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What are Maryland's penalties for possessing drug paraphernalia?

Individuals who are arrested for drug crimes in Clinton or Dunkirk can be charged with misdemeanors or felonies. The charges that they'll face depend on what type and how much of a controlled substance that they're caught with.

Oftentimes, those arrested for possession also have drug paraphernalia charges also brought against them. Offenses of this type are considered to be misdemeanors. Even still, a conviction for such a crime can carry with it stiff penalties.

Maryland lawmakers describe drug paraphernalia as any materials or equipment utilized to manufacture, use or distribute marijuana.

Simple possession of drug paraphernalia is considered to be a civil offense in Maryland. Generally, an individual isn't in jeopardy of being placed in jail or fined simply because they have drug paraphernalia on them.

Advertising or selling drug paraphernalia in Maryland is a misdemeanor. While it's unlikely that they will face jail time for their offense, they may be assessed as much as $500 in fines if they're convicted of such a crime. If someone is caught offering drug paraphernalia again, then they can be charged with a misdemeanor. They may also face two years in prison and $2,000 in fines for each additional offense.

Anyone who attempts to sell drug paraphernalia to a minor three years younger than them can automatically be charged with a misdemeanor in Maryland. If they're convicted of such an offense, then state law allows them to be locked up in prison for as long as eight years. A defendant convicted of such a crime may also be asked to pay as much as $15,000 in fines.

The sale or possession of controlled drug paraphernalia is considered to be a misdemeanor offense in Maryland. Any defendant convicted of this crime may be sentenced to up to a year in jail. They may also be assessed as much as $1,000 in fines.

If you've been charged with drug possession, then you're likely facing a significant period of incarceration. Drug paraphernalia charges can only make the penalties you face worse.

When the stakes are high, you shouldn't just have anyone providing you with representation in your case. You should work with an experienced drug charges attorney who can help you come up with solid defense strategies for the crimes that you face.

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