Prescription Drug Fraud
Prescription drug fraud is a serious crime. Possessing prescription drugs by using false prescriptions is a criminal offense and is punishable by law. If you have been charged with this crime, it will be treated as a drug crime and you could find yourself facing steep fines or even a jail or prison sentence.
Addiction to prescription drugs such as pain medication is becoming increasingly common in the United States and in California. Prescription fraud can occur in many ways such as altering existing prescriptions, making up prescriptions by means of forgery, calling in a prescription by impersonating a medical professional or stealing blank prescription forms.
Law enforcement officers have also in recent months targeted people who have been illegally trying to procure several popular prescription drugs such as:
Oxycontin: This drug has gained notoriety all around the country as the “poor man’s heroin” On the streets, the drug is also known as “hillbilly heroin,” “Oxy” or “Oxycotton.”
Methadone: This is a painkiller that has been used to treat heroin addicts for decades
Vicodin: This drug is a derivative of opium used to manufacture heroin. It is used in pain management, but is highly addictive and sought after.
Ritalin: This is a central nervous system stimulant similar to amphetamines
Valium: A drug often used as a sedative
Xanax: This is a prescription tranquilizer that depresses the nervous system in a way very similar to alcohol.
Why do people try to obtain these drugs? Sometimes to sell for profit, but most often people obtain these drugs because they are addicted to them. Other times, people are wrongly accused of possessing the drugs illegally when they need the drugs. Either way, an experienced prescription fraud defense lawyer can make sure that you get the help you need. Be it a good defense or help with rehabilitation, we help our clients in every which way we can. Many times we are able to reduce fines and penalties and even get alternative sentencing such as community service or drug court programs for our clients
Jail or prison is often not the answer in drug cases. Our main goal is to keep you out of jail and get you the help you need. If you or a loved one has been charged with prescription fraud, call us right away! Let us help you analyze your legal options. A drug conviction can affect your life, career and freedom. Don’t let that happen to you.
For a free consultation with LA Attorney Avi Zvulun, call 818.720.5288 or 888.333.2636 Toll Free or contact us online.