College Park Controlled Substance Attorney
Serving College Park, Gaithersburg, and the Surrounding Areas
Marijuana use or possession of paraphernalia is often seen as indulgent and is treated with some leniency. Other controlled dangerous substances are another matter. Law enforcement, prosecutors and judges take these far more seriously and a conviction could have a devastating impact on your future. You could end up in jail and owe fines. Your job prospects and academic status could be affected. You need an attorney who can protect your rights and help you fight these charges.
At the Law Offices of Steven M. Jacoby, I have defended thousands of clients from drug charges, including charges involving controlled dangerous substances. I have more than 37 years of experience defending clients in the District, Circuit and Juvenile Courts of Maryland as well as in Federal Court. If you have or your child has been arrested on a drug charge, I can help.
Contact a College Park controlled substance lawyer at the Law Offices of Steven M. Jacoby for a free initial consultation to discuss your drug charges by calling 301-779-5560 or 800-864-4488.
What Is a Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS)?
A controlled dangerous substance is any drug that is illegal under Maryland law. This includes:
- Heroin and other opiates
- Cocaine and crack
It is legal to have a prescription drug if you have a prescription. But without a prescription, you could face possession charges. Even with a prescription, selling the drug could result in charges for distribution. Many people, particularly college students, see the leftover pain pills as a quick way to make money. They might have leftover Adderall, OxyContin, Ritalin, or Vicodin. However, the sale of prescription drugs is taken very seriously by the courts and you could face not only jail time, but repercussions before the judicial board at your college.
Working With the Police on Campus
Most universities have a drug task force. They will bust a student for drug possession and tell you, “If you work with us, we won’t file charges.” This may put you in an uncomfortable position. While some students don’t have a problem ratting out a dealer or fellow student, others will have a tough time with it. It is a personal choice, whether or not to work with the police. But I can help you understand what will happen and explain your options.
When you work with the police, the officers will want you to make a “controlled buy.” This means that you will have to reveal the address of the place you buy drugs and describe what is available from that dealer. Then, you will have to go to that location under police auspices, meaning that the officers will make sure you are clean. After you make a buy, you will have to describe to the police the location, the amount of drugs there, and who they purchased the drugs from. Finally, sometime later, the police will attempt to obtain and serve the search warrant on the seller, hoping to obtain large amounts of drugs and/or other contraband
This method may help you stay anonymous. You would be treated as a confidential informant, and your name, in most cases, would not be revealed.
Contact a Dangerous Drug Attorney Serving Gaithersburg
Whether you are charged with simple possession, possession with intent to distribute, or actual distribution, I can help. Contact me at the Law Offices of Steven M. Jacoby at 301-779-5560 or 800-864-4488 for a free consultation about your narcotic defense.