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Drug Crimes

Have you Been Charged with a Drug Crime in Massachusetts?

Many drug crimes are felonies that can have lifetime consequences. Even if you are charged and convicted with less serious drug offenses, the penalties, such as fines and having your license revoked, can derail your life and affect your future, including your job prospects.

If you have been charged with a drug crime in Massachusetts you may be facing any of the following charges: possession, intent to distribute, distribution of drugs, manufacturing and drug trafficking to name a few. In Massachusetts you can even be charged with a misdemeanor if you are “knowingly present” where heroin is kept.

Drug crimes in Massachusetts are associated with the possession and distribution of controlled dangerous substances (CDS). Therefore, the charges you are facing may be more serious depending on whether the substance is a Class A through E drug. Class A drugs automatically incur more serious penalties. Some Class A drugs include heroin, morphine, fentanyl and ketamine. Class B drugs include cocaine, LSD, crack and amphetamines. Drugs that carry lesser penalties include marijuana and prescription drugs.

Massachusetts’s relaxed recreational marijuana laws can be confusing, especially for younger people. Massachusetts allows possession of marijuana under restricted circumstances. You are allowed more than 2 grams in your possession or up to 10 grams at home. However it is illegal for people under 21 to buy marijuana or to host any social event with other underage friends involving marijuana. Young people can end up with fines, jail time and a criminal record for activities like selling marijuana without a license or giving marijuana to minors. College students may also lose their college funding due to marijuana offenses.

Penalties for drug crimes become more severe the more offenses a person has. You can receive up to 2 years in prison for possessing a Class A drug if it is a first offense, up to 5 years for subsequent charges of possession and up to 20 years for trafficking a Class A drug (possessing more than 14 grams) if it is a first offense.

Expert Drug Crime Defense in Boston

If you are facing charges for drug crimes in Massachusetts our Boston defense attorneys are here to help. We have decades of experience representing clients who are facing serious criminal charges for drug crimes including possession, distribution, intent to distribute and manufacturing.

Facing a serious drug charge in Massachusetts can leave people feeling vulnerable. You may not be aware that there is an effective, strong defense for your case. Our experienced drug defense attorneys can tackle your drug charge by identifying the elements required to prosecute a case, such as intent and the admissible evidence.

No one should have to face a serious drug charge alone and without representation. When you schedule a consultation we can review the facts of your case and recommend the best course of action for your individual case. Call 617 880-6155 or use our contact form to schedule a meeting with one of our Boston drug defense lawyers.


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