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Cocaine Charges

Drug Crime Attorney Serving Hingham & Quincy, MA

Drug offenses are among the most common type of criminal cases heard in the local courts of Quincy as well as throughout the state of Massachusetts. Cocaine is a common controlled substance that is connected with possession, sales, distribution, transportation, and trafficking.

At our criminal defense firm, Flanagan & Associates, we have the legal experience necessary to help defend you on any drug charge, including those involving cocaine and crack cocaine. As a former licensed private investigator, Attorney Dave Flanagan knows how to thoroughly investigate the charges and evidence that the state may be using against you and will use all of his know-how, practical experience, and commitment to help you achieve the best possible case result.

Our attorney's proven ability in criminal defense has been recognized with a Clients' Choice Award in this practice area by Avvo as well as a "Superb" rating. Because he focuses on giving personalized attention, you can be confident that you and your case will be treated with the utmost care and professionalism.

Cocaine Laws in Massachusetts

Cocaine is listed under Massachusetts' schedule of controlled dangerous substances in Class B. If you are found possessing or distributing cocaine, you will be charged with a felony. A first offense is punishable by a mandatory minimum jail sentence of a year or up to 10 years in prison, up to $10,000 in fines, and three years of a mandatory loss of your license.

A second offense of possession or possession with intent to distribute cocaine carries penalties of a mandatory minimum jail sentence of two years up to 10 years in a state prison, up to $25,000 in fines, and a four-year license loss. Aggravating factors which can influence the penalties include selling to minors or carrying or using a gun while in commission of the crime.

If you are accused of drug trafficking, you will likely face even stiffer penalties upon a conviction. The penalties for trafficking in cocaine are based on the quantities involved in the arrest. 14 to 28 grams of cocaine trafficking is punishable by three to 15 years in prison and fines of $2,500 up to $25,000. Quantities above 28 grams will result in harsher penalties.

Competent Legal Help from a Quincy Drug Crime Lawyer

Massachusetts courts do not take cocaine charges lightly. If convicted, you will have a permanent criminal record which can cause problems in the future.

Get the help you need from our firm – contact Flanagan & Associates anytime 24 / 7 to schedule a free case evaluation immediately following an arrest.