For many people, committing a crime involving prescription drugs starts innocently enough. They are prescribed a painkiller after surgery, for example, but before they know it, they have become addicted. Many prescription medications are highly addictive. People who find they need more and more of a prescription drug can become involved in illegal activities in order to gain access to more of the drug, including false prescriptions, doctor shopping, or purchasing the substance illegally. If you have been charged with illegal possession of prescription drugs, you should contact our Texas drug crimes lawyer. Without a successful defense case, and depending on different factors, you could be facing jail or prison time, fines, and other penalties.
Prescription Drug Crimes: Penalties
Possessing prescription drugs illegally for personal use and/or sales is a serious crime. The impact of prescription drug misuse can be severe. Individuals under the influence of medications can find themselves acting irrationally, even violently. Driving under the influence of prescription medications could render you less capable of controlling your vehicle.
Prescriptions can be forged, or they can be altered to change the quantity of the drug prescribed. Drugs can be illegally obtained via the internet. Another common tactic is to shop for different doctors, obtaining prescriptions from each, or the person might get prescription drugs from other family members or friends.
Penalties for prescription drug crimes vary depending on which drug is involved and the quantity. Penalties can range from time in jail to 20 years in prison, with fines up to $10,000. You could the live life with a felony criminal record, which will cause serious problems with employment, school enrollment, could restrict your ability to gain a professional license, and impact your ability to obtain loans or other normal tasks.
It is important to retain counsel as soon as possible if you have been arrested for a prescription drug crime. Hamilton Grant PC is dedicated to providing an aggressive, effective and well-crafted defense case for every client we represent. Contact us for immediate help and guidance.