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In 2014 there were over 1.5 million American drug arrests and drug possession charges made up 83% of them. Often times a routine traffic stop can turn into a drug possession charge. Many of these charges might not sound like a big deal, but they are often punished harshly. If you or someone you know is facing Massachusetts drug charges you need to hire a Worcester drug lawyer immediately. Donβt let one mistake ruin the rest of your life.
The penalties you face depend on the substance you were caught with and the amount that was found. Marijuana, cocaine and heroin are three of the most common substances found by police. Your Worcester drug lawyer will be able to analyze your case to see what charges you face.
In Massachusetts it is no longer a criminal offense to carry less than an ounce of marijuana, however larger quantities can still lead to steep penalties. First time offender possession of marijuana can lead to 6 months in jail and $500 in fines. If you were caught possessing a large amount, also had equipment such as scales and small bags, or offered drugs to a police informant you could face possession with intent to sell charges. First time offenders could face 2 years in prison plus fines. If you have had previous offenses or over 50 pounds of marijuana the punishments are even more severe.
If you were caught possessing cocaine, first time offenders can receive one year in jail, $1,000 in fines and 1-year license suspension. With intent to sell charges you may spend 2.5 years in jail and pay up to $10,000 in fines. If this isnβt your first offense you could spend 3 β 10 years in prison. Cocaine trafficking charges are even harsher!
First time offenders caught possessing Heroin may spend 2.5 years in prison and be fined thousands of dollars. Second time offenders may spend up to five years in prison. Possession with intent to sell charges could land you 10 years in prison even if it is your first offense!
The evidence used against drug defendants is usually obtained through searching you or your vehicle. An experienced Worcester drug lawyer will be able to carefully look at how the search was conducted or if it was even a legal search to begin with. Strict laws dictate when and how police officers can search and collect evidence. If any mistakes were made in the process, your case could get thrown out or your charges may be lessened. Let Worcester drug lawyer James G. DeGiacomo make sure your rights are protected.
Attorney James G. DeGiacomo is a Worcester drug lawyer with ample experience in defending drug cases all over Massachusetts. He knows how the system works from the inside and will use that knowledge to help you. We care about your case and will provide you with the legal representation you need. Call today at 508-214-4427 for your free consultation. Let us handle your case and end your legal stress.