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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 of Cocaine Against Law Enforcement Officer do not Issue After Clerk Magistrate Hearing

    The defendant is an officer in a local law enforcement office. In early December he was seen entering and leaving the home of a known drug dealer. A drug enforcement task force had been monitoring and conducting surveillance of that location. Officers followed the defendant to a busy parking lot. They saw him park. They then watched as he opened a small plastic bag, placed a powdery substance on his console and snorted the substance with a McDonald's straw. He was confronted by the police and the remaining drug was seized. He was summonsed to court for possession of cocaine a Class B substance under G.L. c. 94C Section 34. Attorney Neyman was hired. A clerk magistrate hearing was held today. The complaint did not issue. Had it issued the defendant likely would have lost his job. 

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  • Charges of Interfering With a Police Investigation Dismissed

    Our client is a professional living in a Boston suburb. Last September he was visiting with a friend. A woman arrived at the home driven by a friend. The friend did not go into the home. Rather, he waited in his car, parked near the home our client was visiting. Seeing the occupied car, a concerned neighbor called the police. They questioned the driver. His answers were evasive. He indicated that he dropped a friend off at a house next to where he was parked and was waiting for her. The police went to the house and looked into a window. They observed what they believed to be people ingesting cocaine. They entered the home. Our client was in the bathroom. The police demanded that he come out of the bathroom. He flushed the toilet before doing so. The officers observed an item going down the toilet they believed to be drugs. They were unable to collect the object and charged our client with interfering with a police investigation in violation of G.L. c. 268 Section 13E. Attorney Neyman was hired. He filed a motion to dismiss that was ultimately agreed to by the district attorney's office. The case was dismissed. 

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  • Continuance Without a Finding For Man Charged With Distribution of 8 Pounds of Marijuana

    On October 23, 2018 the defendant was pulled over for a moving violation in a central Massachusetts town. The officer ran the man's license and learned that his license had expired. He was asked to exit the car so that it could be towed. An inventory search of the vehicle was conducted within the parameters of Massachusetts State Police guidelines. Officers located eight pounds of marijuana in the vehicle. The defendant was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, a class D substance. This violates G.L. c. 94C Section 32C. Today, the case was continued without a finding CWOF for six months. The case will be dismissed provided the defendant remains free of criminal activity during that time period. 

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