Drug Possession or Paraphernalia Charges in Montgomery County, Maryland

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If you find yourself charged with a drug possession or paraphernalia charge in Rockville, Silver Spring, or anywhere in Montgomery County, Maryland, you may be eligible for a special program called IPSA. Drug charges are placed on an inactive, or stet docket, for a period of time for the criminal defendant to complete community service and some drug education classes. After the completion of the program the charges are then expunged, erased from the record.

Most counties do not have this program. As a result, drug charges in other counties in Maryland will not end with an expungement and defendant's will in many cases get something on their record. Therefore, for all drug charges in Montgomery County you should obtain an attorney who is familiar with the community service programs in both the Silver Spring and the Rockville District Court Houses.

A result of community service and expungement is critical for the future. Employment background searches will not pull up these charges once they are expunged. Further, if you are charged for something else later, this arrest will not show up on your criminal record. As a result, in a later criminal charge you could still obtain a probation before judgment (PBJ). PBJ could not be used subsequently unless you obtained this result or a stet, or ten years passes.

If you, or a family member or someone you know has been convicted of drug possession, paraphernalia, or any other criminal matter and would like more information on criminal defense, please contact Portner & Shure.

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