Montgomery County police officers are known to be particularly strict and vigilant, which has caused drug and narcotics arrests to become relatively common. The attorneys at Houlon Berman pride themselves on their expertise in drug and narcotics cases in all areas of Maryland and Washington, D.C. We are prepared to assist you in any criminal case, regardless of the charges. At Houlon Berman, we meticulously review all of the facts of each case and consider every element of the offense. Our well-established attorneys know the most effective tactics to achieve the best possible results for our clients.
In every Montgomery County narcotics case, the prosecution bears the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. The burden of proof is always on the prosecution and never the client, plus the jury’s verdict must be unanimous.
If you or someone you know is facing drug or drug-related felony or misdemeanor charges in Montgomery County, you need representation. The unfortunate consequence of the war on drugs is that many people receive sentences that are drastically disproportionate to the crimes committed. The State also often seeks to forfeit assets seized from you when you are arrested in a drug case, such as your car, money or real property. At Houlon Berman, we are well-known specialists in Asset Forfeiture law.
Possession of a controlled substance in Maryland can have varying consequences depending on your age, gender, criminal record, location, and the amount of the substance in question. There are dozens of ways that your civil liberties can be put at risk in the case of drug charges, so the best thing you can do is obtain a knowledgeable Maryland drug defense lawyer for your case.
Often these cases involve illegal searches and seizures in violation of the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution. We are experts in 4th Amendment law. Here are samples of some arguments we have made in the past: D.C. Appeal, Maryland Appeal.
In order to prove the offense of Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, the State must prove the following elements of the offense:
(1) that the defendant sold, exchanged, transferred, or gave away a controlled dangerous substance;
(2) that the substance was in fact the controlled dangerous substance the State alleged that it was.
In Montgomery County, many narcotics cases go to trial, while others reach a resolution in lieu of trial. The attorneys at Houlon Berman are highly experienced in defending clients facing drug charges in Montgomery County. Our attorneys fight to achieve the best possible results in every narcotics case through hard work and unwavering dedication to our clients. Houlon Berman has broad experience representing clients successfully in Montgomery County and all other parts of Maryland. Our clients receive a comprehensive and aggressive defense in each and every case.