In Massachusetts, drug crimes are zealously prosecuted and can carry very serious penalties. If you are charged with a drug crime in Massachusetts, you need an experienced and zealous attorney to protect your rights and your freedom. While defending drug crimes can be very complex, this page and the associated links will explain the basics. If you have questions, you should always feel free to call KJC Law firm in Boston or Worcester.
When you have been arrested and charged with a drug crime, it is important to first understand the charges you face. The links below will help you find information about the drug crime that you have been charged with: Possession,Possession with Intent to Distribute, or Trafficking.
The penalties for drug crimes in Massachusetts depend on the type of drug, the amount of the drug, and the nature of the crime (see links above). Other factors may also come in to play. For example, possessing illegal narcotics within one thousand feet of a school zone automatically enhances the sentence if found guilty. Other factors may also affect the sentence including whether this is a first or subsequent offense. Click here to see the Penalties for Massachusetts Drug Offenses.
If you have been charged with a drug crime, you need a lawyer who understands the system, the constitutional implications of your arrest and charges, and one who will conduct a thorough investigation. The United States Constitution and the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights place strict limitations on what the government is allowed to do when they investigate and arrest you for drug related offenses. An experienced drug crime lawyer may be able to get the evidence against you suppressed and the case dismissed entirely.
In addition, many lawyers simply rely on the investigation of the police. This is a mistake that can be fatal to your case. Drug crimes often involve many complex areas of investigation including surveillance, scientific analysis, confidential informants, and photographic/video evidence. Every piece of evidence must be analyzed carefully. In one notable case, John Martin, a KJC Law Firm attorney discovered that a lab analyst, Annie Dookhan, employed by the Commonwealth was unlawfully tampering with evidence. Not only was his own client released from prison but hundreds of other prisoners who had been wrongfully convicted were also released.
If there are no grounds to get your case dismissed, we will prepare your case and you for trial. The prosecutors in Massachusetts prosecute drug crimes aggressively. The police officers, state troopers, and detectives have received extensive training and practice so that they can testify against you in a compelling manner in order to obtain a conviction. However, behind the zealous prosecution and well trained law enforcement personnel, we often find many mistakes, assumptions, and biases that can lead to wrongful convictions. We are here to help you avoid being another statistic.
At KJC Law Firm, we understand that that zealous representation is the only way to protect the rights and freedom of our clients who have been charged with drug crimes. The drug crime lawyers at KJC Law Firm in Worcester and Boston have more than 60 years of experience litigating major cases. Our success has been so prevalent that we have been featured in news stories around the country including such sources as the Boston Globe, the Associated Press, and CNN.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug crime in Worcester or Boston you should call us for a consultation immediately. We have the resources to investigate your claim, hire the necessary experts, and get you the justice that you deserve. KJC Law Firm represents people accused of crimes from communities all across Massachusetts, including the Greater Boston area, Cambridge, MetroWest, Cape Cod, Fall River, Lowell, Worcester and Springfield.