Drug Paraphernalia Crimes in Boston
Aggressive Drug Crime Defense from Keegan & Novick
At Keegan & Novick, we fight to win our clients' cases, especially
when they are faced with heavy penalties like those associated with the
drug paraphernalia crimes. We have a strong understanding of the process
that is undertaken to prosecute clients with drug crime charges because
some of our Boston drug crime attorneys are themselves
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What is drug paraphernalia?
The equipment, components and materials that are modified to make, use
and conceal illegal drugs are known as drug paraphernalia. Drug paraphernalia
is categorized either as user-specific or dealer-specific, meaning that
the paraphernalia is either utilized by users or used by dealers to prepare
portions of drugs for street traffic.
There are countless items that can be classified as drug paraphernalia
under Massachusetts's broad laws.
Common examples include:
- Rolling papers
- Cocaine freebase kits
Massachusetts General Laws §94C-32I states that
it is illegal to possess drug paraphernalia with the intent to sell. If you are under investigation or have been arrested for this crime, you
should seek the help of an experienced drug crime attorney who can defend
Contact our Boston drug crime lawyer for the experienced defense you deserve.
What Must Be Proven for a Conviction
In order for you to be convicted of this crime, the prosecution must be
able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you took any of the following
actions in regard to drug paraphernalia:
- Possessed with intent to sell
- Purchased with intent to sell
- Manufactured with intent to sell
The prosecution must also prove that you either knew or had reason to know
that that the paraphernalia would be used to either:
- Make illegal drugs
- Use illegal drugs
- Store illegal drugs
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with Intent to Sell
This drug offense can be classified as a felony or misdemeanor drug crime,
depending on the following factors:
- Whether or not the particular paraphernalia is related to users or dealers
- Whether illegal drugs were found on your person
- Your criminal history
- Any prior drug convictions
If you were found in possession of an illegal drug, the amount and type
of that drug will also play a role in the penalties enacted against you.
Penalties for this offense can include:
- Community service
- Drug rehab programs
For example, if you are convicted of possession of drug paraphernalia with
the intent to sell, you will face up to two years imprisonment in jail
or a house of correction and a fine ranging up to $5,000. If you have
sold drug paraphernalia to someone under the age of 18, these penalties
will increase substantially. You will face up to 5 years imprisonment
and a fine of up to $5,000.
Getting the Legal Care You Need
Regardless of whether you were caught with user-paraphernalia or dealer-paraphernalia,
we are here to help! Our team of experienced drug crime attorneys has
experience as former police officers, and we know how to challenge the
evidence brought against you.
When you contact Keegan & Novick about your
drug crime charges, we can immediately begin an intensive investigation into your
charges and the police officer's story.
Call us now to schedule your consultation with a Boston drug crime lawyer who
can begin to protect your rights today!