Drug charges are among the most common offenses prosecuted in Massachusetts courts. Under Massachusetts law, many drugs and the chemicals that are used to create them are considered dangerous controlled substances. While the federal government has established its own “schedules” of unlawful drugs, our state has classified these substances into five classifications, each with its own set of penalties. Thus, if you have been charged with a drug crime, it is vital that you understand the class of drugs involved and their related consequences.
At Harrison Barrow, Attorney at Law, P.C., we can provide you with the understanding you need about the specifics of your charges, how the law impacts your case, and what we can do to help you fight back. Whether you are facing a drug crime misdemeanor or felony, putting a skilled criminal defense lawyer who is also a proven trial attorney on your side is an invaluable asset. We will be by your side throughout all stages of the legal process, putting our extensive experience with drug crime defense work on your side.
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Drug crimes in Massachusetts include the following:
- Possession with intent to distribute
- Sales and distribution
- Cultivation and manufacture
- Prescription drug fraud, sales, and distribution
- Drug conspiracy
- School zone violations
These charges involve drugs such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and other illegal street drugs, as well as prescription drugs such as fentanyl, Adderall, OxyContin, Vicodin, and more.
How you are charged will depend on the type of drugs found in your possession, their quantity, and other details of your case. Charges can range from a marijuana misdemeanor charge, carrying penalties of up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $500, to felony charges involving dealing or trafficking in Massachusetts Class A or B drugs that are the most dangerous and addictive. The penalties involved in these drug crimes can lead to prison terms of up to 10 years and/or fines ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.
Drug crime defense begins as early as possible, such as when you are being investigated by law enforcement. We can intervene to protect your rights at this stage and ensure that those rights are not violated, that proper police procedures are followed, and that you do not make any inadvertent mistakes that could endanger your case.
Many factors in your drug crime charges that can work against the prosecutor’s case can be investigated by our firm. These include factors such as illegal search and seizure, chain of custody discrepancies, faulty drug testing, and more. Our firm will investigate your arrest from all angles in search of mistakes and inconsistencies that can put your charges in doubt. If you are facing drug charges or being investigated for illegal drug activity, the time to act is now. Put our skills, knowledge, and experience to work for you in fighting for your freedom and future.