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Drug Possession Charges

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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We are top rated drug charges lawyers serving Massachusetts, who will provide you with the best representation you can obtain anywhere. With offices in Boston, Salem, and Dedham, we are here to help you. Call us for a FREE phone consult.

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.

Call For A Free Consultation With A Suffolk County Drug Arrest Defense Attorney

If you have been arrested on a drug charge, it is important to get legal advice as soon as possible. Contact a lawyer online or call 617-297-9213 for a FREE phone consultation. With offices in Boston, Salem, and Dedham, we are here to help you.

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Client Testimonials

5 Star

In the most painful times in our lives–David, Greg and Lisa showed us their professional best–dignified, warm, gracious. David and his team will not let you down, you will be taken well care of and most importantly superbly and justly represented…
Barbara Lynch

Oh my goodness David is a miracle worker! Unbelievable results! David is so highly respected by attorneys and judges and prosecutors that he really makes an impact in court and presented our friend in the best possible light…

Jude Dasilva

Greg Johnson and David Yannetti are simply the best. After having two other attorneys on a case, I hired them and got results where others failed. They work hard for you and I highly recommend them!…

Vivian Trinh

If it was not for Mr. Yannetti I could have lost my career and opportunity to come back to USA again given that I am not a US citizen. Thank you Mr. Yannetti for all you did for me and my family. You and your office were truly there for me in my darkest hour…

Ajit Gupta

Greg Johnson is a charming attorney and seems to truly care about his client’s and the outcome of their case. If you ever need an experienced criminal defense Lawyer, Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm is the one to call!…


“I’ve got your back,” he told me early on. David did not disappoint. By showing up with David in the courtroom, I felt I’d made a clear statement of intent. The case was duly dropped…

James Brooks

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