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Penalties for Heroin Charges

Heroin is an extremely addictive drug that causes dangerous bodily harm to its users. Users of heroin have been found to be more likely to commit other crimes, such as theft. Due to these reasons, it has been given the highest penalties of all drug charges in Massachusetts.


  • Possession – Possession of heroin is a felony punishable by a $2,000 fine, as well as 2 years imprisonment. Repeat offenders may pay up to $5,000 and serve 2.5 to 5 years. If more than 14 grams of heroin is found, the charge is no longer for possession but trafficking.
  • Sale – 1st offenders face anywhere from 2-10 years if convicted, and between a $1,000 – $10,000 fine. 2nd offenders must serve 5-15 years and pay between $2,500 and $25,000. A 3rd offense has a minimum sentencing of 40 years. If heroin is sold to minors or sold close to a school’s campus, the charges typically increase.
  • Trafficking – If the amount is between 14 and 28 grams, the punishment is 5-20 years in prison and between a $5,000 and $50,000 charge. More than 28 grams but less than 100 grams is punished by 7-20 years and fines between $5,000 and $50,000. 100-200 grams is punished by 10-20 years and $10,000 and $100,000. Over 200 grams is grounds for 15-20 years in prison and $50,000 to $500,000 in fines.

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Charges for the possession, sale, or trafficking of heroin are serious and life altering. If convicted, the fines and time spent in prison can make it extremely difficult to get your life back on track. If you are facing heroin charges, you do have the right to a fair trial and an attorney. Please call the experienced Cape Cod Criminal Defense Attorney James Powderly at (508) 343-0676 for a free consultation.