Opioids in Massachusetts: What you need to know

December 6, 2018


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

Possession with Intent to Deliver (First Offense)
Prison Sentence:
2-10 Years
Simple Possession – First Offense
Prison Sentence:
Two Years
Simple Possession – Subsequent Offense
Prison Sentence:
2.5-5 Years

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.
  • He 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  all over MA, NH & ME and has nearly 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.

What is the Bowser Law Difference?

Mike Bowser has unique experience and knowledge which he uses to protect his clients.

  • Mike Bowser is the only Board Certified DUI Defense Specialist who practices in MA, NH & ME. This means he had to pass rigorous examinations and interviews about his knowledge of DUI law to become certified.
  • Because he practices in all three states, Mike Bowser knows how to handle the complications that arise when you are charged as an out of state driver.
  • Clients who have hired Mike Bowser LOVE him! Take one look at his reviews and you will see why Mike Bowser is The Most Reviewed 5 Star DUI Defense Lawyer Practicing in MA, NH & ME!
  • He uses his deep understanding of forensic science to pick apart the evidence against you and looks for errors that he can challenge. He then carefully prepares your case with the goal of highlighting these issues and putting you in the best possible position.
  • He is a ruthless cross-examiner who is at home in the courtroom. Judges, prosecutors, and police officers often praise his professionalism and knowledge.

If you are facing a DUI charge, don’t delay. Call now to setup your
free, detailed consultation at

(888) 526-9737

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