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Experienced Defense Against Drug Crime Charges in Massachusetts

If you are charged with any sort of drug offense, you need help from an experienced lawyer. Drug charges can result in excessive jail time and fines. With more than 20 years in the business, Jack Diamond Law Offices may be the firm for you. We offer hard-hitting advocacy in criminal hearings and trials. We have a well-known reputation throughout the community and keep up on all laws and changes to make sure we are providing top-tier service. In addition to our Boston office, we also have a presence in Plymouth, Quincy, and Hingham.

Arrested for a drug crime? Call us at (617) 925-6772 or contact us online today to schedule your free consultation with a drug crime lawyer in Boston.

Types of Drug Crimes in Massachusetts

All drug offenses are governed by the Controlled Substances Act. Each case is unique, including the following:

  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Manufacturing a controlled substance
  • Trafficking a controlled substance
  • Possession with intent to distribute
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Possession of drugs in a school zone

What are the Penalties for Drug Crimes in Massachusetts?

Drug crime penalties are based on the specific substance you were using, selling, manufacturing, or holding. The courts also take into account the amount of drugs. If you convicted, you could be facing lengthy jail sentences, large fines and more. In addition, affiliated crimes such as lying to a police officer, concealing drugs, or violent crimes regarding drugs may enhance sentences.

Knowing and Intentional Possession

We highly recommend you call a Boston drug crime lawyer before speaking with law enforcement. Every drug crime in Massachusetts hinges on the terms “knowingly” and “intentionally.” If you were not aware of the illegal narcotics, you should not be held responsible for them. The most common evidence in a drug case is an admission by the defendant, so saying the wrong thing may complicate your case.

What Drugs Are Illegal in Massachusetts?

Massachusetts has harsh penalties for knowingly or intentionally possessing illegal substances. These include:

  • Class A substances: Heroin, GHB, morphine, and ketamine
  • Class B substances: Cocaine, ecstasy, amphetamines, LSD, PCP, and prescription drugs like oxycodone
  • Class C substances: Some narcotics, depressants, and sedatives

Massachusetts has legalized marijuana and decriminalized possession of less than an ounce. However, possession of more than an ounce can result in criminal charges.

What are the Penalties for Heroin Possession in Massachusetts?

  • If you are charged for knowingly possessing heroin, your charges may result in up to 1 year in prison and fines of up to $1,000.
  • If you are charged for a first time offense, you may be facing up to 2 years imprisonment in a house of correction and/or fines of up to $2,000.
  • If you are facing a second or subsequent offense, you may be facing up to 5 years in a state prison, fines of up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment in a jail or a house of correction for up to 2 1/2 years.

Search & Seizure in Drug Cases

All Americans have constitutional protections against unlawful search and seizure. Many drug cases involve a search. If the investigation is not done in accordance with Massachusetts laws, you may be able to file a motion to suppress evidence. A drug crime attorney in Boston can help you determine if there was any foul play.

What is at Stake in a Drug Crimes Case?

In addition to jail time, fines, marks on your record, and damage to your reputation, you may lose some of your most prized possessions if convicted of a drug crime. Massachusetts law allows the court to seek forfeiture of your money, property, or home if they believe that these assets are affiliated with your crimes. The Registry of Motor Vehicles may also require license suspension for one to five years upon conviction.

Don’t let a drug crime charge disrupt your future. Fight your charges with the help of a Boston drug crime lawyer at Jack Diamond Law Offices. Contact us now at (617) 925-6772.