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Are you facing drug charges in Massachusetts?
I understand what you are going through, and I commend you for finding this web site to research your situation. Taking action to fight back is a smart move. Remember, being arrested is not the same thing as being guilty!
We are experienced criminal defense attorneys who have helped many people just like you. There are many possible defenses we can present depending on the facts of your case including motions to suppress the evidence against you on grounds of illegal search and seizure. Police make mistakes in drug arrests all the time. It’s our job to keep the system fair for you, and make sure none of your constitutional and legal rights have been violated.
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Massachusetts Drug Laws are too complicated to navigate on your own. Charges and Penalties according to the law vary according to the quantity and type of drug involved. We are experienced in defending charges of:
- Drug Possession
- Drug Possession with Intent to Distribute
- Possession w/Intent to Distribute within a School Zone
While marijuana possession of under 1oz has been decriminalized, possession of greater than an ounce is still a serious charge. And other controlled substances have considerable penalties for many charges, and a real risk of a career threatening and life changing criminal conviction on your record.
When you’re ready, give me a call to set up a free consultation and I can answer specific questions about your case, and offer you some legal advice from someone who has defended these cases countless times. My initial consultation is always free, so there is no obligation. Call me at (781) 817-6332.
Best Legal Defense Options in Drug Cases
There are many excellent ways to beat drug charges, or avoid a criminal record in many cases. We can discuss the best strategies that may be appropriate for your individual situation in a free consultation.
If you are issued a criminal summons, there is often a good chance to beat the case immediately at a Clerk Magistrate’s Hearing. I wrote an entire book on how to win at these hearings.
In other cases, winning a case usually means beating the charges via a motion to suppress the evidence against you, typically on grounds of illegal search. Otherwise, I consider avoiding a criminal record a win if we can negotiate an alternative sentence.
Massachusetts Drug Classifications
Drug types are classified under 5 different substance categories in Massachusetts: Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, and Class E controlled substances. These classifications are the Commonwealth’s version of the Federal Drug Schedules. They are similar to Schedule I-V, but there are a few differences.
Possession of a Class A Substance
Class A Substances The vast majority of all possession of a Class A substance charges are from Heroin. The category also can include some other opiates; some designer drugs such as GHB; and Ketamine (Special K).
Possession of a Class B Substance
Class B Substance include
- Amphetamines (speed) ; & Methamphetamine (crystal, meth)
- Prescription opiates such as Oxycontin, Oxycodone (Percodan/Percocet), Methadone and Buprenorphine
- Codeine, Barbituates like Butalbital.
- MDMA (Methylenedioxymethamphetamine), commonly known as Ecstasy, XTC, X, or “Molly”.
Possession of a Class C Substance
Class C Substance examples include:
- Prescription tranquilizers and narcotics Diazepam (Valium / Diastat), Clonazepam, Librium, Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lorcet, Dolacet, Hydrocet, Lortab, Codiclear DH, Tussionex, Cogesic, Anexia), Lorazepam (Ativan);
- Mescaline, psilocybin/mushrooms, peyote, STP, MDA (Sass / Mandy / Sass-a-frass) other hallucinogenic substances;
- Some medium doses of prescription narcotics and commonly abused prescriptions stimulants and ADD drugs like Adderall, Dexedrine, and Ritalin.
Possession of a Class D Substance
Class D substances include marijuana / pot (most common), Chloral hydrate, phenobarbital, and some lesser doses of prescription narcotics.
Simple possession of marijuana is decriminalized in quantities of 1oz or less, but people can still be busted on trumped up distribution charges, even with a small amount, and of course if you have more than an ounce on you. Although almost any possession of more than an ounce of cannabis, they will likely try to make into an intent to distribute charge.
Possession of a Class E Substance
Class E substance charges are typically for lighter doses of prescription narcotics containing codeine (Tylenol #3), morphine, or opium. Also other unclassified drugs include various tranquilizers and medicine like Xanax (Niravam, Alprazolam), Quetiapine (Seroquel), Klonopin/clonazepam/Clonidine, Gabapentin, Trazodone, Buproprion (Wellbutrin).
The quantities of the drugs, circumstances, or other factors involved dictate whether the police charge you with possession, intent to distribute, or trafficking. For more details on possible charges and sentences you are facing refer to my Drug Possession, Drug Distribution, or Drug Trafficking pages.
Other related Mass drug charges can include:
- Possession within a School Zone: possession of a controlled substance within 300 feet of a school (changed from 1000 ft in 2012, and does not apply from 12am-5pm)
- possession with intent to distribute with 100 feet of a public park
- possession or distribution of drug paraphernalia, including needles (penalty up to 2 years in prison and $5000 fine)
- being present where heroin is kept (penalties up to 1 year in prison and $1000 fine)
Free Legal Consultation on Massachusetts Drug Laws
If you are charged with any criminal drug-related possession charge in Massachusetts, including drug possession, intent to distribute, school zone, conspiracy to violate drug laws, possession of drug paraphernalia or needles, or any other drug related or criminal charge, you need an experienced MA criminal attorney to work you and protect your rights.
Whether you intend to fight the charges at trial, or want to negotiate a deal with the DA. We are in courts all across Massachusetts every day defending clients just like you, accused of criminal drug possession charges. Call now to get help immediately.