Drug Distribution Charges in Maryland

Drug distribution charges carry serious penalties which can include years in prison. A drug charge can “tip” from drug possession charges to drug distribution charges from simple acts, including the sharing of drugs with friends.

If you face drug distribution charges, you need legal help from an attorney who is skilled and experienced in working to have drug distribution charges reduced or dismissed.

According to the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS), in fiscal 2015, there were 307 offenders for which “distribution of Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS)” was the “most serious” offense. The average sentence for these offenders was 80 months. Additionally, there were 535 offenders for which “possession with intent to distribute CDS” was the “most serious” offense. The average sentence for these offenders was 70 months.

Assuming that the prosecution’s case against you is strong enough to convict is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. Charges for the distribution of a controlled dangerous substance can involve the following types of drugs:

  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Crack-cocaine
  • Prescription Pills
  • Illegal manufactured medication
  • Methamphetamines
  • Barbiturates
  • Altered over-the-counter drugs

Drug Offense Lawyer in Baltimore, MD

As a criminal defense attorney in Baltimore, Maryland, I aggressively fight criminal charges for drug distribution. With decades of experience, the lawyers of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates have successfully handled thousands of criminal cases throughout Maryland. For a free initial consultation contact James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates at 443-709-9999.

For a free initial consultation contact James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates at 443-709-9999.

Call to find out more about the follwoing types of drug crimes commonly prosecuted in the City of Baltimore and throughout the State of Maryland including:

  • Federal & State Drug Trafficking
  • Federal and State Transportation
  • Was the search and seizure of the evidence done via legal means?
  • Was there an acceptable cause on why a search warrant has been furnished?
  • Is the offender really proven to be the owner of the illegal drugs or controlled substances that were seized?
  • Were you read your Miranda Rights during the arrest or prior to questioning?
  • Effective Defense in Drug Distribution/Trafficking Cases

Penalties for Distribution of Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) and Related Offenses

All mandatory minimum sentences listed in the exhibit are non-suspendable. Pursuant to Chapter 490 of 2015, a court may depart from the listed mandatory minimum sentences under specified circumstances.

  • CDS (Other than Schedule I or II Narcotic Drugs and Other Specified CDS)
    • First-time Offender – CDS (other than Schedule I or II narcotic drugs and other specified CDS) – Maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment and/or $15,000 fine
    • Repeat Offender – CDS (other than Schedule I or II narcotic drugs and other specified CDS) – 2-year mandatory minimum sentence Maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment and/or $15,000 fine
  • CDS (Schedule I or II Narcotic Drug) 
    • First-time Offender – Schedule I or II narcotic drug – Maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and/or $25,000 fine
    • Second-time Offender – Schedule I or II narcotic drug – 10-year mandatory minimum sentence (20 years maximum imprisonment) and a fine of up to $100,000
    • Third-time Offender – Schedule I or II narcotic drug – 25-year mandatory minimum sentence and a fine of up to $100,000
    • Fourth-time Offender – Schedule I or II narcotic drug – 40-year mandatory minimum sentence and a fine of up to $100,000
  • CDS (Specified Drugs) 
    • First-time Offender – Specified Drugs – Maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $20,000
    • Second-time Offender – Specified Drugs – 10-year mandatory minimum sentence (20 years maximum imprisonment) and a fine of up to $100,000
    • Third-time Offender – Specified Drugs – 25-year mandatory minimum sentence and a fine of up to $100,000
    • Fourth-time Offender – Specified Drugs – 40-year mandatory minimum sentence and a fine of up to $100,000

Primary Crimes Involving Controlled Dangerous Substances in Maryland

For specified primary crimes involving controlled dangerous substances and paraphernalia, a person may not:

  • distribute, dispense, or possess with the intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance;
  • manufacture a controlled dangerous substance or manufacture, distribute, or possess a machine, equipment, or device that is adapted to produce a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to use it to produce, sell, or dispense a controlled dangerous substance;
  • create, distribute, or possess with the intent to distribute a counterfeit substance;
  • manufacture, distribute, or possess equipment designed to render a counterfeit substance;
  • keep a common nuisance (any place resorted to for the purpose of illegally administering controlled dangerous substances or where such substances or controlled paraphernalia are illegally manufactured, distributed, dispensed, stored, or concealed); or
  • pass, issue, make or possess a false, counterfeit, or altered prescription for a controlled dangerous substance, with the intent to distribute the controlled dangerous substance.

Finding Attorneys for Distribution of Drug Crimes in Maryland

If you face drug distribution charges in Arbutus, Catonsville, Annapolis, or the areas surrounding Baltimore, Maryland, then contact Jim Crawford or any of the experienced attorneys at the firm.

We 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. The firm operates four offices for your convenience, including my main office in Baltimore as well as offices in Catonsville, Annapolis and Bel Air.

To speak with the experienced drug crime lawyer in Baltimore, MD, with James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates, call 443-709-9999 today.