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Cape Cod Marijuana Defense Lawyer

If you are one of the thousands of Cape Cod residents charged with misdemeanor, felony, or drug conspiracy charges for marijuana or “weed”, you should know your rights. Cape Cod marijuana defense attorney James Powderly will work diligently to inform you of your rights and to protect your freedom. James Powderly will take an in-depth review of the details of your case after a free initial consultation. You do not have to merely accept the charges against you, nor do you have to take the punishment that the court will pursue without putting up a fight. With an experienced attorney on your side, you may be able to present convincing case and may be able to have the charges against you dropped. There is no way to tell what will happen until you speak with an attorney today.

In the past decade, James Powderly has successfully represented well over 500 individuals in Massachusetts. Over the years, he has earned a national reputation for his favorable verdicts, substantial settlements, and for his expertise in the field of criminal law as it relates to possession of weed.

For more than ten years, James Powderly Cape Cod Criminal Defense Attorney has been a fixture in the local community. The people he represents aren’t just clients; they’re friends, neighbors, and peers. He’ll work diligently to inform the community of their rights and to protect the freedom of Cape Cod residents who have been confronted with a drug-related criminal charge. If you or someone you love has been faced with a misdemeanor, felony, or drug conspiracy charge for possession of marijuana, contact James Powderly for a free consultation 24/7. Fill out our contact form or call us at (508) 343-0676.

Do I need a criminal defense lawyer?

After you or someone you cherish has been charged with pot-related crime, you may have many questions. I have a family, how am I going to provide for them if I am sentenced to imprisonment? My job requires that I drive to work and or run errands on the job, how will I keep my job? How will I afford the fines related to my charges?

A highly credentialed criminal defense lawyer knows the laws relating to drug possession and other drug charges. An attorney will be able to review the facts of your case during an initial review and will be able to determine whether you have a viable defense. Your case may qualify for a motion to suppress and the charges could be dismissed depending on the facts of your case. Without an attorney to represent, it’s unlikely that you’ll receive the results you desire. The legal process can be exceptionally daunting and difficult to comprehend. Let James Powderly handle the paperwork, difficult phone calls, and negotiations so that you can receive a favorable verdict on your marijuana drug charges. The initial consultation of James Powderly’s services is free and he is fully prepared to work toward exceptional results.

Why choose James Powderly to handle my case?

If you need a lawyer in Cape Cod, you certainly have a number to choose from. How do you know who you can trust to receive a favorable verdict? How do you know which criminal defense attorney will represent you well? The fact remains that not all criminal defense attorneys are able to generate the same high-quality results. Choosing the right lawyer may determine the outcome of your case and potentially your future. These are some factors that set James Powderly Cape Cod Criminal Defense Attorney apart:

Experience: James Powderly Criminal Defense Attorney was founded over ten years ago in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Few attorneys have been able to garner such substantial awards, designations, and positive verdicts in that amount of time.

Track Record: Ultimately, you want a lawyer who has consistently received results. James Powderly has a record of success handling complex criminal defense cases. Attorney Powderly refuses to represent clients who enter into a cooperation agreement with the prosecution. The case results James Powderly has received reflect his dedication to the protection of rights and fairness on behalf of his clients.

Client Satisfaction: James Powderly and his team believes it’s important that his clients not only receive their ideal results but that their situation is reviewed thoughtfully. Attorney Powderly goes above in beyond in providing his clients with respect, compassion, and high-quality legal representation. Read what past clients have had to say in their testimonials about the work ethic and approach to providing legal services Powderly and his team have provided over the years.

Award-winning team: The criminal defense attorneys at James Powderly criminal defense have earned a national reputation for their work on behalf of clients with drug charges. James Powderly has been listed as a Top 40 Under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers, is considered in the Top 1% by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel-Nation’s, was noted as a Massachusetts Rising Star in the years 2013-2015, was mentioned in Superlawyers Magazine, was reported as Massachusetts “Ten Best” by American Institute of Criminal Defense Attorneys, and has an AVVO 10/10 Superb Rating.

