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Drug Offenses

Being arrested or charged with a drug-related offense in Massachusetts brings about the potential for serious penalties. Whether it is a charge for simple possession, being present where heroin is kept, or more serious charges, including possession with intent to distribute, distribution or trafficking, a conviction for a drug-related offense can lead to incarceration and/or probation, and may result in the imposition of significant fines and fees. A criminal conviction for a drug offense could also result in conditions to remain drug and alcohol-free while being subjected to random drug tests. With the serious opioid epidemic harming the residents of Massachusetts, District Attorney’s Offices throughout the state have demonstrated a heightened interest in drug cases, especially those cases involving heroin and fentanyl. Attorney Riccio, a Quincy criminal defense lawyer, will fight for those individuals who have been charged with a drug-related offense in Massachusetts.

Initially, accepting a plea deal from the Government may seem to make the most sense, especially if the police located drugs on or near you. However, an experienced criminal defense attorney understands that there are many potential defenses to drug-related charges. The Government has the burden of proving the suspected drug located is a controlled substance as defined by statute, which generally requires the production of a drug certificate and the testimony of an expert witness (e.g., a chemist). Depending on the circumstances surrounding the discovery of drugs or other evidence used to support charges related to the sale of drugs, a criminal defense attorney will know what motions are available to file and potentially limit the evidence used against you. If drugs were located after the police conducted an illegal motor vehicle stop or unconstitutional search of your person, vehicle or home, an experienced criminal defense attorney will file a motion to suppress on your behalf and argue for the drugs to be excluded, or suppressed, from evidence.

Not all drug charges carry the same potential for penalties in Massachusetts. Charges of simple possession tend to result in lesser penalties than charges related to the distribution or sales of narcotics. Additionally, Class A drugs (e.g., heroin) carry stricter penalties than charges pertaining to lower classes of drugs (e.g., cocaine, Vicodin, marijuana). Charges related to the sale of drugs within a school zone (i.e., within 300 feet of a “school”) also carry heightened penalties, including a minimum mandatory jail sentence of two (2) years. A criminal defense attorney may be able to negotiate a reduction in the school zone charges to eliminate the two-year minimum mandatory jail sentence.

A conviction for drug charges will follow you for the rest of your life. It may negatively impact your ability to obtain future employment or potentially exclude you from admission to a college or university. If you have been charged with or arrested for a drug-related offense in Massachusetts, contact The Law Offices of Anthony R. Riccio for a free case evaluation. An experienced Massachusetts criminal defense attorney, Attorney Riccio will review the allegations against you and provide an analysis of your case and the charges.

Client Reviews
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Id refer Anthony to anyone in search of a professional defense. Easy going, reliable, and Confident attorney Riccio is a winner. He is dedicated to his clients and my case. I can assure anyone, he takes pride in what he does which shows in court/trial. JHK
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Anthony went above and beyond with my case. Not only did he keep me in the loop with any relevant information regarding my case, but he put me at ease by not treating me like just another client. He is very personable and easy to talk. All in all, he was on top of everything 100% of the time. William
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Anthony was very impressive in all areas of dealing with someone in an upsetting legal matter. He was; 1) A pleasure to speak to initially with being very respectful as well as very informative. 2) Efficient in getting needed steps done along the way. 3) Communicating progress and path forward thoroughly. 4) Meeting and walking through a solid plan. 5) Effectively driving home a solid solution ending up with great results. Mark
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Right off the bat I could tell Anthony knew his stuff. His experience as being a prosecutor completely gave him the knowledge of the criminal court system from that side. Now as a defense lawyer, you couldn't ask for a smarter guy who knows everything about what the other side is doing. Don't to call him, you won't be disappointed. Former Client