A person, when pulled over by law enforcement, may be in possession of prescription medication and feel they are safe. However, there are situations where a person can be charged with a crime if it is believed the medications were not obtained legally. Furthermore, the penalties for a prescription drug offense are typically comparable to those seen with illegal controlled substances. At times, the penalties may even be more severe. Many factors are considered when the charges are presented and the penalties are determined.
Types of Prescription Drug Offenses
People often assume a person will be charged with a prescription drug offense if they are caught with prescription medications that are not theirs. This is true, but many other offenses will lead to a charge of this type. For example, a forged prescription leads to a drug charge as does selling fake prescription medications. An individual may be charged with conspiracy if he or she ships, receives, or reships prescription drugs that weren’t acquired legally or for selling or shipping a controlled substance that has been obtained without a medical exam. Furthermore, a person may be charged with a prescription drug offense if he or she illegally markets prescription medications.
First, a person must understand they can be charged with a first, second, or third-degree felony for a prescription drug offense. The court considers how much the person had on their person at the time of the arrest, how the medications were obtained, and more. Prosecutors tend to be very aggressive when it comes to prosecuting these crimes, thus an attorney should be contacted immediately any time a person is arrested and charged with a prescription drug offense.
Every person should take a prescription drug charge seriously. In the event you or a loved one has been charged with a crime of this type, contact Aric Cramer immediately. His team of attorneys will be happy to sit down with you for a free consultation to determine the nature of the charges, the potential penalties, and more. Time is of the essence in this situation, so do not delay. The sooner legal representation is obtained, the sooner the attorneys can begin working on crafting a defense. Call the firm today.