Prescription Drug Fraud Defense in Florida
Prescription drug use is a growing problem in Florida as it is in the rest of the country. Prescription drugs once reserved for those suffering from serious injuries and illnesses are now being used as recreational drugs in parties and as a replacement for street drugs. In an effort to deter people from using prescription drugs for illegal purposes, local prosecutors are cracking down on prescription drug fraud. Anyone suspected of illegally obtaining a prescription for powerful drugs such as OxyContin and Xanax can now face jail time and heavy fines.
If you or a loved one is convicted of prescription drug fraud, it will go on your record as a drug conviction. This could have far-reaching consequences. Getting a job, a loan or running for elected office may prove challenging if your record is tainted with a drug crime conviction. If you are facing these serious charges, please contact the experienced Florida drug crime defense lawyers at Farah & Farah at 855-797-9899 to find out how we can help you.
Commonly Involved Prescription Drugs
There are many types of drugs that you can take legally that are highly addictive. Once you attempt to obtain the drugs through illegal means, your actions could result in serious criminal penalties. Drugs most commonly connected to prescription fraud include Valium, Vicodin, Lorcet, OxyContin, Soma, Morphine, Percocet and Xanax.
Many of these drugs, such as OxyContin, are in high demand because they are so addictive. Sadly, those struggling with addiction may not consider the ramifications of their actions before they are arrested. Many go to great lengths to obtain more pills without realizing that they are committing fraud. A number of people are also falsely accused of prescription drug fraud – even when they have obtained them legally to treat chronic pain or other diseases and medical conditions.
Online Pharmacies’ Role
Internet pharmacies have multiplied in recent years. Some of these businesses do not need a prescription from a licensed physician. All they ask customers to do is report their symptoms through an online questionnaire. In many of these cases, the companies do not require a doctor to make a diagnosis or prescribe the appropriate medication. Also, these sites tend to accept faxed copies of prescriptions, which could be potentially fabricated or altered. Customers who obtain medications from online pharmacies themselves become victims of fraud.
Examples of Prescription Fraud
There are many ways to obtain a controlled substance by fraudulent means and they could all result in third-degree felony charges in the state of Florida. Examples of prescription drug fraud include:
- Forging or falsifying prescriptions
- Altering prescriptions to include drugs not prescribed by the doctor
- Impersonating a doctor when calling a pharmacy over the phone
- Using the same prescription for numerous refills
- Traveling to multiple doctors after exhausting prescriptions for treatment
- Stealing blank prescription pads
Penalties for Prescription Drug Fraud
Prescription forgery is a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $5,000. A conviction will also result in a blemish on your record that can affect your employment opportunities, your procurement of a professional license and your ability to secure a loan. In many ways, a conviction for prescription drug fraud can have a profound effect on you and your family. This is why it is crucial to fight the charges in court.
How Can Farah & Farah Help You?
The experienced prescription drug fraud defense lawyers at Farah & Farah can help avoid the serious criminal penalties that come with these charges. We will scrutinize the facts of your case and the circumstances of your arrest to determine whether any of your constitutional rights were violated. If that was the case, your case could be dismissed. Any evidence obtained through illegal search and seizure is not admissible in court.
One of the options we recommend to our clients, when appropriate, is to have their cases transferred to drug court. This has helped many of our clients avoid a formal conviction and jail time. Instead, it has helped them get the treatment they need for their addiction problems. Florida drug courts are oriented toward treatment rather than punishment. We may also be able to get you into a diversion program.
If you complete that program successful, your charges will be dismissed. We can also discuss other options such as your eligibility to have your arrest record sealed or expunged. It is crucial that you contact us as soon as you have been charged so that we can take the proactive steps necessary to obtain the best possible result in your case. Please call us at 855-797-9899 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.