Attorneys for Prescription Drug Crimes
Several state laws, as well as federal laws, cover the area of prescription medicines. As the issue of prescription drug abuse becomes more widely known, police and prosecutors are cracking down on any illegal activity involving prescription drugs. These activities may include selling prescriptions, forging prescriptions, stealing prescription pads, burglarizing pharmacies, ordering prescription medicines online from foreign countries without a valid prescription, or driving under the influence of prescription medicine, among others.
In the United States, prescription medications are heavily regulated under both state and federal law. With the increasing publicity of prescription drug abuse in America, police, federal agents, and prosecutors have been cracking down on any illegal activity involving prescription drugs.
At the Oberheiden, P.C., we have former federal prosecutors and experienced criminal defense lawyers to find answers for your case. As a result, we are intimately familiar with the laws and regulations the government uses to go after individuals and businesses accused of prescription drug crimes. If you are under investigation or have been arrested for a prescription drug crime, our attorneys are prepared to do whatever they can to try to win your case.
Prescription Drug Use Explained
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, over 52 million people in the United States have used prescription drugs non-medically in their lifetime. Over six million people use prescription drugs non-medically each month, and Americans consume 75 percent of prescription drugs worldwide even though we represent only five percent of the world’s population. In short, it is easy to see why there is a booming market for unprescribed medications, and, if you have taken prescription drugs for non-medical purposes, you are not alone.
Some of the most commonly prescribed and abused drugs include:
At Oberheiden, P.C., we represent clients in nationwide who have been charged with prescription drug crimes relating to these and other medications.
Defending Against Prescription Drug Charges
When you contact us about your prescription drug charges, the first thing we will do is sit down with you for a free, confidential, and comprehensive case evaluation. The goal of the evaluation is to assess the severity of your situation and identify any possible procedural issues or holes in the prosecution’s case that we may be able to exploit in order to reduce or overcome your charges. Once we have all of the facts, we will then use our experience to apply the law to your case and fight vigorously to protect your freedom. Learn more about possible defenses to prescription drug charges.
Penalties for Prescription Drug Crimes
Selling Illegal Prescriptions
In the United States, it is illegal to sell prescription drugs, fill prescriptions, and distribute medications outside of a legally licensed and regulated pharmacy. Medical professionals, pharmacists, and other individuals can face criminal charges for violating the United States’ strict pharmacy laws. Examples of illegal activities involving the sale of prescription medications include:
- Individuals selling their prescription drugs (or another person’s prescription drugs) to someone else
- Doctors and health care providers writing prescriptions that are not medically necessary
- Pharmacists knowingly filling invalid prescriptions
Ordering Prescriptions from Foreign Countries Online
Many people are surprised to learn that it is illegal to order prescription medications from foreign countries online. This applies whether you are purchasing the drug for resale or for your own personal use. Prescription drugs are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the federal government views it as a safety concern to import non-FDA approved medications. As a result, people who import prescription medications often find themselves facing serious criminal charges.
Driving Under the Influence of Prescription Medications
Like driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) is a serious offense. Convictions can be extremely expensive and also have life-changing implications. If you are facing charges for DUID, we will bring our full arsenal of legal defenses to fight to have your case dismissed.
Burglary crimes involving drugs are serious business. If you are facing charges for robbing a pharmacy, you need to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney right away. You are likely facing a lengthy prison sentence, and it can become even longer if weapons were involved.
Violations of Laws Regulating Medical Treatment
In addition to the laws regulating pharmacies and outlawing dangerous activities involving prescription drugs, there are also laws against various other activities relating to both the delivery and receipt of prescriptions through medical care. For example, several states have laws against:
- Prescribing controlled substances without conducting an in-person exam
- Selling improperly labeled prescription drugs
- Using non-tamper proof prescription forms
- Unauthorized operation of pain management clinics
- Doctor shopping
Speak with a Prescription Drug Crime Lawyer Today
Your choice of a criminal defense lawyer is an important one. The outcome of your case could change the course of your entire life. At Oberheiden, P.C., we are confident in our ability to obtain the best possible results for our clients. To schedule your free case evaluation with one of our attorneys, call (888) 727-0472 or contact us online today.
Dr. Nick Oberheiden is a national litigation and trial criminal defense attorney who practices exclusively in the area of federal law.