Two people in Maryland are facing drug charges after police raids and searches allegedly found drugs at their homes. The 35-year-old man from Hanover and the 44-year-old woman from Jessup were arrested on Oct. 4, by Anne Arundel County Police. In Jessup, the police allege that they found money and digital scales for packaging and weighing drugs in addition to controlled substances themselves.
Police say that they found 23.54 grams of crack, 2.38 grams of powder cocaine, 5.45 grams of marijuana and 10 Suboxone strips in the Jessup house. Taken together, the drugs have an approximate street value of $3,000. In addition, at the home in Hanover, police found three digital scales; however, they accused both people of being involved with the drugs found at the one home. The Hanover man and Jessup woman were both charged with a number of drug offenses, including possession with intent to distribute narcotics, possession of a controlled substance other than marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
When a Maryland resident is accused of drug offenses, they could face severe penalties, including a felony criminal record, heavy fines and even jail time. Drug convictions can be a major barrier in education, employment and housing. However, a criminal defense attorney can help a defendant fight back against the charges.
A defense lawyer can help to dismantle the prosecution's case, challenging police evidence and practices as well as prosecution witnesses. Police evidence that was gained improperly can be excluded from the courtroom. Even when facing a conviction, a lawyer can help an accused client win a milder sentence or entrance into a diversion program instead of jail time.