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.
Although Halloween is over, a Maryland resident may still be haunted by "ghosts" in the form of criminal accusations. Unfair or unjust allegations can haunt a person in so many ways -- it can strain relationships between family members and friends, cause a person to be shunned by the community and cost employment opportunities. These are just a few of the consequences an accused can face. However, our Silver Spring law firm can help exorcise such ghosts so a Maryland resident can move forward in life.
A 35-year-old Westminster man is facing more than five years behind bars after pleading guilty and entering into a plea agreement on July 2 for allegedly possessing child pornography. The charges stemmed from two incidents that occurred during September 2012 and March 2013, when the man allegedly used file-sharing software to share pornographic images of children.