Philadelphia Lawyer for Prescription Drug Fraud
Prescription drug charges can be a very serious offense. In Pennsylvania, a person can be charged with prescription drug related charges if they use, possess, or transfer prescription drugs they are not allowed to have. In other words, if you are not prescribed drugs, you cannot possess or transfer it to anyone for any reason.
The penalties for prescription drug crimes are dependent upon what you intend to do with the drugs.
Possessing Prescription Drugs
Simply possessing prescription drugs is a crime if you do not have a valid prescription. For example, if you have an oxycotin pill someone gave you, you are in violation of the law. If you only have one pill, you will likely be charged with a misdemeanor possession charge and given probation, but also depends on your prior record and whether or not you are on probation already.
Transferring or Selling Prescription Drugs
When you transfer, or give, prescription drugs to another person, you can be charged with distributing drugs. This is a felony. It does not matter whether or not you received money or sold the drugs. Similarly, if you sell a prescription drug for money, you will be charged with a felony. The number of pills and the type of drug is what determines your sentence. If If you give away or sell 100 or more oxycotin pills, you can face a stiff jail sentence, even if you have no prior record. The law in Pennsylvania takes a hard stand on people who give or sell pills. This is one of the more serious drug crimes on the books in Pennsylvania.
There are two types of prescription fraud: 1) using a doctor's credentials without his or her permission to get prescription medication and 2) stealing prescription medication. Both types of fraud carry significant sentences, including jail time.
When a person uses a doctor's credentials, they can be charged with drug possession, receiving drugs, forgery, and possibly theft. There are a range of charges available to prosecutors when you fraudulently use a doctor's credentials. If you steal prescription medication, you can be charged with the same type of crimes. These are serious offenses that generally carry jail time.
Contact an Attorney if You are Charged
If you are charged with, or believe you will be charged with, any of the crimes listed above, it is very important you contact an Attorney as soon as possible. Many times, an attorney's involvement will lead to reduced charges, or at least narrow down the types of charges you will receive. If you are interested in a consultation, contact the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.