When people think of drug crimes, narcotics such as heroin, meth, cocaine, and even cannabis often come to mind. However, the abuse of prescription drugs has become a national epidemic. From obtaining medication without a doctor’s note to prescription fraud, prescription drug crimes in Florida carry harsh sentences that can have a negative impact on a person’s life forever.
If you are facing prescription drug charges in Florida, The Wiseman Law Firm is committed to helping you get the outcome and justice you desire. With more than 15 years of trial-tested experience and time spent as a state prosecutor, our Orlando criminal defense lawyer can assess your case and develop a strong defense strategy to protect your rights and freedom. Let us help you get your life back on the right track.
Unlawful possession of prescribed medication occurs when an individual obtains a controlled substance without a prescription from a health care provider. Most prescription drugs are considered a Schedule II narcotic, meaning they have a high potential to cause abuse and addiction and require restriction of medicinal use.
Unlawful possession of a Schedule II prescription drug is a third-degree felony that carries a maximum prison sentence of five years and a fine no more than $5,000. Common types of Schedule II drugs include OxyContin, Percocet, codeine, fentanyl, morphine, and hydrocodone.
When an individual is found in possession of a substantial amount of a controlled substance, he/she could be charged with unlawful possession with intent to distribute or sell. For example, possession of at least 14 grams of OxyContin can be charged as a first-degree felony, which results in a prison sentence of up to 30 years.
Prescription fraud means obtaining a controlled substance through fraudulent and dishonest means. Common forms of this type of fraud include forging a doctor’s signature, misrepresenting the facts to get a prescription, and going to different doctors to obtain the same prescription without their knowledge (i.e. doctor shopping). This crime also applies to doctors who issue a prescription without a legitimate reason. Prescription fraud is often charged as a third-degree felony.
Due to the seriousness of the penalties associated with prescription drug crimes, it is in your best interest to seek legal representation. Our Orlando drug crime lawyer understands what it takes to either get your entire case dismissed or reduce the charges and/or penalties you face. We know that an arrest can happen at any time, which is why we are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to offer legal assistance.
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