Bristol County Drug Crime Attorneys
Experienced Drug Crime Defense Lawyer in Massachusetts & Rhode Island
Drug crimes make up one of the most common categories of criminal offenses heard in Massachusetts courts. These are offenses involving controlled substances as listed per Massachusetts law under five categories from Class A which are the most addictive and dangerous through Class E which are considered the least harmful.
If you are found to be in possession of any of these illegal drugs in Bristol or Suffolk counties, you may be facing serious criminal penalties. This includes the possession of prescription medical drugs without a valid authorized prescription from a medical professional. You will be criminally charged in all cases except when possessing less than an ounce of marijuana for personal use.
Your criminal record can be easily accessed on a routine background check that can be run by prospective employers, landlords, educational and financial institutions, and professional licensing agencies.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug crime, it is essential that you seek strong legal representation from a Bristol County criminal defense lawyer who is well-versed in drug laws and who knows how to craft strong cases. At the Law Office of Frank D. Camera, you will find reputable and effective legal help from a veteran lawyer who has achieved case results that speak for themselves. Our Bristol County drug crime attorney is well-respected in the local courts and has focused much of his practice on drug crime defense. Thus, he is heavily experienced in this area of law and that experience can be advantageous to clients facing any kind of drug charge.
Massachusetts Drug Charges
How you are charged in any drug case will depend on what activities you were involved in, the type of drugs found in the incident, their quantity, and other relevant factors particular to your case. You may be facing drug misdemeanor or drug felony charges.
Drug crimes can include:
- Drug possession in which one or more illegal drugs were found in your possession, either on your body or under your control, such as in your car, home, office, or another location that you controlled.
- Drug possession with intent to sell in which one or more controlled substances were found in such a quantity that they were intended for distribution. Charges for this offense are enhanced if minors were involved or you intended to sell to minors such as on school property.
- Drug distribution which involves transporting, smuggling, or delivering controlled substances.
- Drug manufacturing which involves creating controlled substances, such as is done in methamphetamine labs.
- Drug cultivation, such as grow farms for large quantities of marijuana meant for sale/distribution.
- Drug trafficking which generally involves large-scale operations of illegal narcotics that are imported, transported, sold, or distributed often across state lines or national borders.
Drug crimes can involve street drugs such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, and more. In the case of heroin, you can be charged if you are knowingly in a place where heroin has been kept even if it was not under your control. This crime of being in the vicinity of heroin carries up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000.
Other controlled substances include such drugs as oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, Adderall, Xanax, and other medical drugs. In any drug crime, you will face a variety of penalties depending on the circumstances that can include jail or prison time, fines, probation, community service, court-ordered drug rehab programs, and more.
What is a Class E Drug in Massachusetts?
In Massachusetts, Class E drugs include substances that contain small amounts of codeine, opiates, or morphine. Penalties for possession of Class E drugs include up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.
Illegal Search & Seizure
Illegal search and seizure is often a main factor in drug cases. Having an attorney who understands the law on this, how to investigate for it, and how to use it in your defense is vital. You will want all aspects of your arrest reviewed for any evidence that can work in your in favor. Our drug crime lawyer will ensure that this is thoroughly done.
Contact a Bristol County Drug Crime Lawyer Today
When convicted of a drug crime, you will be left with a permanent criminal record that can add collateral damage above and beyond the criminal penalties you face.
You can then be questioned about your record and its very existence may disqualify you for life opportunities that could enhance your future. Ensure that you have reliable and effective legal help to give you the best chance of a favorable outcome that may avoid both criminal and life penalties. We recommend that you turn to our established drug crime attorney in Bristol County who offers extensive legal experience, skill, and a commitment to your cause. Attorney Kathryn Blythe, of Counsel, handles our Rhode Island cases.
Nearly 25 Years of Criminal Defense Experience
Extensive Experience Handling Serious High-Profile Federal & State Cases
Successfully Handled Hundreds of Trial Cases
Excellent Reputation & Relationships within the Justice System