Drug Defense Lawyer in Taunton, MA
In Massachusetts, when a person is in possession of illegal drugs, the possibility of being arrested and facing criminal charges exists. This is the case except for possession of small quantities of marijuana, as the state has legalized the drug and has decriminalized possession of less than an ounce, which results in a civil citation and no criminal charges. However, despite marijuana's legality in the state, having more than an ounce can lead to a charge of possession.
|Penalties for Possession|
|Up to 1 oz||No Penalty||None||$0|
|Up to 10 oz in the home**||No Penalty||None||$0|
|More than 1 oz (first offense)||Misdemeanor||6 months||$500|
|More than 1 oz (subsequent offense)||Misdemeanor||2 years||$2,000|
|With intent to distribute|
|Less than 50 lbs (first offense)||Not Classified||0 - 2 years||$5,000|
|Less than 50 lbs (subsequent offense)||Not Classified||1 - 2.5 years||$10,000|
|50 - less than 100 lbs||Felony||1* - 15 years||$10,000|
|100 - less than 2000 lbs||Felony||2* - 15 years||$25,000|
|2000 - less than 10,000 lbs||Felony||3.5* - 15 years||$50,000|
|10,000 lbs or more||Felony||8* - 15 years||$200,000|
|Within 300 feet of a school, or within 100 feet of a public park||Felony||2* - 15 years||$10,000|
|Causing or inducing someone under 18 years to commit offenses||Felony||5* - 15 years||$100,000|
* Mandatory minimum sentence
Having an Experienced Drug Defense Lawyer is Critical
When confronting criminal charges for drug possession, drug sale or any other type of drug-related offense, it’s essential to have a knowledgeable and dependable drug defense lawyer who can safeguard your legal rights in court. At the Law Office of Rachel M. Matos, our primary objective is to contest all charges against our clients using our many winning defense tactics, because we care about your personal freedom and reputation. Our drug lawyers aggressively defend clients facing all types of misdemeanor or felony drug charges in Taunton, MA.
State and Federal Penalties for Individuals Convicted of Drug Crimes
Drug offenses in Massachusetts range in degree of severity from misdemeanors such as possession of more than one ounce of marijuana or possession of drug paraphernalia to felonies such as narcotics sales and drug trafficking. Sentences for drug crimes vary from fines and probation to prolonged prison terms and seizure of personal property.
Our Drug Defense Strategies
We thoroughly investigate all aspects of drug cases, analyzing issues from the traffic stop to the search and seizure, all the while considering your constitutional rights and our duty to enforce them. If your rights were violated when evidence was obtained, we argue to have the evidence suppressed at trial, thus undermining the case against you. In this way we’re often able to have cases dismissed or have drug charges and potential penalties reduced.
Time is of the essence in getting legal counsel to reduce your charges or even obtain dismissal if insufficient grounds for the charges exist. The Law Office of Rachel M. Matos is happy to assist you if you need a competent drug possession lawyer in Taunton. Contact attorney Matos now at 508-386-9094 to arrange a free preliminary case evaluation.
"Attorney Matos's fought for me and was able to get my drug charges dropped. I was amazed. I highly recommend her. Great criminal lawyer who cares for her clients."