Unlawful possession or distribution of any controlled substance is punishable with jail or prison time, thousands of dollars in fines, and/or probation. Even a small amount of a prescription drug proven to have been in your possession can send your life down an extremely difficult path filled with hardships, reduced rights, and regrets.
At Sweeney and Associates, LLC, our Quincy drug crimes defense attorneys defend people from all walks of life who face prescription drug charges across the state. People who are addicted to pain medication, friends and family members trying to help one another with problems, and people who make honest mistakes handling prescription drugs can get in serious trouble before they know it.
The rest of your life can depend on the quality of your legal representation. If you or a family member has been arrested or charged with a prescription drug crime in Quincy or Canton, Massachusetts, we urge you to seek highly qualified legal representation right away. Contact us for a free consultation.
Possession of Illegal Prescription Opioid Drugs
It is unlawful to use or be in possession of prescription drugs that you have not been personally prescribed. While some may think that due to the fact that these drugs are available legally to some that the punishments for obtaining them illegally are not as serious. This is a common misconception—the penalties for having these drugs without legal permission are just as serious, if not more serious, than other types of illegal drug. Due to their intense effects, opioids are particularly at risk to be bought, sold, and possessed illegally.
Chief among the types of abused prescription opioid drugs are:
- Pain killers
If you are facing charges for illegal possession of prescription opioids, please inform a criminal defense attorney at once. We can do everything in our power to defend your rights in this uncertain time.
Penalties For Prescription Drug Crimes
In Massachusetts, the penalties for possession and distribution crimes are based on the government's determination of the drug's danger regardless of whether it is a prescription drug or an illegally manufactured drug. For example, even though oxycodone and methadone are prescription drugs, they still carry the same punishment as cocaine, crack cocaine and Ecstasy because they are all considered Class B substances.
Illegal possession or distribution of common prescription drugs such as Percocet and Adderall could lead to jail, or probation terms involving random drug screening on a regular basis. High school and college students are particularly targeted for abuse of these common prescription drugs, which can lead to expulsion from school, loss of federal financial aid and the possibility of jail, depending on the specific facts of each case. An experienced attorney can avoid these problems when contacted early in the case
Here's How We Can Help You Now
We have experience defending clients facing charges of prescription drug fraud, forged prescriptions, unlawful possession, distribution and trafficking. Our team has 20 years of combined experience defending against drug cases in Greater Boston and throughout Massachusetts.
Our work to mitigate penalties and get charges reduced involves:
- Independently investigating your case
- Examining the police report
- Analyzing drug lab tests
- Protecting your constitutional rights, including illegal search and seizure
- Protecting your reputation
Attorney Richard Sweeney is a retired Boston police sergeant detective of 13 years with several years of experience commanding one of Boston's elite drug units. He has trained police officers on proper procedures in drug crime investigations, arrests and bookings. If there are errors in the case against you, we'll find them.
Get Discreet and Experienced Defense
Please contact us online or call us today at (617) 300-0212 to speak with one of our Quincy lawyers about the legal troubles you're facing involving OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, Valium, codeine, Xanax, Adderall, Dexedrine, Dilaudid, ketamine, fentanyl or any other controlled substance.
We offer fixed and hourly billing rates and accept all major credit cards.