Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 94C Section 32K makes it a felony to induce or help a minor (a person under the age of 18) to distribute, sell, make, keep, or possess with intent to distribute or sell drugs. If the prosecutor’s case is that the defendant used a minor to distribute drugs, he won’t even have to prove that the defendant actually knew that the person was under 18. In contrast, if the prosecutor’s case is that the defendant helped (abetted) a minor to distribute drugs, then he will have to prove that the defendant knew that the person was under 18, that there was an express or implied agreement between the defendant and the minor, and that the minor distributed drugs.
Prosecutors will undoubtedly take a hard-hitting approach to these cases because this law is designed to deter individuals from victimizing children for the drug trade. The penalty reflects the seriousness of this charge, with the statute carrying a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years in state prison. One could face up to 15 years in prison and an additional fine of up to $100,000. As such, if you have been charged with inducing a minor to distribute or sell drugs, it is imperative that you immediately contact an expert criminal defense attorney like Francis T. O’Brien, Jr.
Attorney O’Brien is an expert in the area of criminal drug defense. He has been successfully defending drug charges in Massachusetts for more than 20 years, and he is one of the most prominent Boston attorneys in the field. He is the director of the criminal defense group of O’Brien Law Boston, a top Boston law firm. Attorney O’Brien has the skill, knowledge and dedication to achieve the best possible outcome in your case. Call him today so that he can start building your winning defense.
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