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Law Offices of Thomas Kokonowski
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Although Massachusetts may have legalized marijuana medically and recreationally, methamphetamine crimes are still penalized harshly. Whether you were found to be in possession of methamphetamine or are charged with trafficking, you stand to face serious penalties. Here’s what you need to know and how to fight against methamphetamine charges.

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Gun control laws in Massachusetts is strict, and it is against the law to possess or carry a firearm without a permit. Even if you are simply possessing the firearm, unloaded, in your home, you could still be charged with this crime and face up to two years in jail. If you're facing charges of illegal gun possession, here are some potential defenses that may be used.

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In Massachusetts, the legal age for possessing and consuming alcohol is 21. The laws are much stricter regarding underage DUI's versus DUI charges for individuals over the age of 21. If you're a minor or the parent of a minor who was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, here's what you need to know. 

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Some people don't think twice about giving their friend a pain pill when they have a headache, or an anxiety pill when they're facing a tough situation. Or they might have some extras that they didn't take and want to make a few bucks off them. Federal law prohibits giving or selling prescription drugs to anyone without a license. If you were caught trading or selling prescription medications, it's important to seek legal help immediately.

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A DUI of drugs is a serious charge, and if you’re found guilty, you stand to incur severe, life-altering punishments. You can mount the strongest possible defense, which is crucial when you are arrested on charges of driving under the influence of drugs, when you hire a seasoned criminal defense lawyer. Here are some questions to ask yourself.

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In Massachusetts, heroin is highly regulated, more so than other drugs like marijuana or even cocaine. If you were charged with a crime related to heroin, it’s critical that you obtain legal representation as soon as possible. The penalties for a conviction are harsh and can have a negative impact on you for the rest of your life.

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Opiates are powerfully addictive drugs that while prescribed by many doctors to alleviate pain after surgery or pain related to chronic conditions, can lead to illicit drug use, arrest, and even death. Massachusetts has passed new opiate laws in March of 2016 that will work to limit what doctors can prescribe and provide addicted individuals more options to get the help they need.

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Being arrested for any crime can instantly turn your life upside down. You’re likely worried about your future and what will happen if you are convicted. Depending on the crime for which you were arrested, you could face several years in prison, hefty fines, community service, probation, and a permanent criminal record that will follow you for the rest of your life. Working with a skilled criminal defense lawyer is key to dismissing your case or reducing the charges.

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Although the possession of 1 oz. of marijuana or less for personal use has been decriminalized in Massachusetts and is considered a civil offense with a $100 fine, the cultivation of marijuana is taken much more seriously. Here’s what you need to know about the penalties for cultivating marijuana.

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Drug trafficking is among the most serious of drug crimes and is punished harshly by the state of Massachusetts. If you are charged with drug trafficking, it’s critical that you have an experienced defense attorney in your corner. Here’s what you need to know about drug trafficking laws in Massachusetts and how to get the legal representation you need.
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