If you are arrested in Massachusetts for drug trafficking or for possession with intent to distribute, you face serious consequences. The amount of jail time and fines you face will depend on the type of drug involved and your previous criminal record. However, even if this is your first offense, it is vital that you work with an experienced drug crime defense attorney who can ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process.
At the Coughlin Law Group, we defends client throughout the Greater Boston area against state and federal drug charges, including charges involving the distribution and sale of drugs, drug possession as well as charges for drug trafficking.
Massachusetts Drug Trafficking Laws
Most individuals imagine trafficking to be limited to moving drugs in and out of the state. Under Massachusetts law, however, drug trafficking includes the distribution, cultivation and manufacture of more than 50 pounds of marijuana or more than 18 grams of a controlled substance.
The amount of drugs involved can increase the penalties you face for drug trafficking in Massachusetts. For example, if you are convicted of possession of 51 pounds of marijuana, you could face a minimum of one to 2.5 years in jail or 2.5 to 15 years in state prison. For more than 100 pounds of marijuana and less than 200 pounds, you face a minimum of two years in prison and up to 15 years imprisonment.
Federal Drug Trafficking Laws
Federal charges for drug trafficking are far more serious than state charges. If the prosecution pursues mandatory minimum sentencing, you could face years in federal prison. The penalties you face will depend on a number of factors. Our lawyers have an in-depth knowledge of federal trafficking laws. We can help you understand the penalties you face and act as your advocates at every stage of the federal criminal process.
Boston Marijuana Possession Lawyers
Our criminal defense attorneys handle drug cases ranging from simple drug possession to complex federal drug charges. Whether you need a strong defense to a simple marijuana possession charge or need an experienced defense attorney to fight a complex drug trafficking, illegal possession of narcotics or conspiracy charge, you can rely on the Coughlin Law Group for the effective representation you require.
Zealous Representation for Felony Drug Charges
We believe strongly that every defendant has a right to a zealous defense. We will carefully examine the evidence in your case, look for holes in the prosecution’s theory of the case, and work diligently to seek the best possible result on your behalf.
Many drug cases are built on a weak foundation. Evidence obtained in such cases may be the result of an illegal search or seizure. Our Boston drug charges attorneys will closely examine how the police and prosecution built their case against you to determine if your constitutional rights have been violated. When appropriate, we will seek the suppression of evidence obtained in violation of your constitutional rights, seek the dismissal of charges not supported by probable cause, and take other measures designed to protect your rights.
Our firm offers experienced and skilled trial lawyers. While we will advise you on all plea offers and negotiate with the prosecution on your behalf, we will be thoroughly prepared to take your case to trial if necessary to protect your rights.