Cocaine is a schedule II drug, and possession of it is illegal in Massachusetts. If you’re charged with possession of cocaine, call a Massachusetts criminal defense lawyer immediately.
Because cocaine is a controlled substance both at the state and federal levels, the possession of cocaine–as well as the distribution and sale of the drug–is against the law. If you are caught with possession of cocaine in Massachusetts and charged with the offense, you will have an opportunity to defend yourself. If you are convicted, the potential penalties you face will depend on numerous factors, including the amount of cocaine in question. At The Law Office of Paul R. Moraski, our experienced criminal defense lawyer can assist you in building your case and understanding your rights.
Penalties for Possession of Cocaine in Massachusetts
If you are convicted of possession of cocaine in Massachusetts, you may face up to:
- One year in jail; or/and
- A fine of up to $1,000.
This penalty applies to situations where the amount of cocaine in question is less than 14 grams; possession of over 14 grams is considered trafficking. The penalties for trafficking increase depending on the amount of cocaine involved. For example, between 14-28 grams can result in up to 15 years in prison, whereas between 28-100 grams can result in up to 20 years in prison.
What You Need to Know When Facing Criminal Charges
In addition to understanding the potential penalties you’re facing, it’s also important that you understand your rights throughout the process. Here’s what you need to know:
- You have the right to be assumed innocent until proven guilty. Remember, you do not have to prove your innocence; the prosecution must prove your guilt. The prosecution must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
- Unlawfully obtained evidence cannot be used against you. Did the police officers discover the cocaine as a result of an illegal search and seizure? If so, then this evidence cannot be used against you in a court of law.
- You have the right to competent legal counsel. It is your Constitutional right to have the representation of a competent attorney during a criminal defense case. In sacrificing this right, you make yourself more vulnerable to a poor case outcome.
- You have the right to remain silent. Don’t be tricked into thinking that you have to talk to police officers – you have the right to remain silent. It is very important that you exercise this right. When you are arrested and in all instances following your arrest, you should remain polite and professional, provide officers with your name, and then calmly state that you are exercising your right to remain silent and that you would like to speak with an attorney immediately.
Get Legal Help if You’re Facing Possession of Cocaine Charges
If you have been charged with the illegal possession of cocaine, you need legal help. At The Law Office of Paul R. Moraski, our experienced drug defense lawyer can start working on your case today. Please call Attorney Moraski at (978) 397-0011 or send us a message online today to learn more about how our law firm can help.