Whether you were caught with something that shouldn’t have been in your possession is almost as important as whether the person who caught you had a right to search and seize your person? The 4th amendment of the United States Constitution and Article 14 of the Massachusetts Constitution govern, but your rights are only as good as the attorney who pleads them. Our experience on both sides of the criminal trial procedure can help you receive the best possible outcome to your case.
Possession of one ounce or less of marijuana is a civil offense, subject to a $100 fine. This is similar to a traffic ticket in that you can not go to jail, however, failure to pay may result in further penalties. Offenders under 18 are required to attend a drug awareness program and/or pay a $1000 fine. Possession of more than one ounce of marijuana is punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $500. For first time offenders, the court will most likely sentence the offender to probation. For subsequent offenses, probation may still be possible.
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