Drug Crimes Involving Prescription Drugs

Drug Crimes Involving Prescription Drugs

Posted By Georgetown Drug Possession Lawyer || 12-Nov-2013

Drug charges do not only follow the possession or distribution of marijuana or controlled substances. You can be arrested for the illegal possession of prescription drugs and face serious penalties. The laws regarding prescription drugs cover any type of manufacturing, marketing, distribution or sale of prescription drugs illegally. Drug crimes involving prescription drugs generally fall under one the following categories:

  1. Prescription fraud
  2. Internet prescription crimes involving trafficking

Individuals facing prescription drug fraud are not always consumers. Oftentimes, physicians, nurses and medical assistants face these charges due to their access to prescription pads. Charges can follow acts of altering prescriptions, forging prescriptions, impersonating a medical professional to gain prescriptions, doctor shopping and more. Some of the most common drugs involved in prescription drug crimes are Vicodin, Xanax, Codeine, hydrocodone and oxycodone. The type of drug can play a role in the penalties at stake for these crimes. Prescription drugs, as well as other illegal drugs are classified by schedules. Drugs in Schedule 1 are considered to be the most addictive and lack medical use. Schedule 4 & 5 drugs would include most prescription drugs because they have a medical use and are less addictive. The charges you can face depend on the schedule of the drug as well as the quantity. The potential penalties for prescription drug possession include:

Class A Misdemeanor- less than 28 grams:

  • Up to one year in jail

Third Degree Felony- between 28 and 200 grams:

  • Between two and 10 years in state prison

Second Degree Felony- between 200 and 400 grams:

  • Between two and 20 years in state prison

First Degree Felony- 400 grams or more:

  • Between five and 99 years in state prison

If you are facing any type of prescription drug charges, you need an aggressive criminal defense attorney in Georgetown, TX to help you. Call The Law Office of Clovis Martin to set up a free initial consultation regarding your criminal charges.

Categories: Prescription Drugs