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The Penalties for Heroin Possession

Heroin, opium, and morphine are all offshoots of the opium poppy. Heroin was initially a legal drug in the early 20th century because it was claimed to be a pain reliever. Since then, however, heroin has been outlawed because its medicinal properties were never proven. In that time though, heroin has become popular as a recreational drug, causing many people to find themselves charged with heroin possession. Unfortunately, as attorney James Powderly knows, those in Cape Cod who are convicted of heroin possession can find themselves saddled with severe penalties, making it important to enlist a knowledgeable defense attorney and build an aggressive defense.

Penalties of Conviction of Heroin Possession

The proceeding list applies to drugs in Penalty Group 1, which have a high risk of addiction and abuse and includes heroin:

  • Less than one gram – fine up to $10k, at least 180 days in jail, or both
  • One gram or more, but less than four grams – fine up to $10k, at least two years in prison, or both
  • Four grams or more, but less than 200 grams – fine up to $10k, at least two years in prison, or both
  • 200 grams or more, but less than 400 grams – fine up to $100k, at least five years in prison, or both
  • 400 grams or more – fine up to $100k, at least ten years in prison, or both

Because drugs in Penalty Group 1 have no legitimate medical value, possession of these drugs carries greater penalties.

Discuss Heroin Possession with a Cape Cod Criminal Defense Attorney

If you’ve been charged with heroin possession, you have the right to defend yourself in a court of law. Thankfully for those in the Cape Cod area, attorney James Powderly has the experience and expertise necessary to represent you and possibly get your charge reduced or dismissed. To speak with James Powderly today, call 508-343-0676 for a free consultation.