A local Maryland man caught a break this week after pleading guilty to a severe drug offense charge. On May 15, two years of the offender’s three-year sentence were suspended by a judge working in the St. Mary’s County Circuit Court. The drug crime the man was convicted of was a felony charge: possession with intent to distribute cocaine. The offender plead guilty to the charge on May 4.
An attorney presented the man’s case to the court in a favorable manner. The attorney explained that the offender had injured himself while in the Navy, turning to cocaine to deal with the physical pain. It was also explained that since the time of arrest, the offender was no longer using or dealing cocaine.
The judge took pity on the offender, thanking him for his service in the Navy; however, it was blatantly made clear to him if he messed up again, he would be made to serve out his entire sentence behind bars. The offender also plead guilty to a second charge involved in the same case, but the judge once again showed pity by probating the 18-month sentence.
Oftentimes, there is no intent to become addicted or to abuse drugs. When this happens, a person can find himself or herself in trouble with the law. It is imperative that every detail of a criminal case be brought forth to a judge in a favorable manner for the defendant, which could help the defendant receive a minimal sentence. A criminal defense attorney may be able to assist in presenting a case.
Source: The Baynet, “COCAINE CHARGES GET MAN A YEAR IN JAIL”, Dick Myers, May 20, 2013