Trafficking is a felony offense

On behalf of Jack B. Rubin, PA posted in Drug Charges on Friday, June 26, 2015.

As most residents of Maryland are aware, it is one of the primary concerns of law enforcement in the state that drug crime is kept under control. This often means that officers have to conduct extensive investigations when they get word of possible drug activity within the state. If you are suspected of being involved in any of this activity, you could face serious criminal charges, which could ultimately turn your life upside-down.

The penalties for drug crimes can be very severe if you are convicted. The exact punishment depends on several factors, but every case is unique, so predicting the outcome of any individual trial is extremely difficult. However, some of the contributing factors are the type and quantity of drugs related to the offense and whether you have any previous convictions.

The perceived intention for the drugs is also important and often related to the quantity found. For example, a small amount is more likely to be assumed to be for personal use, whereas greater quantities may suggest plans to distribute the substance. The reason this is important is that drug trafficking often carries harsher penalties than simple possession as it is classed as a felony.

It is also important to remember, as this article on drug crimes explains, that trafficking charges also apply to the distribution of prescription drugs. Although you may think you are helping someone out by letting them use some of your medication, this could get you into serious legal trouble. If you have been charged with such a crime, the advice of an attorney could be invaluable. With the right guidance, you can make sure that your side of the story is heard, and work toward the best possible resolution to your case.

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