Drug and CDS Crimes
The compounds commonly referred to as “drugs” are defined and formally referred to under Maryland law as controlled dangerous substances [CDS]. Drug related offenses typically fall within several general categories
To be sure, there are many other ways to violate Maryland’s drug laws, but the above represent the most commonly charged offenses.
The status of marijuana under Maryland law.
Marijuana occupies a somewhat unique status under Maryland law. The possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana is no longer considered a criminal offense, but rather a civil infraction, with a civil penalty. Moreover, Maryland law provides that the possession of marijuana in circumstances where it can be argued that there is medical reason for use, i.e. "medical marijuana/cannabis" may be subject to different treatment.
The defense of drug and CDS crimes often involved the application of somewhat sophisticated legal, constitutional and factual defenses. A skilled criminal defense attorney can assist you in fully exploring, researching, documenting, and ultimately presenting defenses that might mean the difference between jail and freedom, between guilt or innocence, and between consequence or acquittal.