Drug Possession – Marijuana
Marijuana is perhaps the most commonly use illegal drug. As a defense attorney, I see a lot of marijuana possession cases. Despite its prevalence, however, being charged with a criminal marijuana offense can be quite scary.Criminal Charge in Massachusetts? Call Attorney Russell Matson at (781) 817-6332.
Even a “minor” criminal charge can change things for you. Having a criminal history on record isn’t something to be proud of. If you are facing marijuana charges and need help—I can be there for you. Contact me today for a free consultation.
Massachusetts Marijuana Possession Penalty – Civil Infraction
Massachusetts is one of many states that has recently decriminalized a small amount of marijuana. If you are caught with a first offense marijuana possession charge (of less than one ounce of pot), you will likely be fined $100 and allowed to go on your way.
Massachusetts Misdemeanor Marijuana Possession
If you are found with more than one ounce, you will face criminal charges. Possession of marijuana is considered a misdemeanor. You will face up to 6 months in jail and a $500 fine. You may also lose your driver’s license for one year.
If this is your first offense you may be able to get an alternative disposition called continuance without finding or CWOF. A CWOF requires that you successfully serve a 6 month probation period.
Sale of Marijuana – Massachusetts Marijuana Distribution Charge
If you are accused of a more serious marijuana charge, like distributing, you will face a misdemeanor charge if the amount in question is less than 50 pounds. This misdemeanor, however, carries the potential of 2.5 years in jail.
If this is your first such offense, you may be able to serve probation in lieu of jail time, however.
As the amount of marijuana in question increases so do the penalties. Things like being near a school or park can also boost the penalties quite dramatically.
Ref: MGL § C. 94C
Facing marijuana charges may seem like a minor offense, but the effects of a conviction can be long term. You can’t afford to take these charges lightly. You need an aggressive lawyer working on your behalf.
Contact me immediately to discuss the case in detail and to get some legal advice on a criminal marijuana possession charge in Massachusetts.
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