The number and level of criminal offenses in Maryland is tremendous and threatening. If you are convicted, it can take years for the penalties, and damages to your criminal record, your professional and personal life to be resolved. There are several reasons for being charged with a crime, including mistaken identity, false accusations, bad decision making or lack of judgment, or the feeling that you were doing the right thing.
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The following is an overview of the serious criminal charges that you could face in Maryland at the state and Federal level.
The number and extent of criminal offenses in Maryland (and at the federal level) is large and intimidating. If you are convicted, it can take years for the penalties, penalties, and damages to your criminal record, your professional (and family) life to be resolved.
If you are charged with a felony crime or a serious misdemeanor, a Maryland criminal lawyer from the Law Offices Of SRIS, P.C. can significantly increase your chances of success.
Below are brief explanations for some of the criminal offenses in Maryland and possible penalties if you are convicted.
Maryland Drug Charges
Maryland classifies criminal controlled substances into five categories based on their addictive properties and therapeutic value. Each category is assigned its own penalty.
Class 1 Drugs which includes heroin and meth (class 1), carries the highest penalties for possession, manufacturing and distribution. Penalties for possession may range from probation for a grade 5 drug charge (lowest category) to up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $ 25,000 for a first offense of possession of a grade 1 drug.
Multiple offenses or criminal charges for the distribution of illegal drugs are subject to higher penalties: [Sections 5-602, 5-603, Section 5-608 (a-d)].
Federal Drug Charges [21 United States Code Section 13, 1, 841] are generally filed against defendants who manufacture and or distribute illegal drugs under the US Controlled Substances Act.
Multiple offenses or criminal charges for the distribution of illegal drug are subject to higher penalties: [Sections 5-602, 5-603, Section 5-608 (a-d)].
Maryland Assault Charges
In first-degree assault charges, a conviction can result in a maximum sentence of 25 years in jail. Hate crimes increase any jail sentence for assault.
Maryland Sex Crimes
There are too many Maryland Sex Crimes pursuant to Maryland Section 3-301 et seq. for a brief discussion. Therefore, it is best for your Maryland criminal attorney to explain the charges regarding your case.
A short list, however, includes the following crimes:
- Sexual Assault
- Child Pornography
- Indecent Exposure
- Solicitation Of A Minor
- Child Abuse
- Date Rape
- Statutory Rape
- Sex Trafficking
Penalties for sex crimes in Maryland depend on the offense and other circumstances. But the maximum sentence can result in life without probation. Some sex offenses related to “criminal activities” may fall under the jurisdiction of the Federal Prosecutor. The conviction for state or federal sex crimes usually requires the registration of a defendant as a sex offender.
Maryland Theft and Burglary Charges
Theft Crime is covered under: [MAC Section 7-104 (g) (1) (i) – (g) (1) (iii)] and Burglary Crimes are covered under : [MACA sections 6-202 – 6-205]
An offender who is convicted may be fined up to $ 25,000 and imprisonment of up to 25 years if the value of the stolen property exceeds $ 100,000. All those convicted of a theft crime must pay the victims compensation.
Some of the different types of theft crimes in Maryland are:
- White-collar crime
- Grand theft
- Identity theft
Many economic criminal law thefts are federal offenses.
Maryland Driving under influence (DUI) and reckless driving offenses
There are four classifications of alcohol and drug-related traffic offenses in MD:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol. [Maryland Transport Code Section 21-902 (a)].
- Driving under the influence of alcohol – DWI: [M.T.C. Section 21-902 (b)].
- Driving in the presence of drugs and / or alcohol – DWI: [M.T.C. Section 21-902 (c)]
- Driving in the presence of a controlled hazardous substance (including marijuana) – DWI: [M.T.C. Section 21-902 (d)]
The maximum penalties for a first-time DUI / DWI conviction include: Up to a year in prison 1,000 fine Suspension of driving license DWI convictions (drug convictions) can result in lower penalties, depending on how many drugs are present in your system if it is a first offense. However, a conviction for a DUI / DWI charge results in a dramatic increase in your insurance rates.
A Maryland DUI/DWI criminal conviction can affect your personal and professional life for years.
You will also receive demerit points on your Maryland driving license that could endanger your driver’s license, thus affecting your ability to drive.
The reckless driving laws are punishable under Section 21-901.1 of the Maryland Transportation Code if the driver intentionally violates the safety of others or property.
Penalties for a first-time reckless driving conviction can result in a fine of up to $ 1,000 and six MVA points. Penalties for the traffic offense of negligent driving: [M.T.C. Section 21-901.1 (b)] and aggressive driving: [M.T.C. Section 21-901.2] are not so serious.
Those guilty of these crimes still have to pay fines and MVA penalty points.
How a Maryland criminal/traffic lawyer from the Law Offices Of SRIS, P.C. can help you?
A criminal lawyer can protect you, your rights and your freedom from the beginning. One common mistake made by people in criminal proceedings after their arrest is their refusal to maintain their right to silence and their failure to demand their right to speak with a lawyer before speaking to or answering questions from the police.
This often stems from the false belief that maintaining their right to silence and their right to a criminal lawyer amounts to confessing guilt or that the person appears more innocent and cooperative when talking freely with the police. However, this tactic often results in people being inadvertently and unintentionally charged and ultimately hurting their own cases. A criminal lawyer who will guide you and advise you on what you do or what you do not can help you to avoid problems and mistakes like these.
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