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Drug Crimes

Massachusetts Drug Crimes Overview

A drug is any biological substance that is consumed for non-dietary or non-medical purposes. In the United States., drugs are categorized as legal or illegal. Illegal drugs include, but are not limited to: marijuana, heroin, cocaine, LSD, Ecstasy, or unauthorized prescription drugs like Vicodin. State and federal statues strictly prohibit the use, manufacture, or distribution of all illegal drugs. If a person uses, sells, possesses, or manufactures an illegal drug, he/she can be charged with a drug crime.

Drug crimes are very serious in nature and should never be taken lightly. A person who is charged with a drug crime faces life-changing legal consequences. In Massachusetts, drug crimes are prosecuted severely by law enforcement and District Attorneys. Due to a continual increase in drug related crimes, the state and federal government have adopted firmer drug laws and legal punishments.

Types of Drug Crimes

There are many types of drug crimes. The most common drug crimes in Massachusetts include: drug possession, drug possession with intent to sale, drug manufacturing, and drug distribution.

  • Drug possession is the crime of having one or more illegal narcotics in one’s possession for personal use, for sale, or for distribution.
  • Drug possession with intent to distribute is the crime of having one or more illegal narcotics in one’s possession with the intention of selling the narcotics. If a person is found guilty of drug possession with intent to sell to a minor (person below the legal age of 18), he/she faces enhanced criminal charges and sentencing.
  • Drug manufacturing is the crime of producing unlawful controlled substances.
  • Drug distribution is the crime of smuggling, transporting, or delivering illegal narcotics.
Boston Drug Crime Punishments

When a person is charged with a drug crime, law enforcement will take into consideration the type of drug possessed, the quantity of the drug possessed, the purpose of the drug’s possession, and if the drug was distributed to minors. A person may have his/her charges enhanced if he/she used minors to distribute drugs, sold to minors, or sold drugs on school property.

A person that is charged with a drug crime such as drug possession, drug distribution, or drug manufacturing, faces a variety of punishments if convicted. Convicted drug offenders may be sentenced with:

  • Imprisonment
  • Monetary fines
  • Court mandated drug rehabilitative programs
  • Probation
  • Drug offender registration
  • Community service
Massachusetts Drug Crimes Attorney

If you have been charged with a drug crime in Boston, it is to your advantage to speak with a qualified drug crime attorney. If convicted, you will face life altering punishments. You cannot afford to take your drug crime charges lightly. By hiring an experienced attorney, you can ensure that your rights are not violated and that you receive the legal representation you need to successfully combat your drug charges.

Attorney Neyman has won Several Narcotics Trafficking Cases Involving Hand to Hand Sales to Undercover Police Officers

1. Suffolk Superior Court Docket Number 9125003

The defendant in this case was well known to the Boston Police and State Police as a drug trafficker. For several months the state police had been investigating the defendant for narcotics distribution and trafficking in the Boston and greater Boston areas. As part of an ongoing operation an undercover state trooper posing as a drug purchaser bought a large quantity of cocaine from the defendant. An indictment subsequently issued and the defendant was looking at a mandatory minimum 10 years in state prison. Prior to trial our office was able to locate an informant in an Arizona prison who provided Attorney Neyman with information not previously disclosed concerning the integrity of the police investigation and conduct. This information proved to be useful to the defendant's case and fatal to the prosecutor's case and resulted in an acquittal of the defendant by a jury.

2. Suffolk Superior Court Docket Number 9211679

The defendant in this case was in his late teens. He was a local college student taking a semester off from school. The prosecution alleged that he was working his way up the narcotics distribution ladder gradually becoming a player in the Boston area. This incident involved numerous "controlled buys" where a narcotics distributor was working undercover for the state police. The undercover individual or informant purchased increasingly greater quantities of cocaine from the defendant while under surveillance from law enforcement officials. As the informant obtained the defendant's confidence the defendant was introduced to an undercover state police officer posing as an interested buyer. A deal was negotiated with the defendant for a quantity of cocaine in excess of 200 grams. The defendant sold the cocaine to the undercover officer and was charged. He faced a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years in state prison. Attorney Neyman tried the case to a superior court jury and the defendant was acquitted.

3. Middlesex Superior Court Docket Number 9300913

The defendant in this case had just been released from prison and was working in a restaurant in a Boston suburb. The prosecution alleged that he working his way back into the drug trafficking business quickly. He was targeted by state and local police as a suspect in a large heroin trafficking ring. Undercover state police officers gained the defendant's confidence through known drug customers and began negotiating for the purchase of large quantities of heroin. On several occasions the defendant sold to these undercover officers. Each time the quantity of heroin increased. Indictments issued and the defendant faced a minimum mandatory 15 years in state prison. Attorney Neyman obtained a jury verdict acquitting the defendant of these charges.

Stephen Neyman, P.C. is a reputable drug crimes attorney located in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Neyman has helped numerous clients fight their drug crimes charges and obtain favorable case outcomes. If you’ve been charged with a drug crime in Boston, trust the experience and the legal expertise of Attorney Stephen Neyman. Contact us online or call 617-263-6800.

Case Results » Drug Crimes
  • Charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute a Class D Drug Against College Student do Not Issue After Clerk Magistrate Hearing

    In July of this year our client was observed driving from an affluent town to a city saturated with narcotics distribution activities. Police took notice of his vehicle as he pulled next to another vehicle, entered that vehicle and drove away. Officers followed him and saw him park in a remote area. Several minutes later the police observed known drug users approach and enter his case. After these individuals left his car the officers formed the opinion that our client was engaged in some sort of drug distribution activities. They stopped him, searched him and found marijuana, a class D drug along with scales, baggies and a scale. All of this indicated that our client either was selling marijuana or intended to do so. He was summonsed for a clerk magistrate hearing charging him with possession with intent to distribute a class D substance, marijuana, in violation of G.L. c. 94C section 32C. Due to our client's age, lack of a criminal history and remorseful behavior we prevailed on the clerk not to issue the complaint. 

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  • Charges of Larceny of Drugs Against Physician Not Arraigned and Case Diverted

    The defendant is a physician at a well known Massachusetts hospital. In August of 2021, suffering from depression and enduring some unexpected family hardship the defendant attempted suicide. Endeavoring to do so the doctor used a patient's identification to access drugs in an effort to terminate his life. The defendant was found unconscious having deliberately overdosed from the drugs. He was revived and charged with violating G.L. c. 94C section 37, larceny of drugs from a registered person or entity. Only the Superior Court has jurisdiction over this type of criminal charge. The defendant was hospitalized and upon his release he engaged our office to represent him. We convinced the prosecution not to pursue charges given our client's exemplary employment history, the mental health issues from which he was suffering and his diligent efforts to combat his illness. The arraignment was continued and the case will not be prosecuted provided that our client refrain from any criminal activity and continue with his mental health treatments. 

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  • Pretrial Probation for Car Dealer Charged With Possession With Intent to Distribute Marijuana

    Our client deals in antique cars throughout the country. In July of 2018 he was pulled over for several motor vehicle violations. The officers made him get out of his car, searched him and the interior of the vehicle and located a significant amount of marijuana and paraphernalia that indicated the drugs were intended for sale, not personal use. We challenged the legality of the stop, search and seizure a few years ago. We were able to suppress most of what was seized. What remained of the criminal charges was possession with intent to distribute marijuana under G.L. c. 94C section 32C. This is a misdemeanor in Massachusetts. Today, the district attorney agreed to pretrial probation under G.L. c. 276 section 87 for a 30 day period. All charges will be dismissed. More importantly, the money unlawfully seized from the defendant will now be returned to him. 

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