Since the Massachusetts law changed in 2009, being caught in possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana means you are only facing a civil fine of $100. Another significant reform is that these charges will no longer appear on your CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information). Does the fact that possession of a small amount of marijuana mean that you don’t need a Boston criminal attorney to keep your record clean? Well, that depends. If you get charged with possession of over an ounce of marijuana, the charge and/or conviction will show up on your CORI. Having a marijuana charge on your CORI means you will be prevented from many future job opportunities, scholarships, and other consequences as a result of any background check that shows a criminal record.
Have you been caught with more than an ounce of marijuana or possession of another Controlled Substance? Did you realize it is a crime to unlawfully possess more than an ounce of marijuana or any quantity of another type of controlled substance, knowingly or intentionally. Whether you realized it or not, you need to contact a Boston criminal lawyer as quickly as possible to protect your life, liberty and reputation.