Massachusetts has very strict laws regarding drugs like heroin, crack and cocaine. Defendants who find themselves facing the court system for these types of charges often opt to fight against the charges in an effort to minimize the penalties that they will face. Finding out the possible penalties and options to keep those to a minimum are crucial if you are facing these charges.
Let’s take a look at the cocaine laws in the state as an example of how severe the penalties could be. All cocaine offenses are considered felonies, which means that if you are convicted, you are automatically branded as a felon. This means that you might face difficulties finding a job or housing. You might also have to deal with the loss of some rights, such as the right to bear arms, which can make enjoying life difficult.
Cocaine is strictly forbidden in the state. On a first conviction for possession, you are facing up to one year in prison, as well as fines. If you face subsequent charges, the penalties increase in severity. Once you know your charges, we can look at your criminal history and help you learn what penalties you might be facing.
If you are charged with selling or trafficking cocaine, you are facing a considerable amount of time in prison. The penalties for selling cocaine begin with two to 10 years in prison and become more severe on subsequent convictions. Cocaine trafficking is associated with a minimum penalty of three to 15 years in prison with the penalties becoming much more severe.
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