Keegan Law, A Massachusetts Law Firm for School Zone Violations in Drug Cases
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Selling controlled substances within 1, 000 feet of a school zone is a drug crime that is taken very seriously. If convicted of this crime, you could face jail time, large fines, and other consequences. Additionally, tacking on a school zone violation can increase the severity of your sentencing.
A school zone is considered to be anywhere within 1,000 feet of the following:
- Elementary school
- High school
- Junior high
- Middle school
- Vocational school
- Accredited Headstart facility
This applies even on weekends, holidays, and when schools are on extended breaks or are not in session. It is important to remember that this same law applies to anywhere within 100 feet of a public playground or park. If you were charged, get in touch with our Boston drug crime attorneys immediately to obtain representation! We are an experienced team of former police officers, soldiers, and we have a former DEA-trained narcotics investigator to further give us insight.
Penalties for School Zone Violations
Judges do not have much leeway in school zone violation sentencing, as crimes that could potentially endanger minors are never taken lightly by the law. They may assume you were intending to sell or distribute drugs to minors. Under Massachusetts Law §94.32F (2011), anyone who knowingly sells controlled substances to a minor under the age of 18 could be sentenced to state prison for 5 years or charged up to $25,000. If you are convicted of violating a school zone boundary, there is a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in a correctional facility, not to mention the possibility of additional punishments.
Other penalties for school zone violations include:
- Fines ranging between $1000 to $10, 000
- State prison sentence between 2 to 15 years
- Any additional penalties for simultaneous drug charges
For example, if you are convicted of distribution or trafficking within a school zone, you could face a two-year minimum jail sentence, which must be served completing the sentence for the original drug violation. You want to avoid these penalties at all costs, so speak to our Boston drug crime lawyers today!
Hire Keegan Law for your defense!
Our firm is staffed by former police officers and a DEA-trained narcotics investigator. Working directly on the streets gives us first-hand knowledge and insight about drug crime cases. We use precision to review each and every case. We examine all of the elements that may be stacked against you, looking for weak points or vulnerabilities to exploit in your favor and strengthen your case.
Get our defense team on your side today; contact Keegan Law today for counsel.