Drug Possession Lawyer in Massachusetts
Drug charges are serious criminal offenses. The consequences depend on a number of factors, including which "class" the drugs fall under – from opiates/heroin/codeine (class A) to cocaine/methadone/amphetamines (class B) to mescaline (class C) to marijuana (class D) to steroids/prescription drugs (class E) – whether you have prior similar offenses and, generally, the circumstances that led to the charges. Drug charges include:
- Possession of a controlled substance
- Possession with intent to distribute
- Possession and/or intent to distribute in a school or park zone
- Being present where heroin is kept
Marijuana As of January 1, 2013, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana is no longer a criminal offense. It is a civil offense. However, police officers will use the excuse of smelling fresh or burned marijuana as an excuse to order you to exit from your car and search you and your vehicle. In most cases, this is a violation of your civil rights. And will likely lead to allegations of possession with intent to distribute, possession in a school zone, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, etc.
Medical marijuana and dispensaries are coming to Massachusetts. It is likely a host of new criminal issues will result. You should consult with an attorney familiar with the new law and regulations if you are charged with any crime associated with this area of law.
These offenses are not to be taken lightly. They carry a jail sentence. If you have been charged with any of these offenses, you should immediately consult with an experienced attorney to help you navigate through the criminal justice system. The outcome of your case will depend on many factors including, but not limited to, your previous criminal history, whether you are currently on probation, the amount of injury or damages to the complaining witness, etc.
Kathleen A. Delaney, Esq. is an experienced attorney who is familiar with the criminal justice system and all the significant players.
Call or email her for a complimentary consultation - 781.935.7100