College is a time of experimentation for young adults, but some college students go too far with what they are willing to experiment with. Some students turn to experimentation with alcohol or drugs for stress release or increased attention.
In the U.S., there is a lot of stigma attached to drug addiction. "Why can't he just stop using?" or "Why is she making these choices?" are common questions we hear after someone on drugs gets into legal trouble. The truth of the matter, though, is that the answers are not cut and dry. Drug addiction is a very real thing and causes people to behave in ways they never would have imagined. Suddenly, the person you love is someone you hardly recognize. In many cases, the person doesn't even recognize themselves.
Going to college is your child's first real chance to discover who they are and make their own decisions. However, if these decisions include experimenting with drugs, it can cause serious problems, both physical and legal.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug crime in Maryland, you are facing serious penalties. The minimum sentence for possessing one ounce of an illegal drug is 90 days in jail and a fine up to $500. If you're caught in possession of 10 grams to 50 lbs. of marijuana, the penalty is up to one year in prison and a fine up to $1,000. If you are charged with possession with an intent to distribute less than 50 lbs. of marijuana, the maximum penalty is 5 years in jail and a $1,000 fine. The penalties are more serious for other drugs.
The time between finals and winter break is the perfect time to celebrate. Many students squeeze in one last party before heading home for the holidays. Unfortunately, if caught on campus with drugs - even a small amount of marijuana - there's a chance you won't be able to return to school for spring semester.
In our last post, we began speaking about a case involving a Maryland woman was charged with multiple criminal offenses in connection with a prescription drug fraud scheme. Earlier this year, according to sources, the woman pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement, two counts of identity fraud, and four counts of obtaining prescriptions by fraud.
In our last post, we began speaking about the issue of admissibility of evidence in criminal defense cases. As we noted, looking at this issue from a defense perspective requires scrutinizing whether any given piece of evidence is both relevant and reliable, the latter issue being particularly common in criminal cases.
Scrutinizing the quality of evidence presented by prosecutors is an important aspect of building a strong criminal defense case. In considering the quality of evidence its appropriateness for admission at trial, there are several factors to consider. If there are deficiencies with respect to any of these factor, evidence may be considered inadmissible in court.
When law enforcement officials go after offenders, one of their goals is to gather as much evidence as possible for the most serious charges they can muster. Make no mistake, law enforcement is not out to do criminal suspects any favors in terms of leniency in charging.
Readers are aware that the heyday of the war on drugs has passed and that there has been a significant shift in recent years at both the state and federal level. Not only has the federal government shifted its prosecutorial policy to exercising greater lenience toward nonviolent drug offenders and taken steps to ease the burden on federal correctional facilities, numerous states have established medical marijuana systems and more are beginning to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana and even permit the recreational use of marijuana.