Powderly Gets Results
  • Armed Assault to Murder
  • Result: Dismissed
  • Breaking & Entering
  • Result: Not Guilty
  • Unarmed Robbery
  • Result: Dismissed
  • OUI 2nd Offense
  • Result: Not Guilty
Powderly Probes Crime Lab
James Powderly on WPRI Channel 12
James Powderly on Digging Deeper
James Powderly on Channel 12
Home  >  Articles  >  Penalties for Possession of Prescription Drugs

Penalties for Possession of Prescription Drugs

Prescription drugs or pills are controlled substances that require a physician’s prescription in order to legally take. Since it is illegal to self-medicate, if a police officer accuses you of possessing a controlled substance without a prescription, you may be charged with criminal drug possession. Defending against a drug possession charge is often difficult without the knowledge of how prosecutors will likely approach the case against you. Working with a knowledgeable defense attorney may be the best chance you have to reduce or dismiss the charges you’re facing.

Possession Charge Penalties

Most prescription drugs fall under the Class C designation–including Hydrocodone, Clonazepan, Valium–or the more serious Class C designation–including amphetamines and Oxycodone. The possible legal repercussions of being charged with possession of these types of drugs include:

  • 1st offense is up to 1 year in jail
  • 2nd offense is up to 2 years in jail
  • Driver’s license suspension
  • Fines

The intent to sell controlled substances will increase charges. The kind of prescription and amount in your possession will also affect potential penalties. An experienced criminal defense attorney can better explain what consequences you may be facing in your particular case, what your rights are, and how best to defend against your charges.

Contact a Drug Possession Defense Attorney in Cape Cod

Drug possession is a serious criminal charge that has serious consequences if convicted. If you or someone you know was accused of possessing an illegal substance, contact attorney James Powderly at 508-343-0676. James Powderly is an experienced criminal defense attorney that wants to help you avoid the harsh penalties that result from criminal charges.