Drug Offenses


There are a number of drug offenses that can be committed in The Commonwealth of Massachusetts. If found guilty, the penalties can be very high. In addition to the drug offense in and of itself, the Government usually connects it with another penalty. Examples of additional penalties would be:

  • Drug Violation Near a School Zone or Public Park
  • Drug Distribution/Possession with Intent

If convicted of a drug offense, not only is the prospect of prison a reality but the Registry of Motor Vehicles is also required to suspend your license for a specific period of time. 

The Classes of drugs that an individual can be charged with is listed below. The Class runs from the letter “A” to the letter “E,” with Class A being the highest and Class E being the lowest. 

  • Class “A” Drug Offense (Examples: Heroin and Fentanyl)
  • Class “B” Drug Offense (Examples: Methadone and Diphenoxylate)
  • Class “C” Drug Offense (Examples: Diazepam and Clonazepam)
  • Class “D” Drug Offense (Examples: Barbital and Phenobarbital)
  • Class “E” Drug Offense (Examples: A compound or mixture containing codeine, opium or prescription drugs not falling under the other drug classes)

All the Classes of drugs can be charged as subsequent offenses. This means that if an individual has been found guilty of a drug offense in the past, and he or she is found guilty of a new drug offense, the penalties for both imprisonment and or fines will be increased. 

There are a number of other drug offenses including selling to a minor, removing or altering a drug label, simple possession, dispensing without a prescription, and drug larceny to name a few. All of these offenses carry varying penalties. 

If you have been charged with a drug offense, make sure you know your rights and get the representation that you deserve; contact BISSON LAW today!