Attorney for Possession of Marijuana Charges in Maryland

Penalties, Enhancements and Other Elements that Could Affect Your Case and Your Rights

Any marijuana criminal charge in Maryland is serious. Possession and distribution charges, however, can become significantly more serious depending on such factors as the number of convictions, the quantity of marijuana in question, and the location of the incident (for instance, proximity to a school can result in increased penalties).

For instance, incarceration durations can more than double in sale and distribution charges when quantities exceed 45 kilograms. Also, for any second or subsequent conviction, the sentence may double from that for a first-time offense.

Clearly, then, it is important to establish numerous facts when contesting a marijuana possession charge or other charge. How many times as the charged individual been convicted? What is the exact weight of the marijuana in question? And who is the true owner the marijuana?

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith of Smith Criminal Defense Firm can handle the numerous confusing issues that arise in any drug charge, provide knowledgeable counsel and advice and aggressively investigate and defend your charges and your rights.

Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Marijuana charges in Maryland often carry mandatory minimum sentences including five years in jail for drug sale or cultivation charges of 50 or more pounds of marijuana. In many instances it is important to pursue a reduction or dismissal of charges and/or full acquittal.

Attorney Smith’s track record includes the full dismissal of all charges in numerous cases involving marijuana possession and sale, including cases in which a conviction seemed at first to be inevitable. After a recent successful outcome, a client said to attorney Smith that he is “worth every penny.” To contact our firm to discuss your criminal charges, call 410-740-0101.

Student Not Guilty of Possession of Drugs and Deadly Weapons

Drug Possession and Deadly Weapons

A 21-year old student was stopped by a Howard County for a cracked windshield. After being stopped, the driver was asked repeatedly whether he had anything illegal in the car. The police officer stated that the student might as well be honest, because the officer was going to search the car anyway.

Car Search Results in Marijuana and Deadly Weapons

The student then admitted having a marijuana pipe. The police officer ordered the driver out of the car, placed him under arrest, and searched the car, seizing marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and a hatchet and several knives (deadly weapons). The student, however, was found not guilty of all charges in the District Court for Howard County.

Most deadly weapon and drug possession charges result in plea bargains. But someone charged with possession of drugs and deadly weapon charges should have an experienced criminal lawyer or drug possession attorney defend them.

Driver Not Guilty of Drug Possession and Deadly Weapon Charges

In this case, Jonathan Scott Smith, an experienced Columbia criminal lawyer, represented the student. He refused a plea bargain offer and took the case to trial. On cross examination, the police officer admitted that the student had not committed any moving violations. The officer could not describe the location or size of the alleged windshield crack, and never issued a repair order for such a violation. The judge agreed that the police officer lacked legal cause to stop the car, and suppressed all evidence, including the marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and deadly weapons. Absent this evidence, the student was found not guilty of all charges.

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 deadly weapon 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 drug possession and deadly weapon charges, and other 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.

Contact Our Office

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 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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