- What are the different types of drug crimes?
Massachusetts law provides for the following drug-related crimes: Possession, Possession with Intent to Distribute, Distribution and Trafficking. The charges and potential penalties will depend on the type and amount of drug involved. At a minimum the Prosecutor must be able to prove that the defendant knowingly and intentionally possessed a controlled substance.
- What defenses do I have?
In Massachusetts, drug crimes are vigorously prosecuted therefore you need an experienced lawyer to fight every aspect of the prosecution’s case. Often times, these type of charges are best fought by combining several types of defenses to include: Lack of Possession or Lack of Intent to Distribute, Unlawful Search and Seizure and Absence of Controlled Substance as defined by law.
- What happens if I am found guilty?
The penalties for drug crimes vary depending on the type and amount of the drug involved, as well as your criminal history. In some cases, the law provides for a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment. For example, a first conviction for possession of heroin can result in up to two years in jail while a second conviction for the same charge can result in anywhere from tow-and-a-half to five years in prison. Convictions for drug trafficking and distribution carry considerably longer prison sentences.
- What should I do if I am being charged with a drug crime?
A drug conviction can get in the way of you landing your dream job, getting public housing and, generally, can affect many other aspects of your life and future. If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug crime, reach out to a criminal defense attorney right away. Call us for a free consultation.