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The Penalties For Drug Possession & Trafficking

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. Being convicted of possession or trafficking these controlled substances can lead to severe penalties.

Penalties for possession of a CDS depend on the class of the drug and whether it is a first offense or a subsequent offense, which may include:

  • Revoked driver's license
  • A fine ranging from $500 to $5,000
  • Anywhere from six months in jail to five years in state prison

Drug trafficking is a felony, with severe penalties and lifelong consequences. Trafficking a Class A controlled substance such as heroin can result in a prison sentence of up to 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 become ineligible 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 drug crimes lawyer in Boston 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 drug defense team will help clarify the issues you face, identify the elements required to prosecute, and present a strong defense in court.

Call (617) 829-9747 for a Free Consultation

At Dhar Law, LLP, our defense attorneys in Boston have decades 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 for a free consultation. 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) 829-9747 or use our online contact form to schedule a meeting with our drug defense lawyers in Boston.

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