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Drug Defense Lawyers in Portland, ME

Defending Against Drug Crime Charges in Maine

Drug charges carry very harsh penalties in Maine. Depending on the circumstances of your arrest, the penalties can have long term effects on your future. Drug possession and other drug crimes are some of the most common cases prosecuted in state and federal courts.

If you are under an investigation or have been charged with a drug offense in a Maine state court or with conspiracy to distribute drugs in federal court, you will need a trusted and capable defense attorney. Zerillo Law Firm is well-known in the state for our legal excellence and outstanding service in handling all drug crimes, even the most serious and complex federal cases.

If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges in Portland, start building your defense by calling or by scheduling a free consultation online with our drug crimes defense attorney today.

Types of State & Federal Drug Crimes We Handle

All drug crimes are serious, carrying the potential for jail or prison time and fines. If you are charged with a federal drug crime, these are generally even more serious due to their harsh sentencing guidelines. Many of the contributing factors to your charges include the type of drug found, the quantity of the drug and if there was intent to distribute.

Zerillo Law Firm represents clients accused of a wide range of drug offenses, including:

  • Drug possession
  • Drug paraphernalia possession
  • Marijuana possession and cultivation
  • Drug distribution
  • Drug manufacture
  • Drug trafficking
  • Conspiracy

These crimes may be related to marijuana, methamphetamine, crack, cocaine, fentanyl, heroin, and other street drugs, as well as the unauthorized possession and distribution of prescription drugs such as opioids like OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax, and more.

Can You Refuse to Take a Random Drug Test?

In Maine, you can technically refuse a drug test but you can be fired for refusing to take a drug test. An employer only needs to demonstrate they had good reason to believe someone was a safety hazard or was unable to perform their job. The employer’s written policy is key in this situation. The employee has little recourse if the employer is following their written policy and the employee was aware of the policy. The former employee might even be denied unemployment benefits if they are terminated for refusing to follow company policy. It also depends on your employer's written policy about drug tests. If you work as a truck driver, you can be fired for refusing to take the random drug test because that job requires you to be clean and sober during the job.

Are Dabs a Felony in Maine?

In Maine, possessing 5 grams or less of marijuana is legal. Using marijuana in public will result in a $100 civic infraction. Selling hashish is a crime no matter the amount and can lead to a five year incarceration period. Selling hashish will lead to much harsher penalties.

In Maine, Can I use Marijuana Medically or Recreationally?

In Maine, you can use marijuana recreationally and medically. Cannabis is legal for adults 21 or older.

What are the Penalties for Drug Crimes in Maine?

Depending on the circumstances, drug crimes will be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. How they are charged is based on the class of drug, any prior convictions, and any other aggravating circumstances. Maine categorizes drugs into four classes, with Class W including substances as heroin and cocaine as the most serious.

Misdemeanors are punishable by:

  • Up to six months in prison
  • And up to $1,000 in fines

Felony Charges are punishable by:

  • Up to 30 years in prison
  • And up to $50,000 in fines

Contact Our Drug Crimes Attorney in Portland Today

Just because you have been charged with a drug offense does not mean you will necessarily be convicted. Our firm has a strong track record of wins in court. Our Portland criminal defense attorneys will work together with you to provide a strategic and thorough defense. When your freedom and future are on the line, we urge you to contact Zerillo Law Firm for exceptional legal service.

Call us at (207) 618-6555 or contact us online to schedule an appointment with a drug crimes attorney near you in Portland, ME today. Offering free consultations.

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