Possession of Controlled or Prescription Drugs


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

In Michigan, possession of a controlled substance or illegal prescription drug is a criminal offense. Penalties for those convicted vary depending on the type of drug involved, and the amount of the substance or drug you are found to have in your possession. At Grabel & Associates, our Michigan prescription drug possession attorneys have the experience, skill, and aggressive approach necessary to obtain a positive outcome for those arrested for or charged with drug possession crimes.

Controlled substances are those strictly regulated by the government, such as prescription narcotic painkillers, heroin, morphine, marijuana, methadone, peyote and other highly addictive drugs. Even products containing codeine such as Tylenol III are considered controlled substances, although they are not as harshly penalized as other drugs. In Michigan, these drugs are classified under specific schedules, with Schedule I and Schedule II being those that are the most dangerous and highly addictive or abused. Regardless, if you are charged with possession of a controlled or prescription drug and convicted, you potentially face life-changing consequences.

Possession of Controlled or Prescription Drugs Could Lead to More Serious Charges

In their vigorous pursuit of drug offenders, law enforcement and prosecutors often attempt to find a way to charge those in possession of controlled substances or prescription drugs with intent to deliver, manufacture, or distribute. This means even harsher penalties, and innocent people are often wrongfully convicted. Authorities may suspect intent if you possess a substantial amount of a controlled substance or prescription drug, or more than a person would normally have in their possession for his or her own use.

Michigan Penalties for Possession of Controlled or Prescription Drugs

The penalties you face if convicted for possessing a controlled or prescription drug vary depending upon the amount and type of drug involved. Drugs classified as Schedule I or Schedule II drugs typically subject the individual convicted to more severe punishment. Even those considered less addictive and dangerous may leave you facing substantial fines and jail time, not to mention a criminal record which could impact your career or employment opportunities.

If you are convicted of possession of Schedule I or Schedule II controlled or prescription drugs, the penalties you face include:

  • Under 25 grams, up to four years in prison and/or fines of up to $25,000
  • 25 to 49 grams, up to four years in prison and/or fines of up to $25,000
  • 50 to 449 grams, up to 20 years in prison and/or fines of up to $250,000
  • 450 to 999 grams, up to 30 years in prison and/or fines of up to $500,000
  • 1,000 or more grams, possible life imprisonment and/or fines of up to $1,000,000

Possession of any controlled or prescription drug other than marijuana is a felony offense. Possession of marijuana is considered a misdemeanor, and punishable by jail time of up to one year, and fines of up to $2,000.

Other factors may lead to enhanced sentencing, which means harsher penalties. If you have a prior conviction for a drug offense, were in possession of illegal prescription drugs or controlled substances in close proximity of a church, school, park, or business, or a minor was involved in the crime, you will face more severe punishment.

Our Michigan Controlled and Prescription Drug Possession Attorneys are Ready to Defend You

We understand the fear that those arrested for or charged with drug crimes face, and the stress of not knowing what to expect. Our skilled attorneys are compassionate, skilled, and knowledgeable, bringing decades of experience to the table. We are ready to answer your questions, explain the legal process, and provide you with the strongest, most effective defense possible. We are a team of highly regarded Michigan drug crime lawyers known across the state for our ability to secure positive results for our clients.

Call us today for a free evaluation of your case. We know the importance of seeking legal support and guidance early, so that an effective legal strategy can be developed right away. Our team is ready to defend your rights and protect your freedom. Contact us now at 1-800-342-7896 for unparalleled legal representation.


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.