Controlled Substances 

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.

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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.

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Murphy & Rudolf LLP handles a wide range of legal issues, including criminal defense matters to complex civil litigation cases. No matter what your case involves, we understand you may be concerned about your future, rights, and interests. Our team of Worcester lawyers do all the investigatory work needed to help leverage your case into a favorable position. We fight tirelessly to secure a positive outcome with the results you need.  

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