Bangor Drug Crime Lawyer
If you have been charged or are being investigated for drug offenses, you need a skilled Bangor drug crime lawyer. The legal team at David Bate has earned a stellar reputation for aggressively advocating for clients’ rights when they have been accused of a crime. When you need a seasoned drug crime lawyer in Bangor, attorney David Bate is the one to call.
Penalties for Drug Possession
If a person is convicted of drug crimes in Maine, the penalties can be harsh. Drug offenses are classified based on what schedule of drug was involved and whether or not the crime is charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. A Bangor drug crime lawyer can tell you more, but drugs are divided into schedules W, X, Y, and Z:
Schedule W drugs
· Opiates: heroin, methadone, oxycodone;
· Stimulants: amphetamines, cocaine; and
· Hallucinogens: barbiturates, LSD, MDA, and MDMA.
Schedule X drugs
· Hallucinogens: DMT, hashish, mescaline, psilocybin;
· Tranquilizers: Ketamine
Schedule Y drugs
· Hypnotic drugs: codeine, diazepam; and
Schedule Z drugs
· All other prescription and non-prescription drugs. In Maine, it is a crime to possess prescription drugs that were not prescribed to you or are in a container that is not accurately labeled.
Most drug possession cases of Schedule W or X drugs are usually classified as a Class D misdemeanor. If convicted, a person faces a minimum of 12 months in jail and a fine of between $400 to $2,000.
If a person has been charged with possession of a Schedule Y or Z drug, they are charged with a Class E misdemeanor. A conviction means a six-month jail sentence and fine of between $400 to $1,000.
If the amount of drugs the person had in their possession is over a certain amount (that amount varies by drug), then the individual will likely be charged with a felony. Penalties for felonies are much harsher than for misdemeanors. Convictions usually mean up to five years in prison and fines of up to $5,000.
Possession of heroin, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, methamphetamine, and oxycodone always means a Class C felony charge, no matter how much of the drug the individual had in their possession.
A Bangor drug crime lawyer knows that possession of marijuana in Maine is considered a civil violation and not a criminal one if the amount is less than 2.5 ounces. The penalty for this violation is $350 for under 1.25 ounces and $700 for amounts between 1.25 and 2.5 ounces.
If a person has between 2.5 ounces and under eight ounces, they can be charged with a Class E misdemeanor and anything over eight ounces is a Class D misdemeanor.
If an individual is arrested for having more than a pound of marijuana, they may be charged with a Class C felony. Any amounts over 20 pounds are charged as a Class B felony and a conviction brings with it up to 10 years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines.
Let a Bangor drug crime lawyer Fight for You
If you have been charged with a drug offense, you need a drug crime lawyer Bangor clients trust. Attorney David Bate has fought for the rights of Mainers for more than three decades. He can use all available resources to get you the best possible outcome based on the circumstances of your case.
Contact a skilled Bangor drug crime lawyer at (207) 904-5449 for a free consultation to discuss your case and how we can help.