For nearly 30 years, Stephen Neyman has been dedicated to fighting for his clients charged with drug crimes in Worcester County. He is a fearless advocate, a practiced negotiator, and a supportive guide. Attorney Neyman, a former Los Angeles prosecutor, knows firsthand how district attorneys will approach your case and will use that to your advantage. All of these characteristics make him the ideal lawyer to have on your side during this stressful and confusing time. Attorney Neyman will conduct a painstaking review of your drug crime case and use every workable strategy to attack your charge. When he applies his expertise and utilizes his talents, as he does in every case, his clients are sure to find themselves in the best possible position.DEFENDING DRUG CRIMES IN PLYMOUTH COUNTY
Plymouth County has Superior and District courts across the county, including in towns such as Hingham, Plymouth, Wareham and Brockton. Other towns which are located in Plymouth County include, Rockland, Hull, Hanover, Scituate, Norwell, Kingston, Plympton, Pembroke, Duxbury, Halifax, Hanson. Marshfield, Middleborough, Wareham, Lakeville, Marion, Mattapoisett, Rochester, Carver, Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, Whitman, Abington and West Bridgewater.
If you have been arrested in Plymouth for any drug crime, you will need the skilled representation and careful guidance of a seasoned Plymouth County drug crimes lawyer. General Laws Chapter 94C is the law that regulates controlled substances in Massachusetts. Conduct that is prohibited under that statute includes possessing, distributing, possessing with intent to distribute, manufacturing, and trafficking in illegal drugs. It also prohibits conspiracy, which is usually charged when police are unable to identify who controlled the drugs. Penalties can be enhanced when the alleged crime involves minors, such as when drugs are sold near a school zone. Drug charges are no joke, and preservation of your rights depends on the skillful representation of a qualified lawyer.PLYMOUTH COUNTY DRUG CRIME CASES
In Commonwealth v. Sears, 2009 Mass. App. Unpub. LEXIS 555, the Massachusetts Appeals Court heard a case which took place in Plymouth County. In Sears, the defendant was suspected of drug distribution from an apartment in Plymouth, which was searched pursuant to a search warrant. A Massachusetts State Police sergeant applied for a search warrant based on information he received from two confidential informants and police observation of the apartment in Plymouth. The first confidential informant told the police that he had been purchasing drugs from the defendant for two years, provide a telephone numbers for the defendant and information that the he would make drug deliveries using a mountain bike by meeting the customers at public places or at the customer’s house. The first confidential informant also stated that the defendant occasionally sells to customers out of his home but did not claim himself to have ever purchased drugs from out of his home. The second confidential informant, who had previously provided information in the past which led to convictions, told the police that the defendant was dealing crack cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and Percocet in Plymouth and that the defendant sold drugs out of his Plymouth apartment. The Massachusetts State Police conducted a controlled purchase of crack cocaine from the defendant in public places in Plymouth, using the second confidential informant. Additionally, the officers had observed several people enter the apartment over the four days of surveillance and the Plymouth police department had received calls of heavy foot traffic coming from the Plymouth apartment. The defendant was convicted after a jury trial for unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and unlawful possession of a controlled substances with intent to distribute in a school zone.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court held that the police observations, the information provided by the confidential informants and the reports to the Plymouth police about heavy foot traffic, did not establish probable cause to search the defendant apartment and therefore, his motion to suppress the evidence seized from that illegal search should have been allowed and reversed his convictions.
The Sears Court reasoned that the affidavit submitted by the State Police Trooper did not establish probable cause that his apartment contained drugs because there were no specific allegations or particularized information based on police surveillance that would permit a reasonable inference that the defendant kept a supply of drugs in his apartment. Here, the police only had information the defendant was selling drugs, that the informant would call a telephone number, drugs would be delivered to a specific location and that he returned directly home after the drug transaction. Additionally, the information provided by the confidential informants was not based on personal observation or so detailed to permit the inference of firsthand knowledge. Also, the complaints from the Plymouth citizens had no information about their identity or any other information that established their veracity.
Plymouth County Drug Crime Attorney Stephen Neyman has over 20 years’ experience dealing with search warrants of this nature. It is essential that you hire a well-known and experienced drug crime attorney when dealing with serious charges. Attorney Neyman will challenge every aspect of the drug investigation, especially in regards to search warrant, which could potentially result in the exclusion of evidence. Often, if the court decides to exclude evidence the subsequent charged with be dropped by the prosecutor. This would result in no consequences, such as jail time or licenses suspensions.
If you are currently charged with a drug crime, the lawyer that you choose to represent you is the only factor that is now within your power to control. It is essential that you choose wisely. When your freedom is at stake, it is important to select a lawyer who has a proven track record of solid and successful defense.
Call the Law Offices of Stephen Neyman, P.C. at (617) 263-6800 or contact us online today if you have been charged with any Massachusetts or federal drug crime. At our office, we know that time is of the essence, so we are accessible at all times, including nights, holidays, and weekends.