Massachusetts 94C License Suspensions for Drug Convictions

I am always answering questions about drug convictions and driver’s license suspensions. Below you will find the columns for each offense, but remember you have to have a conviction for these to take effect.

If you are looking for information on The law Governor Baker signed on March 30, 2016, called “An Act Relative to Motor Vehicle License Suspension” making operators with certain prior drug convictions eligible for immediate license reinstatement click here.

The police are beginning to charge conspiracy along with the intent to distribution of a drug, this will call for a one (1) year loss of your license. Be careful who you have in your car—this charge is easy for the police to make and they do often!!

“It is just WEED officer!” I am going nuts with the young clients that can’t keep their mouths shut when the police pull them over.

Why give them police additional evidence? Shut up and lawyer up!

You are not going to talk your way out of the ticket, you will more than likely talk your way into more trouble. It is true that under an ounce of marijuana is a civil matter and not a criminal charge anymore, but you keep talking you will talk yourself into additional drug charges that will affect your life.

All you need to do is give the officer your license and registration then nod your head to the questions he is asking you.

Remember some criminal defense lawyers will tell you what you want to hear—others tell you the state of the evidence and what can be done with it to minimize its impact at trial. You are reading about the later, give us a call with your problems and let us solve them!

Massachusetts Chapter 94C Drug Conviction License Suspensions

DescriptionRevocation Period:Massachusetts Law
Dispensing controlled substances1 yearM.G.L. c. 94C, § 5
Research projects1 yearM.G.L. c. 94C, § 8
Prescription violations1 yearM.G.L. c. 94C, § 21 and 22
Practitioners violations1 yearM.G.L. c. 94C, § 24(a), 25, and 26
Possession of hypodermic needle/syringe1 yearM.G.L. c. 94C, § 27
Possession of Class A substance with intent to distribute3 yearsM.G.L. c. 94C, § 32(a)
2nd & subsequent conviction of Class A substance with intent to distribute4 yearsM.G.L. c. 94C, § 32(b)
Possession of Class B substance with intent to distribute3 yearsM.G.L. c. 94C, § 32A(a)
2nd & subsequent conviction of Class B substance with intent to distribute4 yearsM.G.L. c. 94C, § 32A(b)
Possession of cocaine with intent to distribute3 yearsM.G.L. c. 94C, § 32A(c)
2nd & subsequent conviction of cocaine with intent to distribute4 yearsM.G.L. c. 94C, § 32A(d)
Possession of Class C substance with intent to distribute3 yearsM.G.L. c. 94C, § 32B(a)
2nd & subsequent conviction of Class C substance with intent to distribute4 yearsM.G.L. c. 94C, § 32B(b)
Possession of Class D substance with intent to distribute2 yearsM.G.L. c. 94C, § 32C(a)
2nd & subsequent conviction of Class D substance with intent to distribute3 yearsM.G.L. c. 94C, § 32C(b)
Possession of Class E substance with intent to distribute2 yearsM.G.L. c. 94C, § 32D(a)
2nd & subsequent conviction of Class E substance with intent to distribute3 yearsM.G.L. c. 94C, § 32D(b)
Manufacturing, distributing or dispensing Class A, B, or C substances to minors5 yearsM.G.L. c. 94C, § 32F
Trafficking, manufacturing, distributing or dispensing Class A substance5 yearsM.G.L. c. 94C, § 32E
Trafficking, manufacturing, distributing or dispensing Class B substance5 yearsM.G.L. c. 94C, § 32E
Trafficking, manufacturing, distributing or dispensing Class C substance5 yearsM.G.L. c. 94C, § 32E
Trafficking, manufacturing, distributing or dispensing Class D substance5 yearsM.G.L. c. 94C, § 32E
Sale of counterfeit substances1 yearM.G.L. c. 94C, § 32G
Sale of drug paraphernalia1 yearM.G.L. c. 94C, § 32I(a)
Sale of drug paraphernalia to minors2 yearsM.G.L. c. 94C, § 32I(a)
Possession within 1,000 feet of a school5 yearsM.G.L. c. 94C, § 32I
Inducing minor to sell controlled substances5 yearsM.G.L. c. 94C, § 32K
Using false registration number2 yearsM.G.L. c. 94C, § 33(a)
Uttering a false prescription2 yearsM.G.L. c. 94C, § 33(b)
Illegal possession of Class A substance1 yearM.G.L. c. 94C, § 34
Illegal possession of Class B substance1 yearM.G.L. c. 94C, § 34
Illegal possession of Class C substance1 yearM.G.L. c. 94C, § 34
Illegal possession of Class D substance1 yearM.G.L. c. 94C, § 34
Illegal possession of Class E substance1 yearM.G.L. c. 94C, § 34
Being present where heroin is kept1 yearM.G.L. c. 94C, § 35
Larceny of a controlled substance2 yearsM.G.L. c. 94C, § 37
Conspiracy to violate controlled substance law1 yearM.G.L. c. 94C, § 40

 

Table is from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles

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