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What are the penalties for drug possession in a school zone?

If you've been arrested for drug possession in a school zone, then you may be facing much stricter penalties. Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 94C Section 32J defines a school zone as any real property that comprises a "preschool, accredited headstart facility, elementary, vocational, or secondary school". The school may be public or private, in session or out of session, as long as it is in between the hours of 5:00 am and midnight. Any person that is arrested for a drug-related offense within 100 feet of the school may be punished with the following:

  • Between 2 ½ and 15 years in prison
  • Fines between $1,000 and $10,000

After the minimum sentence is served, certain persons may be eligible for parole. If the defendant used a weapon or threats of violence, or committed a felony, then they may be ineligible.

To make sure that you have competent defense for this serious crime, call Russell Defense Firm. This crime can be particularly difficult to defend as the law specifically states that the defendant may not try to defend themselves by stating that they didn't know about the school zone. Fortunately, Attorney Russell has defended a number of drug cases and can build strong defense strategies on your behalf.

Russell Defense Firm offers a free case evaluation to any who want to discuss their case with a skilled Brighton drug lawyer. Call Russell Defense Firm or submit an online form to get started!