Bristol County Marijuana Offenses Lawyers
Outstanding Professionalism for Clients throughout Massachusetts & Rhode Island
Marijuana is one of the most common substances involved in Massachusetts drug cases. While up to one ounce in your possession for your own personal use is legal in the state, quantities above this can lead to criminal charges. Medical marijuana is also legal in the state as long as you follow the rules and regulations set throughout Massachusetts law.
Should you fail to do so, such as through fraudulent prescriptions, you may face criminal charges as well. Drug offenses involving marijuana can range from simple misdemeanors to more severe felonies, depending on the amount of marijuana found in your possession and the activities involved, such as cultivating it in large grow-farms or possessing it with the intent to distribute or sell.
Your future can be damaged when convicted on marijuana charges not only because of the severe criminal penalties of incarceration, fines, and probation but because of the permanent criminal record you will have. Such a record can be easily accessed by anyone in your future, such as potential employers or landlords.
No matter what type of marijuana offense you may be facing in or around the counties of Bristol or Suffolk, the necessity of having an experienced criminal defense lawyer in your corner cannot be overemphasized. At the Law Office of Frank D. Camera, we have defended countless marijuana and other drug offenses for clients in the area. Our attorney is a veteran trial lawyer who has gained the respect of his peers as well as his clients for top-flight professionalism and case wins. We may be able to help you get a case dismissal, reduction of charges or sentencing, or a case acquittal through diligent application of the law, legal skills, and an unswerving dedication to positive results.
What are the Marijuana Offenses in Massachusetts?
Marijuana possession of up to one ounce outside your home and of up 10 ounces in your home are legal in Massachusetts.
Marijuana offenses in the state can include:
- Personal possession of more than one ounce outside your home and more than 10 ounces in your home
- Possession with intent to distribute
- Possession with intent to distribute within 300 feet of a protected areas, such as a school or park
- Causing or inducing a minor under the age of 18 to commit offenses
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Violations of medical marijuana laws
Marijuana is legal only for those over the age of 21. It is also not allowed to be used in any form when you are in public or on federal property. You are allowed to grow up to six plants on your own property or up to 12 plants for two or more adults. However, growing more than that is considered “cultivation,” for which you can face criminal charges. You also cannot have open containers of marijuana in your car; containers must be closed and in your glove compartment or trunk. Driving under the influence of marijuana is also a crime for which you can be charged.
A first-offense possession charge of more than one ounce is a misdemeanor carrying up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $500. A second offense of this nature can lead to up to two years in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000. Distribution or cultivation charges involving 50 or more pounds of marijuana are felonies carrying prison terms ranging from one up to 15 years with fines ranging from$10,000 up to $100,000. Under Massachusetts law, marijuana trafficking in large quantities also involves mandatory minimum sentences. You may also be subject to forfeiture of any assets connected with the crime and may be charged with conspiracy as well.
How We Can Help
You may be turned down for jobs, career advancement, the rental of an apartment, or for other life opportunities. The stakes are high which is why it is invaluable to be represented by a true professional who will fight tooth and nail for you. Our Bristol County marijuana offenses attorney has a proven history of obtaining positive results for clients; we will do everything possible under the law to help you reach the same. Attorney Kathryn Blythe, of Counsel, handles our Rhode Island cases.
Contact the Law Office of Frank D. Camera at (877) 444-1098 today.
Nearly 25 Years of Criminal Defense Experience
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