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Penalties for Possession of Anabolic Steroids

One of the most common uses for anabolic steroids is for athletic performance to increase testosterone levels and build quick muscle mass. The possession of steroids is illegal in every state as of 1990 when the Anabolic Steroids Control Act was signed. Federally, steroids are under the same level of drug class as LSD and narcotic painkillers such as Vicodin. In Massachusetts, steroids are considered a “hard” drug and fall into the Class B substance category.

Federal Charges for Steroid Possession

The amount of steroids in possession at the time of arrest will affect the state criminal possession charge and possible sentencing. However the federal penalties for simple steroid possession are as follows:

  • 1st offense: up to 1 year in prison and/or minimum fine of $1,000
  • 2nd offense: mandatory imprisonment of a minimum of 15 days and maximum imprisonment of 2 years and minimum fine of up to $2,500
  • 3rd offense: Mandatory jail sentence of 90 days to a maximum of 3 years with a minimum fine of $5,000

In addition, the intent to sell steroids or any other illegal drug substance will result in harsher potential penalties.

Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney about Steroid Possession

Facing a criminal charge for drug possession requires a skilled and experienced attorney in order to avoid heavy penalties of a conviction. If you or someone you know has been charged with steroid possession or possession of other illegal substances, contact criminal defense attorney James Powderly. Call (508) 343-0676 today to discuss your legal options.