Baltimore drug possession defense

What is Maryland Criminal Code Section 5-602?

Maryland Criminal Code Section 5-602 – Possession with Intent, Manufacturing, Distribution

Baltimore drug possession attorney Brandon Mead

by Baltimore drug possession defense attorney Brandon Mead.

Maryland Criminal Code Section 5-602 is a charge of possession with the intent to manufacture or distribute drugs in the state of Maryland. An intent to distribute is a serious offense. It’s much more serious, and it carries harsher punishment than a charge of simple possession of that same drug. 

The Code States That a Person Cannot:

  • Distribute and/or dispense a controlled and dangerous substance to other people.  
  • Possess a large quantity of a controlled substance. A large quantity is an indicator of intent to distribute or dispense a controlled and dangerous substance. 

An individual doesn’t necessarily need to be caught distributing a controlled substance to be charged with Maryland Criminal Code Section 5-602. The State of Maryland may arrest and charge you with distribution if you possess an amount the state believes too much for individual use. 

Contact a Maryland Attorney Immediately 

If you’ve been charged with Maryland Criminal Code Section 5-602, it would be our recommendation to seek legal representation. This serious conviction carries the possibility of jail time and many other penalties. A conviction under this Code with a Schedule I or Schedule II narcotic is a felony conviction. A violation of Maryland State Code Section 5-602 can have significant implications on your future. Penalties for this conviction include but are not limited to a fine of up to $25,000 and imprisonment. 

Schedule I or Schedule II Narcotics 

Schedule narcotics are defined as drugs that are highly addictive and offer no medical use; some of those include:

  • heroin
  • ecstasy
  • LSD
  • peyote

Schedule II narcotics is defined as drugs that are highly addictive and do have medical use; some of those include: 

  • Oxycontin
  • methamphetamine
  • methadone
  • Fentanyl

Avoid Jail Time and Fines

The distribution of a controlled substance is a serious felony offense that will remain on your record for the rest of your life. Suppose you’re convicted of Maryland Criminal Code Section 5-602 a second time. In that case, you will face harsher punishments with more jail time with higher fines. 

If you’ve been arrested and charged with drug distribution, you should immediately contact a Baltimore, Maryland criminal defense attorney specializing in drug laws. Retaining an attorney right away increases your chances of beating the charges and avoiding huge fines, imprisonment, and felonies on your permanent record. Contact us today for a free consultation at (410) 727-6400.