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Salem Drug Possession Defense Lawyer

Tough Defense From A Former Police Officer

If you have been arrested for drug possession, you need to speak with a Salem criminal defense attorney as soon as you can. Possession is a serious crime in the state of Massachusetts and can result in heavy penalties.

These consequences may include:

  • Jail time
  • Expensive Fines
  • Probation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Criminal record
  • Driver's license suspension

Many people do not realize that their driver's license could be at stake in a drug crime case. If you are convicted of any drug offense in Massachusetts, your license will be automatically suspended for at least one year. That is just one of the reasons why it is so important to begin protecting yourself with the assistance of a highly skilled drug crime attorney. In many cases factors such as lack of evidence, illegal search and seizure, false witnesses, and questionable arrest or evidence gathering tactics can be used to build a strong defense case. No matter how serious your charges may seem, there is help available to you.

Drug Possession Penalties in Massachusetts

Drug possession penalties in Massachusetts are broken up into categories for the different classes of drugs. Drugs with high potential for abuse are considered to be Class A substances and less dangerous substances are categorized as Class B, Class C or Class D.

The penalties for the various drug classes are as follows:

  • Possession of a Class A Substance- First time offenders can face up to two years in prison. Subsequent offenders could face a two and a half year sentence.
  • Possession of a Class B Substance- A first time offender could face up to 1 year behind bars, but a 2 offense could raise it to two years.
  • Possession of a Class C Substance- With your first or subsequent conviction you will be held for a minimum of two years.
  • Possession of a Class D Substance- When you are caught with this type of drug you could lose your driver's license for up to one year and you could have another two years added on if you were caught in or near a school zone.

Keep in mind that the amount of the drug you have in your possession could also affect the penalty that you face. If you have a significant amount on your person, then you could be suspected of drug distribution or drug sales. This could result in an increased penalty. Note that recently the state of Massachusetts changed the laws regarding possession of marijuana. If you are found with less than 1 oz. of marijuana you could simply face a civil infraction rather than criminal charges. Possession of 1 oz. or more of marijuana is still considered to be a criminal offense in Massachusetts.

Schedule Your Consultation With KRP Law, LLC

I am dedicated to aggressively fighting for clients facing serious drug charges. As a former prosecutor, I know how the other side thinks and can predict their next action. I am also a former police officer and have been through the same training that every police officer has gone through. I know exactly what they are trained to do and can closely follow the details of their investigation including exposing any errors they may have made. These qualities are extremely beneficial for my clients as I am always one step ahead of prosecution and law enforcement.

Contact KRP Law, LLC today for an immediate case review.

KRP Law, LLC - Salem, MA Criminal Defense Attorney
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Phone: (888) 499-8065 | Local Phone: (978) 210-3280.