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Drug Crimes in Massachusetts

Legal Counsel from a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Boston

Massachusetts drug laws include a wide range of drug-related offenses. The most common drug offenses include possession, possession with intent to distribute, manufacturing, and trafficking illegal substances. Although simple drug possession is among the most common crimes that individuals in Boston are arrested for, drug possession crimes are not treated lightly due to the assumption that simple possession can lead to more severe, associated crimes such as drug manufacturing and drug trafficking.

Whether this is your first drug crime charge or you need legal representation for multiple offenses, you can trust that a Boston criminal defense attorney from The Criminal Defense Group can represent you! We have more than 65 years of combined legal experience and can handle even the most complex drug-related crimes. Our firm can handle misdemeanor drug crimes and felony charges.

Drug Possession in Massachusetts

Drug possession crimes can range from simple possession charges to more serious crimes, such as possession with intent to distribute. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, a drug possession charge in Massachusetts can be punishable by either a misdemeanor or felony penalty. Drug possession penalties will hinge specifically on the type and the amount of controlled substances you are found to possess.

If you are found to be in possession of large amounts of controlled substances, officers will try to charge you with related offenses, such as possession with intent to distribute or drug trafficking. To avoid the maximum sentence, seek legal defense immediately after an arrest.

Massachusetts Drug Possession Penalties

Massachusetts drug possession laws can carry serious penalties for anyone convicted of a drug crime. Even if you are facing a first offense, you could face substantial consequences. If you have been arrested, accused of, or charged with a drug crime in Massachusetts, The Criminal Defense Group can defend you to help you avoid the maximum penalties, which could include any of the following:

Possession of Class A Substances
Possession of Class A controlled substance violations are governed by MGL Chapter 94C, Section 32. Class A controlled substances can include heroin, morphine, GHB, and ketamine. For a first-time offense, an individual can be charged with a maximum sentence of up to 2 years in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. For a second-time offense, an individual can be penalized by up to 2 ½ years in jail or fines of up to $5,000 and up to 2 ½ years in prison.

Possession of Class B Substances
Possession of Class B controlled substance offenses are governed by MGL Chapter 94C, Section 32A. Class B controlled substances can include cocaine, LSD, Ecstasy, Oxycontin, amphetamine, or methamphetamine (meth). Under Massachusetts drug laws, an individual charged with a first-time offense can be penalized with a maximum sentence of 1 year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. For a second-time offense, an individual can be sentenced to jail for up to two years.

Possession of Class C Substances
Possession of Class B controlled substance violations are governed by MGL Chapter 94C, Section 32B. Class C controlled substances can include opiates, hallucinogenic substances, and some prescription narcotics. Under this law, an individual convicted of a first-time offense can be penalized with up to 5 years in state prison or 2 1/2 years in a house of corrections. Second-time offenses or multiple offenses could result in a minimum of 1 year in a house of corrections.

Possession of Class D Substances
The most common type of Class D controlled substance includes marijuana and lesser doses of prescription narcotics. Possession of Class D substance offenses are governed by MGL Chapter 94C, Section 32C. Individuals charged with a first-time offense are typically penalized with 6 months of jail and a fine of up to $500. Possession of Class D substances can be enhanced depending on prior offenses or the amount of controlled substance you are found to possess.

No matter what type of drug crime charge you are facing, you need to speak immediately with a Boston drug crime lawyer. At The Criminal Defense Group, we can determine the nature of your case and explain what penalties you may be facing. From there, we can establish the best defense strategy that can protect your rights and help you avoid the maximum penalties!

Drug Manufacturing Charges

State and federal agencies take great measures to locate and shut down drug manufacturing operations throughout the United States and in Massachusetts. From their point of view, if they can stop drug production at the root of the problem, it will be easier to solve drug epidemics that are quickly sweeping the country. If you have been arrested and charged with drug manufacturing, then you are going to need representation from a drug crime defense lawyer. Police and investigators will go to almost any length to obtain incriminating evidence of drug manufacturing, even if it sometimes means violating a suspect’s constitutional rights in the process. When police and investigators resort to illegal search and seizure, you will need an attorney to hold them accountable for their actions in an effort to have the evidence deemed inadmissible so that it will not be used against you in court.

Massachusetts Drug Manufacturing Penalties

The exact penalties a person will face from being convicted of drug manufacturing in Boston will depend on the amount of drug that was being manufactured, the schedule or classification of the drug that was being manufactured, and the defendant’s criminal record. First-time drug offenders usually do not have sentences that are as harsh as repeat offenders, and when a lower schedule of drug is being manufactured (such as marijuana), the penalties will not be as harsh as if the drug is more highly addictive, such as methamphetamine. It is best to speak with a drug crime defense attorney to find out what specific penalties you may be facing after being charged with drug manufacturing.

Boston Drug Manufacturing Lawyer

At The Law Offices of Dianna L. Abdala, we can represent you no matter what the circumstances of your drug manufacturing charges are. We handle many different types of drug cases, including drug manufacturing charges involving the following:

  • Indoor marijuana-growing facilities
  • Cocaine cooking labs making crack cocaine
  • Ecstasy labs making ecstasy pills
  • Making or refining heroin or other narcotics
  • Meth labs making crystal meth or crank
  • Possession of manufacturing equipment
  • Possession of precursor chemicals for meth or ecstasy manufacture
  • Purchase of equipment to manufacture

Alleged Drug Trafficking Crimes

Drug trafficking offenses refer to the unlawful distribution of controlled substances. In order to be convicted of a drug trafficking allegation, the prosecution must prove the following:

  • You were in possession of a controlled substance, such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or illegal prescription drugs
  • You were in possession of a large enough amount to distribute the drugs

Because drug trafficking charges involve the possession of drugs, drug trafficking penalties can have the most severe consequences in the state of Massachusetts. Because the state assumes that drug trafficking crimes fuel other drug-related crimes, such underage drug possession or driving under the influence, prosecutors will try to obtain any possible evidence against you to ensure that you are tried to the full extent of the law.

Call The Criminal Defense Group today!

If you or a loved one has been accused of a drug-related crime in Massachusetts, there is too much on the line to wait to retain criminal defense representation. At The Criminal Defense Group, a Boston drug crime lawyer can utilize the assistance of investigators and extensive legal research to ensure that your rights stay preserved. Additionally, we can provide a defense that seeks to solve any underlying problems. By suggesting alternative sentences, such as rehabilitation or 12-step programs, you could avoid the maximum penalties in the state of Massachusetts.

If you are ready to discuss your legal matters, contact our firm today. We can schedule a free case evaluation, during which we can get to know you and your legal complexity and create an effective defense strategy that is unique to your situation. Call a Boston criminal defense lawyer from the firm today to get started!

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.

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