Worcester Controlled Substances Defense
Criminal Defense Attorneys in Massachusetts
In the state of Massachusetts, not only are dangerous controlled substances illegal to possess, but sometimes the materials used to manufacture them are as well. The Worcester criminal defense attorneys at Murphy & Rudolf, LLP are well versed in Massachusetts drug laws and can help you to seek a positive solution.
Call our firm today at (508) 425-6330 for a free consultation.
Understanding Classifications & Penalties for Controlled Substances
Each state in the United States has its own laws regarding the possession of controlled substances. Massachusetts classifies controlled substances on a five-tiered, A through E scale. The Worcester criminal defense lawyers at Murphy & Rudolf, LLP can analyze the facts of your situation and help you understand the facts of your case.
Controlled substance classifications include:
- Class A – Includes heroin, morphine, codeine, and ketamine
Class B – Includes cocaine, crack, PCP, LSD, and amphetamines
Class C – Includes mescaline, diazepam, and peyote
Class D – Includes marijuana, hashish, or any drug containing THC as its psychoactive component
Class E – Includes prescription medication
Massachusetts law regards each class of controlled substances differently in terms of charges and possession. The possession of a class E or D substance may come with a misdemeanor charge and a small penalty. On the other hand, the possession of a class A substance may be deemed a felony that may incur much harsher charges.
Penalties for possessing controlled substances in Massachusetts include:
- Class A – Two years in jail for first time offenses, and up to five years in prison and fines of $2,000 to $5,000 for subsequent offenses
Class B – A year in jail for first time offenses and two years in jail with fines for subsequent offenses
Class C – A year in jail for first time offenses as well as fines with increased penalties for subsequent offenses
Class D – Six months in jail and fines not exceeding $500 plus a one-year driver’s license revocation for first time and subsequent offenses
Class E – Probation and/or fines for first time and subsequent offenses
In 2008, voters passed a ballot to allow small amounts of marijuana to become decriminalized, meaning that a person may not be charged for possessing one ounce or less of marijuana. If a person is found to be in possession of a greater amount of marijuana than one ounce, however, he or she will face criminal class D drug possession charges. At Murphy & Rudolf, LLP, our Worcester criminal defense attorneys can answer your questions and explore your options to pursue a favorable outcome.
Call us at (508) 425-6330 for more information.