Trafficking

If you have been charged with Drug Trafficking in Massachusetts, you are facing serious felony charges and need to speak with an experienced Massachusetts Criminal Drug Trafficking attorney who can represent you aggressively and effectively.

There are several red flags that point police officers to the possible use of trafficking charges. One is the quantity of illegal drugs found. If it's more a recreational or casual user would have on hand for personal use. This includes marijuana, cocaine, heroin, morphine, opium or other controlled substances. Another red flag is if drug paraphernalia - weighing scales, envelopes, measuring tools, plastic baggies, mixing ingredients, etc., is found. If the police find a large quantity of cash, with no receipts or evidence of a business transaction, they will instantly suspect trafficking in drugs is the appropriate charge.

If you have been arrested for trafficking cocaine, heroin, marijuana, or any other drug or controlled substance, call Massachusetts Criminal Defense Attorney Kathleen McCarthy now at 978-975-8060 or contact us online to send an email. Kathleen McCarthy is a seasoned and relentless trial attorney, skilled negotiator and will fight to protect your rights.

While judges have some leeway when sentencing defendants for possession of illegal substances for personal use, trafficking offenses are treated differently. Courts must work with state and federal drug trafficking law guidelines when deciding on sentences and fines for trafficking, making it critical to retain an aggressive and knowledgeable drug crimes attorney.

Often, eager law enforcement officials violate Constitutional Rights when conducting searches and seizures for suspected drug offenses, and this is where you need an experienced Massachusetts Criminal Drug Crimes Attorney. Kathleen McCarthy will investigate the arrest from every angle to determine why drug possession charges were elevated to trafficking. If at any point during the arrest your Constitutional rights were violated, McCarthy will fight to have the charges reduced or dropped completely.

If or someone you love has been arrested for trafficking, call Massachusetts Criminal Defense Attorney Kathleen McCarthy now at 978-975-8060 or contact us online to send an email. McCarthy will respond promptly to assess your situation and determine how she can best help you. McCarthy is a veteran trial attorney and a skilled negotiator. She will fight to protect you.

DRUG TRAFFICKING OFFENSES AND PENALTIES IN MASSACHUSETTS

There are several specific drug trafficking offenses in Massachusetts. The most common are trafficking in cocaine, marijuana and heroin. Punishments in Massachusetts for trafficking drugs vary depending on the amount of the substance that you are accused of trafficking and the type of drug that you are accused of trafficking.

Trafficking Cocaine

Cocaine trafficking in Massachusetts is governed by M.G.L. ch. 94C S32E(b). In Massachusetts you can be charged with trafficking cocaine of you distribute or possess with the intent to distribute fourteen (14) grams or more of cocaine. Even if you were not caught selling or giving the substance to someone the threshold amount of fourteen (14) grams tells the police and prosecutors that your intention was to distribute the cocaine and you will be charged with trafficking.

Penalties in Massachusetts for Trafficking Cocaine

If you are convicted of trafficking cocaine in Massachusetts you will serve a minimum mandatory state prison sentence. The length of the sentence varies depending on the quantity of cocaine that you have been convicted of trafficking.

1. If you are convicted of trafficking fourteen (14) grams but less than twenty-eight (28) grams of cocaine you will be sentenced to a period of incarceration in state prison for a mandatory minimum of three (3) years. The maximum penalty for a conviction of trafficking fourteen (14) grams but less than twenty-eight (28) grams of cocaine is fifteen (15) years in state prison.

2. If you are convicted of trafficking twenty-eight (28) grams of cocaine but less than one hundred (100) grams of cocaine you will serve a mandatory minimum state prison sentence of five (5) years. The maximum penalty for a conviction of the amount of cocaine is twenty (20) years in state prison.

3. If you have been convicted of trafficking one hundred (100) grams of cocaine but less than two hundred (200) grams of cocaine you will be sentenced to a mandatory minimum ten (10) years in state prison with a maximum of twenty (20) years for this crime.

4. If you have been convicted of trafficking two hundred (200) grams of cocaine or more you will be sentenced to a minimum mandatory fifteen (15) years in state prison. The maximum penalty for a conviction under this section is twenty (20) years in state prison.

