Drug crimes are taken very seriously in Maryland and those who are facing them must make certain that they understand what they are facing and take steps to craft a strong defense if they are charged. There are various different kinds of drug charges that can be levied against a person. For example, there is a difference between selling drugs and someone who is arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and might be eligible for drug diversion programs as part of the case.
A 21-year-old woman was arrested for charges related to heroin. The arrest came about after two witnesses told law enforcement that the woman was panhandling. They also said that they had seen her repeatedly going to a black BMW that was being driven by a man who is apparently known to others in the area as someone who steals from local establishments and sells the items. As law enforcement officers investigated, they found the woman sitting in the passenger seat of the vehicle.
She was nervous and her hands shook. A police dog was brought to the scene and drugs were found in the vehicle. A syringe was discovered in her purse. Also, they found a metal spoon that had heroin remnants on it in the vehicle as well as a small bag containing heroin. She was placed under arrest. If she is convicted, she can spend up to four years incarcerated and pay $25,000 in fines for each charge.
With these types of allegations related to drugs, the person charged needs to be cognizant of the penalties and the laws of the state. Having an attorney who understands the law and how it might be possible for treatment to be given in lieu of jail time is important to moving forward with one's life without jail time. Speaking to a legal professional who has experience in helping clients charged with drug possession and related charges is the first step.
Source: delmarvanow.com, "Tip leads to Salisbury heroin arrest outside drug store," Henry Culvyhouse, May 24, 2016