The most important thing to consider in defending a drug case is the potential jail time you are facing. The difference in potential jail time for a drug user and a drug dealer are huge. Yet, many drug users are often wrongly accused of dealing simply for having a digital scale or carrying multiple bags of drugs (even if the total amount is small). Even if the potential jail time is very little or highly unlikely, a drug conviction can have many other serious consequences.
Suspension or Revocation of Driver's License
A conviction for possession of a controlled substance can result in a one year suspension of your driver’s license. A conviction for possessing a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, manufacture, or cultivate can result in a license suspension ranging from two to five years. If you have a commercial driver’s license, then a conviction for the sale, distribution, or manufacture of drugs while using a vehicle will result in the lifetime revocation of your CDL.
A misdemeanor or felony drug conviction while you are enrolled in higher education will result in the delay or discontinuance of financial aid. The first conviction will result in loss of eligibility for one year from the date of conviction. A second conviction will result in a two year loss of eligibility, and a third conviction will result in indefinite loss of eligibility.
Trafficking and Distribution Charges.
The penalties for drug trafficking in Massachusetts are can be very severe, depending on the type of drug you are accused of trafficking. The Trafficking Statute imposes mandatory minimum sentences ranging from one to twelve years. The maximum penalties for some trafficking offenses is thirty years in state prison.