Trafficking Marijuana

Marijuana trafficking in Massachusetts is governed by M.G.L. ch. 94C S32E(a). The starting point for a charge of marijuana trafficking in Massachusetts is fifty (50) pounds. As with cocaine, a conviction for trafficking marijuana in Massachusetts requires a minimum mandatory sentence. As with all controlled substances, trafficking can be proven by showing that you possessed a certain quantity of marijuana with the intent to distribute that substance. You are not actually required to sell the substance to be convicted.

Penalties in Massachusetts for Trafficking Marijuana

If you are convicted of trafficking marijuana in Massachusetts you will serve a minimum mandatory sentence of incarceration. The length of the sentence varies depending on the quantity of marijuana that you have been convicted of trafficking.

1. If you are convicted for trafficking fifty (50) pounds of marijuana but less than one hundred (100) pounds of marijuana you can be sentenced as follows to either state prison or a county house of correction for a minimum mandatory one (1) year. The maximum penalty for trafficking fifty (50) pounds of marijuana is fifteen (15) years in state prison.

2. If you are convicted for trafficking one hundred (100) pounds of marijuana but less than two thousand (2,000) pounds of marijuana you will be sentenced to state prison for a minimum three (3) years. This is also a mandatory minimum sentence. The maximum sentence for a conviction under this section is fifteen (15) years in state prison.

3. If you are convicted of trafficking two thousand (2,000) pounds of marijuana but less than ten thousand (10,000) pounds of marijuana in Massachusetts you will be sentenced to a minimum mandatory five (5) year state prison sentence. The maximum you can receive for a conviction under this section is fifteen (15) years in state prison.

4. If you are convicted for trafficking over ten thousand (10,000) pounds of marijuana you will be sentenced to ten (10) years in state prison. This is a mandatory minimum sentence. The maximum you can be sentenced to fifteen (15) years in state prison.

Trafficking Heroin

Heroin trafficking in Massachusetts is controlled by M.G.L. ch. 94C S32E(c). The sentences for trafficking heroin are the most severe among Massachusetts drug trafficking statutes. No doubt in arriving at penalties for heroin trafficking in Massachusetts the legislature considered the highly addictive quality and nature of the drug and sought to discourage people from distributing the substance and severely punishing those who break this law. The threshold quantity for trafficking heroin in Massachusetts is fourteen (14) grams.

Penalties in Massachusetts for Trafficking Heroin

If you are convicted of trafficking heroin in Massachusetts you will serve a minimum mandatory state prison sentence. Like the other controlled substances mentioned above, the length of the sentence varies depending on the quantity of heroin that you have been convicted of trafficking.

1. If you have been convicted of trafficking fourteen (14) grams of heroin but less than twenty-eight (28) grams of heroin you will be sentenced to a minimum mandatory five (5) years in state prison. The maximum penalty for a conviction for trafficking this quantity is twenty (20) years in state prison.

2. If you are convicted of trafficking twenty-eight (28) grams of heroin but less than one hundred (100) grams of heroin you will receive a minimum mandatory seven (7) year state prison sentence. The maximum penalty for a conviction for trafficking this quantity is twenty (20) years in state prison.

3. If you are convicted of trafficking one hundred (100) grams of heroin but less than two hundred (200) grams of heroin you will be sentenced to ten (10) years in state prison. This is the minimum mandatory sentence you must serve. The maximum penalty for a conviction for trafficking this quantity is twenty (20) years in state prison.

4. If you are convicted of trafficking more than two hundred (200) grams of heroin in Massachusetts you will serve a minimum mandatory fifteen (15) year state prison sentence. The maximum penalty for a conviction for trafficking this quantity is twenty (20) years in state prison.


Contact Boston, Massachusetts Drug Trafficking Defense Attorney Kathleen McCarthy if you have been charged with any of these crimes.

As a Boston, Massachusetts criminal defense lawyer Attorney Kathleen McCarthy has immense experience with drug trafficking cases. If you have been charged with a drug trafficking offense in Massachusetts, or if you believe that you might be charged with a drug trafficking offense in Massachusetts you should call or email Massachusetts drug crimes defense lawyer Kathleen McCarthy now.