If you have been charged with trafficking Oxycodone in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are facing serious penalties if convicted. In recent years many states, including Massachusetts, have essentially waged war on Oxycodone and other similar drugs, making it even more important that you speak to an experienced Massachusetts criminal defense attorney if you are charged with an Oxycodone offense. In the meantime, some background and basic information about the Massachusetts laws relating to trafficking Oxycodone may be helpful.
Oxycodone is an opiate based pain reliever used to treat moderate to severe pain. Oxycodone comes in many forms and in different strengths. Oxycodone is found in lower dosages under the brand names Percocet and Percodan. For more serious pain, Oxycodone is prescribed in higher strengths under the brand name Oxycontin. Oxycodone is a Schedule II drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act, or CSA, meaning the drug has “a currently-accepted medical use with a high potential for abuse and significant risk of addiction.”
Although it is legal to possess Oxycodone with a valid prescription, possession without a valid prescription is a criminal offense. Selling, or trafficking, in Oxycodone are also criminal offenses that carry harsh penalties. According to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 94C, Section 32E, the penalties for trafficking in Oxycodone if convicted are as follows:
- 18 grams to less than 36 grams — carries a prison term of 2 to 15 years with a mandatory minimum of two years. A fine of $2,500 to $25,000, with a mandatory minimum of $2,500, may also be imposed.
- 36 grams to less than 100 grams – carries a prison term of 3.5 to 20 years, with a mandatory minimum of 3.5 years. A fine of not less than $5,000 nor more than $50,000 may also be imposed.
- 100 grams to less than 200 grams — carries a prison term of 8 to 20 years, with a mandatory minimum of 8 years. A fine of not less than $10,000 nor more than $100,000 may also be imposed.
- More than 200 grams — carries a prison term of 12 to 20 years, with a mandatory minimum of 12 years. A fine of not less than $50,000 nor more than $500,000 may also be imposed.
If you have been charged with trafficking Oxycodone in Massachusetts consult with an experienced Massachusetts criminal defense attorney immediately. Although there are frequently viable defenses to the crime of trafficking, you should bring in an attorney as early as possible in the prosecution to be able to make use of one of those defenses.
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