The sale or possession of marijuana in the state of Maryland can lead to felony drug charges and the penalties for a conviction under those charges are very severe. For example, while the maximum sentence for a misdemeanor conviction is one year and the maximum fine is $1,000, the maximum sentence for a felony charge conviction is five years along with a maximum fine of $5,000. The amount of marijuana possessed in this case must be between 10 grams and 5 pounds. Possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana only comes with a fine of up to $100.
Most Maryland residents accused of a felony crime may be aware of the expensive fines and prison time which may accompany conviction. Although these penalties are without doubt very serious, an accused can also be deprived of certain privileges, regardless of the cause of the felony charge, such as a white collar crime, burglary, rape or any other criminal act.
For some Maryland residents, a criminal accusation, even if untrue, can hurt for years. If someone was never convicted or served time, the mere fact of a charge can linger and affect the person's employment chances, educational possibilities and other opportunities in life. Nonetheless, what if there was a way for someone to be rid of a charge or a conviction?