If you are charged with a drug crime in Massachusetts, you may be facing a mandatory minimum sentence. For example, trafficking in cocaine between 18-36 grams carries with it a 2 year minimum mandatory state prison sentence, with a maximum 15 year state prison sentence, and a potential fine from $2, 500- $25,000.
Similarly, trafficking in heroin between 18-36 grams carries with it a minimum mandatory state prison sentence of 3.5 years with a maximum sentence of 20 years, and a potential fine between $5,000-$50,000.
Additionally, conspiracy to violate the above referenced charges carries with it the same penalty as the underlying charge. For instance, conspiracy to traffick in cocaine between 18-36 grams carries with it the same 2 year minimum mandatory sentence, with the 15 year maximum that the trafficking charge carries.
As a result, if you or someone you know is charged with such an offense, contact a drug crime attorney who knows the legal defenses. Don’t hesitate, the sentences are too severe.