Marijuana Possession

In the state of Massachusetts, the possession of any amount of marijuana is illegal. A conviction of such an offense will result in a broad range of penalties, dependent on the amount of the drug in your possession. While small amounts will only result in civil penalties and moderate fines, it is possible to receive more severe penalties for first offense convictions.

If you have been charged with the illegal possession of marijuana, it is essential that you seek skilled legal representation in order to protect your rights and interests in court. Call experienced Cape Cod criminal defense attorney James Powderly today at 508-343-0676 to learn more about your legal rights and discuss how to build an effective defense that suits your personal needs.

Penalties for Possession

In comparison to other states across the country, Massachusetts is actually more lenient when it comes to marijuana possession penalties. However, it is important to recognize that any time spent in jail can have a devastating effect on your personal and professional life. Additionally, the damage to your reputation that comes with a drug conviction can be difficult to escape. Should you be convicted of possession, you will face the following penalties:

  • Less than an ounce: A civil offense punished by a $100 fine.
  • First offense for more than an ounce: Fines of up to $500 and up to 6 months in jail. Probation in lieu of jail time is likely
  • Subsequent offenses for more than an ounce: $500 fine and up to 6 months in jail.
  • Minors: For those under 18, drug awareness and community service penalties will be assigned.

Regardless of what kind of charge you are facing, a skilled criminal defense attorney will work diligently to get your charge dropped or reduced, so you can go on with your life.

Contact Us

Cape cod criminal defense lawyer James Powderly has years of experience defending the rights and interests of those accused of illegal drug possession and will fight to help ensure that you receive a favorable ruling in court. Call today at 508-343-0676 for a free consultation to discuss the details of your case and begin formulating your defense.


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