As one of Massachusetts top DUI lawyers, Attorney John B. Seed is well versed not only in OUI/DUI/DWI Drunk Driving offenses, but drug charges as well. It’s an important practicing area to be an expert in, as cases involving drugs and narcotics are among the most common offenses to come into the court system in Massachusetts, even after the decriminalization of the possession of 1 oz. or less of marijuana.
Drug offenses are divided into two categories: possession and distribution/trafficking. These categories each have their own severity of punishments.
- Possession: In Massachusetts simple possession of drugs ranges in severity, based on drug class: class A (e.g. heroin), class B (e.g. cocaine), class C (e.g. Vicodin), class D (marijuana) and class E (certain prescription drugs.) While lower class drugs can be dismissed on court costs, those in possession of more potent drugs may be subject to seek treatment and face potential incarceration.
- Distribution/Intent to Distribute/Trafficking: A charge of distribution/trafficking involves greater penalty than possession. If police suspect an individual of possession drugs for the purpose of selling or distributing, they can be charged with a felony, resulting in imprisonment with minimum mandatory sentences. Factors that prove that an individual had intent to distribute include amount of drugs, amount of money, paraphernalia, cell phones, and drug ledgers.
If you have been charged in Massachusetts with a drug offense, don’t go into court alone. Call Attorney John B. Seed to defend your case. As a former prosecutor, John B. Seed is well versed in the arguments used in drug cases, and will fight for the best possible outcome. To learn more about Attorney John B. Seed or to request free legal consultation for drug offenses, call (508) 817-3194.