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Cape Cod Possession of Crack Cocaine Defense Attorney

If you or someone you love has been charged with possession of crack cocaine, James Powderly will aggressively defend you and your freedom. Being charged with possession of crack cocaine is a serious offense that can have short- and long-term consequences on your life. A conviction can result in fines, jail time, or both. Furthermore, a felony drug conviction can mean the loss of other rights, and it can make it a lot harder to get a job in the future. An aggressive, experienced, and dedicated defender of the rights of the people in Cape Cod, Attorney James Powderly understands that everyone makes mistakes, and he does not believe a lapse in judgment should haunt you the rest of your life. If you or a loved one has been caught in possession of crack cocaine, contact James Powderly today by calling (508) 343-0676.

Cape Cod area attorney James Powderly has been defending clients against all kinds of drug crime charges for over a decade. Mr. Powderly is highly regarded in the legal community, and he has been named a Massachusetts Rising Star by Superlawyers Magazine, one of the Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers, and one of Massachusetts “Ten Best” by The American Institute of Criminal Defense Attorneys, among other accolades. During his career, Attorney James Powderly has seen nearly 100 cases through trial. Whether you need someone to negotiate a plea deal with the prosecuting attorney or to take your case all the way through a trial, Mr. Powderly has the knowledge and experience to vigorously represent you and ensure that your rights are preserved.

If you or a loved one has been caught with crack cocaine, contact James Powderly today for help. Do not try to negotiate with prosecutors or enter a plea deal without being fully aware of your rights and having experienced legal representation on your side. Contact Cape Cod possession of crack cocaine defense attorney James Powderly by calling (508) 343-0676, filling out a contact form online, or starting an online chat now.

Crack Cocaine Possession Charges

Under Massachusetts law, crack cocaine is a controlled substance. There are five classes of controlled substances in Massachusetts. The drug classes and the drugs within those classes are determined by a variety of factors, including the following:

  • How likely a person taking the drug is to become addicted to the drug
  • Whether or not the drug has a medical purpose

Under Massachusetts law, crack cocaine is a Class B controlled substance. Massachusetts has stringent laws and harsh punishments for individuals found to be in possession of Class B controlled substances like crack cocaine. If an individual has been previously convicted and is facing a subsequent possession charge, their punishments may be harsher:

  • First offense: An individual with no prior convictions found in possession of crack cocaine and convicted must serve a mandatory one-year jail sentence in state prison. They can face additional punishments of up to 10 years in state prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
  • Second offense: An individual previously convicted of possession of crack cocaine who is caught in possession again and convicted must serve a mandatory three-and-a-half-year jail sentence in state prison and pay a fine of $2,000. They may face additional punishments of up to 25 years in state prison and up to a $25,000 fine.

For each subsequent offense, the punishment increases. The potential punishments and charges for possession of crack cocaine can also vary depending on the amount of crack cocaine an individual is caught with. If an individual is caught with a larger amount, it can potentially lead to greater charges than possession. For example, an individual caught in possession of over 14 grams of crack cocaine can also be charged with trafficking, a separate offense that can compound penalties.

Massachusetts and Cape Cod prosecutors enforce the state’s crack cocaine possession laws with diligence. That is why it is prudent to have an aggressive and experienced attorney like James Powderly to vigorously represent you if you have been caught in possession of crack cocaine.

Defenses to Possession of Crack Cocaine

Although prosecutors in the Cape Cod area are tough when it comes to drug possession charges, a highly-qualified attorney like Mr. Powderly knows how to look for and exploit weaknesses in their case, thereby possibly helping you get the charges dismissed or the punishment lessened.

In Massachusetts, to be convicted of possession of crack cocaine, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the individual charged knowingly or intentionally possessed a controlled substance.

A skilled criminal defense attorney can diminish the strength of the prosecutor’s case in a number of ways including, but not limited to the following:

  • Arguing that your 4th Amendments rights to the prohibition from unreasonable search and seizure were violated, especially if you were at a home
  • Arguing that you did not know the substance was drugs, and calling on witnesses from a drug testing lab to come and testify as to the nature of a substance
  • Arguing that the chain of custody was broken
  • Claiming that the seized drugs were not yours, especially if you were at a house or in a car with other people
  • Calling on the prosecutor to actually produce the drugs at trial because sometimes evidence can go missing

Depending on the specific facts of your case, a seasoned criminal defense attorney can make a variety of arguments that will help your case and highlight why the prosecution may be wrong, thereby placing doubt in the mind of a jury and judge. Being charged with possession of crack cocaine is a serious offense that can have long-lasting repercussions if convicted. Do not play with your future, contact compassionate and experienced Cap Cod attorney James Powderly today.

Contact Attorney James Powderly

If you or a loved one has been charged with possession of crack cocaine, contact James Powderly today for help. For years, drug crimes defense attorney James Powderly has been defending clients against charges of possession of crack cocaine. Do not let a mistake ruin the rest of your life. Call (508) 343-0676 today for a free initial consultation.