Attorney Defends Clients Accused of Drug Crimes
Proven Hampstead firm handles cases involving alleged possession and sale
State and federal drug charges often carry severe sentences, even when only small amounts of a controlled substance are involved. In their attempt to make charges stick, overzealous police and prosecutors sometimes make mistakes or act illegally. My Hampstead firm, the Law Office of Joseph E. Ashley, effectively represents clients accused of drug crimes in Carroll County and other Maryland locations. Whether you are charged with possession, sale, manufacture, or trafficking, I have the experience and knowledge to challenge the evidence and witnesses brought against you. My firm can advise you of new rules and approaches regarding the treatment of drug offenders to ensure that you are aware of your options. From there, I will fight to secure a resolution that serves justice and your best interests.
Dedicated Maryland litigator pursues fair results in substance-related matters
For alleged crimes involving marijuana, heroin, cocaine, hallucinogens, prescription drugs or other controlled substances, I provide comprehensive criminal defense. My firm represents clients on all types of drug counts, including:
- Possession — Possessing fewer than 10 grams of marijuana is now classified as a civil offense, but you can still face jail time if you are found with more than that or another illegal drug. Don’t give up your rights even if you believe the evidence against you is overwhelming. I will explain how the law applies so that you can make an informed decision about what to do.
- Distribution or possession with intent to sell — These are serious felonies with high minimum sentences. The specific sanction is based on a few factors, including the specific drug involved. There can be a risk that a prosecutor will overcharge drug crime defendants or attempt to mischaracterize the evidence to create an intent-to-sell charge. My firm battles hard for clients at every stage and presses for fair treatment at all times.
- Manufacture — A conviction for illegally manufacturing a controlled substance carries the same type of punishment as a distribution charge. For the Schedule I and II drugs considered to be the most dangerous, such as methamphetamine or Ecstasy, the penalty can be up to 20 years.
Prompt action is required when you’re accused of a drug crime, because each day increases the possibility that exculpatory evidence will disappear. My firm offers a free initial consultation so that you can proceed with confidence in having the strongest possible defense.
Accomplished legal counselor advises on sentencing options
Maryland has ended mandatory minimum sentences for individuals convicted of multiple drug-dealing offenses. Even people who are currently serving time under the old rule are seeking relief based on the revised standard. Previously, the required term of a second conviction ran at least 10 years without parole. Now that more flexibility exists, it is crucial to retain a knowledgeable advocate who will fight for an appropriate resolution. Often, this can mean alternatives to incarceration such as probation or substance abuse treatment.
Contact an effective Maryland drug crime defense attorney for a free initial consultation
The Law Office of Joseph E. Ashley defends Maryland clients against charges related to drug possession, sale and manufacture. Please call 443-639-8399 or contact me online to schedule a free initial consultation at my Hampstead office.