Distribution of drugs is a very serious charge that carries potential prison time. A second or subsequent conviction for distribution of drugs carries a mandatory state prison sentence.
In order to convict a defendant of distribution of drugs, the Commonwealth must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:
Confidential Informants are often used by police departments to set up drug dealers. A confidential informant is generally an individual who has been arrested for drug possession. The police or the district attorney agree to not charge the individual or to offer a favorable plea deal if the individual either provides information to the police about a drug dealer or participates in a controlled drug buy.
Cases charging distribution of drugs are often difficult to prove. A common fact pattern involves the police observing what they believe to be a hand-to-hand transaction between a drug dealer and a drug user. Different teams of police officers will then separately stop the alleged buyer and the alleged dealer. The buyer will generally turn over drugs and tell the police that he or she just bought drugs from the defendant. The police will then seize money from the defendant that was supposedly used to buy the drugs. While this may seem like another strong case for the Commonwealth, the drug buyer rarely appears in court to testify against the dealer. Therefore, any statements made by the buyer are inadmissible against the defendant. Without the buyer’s testimony, these types of cases are defensible. Attorney Spring has extensive experience defending these types of cases.
Because a conviction for distribution of drugs results in serious consequences, including possibility of prison time, you need to be represented by a Middlesex County criminal defense attorney with extensive experience in litigating such cases ranging from drug trafficking to possession of drugs. As an assistant district attorney earlier in his career, Attorney Spring prosecuted hundreds of drug cases, from straight possession charges to trafficking. Since forming Spring & Spring, he has successfully defended hundreds of people charged with drug crimes. Call Attorney Spring and schedule a free meeting to discuss the facts of your case.