Boston Drug Crime Defense Attorney
What Are the Drug Crime Penalties in Massachusetts?
There is no doubt that even the most minor infractions involving drug charges will permanently and irreparably affect your future, for example:
- Prison - the state of Massachusetts imposes harsh sentences upon each person who is caught with drugs. Many of those sentences, even at the lowest level, carry prison time.
- Fines and fees - many of the fines and fees associated with a conviction for drugs are designed to be punitive, or, specifically designed to punish you. This may mean that the fines will be much more than you can afford at any given time, and paying them will cause an undue financial burden on you.
- Stripping of your rights - if you’re convicted of a felony-level drug charge, you will find yourself losing some of your basic civil rights. Convicted felons lose the right to vote, the right to hold any kind of public office, are barred from obtaining certain jobs (especially jobs that put them in charge of any sort of finances), and are strictly prohibited from owning a gun, whether licensed or not. In addition, convicted felons will find it difficult to travel to some countries, and may even find their request for a visa to enter certain countries to be outright denied.
- Losing your job - let’s face it, if you have to go to jail for an extended period of time, it’s not likely that you will find your job waiting for you when you get out. In addition, when you get out of jail, you’ll have a criminal record that will follow you around that will not make it easy to get another job so quickly. And unless you get an unlikely pardon from the Massachusetts governor, this conviction will follow you for the rest of your life.
The circumstances most commonly surrounding a simple arrest – such as in the case of a DUI – often come with additional charges involving drug possession. When a simple arrest is compounded by an additional possession charge, the only way you can hope to fight effectively – and, ultimately, defeat – the charges is to hire James G. DeGiacomo. Attorney James G. DeGiacomo the premier Boston, drug lawyer who has earned a reputation of aggressively fighting for your rights and getting you the justice you deserve. You shouldn’t have to face a possession charge alone, and hiring a trusted Boston drug lawyer like James G. DeGiacomo, will tip the scales of justice in your favor.
What Are the Penalties for Possession?
If you are convicted of possession you can face jail time as well as massive fines. When it comes to drug possession, Massachusetts has very specific, and harsh, laws. The penalties associated with drug possession vary, based on whether the drug is designated as a Class A drug (such as heroin), a Class B drug (such as ecstasy and methamphetamine), a Class C drug (such as prescription drugs that aren’t prescribed to you), or a Class D drug (such as marijuana). While, clearly, a Class D drug carries a lesser penalty than a Class A drug, the end result – extensive fines and jail time – are still the same. In these types of situations, it is best to seek a qualified Boston drug lawyer like James G. DeGiacomo, to assist you. Our office is familiar with the way that possession trials are handled and have strategies that will be instrumental in solving your problems.
What Are the Penalties for Possession With the Intent to Distribute?
While it is more common that those who are arrested for possession will also be arrested for intent to distribute, it is not always the case. Distribution charges are standard because when you are arrested for possession outside of your home or with a larger amount of drugs the police can usually prove that you had the intent to sell those drugs because you have so much of them. A possession with intent to distribute charge is much more serious than a simple possession charge. If you’re charged with possession with intent to distribute, no matter what “class” of drug you’re caught with, you’re facing a mandatory jail sentence of at least three years if you are convicted. Fortunately, with the assistance of an experienced Boston drug lawyer like James G. DeGiacomo, you will be able to quickly defeat the possession portion of your charge because there is not enough to prove that you were, in fact, going to distribute them.
What is Drug Trafficking?
Drug trafficking is a Class D felony in Massachusetts and is punishable by up to fifteen years in jail. If you are convicted of trafficking cocaine or heroin, you face up to twenty years in prison with a minimum of ten years. This is a charge that is much more difficult for a Boston drug lawyer to defend, because if you’ve been caught with a high volume of drugs, it’s difficult to argue that it was for your own personal use. These types of cases must be handled with a serious amount of grace and delicacy. Having the right Boston drug lawyer can mean the difference between going home and going to jail!
School Zone Violation
If you have been arrested for any type of drug charge – be it possession, possession with intent to distribute, and/or trafficking – and you have done so while within 300 feet of a school zone, the Massachusetts law holds an additional, harsher penalty in store for you, making it all the more essential to call a Boston drug lawyer. Additional fines and jail time are required for you, under the statute, and the end result can be devastating. While recent changes in legislation have changed the distance from a school zone from 1000 feet to 300 feet, you can still face tremendous penalties. It is important that you know you have options and that our Boston drug lawyer is here to help you out of any situation.
Contact us today if you’ve been arrested for any type of drug charge!
If you are arrested for any of the above charges you are probably stressed out and not sure what to do. At the Law Office of Boston drug lawyer James G. DeGiacomo, we have been working hand in hand with our clients through their trials for over a decade. We believe that everyone should have a fair trial, and no one should be left out in the dark.
While past results do not guarantee future success, and while nothing on this page is meant to constitute legal advice, James G. DeGiacomo, is pleased to have earned the reputation of being an aggressive Boston drug lawyer that fights for his clients’ rights and gets them the results they desire. He is also a Boston drug lawyer that pleased to offer a free, no obligation consultation to all of his prospective clients so that he can go over the details of your case with you, and determine the best course of action.
For more information about James G. DeGiacomo, and to schedule your free, no obligation consultation, contact us today and find out for yourself why he’s the Boston drug lawyer you can count on!
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