Miami Prescription Fraud Attorney
Both Florida and federal law enforcement agencies take all drug crimes extremely seriously. You may believe that offenses involving prescriptions drugs may be less severe than non-prescription drugs such as cocaine or marijuana. However, if you do not have a valid prescription, these substances are considered to be just as potentially dangerous as other “street” drugs and you can face harsh penalties for prescription drug crimes. One particularly serious prescription drug crime is that of prescription fraud. This is a more complex offense than simple possession or distribution of prescription drugs. If you have been accused of this offense, you need an aggressive and experienced Miami prescription fraud attorney representing you as soon as possible.
What is Prescription Fraud?
Prescription fraud refers to a number of unlawful methods of obtaining prescription drugs without the lawful permission of a medical professional. Some of the common drugs obtained through prescription fraud include the following:
There are many ways that people try to obtain these drugs that may result in an arrest and in criminal charges being issued. The following are only some acts that could be considered to be prescription fraud:
- Stealing a blank prescription pad or slips from a doctor’s office or hospital;
- Changing the drug type, amount, name, or other information on a valid prescription;
- Forging prescriptions or making counterfeit prescription slips;
- Going to numerous doctors seeking a prescription for the same drug from each one;
- Using your status as a medical professional or pharmaceutical professional to obtain prescriptions for your own use or financial benefit or to distribute to family members or friends.
Along with prescription fraud, you may also face charges of unlawful possession of a prescription drug or even intent to distribute drugs if you possessed a certain amount.
The penalties you may face for prescription fraud can depend on many different factors, including the methods you employed, the extent of the fraud scheme, the amount of drugs unlawfully obtained, whether you are accused of distributing the drugs, whether you have prior drug charges, and more. However, for only one count of felony prescription fraud, you may face felony charges, a fine of up to $5,000, and up to five years in state prison. These consequences can be more severe if you are charged by federal prosecutors.
Consult with an Experienced Miami Prescription Fraud Defense Attorney Today
While a prescription fraud conviction can result in severe penalties, there are many ways that a skilled Miami prescription fraud attorney can work to limit or even eliminate the consequences you face. At the law office of Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A., our defense team has successfully represented the rights of many clients facing drug charges, including prescription fraud. If you think you are under investigation by the authorities or if you have already been charged, please do not wait to call our office at 305-670-9919 to discuss how we can assist you.