How Do You Defend Maryland Possession with Intent Cases?
The following are frequently asked questions regarding possession with intent to distribute charges in Maryland and how to build the strongest possible defense. To learn more schedule a free consultation with a Maryland drug lawyer today.
Building a Defense in Maryland Drug PWID Cases
Every case is unique and there are different circumstances surrounding them. With that said, the number one defense is against the evidence itself. If it was seized illegally then you move to suppress it if you can. If it was the warrant, then was gained in bad faith. That’s another way to get through those warrants.
Common Defense Strategies in PWID Cases
When the question is about whether marijuana is synthetic or real, the question lies with the chemist as to whether the drugs are, in fact, what they are. The other part of it is really the sequence of events. First, it’s seized by an officer. Then, it’s signed in to evidence. Next, it’s signed out of evidence to be trusted by a chemist and then signed back in. Where did it go? Where was it tested? Was it tested properly? Did it change hands properly? Was it signed in? Was signed out? Are you sure this was the drugs from this case? These are the important questions.
Challenges in PWID Defenses
The most challenging aspect is the fact that it involves drugs. I hate to say it but it’s a priority for the state and the feds to prosecute these cases with all the resources that they can. If they can do so, then they will and they won’t make plea deals. If they can get a conviction they’re more inclined to go after the conviction.
What Makes Maryland Possession With Intent Cases Interesting to Defend?
The best part is that no two cases are ever alike. I have never had two PWID cases that are similar. They’re distinctly different in a lot of different ways. Sometimes they find similar drugs or similar things that have some form of relation but they’re not the same. They’re fascinating especially if you’re into the scientific side of it because it is very much a step by step process. Everything has to be deliberate. If its not, then things aren’t done the way that they should be and there will be questions regarding warrants and the conduct of the officers. You can build quite a defense.
Again, it’s going to be an indictable case charge in the circuit court. There are going to be jurors. If they don’t trust the evidence that they’re being presented with, beyond a reasonable doubt, then there is not going to be a guilty verdict. Or at that point, you’re at least going to get one juror that you know is going to be on your side.