The far majority of drug crime arrests in Massachusetts are for smaller crimes like possession. Also, there are some drug trafficking cases. If you are charged with trafficking drugs in the Commonwealth, take the charges seriously. In fact, your life can be drastically and permanently changed if found guilty. Here’s what you need to know about Massachusetts drug trafficking laws and how a seasoned criminal defense attorney can help you protect your rights.
General Drug Trafficking Laws
Although specific drugs like cocaine and heroin have their own penalties, in general, drug trafficking laws and punishments are as follows:
Drug Trafficking as a Class D Felony
- 50+ lbs of a controlled substance: 2.5 – 15 years of incarceration with a minimum sentence of one year
- 100-2000 lbs of a controlled substance: 3 – 15 years of incarceration with a minimum sentence of three years
- 2000-9999 lbs of a controlled substance: 5 – 15 years of incarceration with a minimum sentence of five years
In addition to these penalties, you will likely have high fines, mandatory drug counseling, probation, community service, and more. You’ll also have a permanent criminal record that may make it challenging for you to obtain gainful employment, engage in higher education, or even renting an apartment or getting a loan.
How to Defend Against Drug Trafficking Charges
There are several defenses against drug trafficking charges in Massachusetts, including but not limited to:
- Law enforcement did not have probable cause to conduct a search of your property
- A warrant was not obtained or provided by law enforcement officers before a search
- The defendant did not have knowledge of the substances being in the place that they were and/or did not have the intent to traffick the drugs
One of the most powerful defenses against drug trafficking is that of illegal search and seizure. If the police did not have the right to search the defendant’s property, the search may be omitted from evidence. Therefore, the drugs are also omitted. It becomes quite difficult for prosecutors to make a case without being able to enter the actual substances in question into court.
Contact the Law Offices of Thomas Kokonowski, Esq.
Don’t allow serious charges like drug trafficking to turn your life upside down. Get help today from an aggressive drug crimes attorney and protect your rights under Massachusetts law. Call the Law Offices of Thomas Kokonowski, Esq. today for a free consultation at (413) 585-9200 or (413) 549-0022.