Controlled or Prescription Drug Crimes


Criminal Defense for Those in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Throughout Michigan Charged with Controlled or Prescription Drug Crimes

In Michigan, it is against the law to possess, distribute, or use controlled or prescription drugs unless a valid prescription was obtained from a doctor and the drug was prescribed specifically for the individual found to be using or in possession of that drug. Controlled substances are those which are tightly regulated by the government in terms of their manufacture or who may possess them. For example, Oxycodone is a narcotic drug that may only be filled one time by a pharmacist, unless a doctor writes a new prescription. Morphine, heroin, methadone, opium and peyote are other controlled substances, although there are hundreds. If you have been arrested for the use, possession, or distribution of controlled or prescription drugs, you must obtain the legal guidance of an experienced Michigan drug crime defense attorney at Grabel & Associates today.

The use of controlled and prescription drugs is on the increase in Michigan. Individuals use a variety of methods to obtain prescription drugs for illegal use; both state and federal law enforcement crack down hard on those found to use, possess, or distribute these drugs. "Doctor shopping" is one way that individuals obtain controlled or prescription drugs illegally, whereby the individual goes to numerous doctors with an alleged medical condition in an attempt to get prescriptions from several doctors. Pain medications such as Vicodin and Oxycodone are the most highly abused, and provide the effects of an illegal drug when taken in high dosages. A complete list of controlled substances is available at the DEA website.

Possession of Controlled and Prescription Drugs

If you are found to be in possession of a controlled or prescription drug, the penalties are harsh. Even if you are accused of simply using a drug such as Oxycodone or Vicodin, you may face punishment that includes fines and/or jail time. Oxycodone or Vicodin use without a valid prescription is considered a misdemeanor offense, which is less serious than a felony offense. Still, if you are found using Oxycodone and convicted, you will face penalties of up to one year in jail, and fines of up to $2,000. Illegal use of Vicodin subjects you to the same potential jail time, and a fine of up to $1,000. Vicodin is a Schedule III drug, so that penalties are less harsh.

Most controlled substances are classified as Schedule I or Schedule II drugs in Michigan, which means they are highly addictive and potentially dangerous. The penalties an individual may face if convicted for possession of controlled substances or prescription drugs under Michigan Penal Code 333.7403 are as follows:

  • Possession of less than 50 grams, up to four years in prison, fines of up to $25,000, or both
  • Possession of 50 grams to 449 grams, up to 20 years in prison, fines of up to $250,000, or both
  • Possession of 450 grams to 999 grams, up to 30 years in prison, fines of up to $500,000, or both
  • Possession of 1,000 grams or more, up to life in prison, fines of up to $1,000,000, or both

While these are extremely serious penalties, other factors may leave those convicted facing even more devastating consequences. For example, if it is determined that you intended to sell or distribute the controlled or prescription drug, or if you have a prior drug conviction, the penalties may be even harsher. The same holds true if the offense you are accused of committing took place close to a school, church, park, or business, or if there was a minor involved in the crime.

Michigan Prescription Drug Lawyers Work Aggressively to Protect Your Legal Rights

Regardless of the crime you are being investigated for or have been charged with, you are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. At Grabel & Associates, our Michigan drug crime attorneys are known throughout the state for our winning record, and for the successful results we obtain for our clients. Our primary objective is to protect your future and keep you out of jail.

We explore all of the legal and alternative sentencing options, giving every client the personal attention and focus he or she deserves. We understand that no one is perfect, and that we all make mistakes. Our team will work aggressively to reach the best possible outcome on your behalf.

If you have been arrested for the use, possession, selling or distribution of illegal controlled substances or prescription drugs, contact Grabel & Associates today. We provide support for those who need legal guidance 24/7. Call 1-800-342-7896 immediately for a free consultation and unsurpassed legal representation. Contact us online to set up a consultation for free.


With Attorney's statewide, Grabel & Associates defend people accused of criminal charges throughout the state of Michigan including the communities of Lansing, East Lansing, Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, Pinconning, Kalamazoo, Mount Pleasant, Bay City, Saginaw, Brant, Traverse City, Ludington, Allegan, Hillsdale, Lapeer, Port Huron, Ann Arbor, and Detroit.