Drug crimes often involve highly dangerous substances such as heroin, cocaine or meth; however, there are numerous cases in which the drug involved is a prescription medication. Drugs that are medically useful and designed to serve a medical purpose in a controlled scenario are regulated by the government. These regulations are designed to prevent people from overusing, misusing, or abusing use of these prescribed substances as well as to prevent people from using ingredients in prescription drugs to manufacture other illegal substances. Similar to charges of possessing and selling illegal drugs, a person can be arrested and charged with a drug crime for being in unlawful possession of a prescription medication or for illegally selling or distributing these substances.
Common crimes involving prescription drugs can include drug fraud by attempting to forge a prescription label or bribe a pharmacist to issue a prescription. Substances that have been involved in drug crimes include a wide variety of prescription drugs.
Controlled substances that are commonly associated with criminal drug activity in the State of California include but are not limited to the following:
- Acetaminophen with codeine
- Robitussin A-C
Penalties for Prescription Drug Crimes
It is important that you understand the various laws surrounding these substances and that you have representation on your side if you are arrested for a drug crime. In most cases, you will be charged with a felony for unlawful possession of a controlled substance. In cases involving certain depressants, you could be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony. Penalties that you could face for a felony conviction include up to three years in California state prison or up to a year in county jail accompanied by probation.
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It is crucial for you to have skillful representation on your side to help you fight the charges that you face and to pursue the results that you need for your future. Our firm has been practicing in the field of criminal defense since 1999, and we can work with you to pursue the results that you desire. We provide the high-quality representation that you need and we know how to build a strong case that effectively protects your rights.
If you have been arrested in Temecula, Menifee, Wildomar, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Hemet, Banning, Corona or Riverside, contact the Law Office of Nicolai Cocis today for the representation that you need on your side.
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