CDS Lawyer

CDS LawyerIf you are arrested or issued a citation for any drug crime, then you have been charged with a violation of the state CDS law.  This is an abbreviation for controlled dangerous substance and the statute in Title 5 of the state laws includes every type of drug crime on the books.  State drug laws include dozens of different types of drugs, and many of these drugs are broken up into different classifications, called schedules.  The laws do not include alcohol or tobacco.  Without a doubt, the most common drug crime is drug possession, and the most common substance is marijuana.  The Herbst Firm’s drug lawyers handle all types of violations from simple possession to manufacturing and trafficking.  If you have been arrested or cited contact The Herbst Firm for a free consultation.  CDS cases are our specialty and Benjamin Herbst has personally handled hundreds of drug crimes. 

If you have been arrested for drug possession, chances are that your charge will be listed as CDS marijuana, or not marijuana.  The maximum punishment for possession of marijuana is six months for over 2.5 ounces and a civil citation of $100 for less than 1.5 ounces and $200 for less than 2.5 ounces but more than 1.5 ounces.  This is much less that the maximum punishment for possession of CDS not marijuana, which is currently a year in jail for a first offense, 18 months for a second or third offense and 2 years for a fourth or subsequent.  Possession not marijuana typically includes drugs such as cocaine, heroin, meth, and ecstasy.  It is not uncommon in certain jurisdictions for a first time offender to be placed on reporting probation or even serve jail time for hard drug crimes.  If you have been charged  it is important to contact a criminal lawyer immediately to begin working on your defense.

In a possession case, the amount of the drugs found by police is not relevant to proving a drug crime.  You can be charged with possession for having a minimal amount of actual drugs.  Our drug lawyers have seen drug charges prosecuted for residue amounts of drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and marijuana.  A controlled dangerous substance lawyer may be able to negotiate with the state prosecutor to have your drug possession case dismissed, or dropped down to a possession of paraphernalia charge if there is a residue amount of drugs involved, but this is highly dependent on where the arrest occurred in the state.  All counties treat these cases differently, and it is important to retain a lawyer who knows the differences between these counties.

CDS includes any drug listed in schedule I through schedule V, and also includes other drugs or chemicals that are used to manufacture any listed drugs.  Therefore a person can actually be arrested for a drug crime even if they are not found in possession of an actual drug.  This type of arrest typically occurs in situations where there is unlawful drug manufacturing that requires chemical substances that are not classified as actual drugs.  If you or someone you know is being investigated or has been arrested for drugs, contact The Herbst Firm 24 hours a day at 410-207-2598.
Client Reviews
"I am writing this letter to thank you for doing such a great job in my case. If it were not for what you did I would still be in jail right now. My family and I are very grateful I have a second chance at life now, and if it wouldn't be like this if you were not so good at what you do. Thank you again Benjamin!" T.S.
"I want to commend you on the excellent representation that you provided on my son's case case. I truly appreciate everything you have done. You are a dedicated, very professional, and caring individual. We both wish you the utmost success in your legal career and future endeavors." Raquel and Joseph M.
"Thank you for all the time and effort that you put into defending my case. You were willing to fight for me when nobody else would believe my story, and you did not back down from the prosecutor. Another lawyer would have urged me to plead guilty, but you were willing to fight for me, and in the end justice was served. I appreciate everything you did and wish you all the best." Fred D.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
Office Phone Number