Although most drug crimes involve illegal street drugs such as cocaine, meth, heroin and even cannabis, prescription drugs have become a major issue in recent years. Whether it’s possession of a prescribed medication without a valid prescription or doctor shopping and other forms of fraud, conviction of these prescription drug crimes can result in harsh penalties and damage to your personal and professional reputation.
If you have been charged with a prescription drug crime in Idaho, our Pocatello criminal defense attorney at May, Rammell & Wells can provide the skilled and knowledgeable legal representation necessary to get the best outcome possible in your case. With more than seven decades of combined legal experience, we can evaluate your case and determine the best course of action to either get your entire case thrown out or reduce your charges and/or penalties.
Unlawful possession of a controlled substance is punished as either a felony or misdemeanor offense. While many types of prescribed medication fall under Schedule II (e.g. codeine, oxycodone, morphine, methadone, etc.), some are categorized as Schedule III, IV, and V narcotics.
Unlawful possession of a Schedule II controlled substance is a felony offense, which carries a maximum prison sentence of seven years and a fine of up to $15,000. Possession of nonnarcotic Schedule II (e.g. Ritalin and Benzedrine), Schedule III, Schedule IV, and Schedule V controlled substances is a misdemeanor, punishable by a jail sentence of one year and a maximum fine of $1,000. Unlawful possession with an intent to distribute or sell is felony offenses.
Prescription drug fraud can happen in various ways. Essentially, people can commit this type of fraud if they misrepresent themselves to a health care provider, obtain prescriptions through dishonest means such as forgery or impersonating a health care provider, engage in doctor shopping, or they are doctors who prescribe medication for no reason. Prescription fraud is considered a felony offense, which means years in prison and costly fines.
Due to the severity of the penalties you face if charged with a prescription drug crime, having an experienced attorney on your side can make a significant difference. We handle cases throughout Pocatello, Burley, and Southeastern Idaho. From start to finish, we will guide you through the complexities of the criminal justice system and protect your rights, reputation, and freedom throughout the legal process.
Do not hesitate to contact us and schedule a consultation to discuss your case with our Pocatello criminal defense lawyer today.