Will the prior New Jersey conviction count as a prior offense now that I’ve been charged in MA?

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Seven years ago, while I was living in NJ, I was convicted of possession of a controlled substance. I’m in grad school now in Worcester, Massachusetts and was arrested on similar charges. I did some research and found that the possession law in Massachusetts has stiffer penalties for those convicted of a second offense. For possession of a Class B substance, maximum of 2 years in jail vs. only one year for a first offense. Will the New Jersey conviction count as a first or prior offense for me? Thanks for any help.

ATTORNEY ANSWER:
The answer to your question depends on how you were charged here in Worcester, Massachusetts. If you were charged as a repeat offender, the answer is yes. If not, and the prosecutor does not check your record in New Jersey, the answer is no.

Worcester County criminal defense lawyer, Michael Franklin, represents individuals in all criminal law related matters throughout Leominster, Massachusetts and the Worcester County region including the cities and towns of Auburn, Boylston, Clinton, Charlton, Holden, Leominster, Leicester, Paxton, Shrewsbury, Sturbridge, Westborough, Northborough, Webster, Dudley, and Oxford, Massachusetts.

Attorney Michael Franklin
Leominster Criminal Defense Lawyer
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Worcester, MA 01609