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Opioids in Massachusetts: What you need to know

December 6, 2018

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There is a growing opioid epidemic in Massachusetts and across the country. With it, police are also more aware of these drugs and prosecutors are coming down hard on users and especially those they charge as dealers.

The problem is, many times the police mix things up and based on hearsay they charge users as dealers. This is a serious problem.

At Bowser Law, we defend cases for those charged with all types of opiates including:

  • Morphine
  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl
  • Oxycodone
  • Methadone
  • Heroin

Here is a brief overview of the penalties for Opioids:

Opiates Penalties Overview

Charge:
Possession with Intent to Deliver (First Offense)
Grade:
Felony
Prison Sentence:
2-10 Years
Fines:
$1,000-$10,000
Charge:
Simple Possession – First Offense
Grade:
Felony
Prison Sentence:
Two Years
Fines:
$2,000
Charge:
Simple Possession – Subsequent Offense
Grade:
Felony
Prison Sentence:
2.5-5 Years
Fines:
$5,000

Please note, sentencing can vary greatly depending on the type and amount of the substance they find in your possession. Also, if you have prior criminal offenses and if you sold drugs to a minor, penalties can be enhanced.

Besides the obvious legal penalties which include jail time and heavy fines, there are a host of other consequences you must consider:

  • A drug conviction will remain on your criminal record forever. Any employer who does a background check will be able to see it. Do you think that jobs want to hire “junkies” or “drug dealers”? That’s how you will be labeled.
  • Certain drug charges may trigger suspension of your driving license.
  • Prior convictions can result in more severe penalties.
  • Sale or distribution to minors or in a school zone may also trigger enhanced penalties

There is Hope

These are complex charges which carry heavy penalties. Opioids are a serious matter. But there is hope. Attorney Mike Bowser has unique experience with drug cases and handles these cases in a different way than other attorneys.

Why Mike Bowser?

  • Mike Bowser has advanced scientific training on the chemistry of drugs and can challenge mistakes that the government may make in their evidence.
  • His is a trial lawyer who is willing to challenge the evidence and take matters to court. He does not take the easy way out.
  • He is well known by all over MA, NH & ME and has over 200 five star reviews from satisfied clients.

If you are facing a serious drug charge, don’t delay. Call now to set up your free consultation at (888) 526-9737.

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