When people think about drug crimes, what usually comes to mind is the usage, distribution, sale, or transportation of hard illegal drugs: Meth, cocaine, crack, heroin. But it's also important to keep in mind that drug possession and related crimes can apply to prescription drugs, such as narcotic painkillers.
For example, a California doctor was recently found guilty of drug trafficking and other charges; news reports state that he made over a million dollars through illegally prescribing various drugs, going so far as to coach patients to say that they were in pain so as to provide him with an excuse to prescribe powerful painkillers.
However, not all prescription drug crimes need to be on a large scale in order to attract the attention of law enforcement officials. The following are some of the criminal acts you could be arrested for:
- Possessing pills for which you don't have a legal prescription.
- Unlawfully selling, manufacturing, or distributing a prescription drug. Even if you obtained the drug with a legal prescription, you may be arrested for an illegal activity in connection with it.
- Using fraud or forgery in order to obtain a prescription.
- Impersonating a medical practitioner or pharmacist in order to gain greater access to various drugs.
The criminal charges your face may be quite serious, so you need strong legal representation.
Sometimes, people get arrested mistakenly or due to a misunderstanding; an innocent error on your part could land you in hot water. Some people are also driven to use prescription drugs illegally out of desperation, because they're addicted or severely in pain. It's important to aim for treatment rather than harsh punitive measures.
When you contact us, we'll handle your case with sensitivity and with a determination to help you obtain the best possible outcome. We'll scrutinize and question the evidence being brought against you and fight for you to receive fair treatment from the courts.
If you or a loved one has been arrested in Temecula, Murrieta, Hemet, Lake Elsinore, Corona or Riverside, call us for a free consultation. We can help!