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HOME > CRIMINAL PRACTICE > DRUG CHARGES > PENALTIES FOR DRUG POSSESSION
Drug Charges - Penalties for Drug Possession
Attorney Michele Da Silva is an aggressive criminal defense attorney here to help you with your drug charges. If you are facing a drug crime 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​

Penalties for Drug Possession Based on Drug Classes

Class A Penalties

Possession of such for the first time will be a maximum of 2 years in prison and in second time will be up to 2 ½ years in jail.

Class B Penalties

First offense includes a maximum sentence of 1 year and the 2nd offense is an imprisonment up to 2 years.

Class C Penalties

One or more prior convictions of possessing an illegal drug belonging to this class is a 2-year mandatory minimum.

Class D Penalties

Conviction carries a 1-year loss of driver’s license as well as a 2-year penalty after the sentence of underlying offense if near to school property, park, or playground.

Marijuana Possession Penalty - Civil Infraction
Massachusetts is one of many states that has recently decriminalized a small amount of marijuana. On 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.

However, 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.


Drug Crimes Penalties

Drug Possession Penalties
Drug Distribution Penalties


Legal Resources  Massachusetts Law About Drug Charges

Massachusetts General Laws
Mass. Gen. Laws  Ch.94c, sec.31: Classes of Controlled Substances Complete List



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