Maryland Lawyer for Heroin Possession Charges

Possession of heroin is no longer a crime that only affects people living on the margins of society. Today, people of all income levels and walks of life are arrested for possession of heroin. What they usually have in common is an addiction to opioid pain relievers.

If you or someone you love has been charged with possession of heroin, don't let it ruin your life. Silver Spring attorney James N. Papirmeister will provide you with the strongest possible defense. As a former prosecutor with the narcotics unit of the Office of the State's Attorney for Prince George's County, he will keep the focus of the case on treatment, not a damaging criminal conviction. For a free initial consultation about your case, call 301-589-2100 or 301-367-6500 after hours.

Prescription Drugs: Gateway Drugs to Heroin

Opioid painkillers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and OxyContin have become gateway drugs to heroin. Prescribed by doctors following surgery or for other pain conditions, these drugs are strongly addictive. When the prescription runs out, the patients have difficulty obtaining the drugs they have become dependent upon. Unfortunately, many find a substitute in heroin, which is less expensive and more readily available than a drug such as oxycodone.

Helping You Avoid a Criminal Record

Whenever possible, we will seek a resolution that allows you to get the treatment you need and avoid a damaging conviction. Few employers would want to hire someone who has a heroin conviction on their record.

If you are a first-time offender, you can avoid a conviction and obtain treatment for addiction by having your case diverted to drug court. This option will provide you with an intensive, supervised probation instead of incarceration. If you are not eligible for drug court, we may effectively challenge the state's case based on constitutional issues such as illegal search and seizure of drug evidence.

For More Information About Defenses to Heroin Charges

Don't let a drug addiction become a permanent criminal offense. Call 301-589-2100 or complete our simple contact form to talk to an experienced defense lawyer.