Attorney Melcher will represent individuals who have been arrested for any number of drug-related offenses, from drug possession cases to drug trafficking to school zone violations and/or federal drug crimes – no matter the charge, you will need a solid Boston Drug Crime Defense.
Massachusetts divides drugs and drug-related crimes into categories of classes, which relate to the type of drug and seriousness of the charge.
The Classes of drugs are as follows:
- Class A – Heroin, GHB , Morphine and Special K
- Class B – Cocaine, LSD, Oxycontin, Ecstasy, Amphetamines, Methamphetamines and PCP
- Class C – Vicodin and Valium, Clonazempam
- Class D – Marijuana
- Class E – Codeine and Opium
There are very stiff penalties as well as social stigmas associated with being charged with a drug offense. If you have been arrested, you could be facing: mandatory jail sentences; loss of driver’s license and/or driving privileges; deportation or denial of citizenship aspirations; denial of college applications and/or scholarships; inability to enter armed services; inability to get a job; and a lifetime criminal record. You will need a tough attorney, like Attorney Melcher, who knows the laws and is able to effectively present your defense.
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Is Marijuana Legal in Massachusetts?
In 2009, Massachusetts passed a law decriminalizing the possession of one ounce or less of marijuana. The possession of an ounce or less of marijuana (THC) is still a civil offense, punishable by a penalty of $100 and forfeiture of the marijuana under the Massachusetts General Laws. Additional provisions apply to violators under the age of 18. Records of the civil offense will not be entered into the criminal offender record information, or “CORI,” system. ”
In 2012, Massachusetts voters passed a ballot initiative, which made marijuana available to certain individuals for medical purposes only. Effective January 1, 2013.
These passage of these laws lessen the penalties for a small portion of marijuana; however, it is still illegal to possess large quantities and/or sell marijuana in Massachusetts. You can be arrested for possession of marijuana or possession with intent to distribute; if so, you will need a good attorney.
Recent Cases Related to Possession of Marijuana
Comm. v. Keefner, 461 Mass. 507 (2012). The law which “decriminalized possession of one ounce or less of marijuana, did not repeal the offense of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, in violation of G. L. c.94C, § 32C (a), where the amount of marijuana possessed is one ounce or less.”
Comm. v. Cruz, 459 Mass. 459 (2011). “[T]here was no basis on which the police could order the defendant out of the vehicle without at least some other additional fact beyond the mere odor of burnt marijuana… in light of the enactment of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 94C, sections 32L-32N, which decriminalized possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.”
If you have been arrested for drug-related charges and need a Boston Drug Crime Defense Lawyer, contact Attorney Maura Melcher today to provide yourself with the best defense.