Attorney Michele Da Silva is an aggressive criminal defense attorney here to help you with your drug charges. If you are facing a drug charge or charges, it is important that you speak with a criminal defense attorney who understands the complexity of our legal system so that you may be properly infomed of the consequences that you may face and is there to help you defense against the charges.
What You Should Know
Don’t make the mistake of believing that drug charges should not be taken seriously. For those who are immigrants, whether legal or illegal, a drug conviction can have severe adverse affects on your immigration status, and even result in permanent deportation from the United States. Depending on the type of drug charge, and drug type that you are found with, you may be subject to penalties such as fines, mandatory drug treatment programs, probation, jail, and driver’s license suspension.
Massachusetts Courts are often required to follow “mandatory minimum” sentencing laws in drug cases.
Mandatory minimum sentencing laws require judges to impose fixed, multi-year prison
sentences, even if the judge believes the punishment does not fit the individual or the crime.
Those serving state mandatory minimum sentences are not eligible for parole (early release) or to participate in reentry programs that help them lead law-abiding lives when released from prison. Therefore, you cannot afford to take drug charges lightly. You need to have an aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side.
Class A Drugs: Heroin, Morphine, Codeine, Ketamine (Special K)
Class B Drugs: Cocaine, Crack. Amphetamines, Methadone, LSD, PCP
Class C Drugs: Peyote, Mescaline
Class D Drugs: Marijuana
Class E Drugs: Prescription drugs that are not mixed with narcotics.
The severity of the case depends on the classification of the drug and the quantity amount of the drung. The higher the classification, the more severe the punishment. Thus Class A Drugs are treated more severely than a Class E Drugs.
In addition to the penalties for possession of drug convictions, convictions for possession of drugs will also result in a loss of your license to drive!
Drug Crimes Penalties
Penalties for Distribution
Legal Resources Massachusetts Law About Drug Charges
Massachusetts General Laws