy.

Conspiracies involve an agreement between two (or more) persons to carry out an unlawful purpose. The terms "organizer", "supervisor", "financier" and "manager" are defined by statute as designating a leadership role in a conspiracy.

Many times the Government or State law enforcement agencies use wire-tap tools to help prove a "liner" drug conspiracy between the Defendants. Defendants are typically caught in a situation where they were not really involved in a conspiracy but appear to be based upon the "contacts' involved. Police also typically use " CI" (confidential Informants) to prosecute. It is important that the Baltimore, Maryland drug attorney you hire to represent you understands how the agencies or police work.

If you face drug kingpin or drug conspiracy charges in Maryland, contact, the Law Offices of James E. Crawford Jr. My credentials and casework experience include:

  • Thousands of criminal cases handled since 1992
  • Dozens of drug kingpin/drug conspiracy cases handled since the kingpin laws were enacted approximately 10 years ago
  • The highest-possible AV* rating with Martindale Hubbell's peer review rating system

For experienced and effective drug crimes defense in Maryland, contact a lawyer with 18 years of experience. Call 443-701-4525 or 866-635-0623.

As an experienced defender of alleged drug dealers/kingpins I am highly familiar with successful defense tactics. For instance, I ask:

  • Whether you really qualify as an organizer, supervisor, financier or manager, and/or were you really involved in a conspiracy?
  • If the quantity of drugs meet legal criteria for kingpin-level criminal charges?
  • Do prior drug arrests and quantities from prior arrests really qualify you for the elevated kingpin status?

My representation has resulted in dismissed or reduced charges for numerous clients facing drug kingpin charges, as well as numerous acquittals. For more information regarding how I can help you following drug charges, contact one of my offices.

Contact Me

If you face criminal charges in Maryland, contact the Law Offices of James E. Crawford Jr. I offer free initial consultations, accept credit cards and contract with interpreters when necessary. Also, I am available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and operate four offices for your convenience, including my main office in Baltimore as well as offices in Catonsville, Annapolis and Bel Air. To contact an MD kingpin attorney, call 443-701-4525 or 866-635-0623.

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Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.