At Chapman & Chapman, P.C., we advise people throughout the Boston metro area, including Suffolk, Middlesex and Essex Counties , about the best ways to defend serious drug charges of all kinds in both the state and federal courts. We handle cases ranging from simple possession of cocaine, heroin or OxyContin to major drug trafficking conspiracies. Whether your case is big or small, we develop and execute strategies that are well matched to your circumstances and the demands of your case. Contact us in Chelsea or Salem for a free telephone consultation about your defense options.

Some people will be more concerned about such consequences as professional licensing sanctions or the loss of access to student loans. Others will need to deal with the risk of a long federal prison term. With more than 25 years of criminal justice experience in major cases throughout Massachusetts, drug crime defense attorney Randy Chapman can explain the immediate and continuing risks you face while going to work on improving your options for a favorable resolution.

State or Federal Drug Crime Defense: Call 617-884-6400 in Chelsea or Salem

Examples of the kinds of cases we handle include:


  • Drug possession charges involving cocaine, heroin or other substances

  • Possession with intent to distribute

  • Drug offenses with mandatory minimum sentences under Massachusetts law

  • Prescription drug cases involving illegal possession, fraud, forgery or distribution

  • Drug sales or trafficking charges

  • Federal conspiracy charges involving distribution, importation or transportation of illegal drugs

  • State or federal money laundering charges
  • State or federal asset forfeiture cases related to drug prosecutions or seizures

Many people will have the opportunity for diversion to treatment programs and continuance without a finding on a first-offense possession charge. If we can keep your case out of the criminal justice system altogether, we’ll do so.

In other cases, it will be necessary to deal with aggravating circumstances that can result in a mandatory prison term upon conviction. Possession of a half ounce of cocaine calls for a three-year term; greater quantities result in longer terms. Selling drugs in any amount within 1,000 feet of a school or within 100 feet of a park or playground requires a two-year minimum prison term to run consecutively from any other punishment imposed. In many respects, the Massachusetts drug laws are even harsher than the federal charging and sentencing scheme.

Experienced Lawyer for Drug Charges in Salem, Lynn, Peabody and Danvers, as Well as Boston, Middlesex County and the North Shore

Our experience with the resolution of serious state or federal drug charges through diversion, suppression motions, or trial defense will keep you completely informed of what to expect at each stage of the process. You’ll also know that the choices that you will need to make at critical points of your case will be based on the best available information and decades of professional experience.

To learn more about the benefits of working with a skilled Massachusetts drug crime defense attorney, contact Chapman & Chapman for a free telephone consultation.