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Drug Crimes in Massachusetts

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Drug crimes involving controlled dangerous substances and unauthorized prescription drugs are heavily prosecuted in Massachusetts. If you or someone you know is subject to a drug investigation or has been charged with any type of drug crime, your first action should be to call a trusted Massachusetts criminal defense attorney. Whether you are facing a possession charge, distribution charge, or manufacturing offense, it is crucial that you have strong, proactive representation. 

At Nate Amendola Defense, our Massachusetts drug crimes defense lawyers will vigorously protect your legal rights. We will make an exhaustive examination of your drug arrest in search of any weaknesses, errors, and flaws in the evidence being used against you. The first thing your team will analyze is whether a motion to suppress is available.  Many times, a drug case can be won by challenging the way the drugs were found.  With early intervention on our part, our Massachusetts drug crime attorneys may be able to secure a case dismissal or reduction in charges or penalties. Call us today to set up your strictly confidential initial consultation. 

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What to Know About the Drug Laws in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, illegal drugs are classified into groups ranging from the most dangerous and addictive in Class A to the least dangerous in Class E (G.L. c. 94C, s. 1.). How you are charged in any drug case will depend on a number of different factors, including the Class of drug found in your possession, how much of it was found, and whether your purpose for possession was to sell or distribute. Drug crimes in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts can include:

An Overview of the Massachusetts Controlled Substances Law (Drug Schedule)

Controlled substance drug schedules are a system of classification for drugs based on their potential for abuse, medical usefulness, and overall risk to public health. It matters for criminal law because more highly scheduled drugs carry more severe criminal penalties In Massachusetts, the Controlled Substances Act categorizes drugs into five schedules: 

  • Schedule I: These drugs have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use. They are considered the most dangerous and addictive drugs, such as heroin. 
  • Schedule II: These drugs also have a high potential for abuse but have some accepted medical uses. They include opioids such as fentanyl, morphine, and oxycodone.
  • Schedule III: These drugs have a moderate to low potential for abuse and have accepted medical uses. They include drugs such as anabolic steroids and codeine.
  • Schedule IV: These drugs have a low potential for abuse and accepted medical uses. They include drugs such as benzodiazepines like Xanax and Valium.
  • Schedule V: The lowest classification, Schedule V drugs have a very low potential for abuse and accepted medical uses. They include drugs such as cough syrup with codeine.

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Drug Charges Can Result in Harsh Criminal Penalties in Massachusetts

The penalties for a drug-related offense can vary considerably based on the specific allegations. For example, in some possession charges, a person may be granted drug court or other treatment options in lieu of facing any jail time. Though, there are certainly possession charges that can result in significant prison time. 

On the other end of the spectrum, distribution and trafficking offenses almost invariably carry serious penalties which can sometimes even include lengthy minimum mandatory jail sentences. Beyond that, a conviction for a drug-crime can carry other consequences. It could leave a person with a permanent criminal record which can be detrimental to your future. Our Massachusetts drug defense lawyers are ready to review your charges and protect you from the worst penalties.  

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Understanding the Elements of Drug Possession in Massachusetts

Drug possession is the most common drug-related offense charged in Massachusetts. It can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony offense depending on the specific narcotic and the alleged amount. Knowing the elements of drug possession is essential to mounting a strong defense. Here are the three key things that must be present for a drug possession charge in Massachusetts: 

  • Possession (Actual or Constructive): The prosecution must also prove that the defendant had physical control or dominion over the drug. Possession can be actual, such as having the drug in your hand, or constructive, such as having the drug in a vehicle that you control.
  • Knowledge: The prosecution must prove that the defendant knowingly possessed the drug. In other words, the defendant must have been aware that they had the drug in their possession.
  • Intent: In addition to proving that a defendant knowingly posssessed the drug, the prosectuion must also prove that the defendant intentionally possessed the illegal substance.
  • Controlled Substance: The drug must be a controlled substance under state or federal law. Examples include outright illegal drugs such as cocaine and heroin, as well as unauthorized prescription medications, such as opioids and benzodiazepines.

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An Overview of Marijuana Laws in Massachusetts (2023)

The recreational use of marijuana has been legalized in the state. You can possess up to one ounce of marijuana. However, if you’re found in possession of more than the legal amount, you can be charged with a drug offense. If you drive while impaired from marijuana, you may be charged with an OUI and if you’re found selling marijuana to a minor under the age of 18, you can be charged with a felony. Additionally, it is important to remember that cannabis is still illegal under federal law. 

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A Drug Offense May Be a Federal Crime

A drug crime could be prosecuted as a federal offense. While most drug charges are handled under the Commonwealth law, some cases involve federal criminal liability. Most often, these are more serious crimes—such as allegations of drug trafficking, with distribution across state lines. When facing federal drug charges, it is crucial to work with a skilled defense attorney. Federal drug laws are complex, federal agencies have vast resources, and the penalties can be especially severe. 

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Why Rely On Massachusetts Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer Nate Amendola

Being arrested and charged with a drug-related offense is a stressful, frightening, and altogether overwhelming experience. Don’t try to navigate the legal system alone. The attorney you choose to represent you against drug charges can have a dramatic difference in how your case unfolds. Nate Amendola is a knowledgeable, aggressive, and results-driven advocate for justice. We provide proactive and personalized representation. When you reach out to our law office, you will have an an opportunity to work with a Massachusetts drug crimes defense lawyer who can: 

  • Conduct a comprehensive and confidential review and evaluation of your case;
  • Investigate the drug charges, gathering the evidence you need to support your defense; 
  • Represent you in all correspondence with police and prosecutors; and 
  • Develop a truly personalized defense strategy designed to get you the best outcome.   

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Schedule a Confidential Consultation With Our Massachusetts Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer

At Nate Amendola Defense, our Massachusetts criminal defense attorneys have the skills and experience to handle the full range of drug crimes cases. We pride ourselves on winning cases and securing favorable outcomes for our clients. You can contact us online or call our office directly at 781-740-0800 to schedule your confidential consultation With a law office in Norwell, we handle drug possession, distribution trafficking, and manufacturing cases throughout Massachusetts.

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