Prescription fraud charges can result in severe penalties. You need a veteran Philadelphia criminal defense attorney to fight hard for you.
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Penalties for Prescription Fraud in Pennsylvania
Penalties can vary based on the kind and amount of drug, and if you have had any prior convictions. Pennsylvania outlines all controlled drugs in schedules. Each controlled drug is assigned a level based on its severity, addictiveness, and whether there is a known medical use for the drug. Pwnnsylvania state law provides five drug schedules, and each schedule carries a different set of penalties.
Some examples of common drugs used in prescription fraud are Valium, Oxycontin, Percocet, Xanax, and Morphine. Often times people think that prescription fraud isn't serious because the drugs are not illegal. This is not true. With abuse on the rise these days, prosecutors are fighting harder to make examples out of those who commit prescription fraud. Controlled substances are charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the drug. You could be facing up to five years and prison and fines in excess of 15,000 if convicted of prescription fraud.
Know that you should never make a statement to police without legal counsel present. Any statement made can and will be used against you in a court of law. In prescription fraud cases, you are not required to prove your innocence. The burden of proof lies on the government. Often times their case is weak or vague. Our lawyers will hold them to their standard burden of proof. We will sort through the details and come up with the right plan of attack against the charges. Contact our Philadelphia defense lawyer to start getting the answers you need.
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In Pennsylvania, you can be charged with prescription fraud if you have used forgery or deception to obtain prescription drugs without a valid script. It would also include any effort to call in a fake drug prescriptions while posing as a doctor, or stealing a prescription pad from a doctor.
As a former prosecutor, our Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer knows how the state builds cases. This insight gives a unique point of view, allowing our firm to build a solid defense. With two decades handling these types of cases, our firm is well versed on the justice codes. Our criminal defense attorney will fight with fervor to get your charges dismissed or lessened, and our law firm offers a free consult to review the merits of your case. Not every case is the same, so we welcome the chance to discuss all likely outcomes with you.
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