Straight possession of a small amount of a controlled substance can oftentimes be resolved without a trial or a conviction in Massachusetts. However, possession of larger amounts of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, and the perpetration of prescription drug fraud are prosecuted more aggressively and can result in prison time, a court record, and the loss of your driver's license.
Boston drug possession charge defense attorney David Yannetti and his associates have nearly fifty years of combined criminal law experience in Massachusetts. Attorney Yannetti is a renowned criminal defense attorney with an AV Rating* who has successfully defended against narcotics charges at every possible stage of a case. His firm features other experienced, former prosecutors with similar experience and excellent reputations. If you have been charged with drug possession, immediate help from an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you minimize negative consequences. Call David Yannetti for a free phone consultation to discuss your circumstances and your legal options.
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Decriminalization of Marijuana Possession in Massachusetts
Massachusetts has decriminalized the possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. It is no longer a misdemeanor drug possession charge. Instead, it is a civil infraction carrying a monetary fine. This change in the law does not mean, however, that marijuana possession has become harmless in the eyes of the law.
If the police find you in possession of marijuana, it may give them the right to conduct a more thorough search of your vehicle, house or person. If they find evidence of other criminal activity, such as drug distribution or possession of greater amounts of marijuana or of other drugs, you may still be prosecuted for those crimes.
Possible Consequences in Drug Possession Cases
In drug possession cases, Attorney Yannetti and his colleagues often work to prevent the case from being charged as drug distribution or possession with intent to distribute, both of which carry more serious penalties. We will conduct a thorough investigation into police procedures, seeking evidence of constitutional misconduct that will allow us to file motions to suppress certain evidence — and potentially a motion to dismiss the entire case. We will also present all useful background information about our client to the court, in order to persuade the court that the client is not a distributor. If dismissal of the charges is not possible, Attorney Yannetti will argue for alternative sentencing options, such as placement into a drug treatment program and/or community service. It is important to hire an attorney to explore all creative options to resolve a case in a favorable manner — and to stand ready to fight the case when pre-trial resolutions are not possible.
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