Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 94, the “Controlled Substances Act,” defines and controls how police and law enforcement charge people with drug crimes in the Commonwealth. The U.S. Controlled Substances Act sets the criteria for what constitutes criminal offenses in the manufacture, possession, sale and abuse of drugs. According to state and federal laws, a controlled substance considered to be a drug can be:
- Illegally prescribed or abuse of prescription drugs
- Altered over-the-counter drugs
- Other illegal substances
The severity of the punishment for a drug crime depends on the type of substance, the quantity, the intent of possession, and local, state and federal laws. If you or someone you know has been arrested for a drug-related crime, we urge you to contact our drug crimes lawyer in Boston for representation and counsel. We’re here to help.