Maryland criminal law already requires police officers to notify a student’s school if the student is arrested outside of school for any one of a long list of crimes. Now, the legislature is considering a bill that would add arrests for possession or administration of a controlled substance - known commonly as “drug dealing” - to that list, according to a recent article in The Herald-Mail.
The bill, introduced by Washington/Allegheny Delegate LeRoy E. Myers, Jr., adds drug crimes to the list of reportable crimes already included in the Safe Schools Act, such as murder, malicious defacing of property, and possessing firearms. Del. Myers says that he believes the current version of the Safe Schools Act overlooked drug crimes and that if schools were aware of a student’s arrest on a drug-related charge, the school may be able to help the student avoid similar arrests in the future.
Not everyone supports the change, however. Betsy Fox Tolentino, a staff attorney with the Office of the Public Defender, testified against the bill in the state legislature. She said that the current bill strikes an important balance between keeping schools safe and preserving the presumption that those arrested are innocent until they are proven guilty in court.
Being arrested or charged with a crime in Maryland can have a serious impact on your life, even before trial begins. If you or someone you love is facing drug charges in Maryland, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Maryland drug crime defense lawyers at Alpert Schreyer. We will fight to protect your legal rights and seek the best possible outcome in your case. Call 866-444-6363 to set up a free and confidential case evaluation.