We Minimize The Consequences Of Drug Charges
Massachusetts, like all states, regulates the possession and distribution of controlled dangerous substances (CDS). These include marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines, as well as a number of lesser-known drugs and even their individual compounds. Conviction of possession or trafficking these controlled substances can lead to severe penalties.
At Dhar Law, LLP, our criminal defense attorneys have years of experience representing clients who face a wide array of criminal charges related to drug possession, distribution and manufacturing. If you have been arrested or even questioned in an investigation, it is important to contact our offices as soon as possible.
The Penalties For Drug Possession And Trafficking
Penalties for possession of a CDS depend on the class of drug and whether it is a first offense or a subsequent offense. Penalties range from probation to two or more years in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.
Drug trafficking is a felony, with severe penalties and lifelong consequences. Trafficking in a Class A controlled substance such as heroin can result in a prison sentence of 20 years. In cases where a defendant uses violence or a threat of violence with a firearm, or helps a minor distribute drugs, the penalties can be increased so defendants are not eligible for parole.
Possible Defenses In Drug Cases
Like any other case, police are required to act within the constitutional requirements when it comes to search and seizure of CDS. If the police violate these constitutional protections, then the evidence searched or seized may not be admissible in court. A possible defense could include arguing that the substance belonged to someone else. Additionally, an experienced lawyer can argue that the amount of CDS alleged to constitute trafficking is flawed because of the way the prosecution measured the weight.
If you are charged with drug possession, drug trafficking, or possession of a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to traffic, our experienced criminal defense team will help clarify the issues you face, identify the elements required to prosecute and present the best defense in court.
Contact Us To Schedule A Meeting
The important first step is to schedule a consultation so we can review the facts of your case and recommend an effective course of action. Call 617-391-0592 or use our online contact form to schedule a meeting.