Laws Regarding Cocaine in The State of Massachusetts
Were you accused of a crime related to cocaine? If so, the stakes are high. You need a lawyer who knows these laws and will lay the groundwork to support you. Taking these charges seriously and getting a lawyer who will fight back is necessary for your future.
Any type of drug crime allegation can have serious implications for the person who has been accused and should only be handled by a lawyer who has been practicing in this field for many years. Given the highly addictive nature of cocaine and the fact that law enforcement officers often zealously pursue allegations of cocaine possession or distribution, it is important for a person who has been accused of any of these crimes to realize what is actually on the book. The trafficking, sale, or possession of cocaine is a felony crime in most states and in Massachusetts, possession of even a small amount of cocaine can lead to up to a year in prison and $1000 in fines. These increase in punishment and severity with multiple offenses. Possession stops at the level of 14 grams.
A person who has more than 14 grams of cocaine in Massachusetts could be looking at trafficking charges of between three and 15 years in prison. The fines associated with a trafficking conviction can be significant at up to $25,000. Cocaine is regulated at the federal level and by Massachusetts. Federal drug laws prohibit everything from cocaine possession all the way through to distribution and trafficking.
Drug convictions can have significant penalties and in particular, cocaine crimes can follow the accused person for many years to come. Prosecutors may offer a plea bargain to a lower level offender in exchange for building a case against a higher level dealer or producer and many different jurisdictions now use drug courts to help first or second time drug crime defendants to avoid a jail sentence. But you may not have all of these avenues available to you if you don’t hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.