There has been a lot of interest in the story of five people in Webster being charged with drug offenses after a month long investigation by the Webster Police, according to criminal attorney Shane W. Surrette. Some of the charges include possession of heroin with the intent to distribute as well as conspiracy to violate the drug laws.
Possession of heroin with the intent to distribute is a felony under Massachusetts law. If such a charge remains in district court, the potential penalty includes up to 2.5 years to the house of correction, or a fine from $1,000 to $10,000, or both incarceration and fine. If a possession with intent to distribute heroin charge is indicted, the potential penalty is up to 10 years in the state prison, or a fine from $1,000 to $10, 000, or both imprisonment and fine. If someone is charged as a subsequent offender, the penalty goes up and includes a mandatory minimum sentence.
Similarly, under Massachusetts law, the penalty for conspiracy to violate the drug laws is the same as that of the underlying offense. For instance, if you are charged with conspiracy to possess heroin with the intent to distribute, the penalty is the same as that referenced in the prior paragraph. As a result, if you or someone you know is charged with drug offenses, contact an experienced Worcester criminal attorney today by clicking the link below.