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Attorney Stephen Neyman is an Essex County Drug Crime Lawyer with extensive experience representing individuals in Essex County. Attorney Neyman nearly 30 years’ experience in all courts throughout the state and especially in Essex County. Drug Crimes in Essex County are handled very seriously and can result in harsh consequences, such as license suspension, jail time, or mandatory minimum sentences. It is essential that you contact an experienced drug crime lawyer who will work with you and your loves ones to achieve the best possible outcome.

Defending Drug Crimes in Essex County

Essex County has multiple Superior Courts and several District Courts throughout the county. The District Courts in Essex County are located in- Salem, Ipswich, Haverhill, Gloucester, Lynn, Lawrence, Methuen, Newburyport, and Peabody.

Other towns located in Essex County include- Beverly, Danvers, Middleton and Manchester–by–the–Sea, Hamilton, Topsfield, Wenham, Groveland, Georgetown, Boxford, West Newbury, Rockport, Essex, Swampscott, Saugus, Marblehead, Nahant, Andover, North Andover, Methuen, Amesbury, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury, West Newbury and Lynnfield.

Essex County Drug Crime Attorney Stephen Neyman has extensive experience representing individuals charged with drug crimes. After being charged with a drug crime, it is vital that you call an experienced drug crime attorney to start investigating and gathering facts in relation to the police investigation and the arrest. Attorney Neyman will discuss with you the best strategies for challenging these investigations and the best option to take for a successful outcome.

Essex County Drug Crime Cases

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held a landmark case which occurred in Essex County in the city of Lawrence. In Commonwealth v. DeJesus, 439 Mass 616 (2003), the defendant was arrest with a co-conspirator for selling more than 300 grams of cocaine to an undercover officer. The co-conspirator then provided information to a Lawrence Police officer that the defendant was his cocaine supplier, and that an apartment located in Lawrence was used as a “stash house”. Additionally, the Lawrence Police earlier had received information from a different unidentified informant that this location was being used as a “stash house” as well. The police proceeded to obtained keys from the defendant, entered the defendant’s apartment and discovered, in plain view, cocaine and materials used for distribution. After the search, the Lawrence Police stationed additional officers outside the entrance to the apartment until they could obtain a search warrant, which was issued several hours later.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that the initial entry, by using the defendants keys obtained from his arrest, was illegal without a warrant because there was no exigent circumstance present. Additionally, the court held police officers who secure a dwelling while waiting for a warrant to be issued to prevent the destruction of evidence may not enter that dwelling, “in the absence of specific information supporting an objectively reasonable belief that evidence will indeed be removed or destroyed unless preventative measures are taken.”

However, the DeJesus Court did not exclude the evidence as fruit of the poisonous tree because of the independent source exception to the exclusionary rule. The Court reasoned that even without the evidence of the cocaine and distribution materials observed in plain view during the initial illegal entry, there was still sufficient probable cause to issue the warrant without this information. The Court held that the information that this Lawrence apartment was a stash house from the anonymous informant was corroborated by the police investigation resulting in the defendant’s arrest and satisfied the probable cause requirement. Therefore, an exception to the exclusionary rule existed, the independent source for the evidence, which was a valid search warrant untainted by the information discovered during the initial illegal entry.

Attorney Neyman has experience handling serious drug cases like these. He will use any way possible to make sure a search, seizure or warrant was issued lawfully. These challenges are vital in a successful outcome if an individual is charged with a drug crime. It could potentially lead to a lesser charge or to all charges being dropped. This is of the utmost importance because drug crimes in Essex County are treated very seriously and may result in harsh consequences. Drug Crime Lawyer Neyman has argued hundreds of Motion to Suppress evidence and is highly successful in Essex County. He will make sure the police investigation and search warrant were all conducted lawfully and in accordance with your rights.

It is essential you contact the Law Office of Stephen Neyman, P.C. at 617-263-6800 or contact him through his website. His office is located in downtown Boston and he is available at all hours of the day or week, and available on holidays.