Are you facing drug charges in Maine? If so, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer who understands the legal system and who has the resources and experience to help you fight a drug charge successfully.
Whether it is a minor charge of possession of an illegal substance or a felony drug trafficking charge, the consequences of a drug conviction can have devastating effects on your future personal and professional life. A drug conviction will remain on your record for the rest of your life. Instead of allowing the prosecution to convince you to plead guilty to a drug crime, get the facts during a free consultation.
You may have several valid legal defenses to your drug charge. Call the Webb Law Firm at 207-283-6400 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Maine criminal defense attorney.
Maine’s Drug Schedules
The punishments for drug crimes in Maine are partly based on the type of drug involved. Maine divides controlled substances into four schedules as follows:
- Schedule W – Schedule W contains some of the most addictive drugs; therefore, dangerous drugs such as cocaine, amphetamines, heroin, oxycodone, methadone, LSD, MDA, and barbiturates ae included in this schedule.
- Schedule X – This schedule contains many of the controlled drugs that are considered depressants or hallucinogens that are not included in Schedule W. Examples include hashish, chlorhexadol, nalorphine, ketamine, DMT, mescaline, and psilocybin.
- Schedule Y – Schedule Y drugs include substances that are often used in prescription drugs such as codeine, flurazepam, diazepam, and other sedative and hypnotic drugs.
- Schedule Z – Marijuana and all other prescription drugs not included in the above schedules are included in Schedule Z.
The possession of most drugs in Schedule W and Schedule X is considered a Class D misdemeanor while possession of drugs in Schedule Y or Schedule Z is a Class E misdemeanor. However, possession of some drugs is considered a felony. Other factors can also increase the drug crime from a misdemeanor to a felony.
Sentencing in Maine Drug Cases
Whether a drug crime is charged as a felony or a misdemeanor depends on three factors:
- The type of drug;
- The amount or quantity of the drug in your possession; and,
- Whether or not there is evidence of the intent to distribute or sell the drug.
Drug crimes are charged and sentenced under every class in Maine; therefore, depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, you could be facing the most severe sentence (i.e. trafficking drugs) or the least severe (i.e. minor possession of a small amount of marijuana).
Misdemeanor drug charges fall into two categories with the minimum fine being $1,000 and the maximum fine being $2,000. Jail sentences can be between six months and one year. Felonies are divided into three categories with fines up to $50,000 and prison sentences up to 30 years for the worst offenses.
Types of drug charges you could face in Maine include but are not limited to:
- Possession of a Controlled Substance
- Possession of Marijuana
- Sale of a Controlled Substance
- Sale of a Controlled Substance in or Near School Grounds
- Criminal Solicitation
- Criminal Facilitation
- Diversion of Prescription Medications and Prescriptions
- Sale of a Prescription for a Controlled Substance
- Drug Trafficking
- Possession or Use of Drug Paraphernalia
- Injection of a Narcotic Drug
- Cultivation of Drugs or Plants Used to Manufacture Drugs
Maine Criminal Defense Attorney John Scott Webb represents clients who have been charged with drug crimes in Saco, Portland, and throughout Maine. Your best defense to a drug charge is a great offense. You have the right to challenge your drug charges and force the prosecution to prove you are guilty of the drug crime by proving each and every element required under Maine’s drug laws.
Don’t Sabotage Your Criminal Defense Before It Begins
In many cases, you are your worst enemy. Trying to explain why you did something or why you were in possession of a drug often gives law enforcement officers the probable cause they need for an arrest. It also gives the prosecution valuable information it can use against you at trial.
Never answer questions or argue with police officers. Exercise your right to remain silent except for asking for your attorney. You have the right to have an attorney present during questioning — we strongly urge you to exercise this right.
You can reach the Webb Law Firm by calling 207-283-6400 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may also contact Attorney Webb by using our convenient online contract form.