At Aaron Delgado & Associates, our attorneys work hard to reduce charges or sentences for people accused of illegal possession of prescription medication. We have law offices in Daytona Beach and DeLand.
State and federal law enforcement officials are cracking down on the illegal possession and distribution of prescription drugs. If convicted, certain mandatory minimum prison sentences may come into effect, depending on the specifics of your case. In many cases, however, people arrested on prescription drug charges are not trafficking in or abusing drugs for recreational purposes. In most cases, people abuse prescription drugs they were previously prescribed for pain, anxiety, depression or other health conditions. Certain painkillers, benzodiazepines and narcotics are highly addictive and require a slow, responsible regimen of withdrawal.
Don't talk to investigators until you've had a chance to discuss your situation with an experienced criminal defense attorney. If you've been arrested on prescription drug charges, call 386-222-6677 today to schedule an appointment and discuss your case.
Our criminal defense attorneys counsel and defend people in cases involving prescription drug charges related to prescription drugs such as:
Perhaps the most common charge involving the illegal possession of prescription medication is "doctor shopping" — the practice of visiting several doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions for certain drugs. Under Florida Statute Section 893.13(7)(a)8-9 for withholding information from a practitioner, it is illegal for a patient not to disclose to a doctor that he or she already has a prescription for a particular medication on file with another doctor. Doctor shopping is a third-degree felony and, if convicted, carries a fine of up to $5,000 and up to five years in prison.
In certain cases, however, prosecutors attach drug trafficking charges onto doctor shopping charges as well, even when it's clear that the only person who used or possessed the drugs in question was the person who had the prescription(s) filled. This is facilitated in part by the fact that the term "trafficking" is not explicitly defined under Florida Statute Section 893.135. As a result, prosecutors interested in appearing "tough on crime" will often try and convict a person for drug trafficking in doctor shopping cases.
The illegal possession of prescription drugs is a serious matter in Florida. Depending on the circumstances of your case, it may be possible to have the charges or sentence against you reduced. Contact our prescription drug charges attorneys today to discuss your case and learn how we can help you.