A school zone is defined as space within 300 feet of any type of school building between 5:00 am and midnight or 100 feet from a playground or public park. You can be charged with school zone drug violations whether or not you intended to sell or distribute drugs to children. Additionally, it does not matter whether or not it was during school hours nor whether or not children were present at the time.
Our Quincy drug crime attorneys offer dedicated counsel for individuals facing school zone drug violation charges regardless of the circumstances of your case. At Sweeney and Associates, LLC, we fight to diminish the charges you face under very challenging circumstances. Massachusetts police officers, prosecutors and judges are extremely hard on alleged offenders because the laws against possession with intent to distribute in a school zone are very strict.
You need an experienced trial attorney — one who has handled these types of cases before — on your side as soon as possible. If a loved one has been arrested, contact our law firm right away.
We are one of the top law firms serving clients in the Quincy and Canton area and eastern Massachusetts. We are available 24/7 to come to your defense and protect your constitutional rights.
Attorney Richard Sweeney has defended hundreds of people throughout Massachusetts over his 15-year legal career. He is a retired Boston police sergeant detective of 13 years with extensive experience commanding one of Boston's elite drug units. He spent 10 years training police officers statewide on drug crime investigations, arrests, evidence collection and bookings.
We identify weaknesses in the prosecution's case against our clients and can often negotiate for lesser charges that significantly reduce the penalties our clients face. We'll challenge the probable cause for search and seizure, and we'll independently investigate beyond the story that the police report provides.
The charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of two years with a possible state prison sentence of up to fifteen years and the possibility of thousands of dollars in fines and probation. This is in addition to the penalties that you might face for possession with intent to distribute, drug trafficking or any other criminal charge.
Please contact us online or call us at (617) 300-0212 to speak with one of our Quincy criminal defense lawyers in a free, confidential consultation. We are responsive, offer fixed and hourly billing rates, and accept all major credit cards.