Dedham Drug Trafficking Charge Lawyer

Serious Charges Require a Serious Defense

Drug trafficking charges are sometimes brought against people who have no intention of trafficking. Simply possessing certain amounts of controlled substances can result in drug trafficking charges, even if the drug is only for an individual's personal use.

If you were arrested for possessing a large quantity of marijuana, cocaine, meth or a prescription drug such as hydrocodone, you may be charged with drug trafficking or intent to distribute. It is better to begin your defense while there is still time to work with the prosecution before the case progresses. If convicted, your sentence may include a large fine, mandatory drug counseling, probation or a multi-year/mandatory prison sentence. Please call John E. DeVito Esq. of DeVito and Visconti, P.A. at to schedule an appointment with a Dedham drug trafficking charge attorney.

The Penalties for Conviction Are Significant

The amount and type of drug you are charged with trafficking or distributing will affect the terms of your sentence if you are convicted. In Massachusetts, convictions for serious drug crimes — especially those involving the sale or distribution of drugs — carry mandatory penalties, including:

  • 14 to 27 grams of cocaine: three-year mandatory jail sentence
  • 28 to 99 grams of cocaine: five-year mandatory jail sentence
  • 100 to 199 grams of cocaine: 10-year mandatory jail sentence
  • 200 grams or more of cocaine: 15-year mandatory jail sentence
  • 50 lbs to 99 lbs of marijuana: one-year mandatory jail sentence
  • 100 lbs to 999 lbs of marijuana: three-year mandatory jail sentence

If you are charged with trafficking a Class B substance such prescription drugs, law enforcement will weigh the pills to see if they exceed the amount for trafficking, even if it is a legal prescription. The entire pill, including the capsule, will be counted in the calculation of the weight. This means that a relatively small number of pills can add up to a trafficking charge.

In addition, distribution of any drug within 1,000 feet of a school zone or 100 feet of a public park or playground is punishable by a mandatory sentence of two years in jail.

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