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Drug Crime Charges in Massachusetts

In the state of Massachusetts, drug charges are classified by classes depending on the drug in your possession at the time of your arrest. Boston drug crime charges and the penalties served will also be determined by the amount of the drug found in your possession. Depending on the amount found, your charge can be increased from simple possession to possession with intent to sell, which is a significantly harsher sentencing.

Are you facing a drug possession or trafficking charges? Allow our experienced attorneys at Gens, Stanton & Florek to help you address them swiftly and decisively. Drugs on a tableOur team of drug crime attorneys has experience in a variety of drug-related cases. When it comes to your future, be sure to have our legal team by your side.

Are you facing drug charges in Boston? Schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced drug crimes attorneys to start building your defense!

Drug Possession Laws in Massachusetts

In Boston, illegal substances are organized by class and possession of these banned substance will result in a possession charge. According to MGL c. 94c s. 31, an individual can be charged with possession of a controlled substance if they are in possession of a classified illegal substance. The substance must be in the individual's control, such as in their hands, pockets, or otherwise.

This applies to most controlled substances, however, when it comes to heroin, an individual can be charged with possession if they are in the presence of the drug. The penalties associated with possession are heavily impacted by the classification of the substance.

Massachusetts Drug Classes and Penalties

Class A Drugs include morphine, GHB, heroin, and fentanyl.

  • ​​​​​Punishable by up to 2 years in jail and a $2,000 fine.

Class B drugs include cocaine, LSD, Oxycontin, ecstasy, methamphetamine, and PCP.

    • Punishable by up to 1 years in jail and a $1,000 fine.

    Class C drugs include vicodin, valium, and clonzepam

    • Punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

    Class D & E drugs include marijuana and small amounts of medication containing codeine.

    • Punishable by up to 6 months in jail, a $500 fine, and 1 year license suspension.

    Marijuana Laws in Boston

    In 2016, the state of Massachusetts legalized the recreational use of marijuana, allowing adults over the age of 21 to possess up to one ounce of marijuana outside of their home and up to 10 ounces within the home.

    The law also allowed homeowners to grow up to six marijuana plants in their residence, with the ability to gift one ounce of marijuana to another individual. If you are found to be in possession of more than the authorized amount, you can be charged with drug possession and trafficking.

    If you face drug charges of any kind, reach out to our drug crimes lawyers in Boston at (617) 206-4675.