If convicted of writing fraudulent prescriptions or illegally possessing prescription drugs, you face expensive fines, prison, and a permanent criminal record. However, the court may take into consideration the circumstances concerning your case. In many instances, people get addicted to prescription painkillers after an injury. In other cases, people suffering from anxiety or depression develop a dependence on highly addictive benzodiazepines, such as Ativan.
When their medication runs out and withdrawal sets in, they may be led to obtain prescription drugs through unlawful means. At Suzuki Law Offices, we defend people charged with all types of drug crimes. We work with medical experts and drug counselors in order to explain the addictive nature of certain kinds of prescription drugs, as well as their physiological and psychological impacts.
If you've been arrested for forging a prescription or illegally possessing prescription drugs, contact us now.
Examples of Prescription Drug Charges
There are a wide variety of prescription drug offenses. Such offenses can also involve medical professionals such as doctors and pharmacists.
Prescription drug charges can include:
- Altering or forging prescriptions
- Making copies of valid prescriptions
- Filling up prescriptions for someone else
- Writing prescriptions for non-medical purposes
- Possession of prescribed medication for recreational use
- Doctor shopping (visiting different doctors to obtain more drugs)
- Selling drugs prescribed to you, to someone else
- Stealing prescription pads
In some cases, you may also be facing a federal offense if you transport drugs across state lines. If you are facing federal charges, you need an experienced federal criminal offense attorney who is familiar with defending crimes at the federal level.
Most Common Illegal Prescription Drugs
Our attorneys make sure the court understands your situation and the psychological and medical reasons that led to your abuse of prescription drugs.
If necessary, we call medical experts to testify to the addictive nature of certain drugs like the following:
Penalties for Prescription Offenses
Charges involving prescription drugs can vary depending on the drug, amount of drug, and the offense. Sale or distribution of prescription drugs can carry more serious penalties compared to possession or use of those drugs.
Depending on your charge, penalties can include:
- Jail time
- Loss of medical license
- Felony conviction
Before Speaking to Investigators, Contact Suzuki Law Offices
Regardless of whether you're under investigation or have already been arrested, contact our Phoenix drug defense lawyers at Suzuki Law Offices today to protect your rights. As in any drug crime case, there are a number of factors that must be taken into account. Prosecutors are interested in getting you to admit your guilt so they can convince you to plead guilty. Depending on the facts of your case, however, a plea bargain may not be in your best interests.
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