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3 types of prescription drug charges

On Behalf of | Jul 26, 2023 | Criminal Defense |

When people think of a drunk arrest, the image of hardcore narcotics, such as cocaine and heroin, may come to mind. While still around, more people find themselves dealing with charges related to prescription drugs.

From oxycodone and hydrocodone and more, government agencies continue to crack down on prescription drug rings. Even if a person has no involvement in that level of prescription drug abuse, they may still face severe consequences if charged for the following:

1. Possession of someone else’s prescription drugs

The growing opioid crisis has no bounds. People from all stages of life can find themselves caught up in the cycle. As it progresses, it may lead to continued poor choices. Anytime a person has prescription drugs on them without a legal prescription means they have possession of a controlled substance. Depending on the amount, it could lead to a felony charge.

2. Selling, distributing, and sharing controlled substances

While selling any drugs instantly equates to a crime, many people may not realize that sharing their prescription drugs falls into that same category. Depending on the situation, the police may still charge a person for distribution. Again, the amount and type of drug will determine the potential penalties.

3. Fraudulently obtaining or prescribing drugs

Trying to get prescription drugs in illegal ways equates to prescription drug fraud. This may look like someone doctor shopping, forging prescriptions, or trying to impersonate a medical health professional. Conversely, any person who can legally prescribe drugs must follow strict protocols and procedures or face potential criminal charges.

While a drug charge may feel overwhelming, people have help available to try and minimize the charges.