Controlled Substances

Possession of a Controlled Substance Lawyer in Worcester

Dedicated Criminal Defense Firm Representing Middlesex & Hampden Counties

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. Do you need a possession of a controlled substance lawyer? 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) 570-3037 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) 570-3037 for more information.

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