Penalties for Marijuana Possession

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana or NORML reports the following laws and penalties in the state of Massachusetts for Marijuana Possession:

  • More than 1 oz. of marijuana on the first offense is considered a misdemeanor with six months of incarceration and a maximum fine of $500. More than 1 oz. of marijuana on the second is considered a misdemeanor with two months of incarceration and a maximum fine of $2,000.
  • Possession with the intent to distribute less than 50 lbs. on the first offense can lead to up to two years of incarceration and fines of up to $5,000. Possession with the intent to distribute less than 50 lbs. on the subsequent offense can lead to 1-2.5 years of incarceration and fines of up to $10,000.
  • The intent to distribute between 50- 10,000 lbs. or more is considered a felony and incarceration can range from 1- 15 years with maximum fines ranging from $10,000- $200,000. There is no penalty for cultivation up to 6 plans, incarceration or fines. There is no penalty for possession of up to 5g of hash and concenters, no threat of incarceration or associated fines. Possession of 5g-1 oz. is considered a civil offense with a maximum fine of $100.

Selling, possession, or purchasing paraphernalia will not have an associated penalty unless the paraphernalia is being sold to someone under the age of 18, in which case it is considered a felony with three to five years of imprisonment and a $5,000 fine.

Weed Possession: Facts and Statistics

According to the American Addiction Centers, marijuana is known by a number of different slang and nicknames. Although the scientific name is cannabis, people commonly refer to the drug in other terms including weed, pot, grass, reefer, ganja, hash, herb, chronic, and dope. Marijuana is often smoked from a pipe, bong or vape pen. The cannabis can also be rolled up into a cigarette and is sometimes referred to as a joint or blunt. Slang terminology for smoking marijuana includes, toking, chasing, blazing, cheeching, and smoking trees. The extracted oil of marijuana can be smoked, or added to food called edibles.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts reports in Title XV Regulation of Trade, Chapter 94G Regulation of the Use and Distribution of Marijuana Not Medically Prescribed, Section 7: Personal Use of Marijuana reports that:


  • (a) Notwithstanding any other general or special law to the contrary, except as otherwise provided in this chapter, a person 21 years of age or older shall not be arrested, prosecuted, penalized, sanctioned or disqualified under the laws of the commonwealth in any manner, or denied any right or privilege and shall not be subject to seizure or forfeiture of assets for:
    1. possessing, using, purchasing, processing or manufacturing 1 ounce or less of marijuana, except that not more than 5 grams of marijuana may be in the form of marijuana concentrate;
    2. within the person’s primary residence, possessing up to 10 ounces of marijuana and any marijuana produced by marijuana plants cultivated on the premises and possessing, cultivating or processing not more than 6 marijuana plants for personal use so long as not more than 12 plants are cultivated on the premises at once;
    3. assisting another person who is 21 years of age or older in any of the acts described in this section; or
    4. giving away or otherwise transferring without remuneration up to 1 ounce of marijuana, except that not more than 5 grams of marijuana may be in the form of marijuana concentrate, to a person 21 years of age or older, as long as the transfer is not advertised or promoted to the public


Contact James Powderly

James Powderly Cape Cod Criminal Defense Attorney and his team are familiar with the drug-related laws of Massachusetts. The team understands how stressful the legal process can be for individuals and their families who are dealing with marijuana charges, penalties, and fines. That’s why James Powderly is dedicated to providing Massachusetts residents with unparalleled service when it comes to receiving a favorable verdict on a drug charge. James Powderly‘s team is dedicated to putting forth a sincere and aggressive effort to ensure clients are effectively represented.

If you or someone you love has been faced with a misdemeanor, felony, or drug conspiracy charges for possession of marijuana, contact James Powderly for a free consultation 24/7. Fill out our contact form or call us at (508) 343-0676.