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Straight possession of a controlled substance is considered a crime both in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and in the United States federal courts. Possession of a controlled substance is generally defined as being when a person,
“Knowingly or intentionally possesses a controlled substance unless such substance was obtained directly from, or pursuant to, a valid prescription or order from, a licensed practitioner who was acting in the course of his professional practice, or except as otherwise authorized by law.”
Sentencing options vary and depend on the type of substance and how much (weight) of the substance the defendant possessed. Mandatory minimums, including where the substance was possessed (300 feet of school zone) and if the defendant has any prior convictions, may also apply. Levels of purity are irrelevant as both state and federal laws include “…any mixture of [controlled substance].” Therefore, it is crucial to hire a lawyer who knows state and federal drug laws, and how they are both prosecuted and defended, intimately.
In order to prove the defendant guilty of this offense, the Commonwealth must prove three things beyond a reasonable doubt:
Brad Bailey, a Boston drug crimes attorney, is a former Assistant District Attorney who prosecuted major narcotics trafficking cases for the Middlesex County District Attorney and a former Assistant United States Attorney who served in the US Attorney’s elite Drug Task Force (OCDETF) Unit. He understand the approach and strategies of the prosecution and uses that critical information to better defend his clients’ rights.
If you are charged with possession of a controlled substance, you need a criminal defense lawyer with unmatched experience defending against drug crimes, whether in state or federal court. Brad Bailey is that lawyer. For nearly two decades, he has successfully defended clients accused of state and federal drug crimes of every variety.
A sampling of a few of the noteworthy drug possession cases recently handled:
Call Brad Bailey Law today to set up an immediate phone consultation. We will discuss your case in the strictest confidence and with the utmost sensitivity and respect. Our firm will also provide you with instant analysis, assess your jeopardy/exposure, and identify an effective strategy.
Brad Bailey is the go-to defense attorney for white collar crimes, federal crimes, as well as serious state felony charges. He is without question one of the most experienced criminal defense attorneys in Boston.