Defending You Against Drug Trafficking Charges

Criminal defense attorney John P. McKenna vigorously defends the rights of individuals charged with distributing or trafficking drugs. Whether this is your first encounter with the criminal justice system or you have faced serious allegations before, call on an attorney who has tried more than 200 cases and has more than 20 years of experience.

Drug Trafficking Penalties: Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Massachusetts drug trafficking charges carry "mandatory minimum sentences." If the prosecutors charge you with drug trafficking of a certain drug, the court usually must sentence you to the mandatory minimum number of years in prison set by law:

  • Trafficking Of Heroin (Class A Substance): All trafficking in heroin crimes can carry up to 20 years in prison. The following are the mandatory minimum sentences:
    • 14-28 grams: five years
    • 28-100 grams: seven years
    • 100-200 grams: 10 years
    • 200 grams or more: 15 years
  • Trafficking Of Cocaine (Class B Substance): Trafficking in cocaine maximum sentences range from 15 to 20 years. The mandatory minimum sentences are:
    • 14-28 grams: three years
    • 28-100 grams: five years
    • 100-200 grams: 10 years
    • 200 grams or more: 15 years
  • Trafficking Of Marijuana (Class D Substance): Trafficking in marijuana allegations can lead to up to 15 years in prison. The mandatory minimum sentences are:
    • 50-100 lbs: one year
    • 100-2,000 lbs: three years
    • 2,000-10,000 lbs: five years
    • 10,000 lbs or more: 10 years

When the stakes are this high, you need a knowledgeable drug trafficking attorney with significant criminal defense experience to stand up for your rights.

What An Experienced Drug Trafficking Lawyer Can Do

Mandatory minimum sentences are not mandatory until the court makes its final decision. Our law office will strategically negotiate with the prosecution to reduce your charges. As a former prosecutor in Hampden County and the city of Springfield, John McKenna knows how prosecutors try drug trafficking cases, and he uses that knowledge to prepare a strong defense.

He has also taught hundreds of law enforcement officers how to properly search for and seize drugs. He knows the drug laws and the difference between a good stop and a bad stop. In your Massachusetts drug trafficking case, he will investigate the police officers' actions and their evidence against you, asking questions such as:

  • Did law enforcement lawfully seize the drugs or other evidence?
  • Was there a traffic stop? Was the traffic stop constitutional?
  • Were the drugs "in your possession" when they were seized? Is there evidence showing that they did not belong to you?

If the traffic stop, search or seizure were not constitutional, or were invalid under Massachusetts law, your case may be dismissed.

Contact Our Law Firm

Contact the Law Office of John P. McKenna, P.C., to speak to a Springfield, Massachusetts, drug crimes attorney who is familiar with federal and state drug trafficking laws.