While a relatively new drug, Oxycontin, also referred to as Oxycodone and Oxy, is one of the most commonly abused drugs in the US. Though it is legally administered as a prescription drug, it is commonly used as a street drug, bought and sold solely for the purpose of getting high. If you have been arrested for any crime related to the possession or use of Oxycodone, please call Vista drug crime attorney Peter M. Liss.
Like all drug crimes, there are multiple charges that you can face if you are caught with Oxycodone. Driving under the influence of the drug (even if you do have a legal prescription) can result in a DUI arrest, which means you will need a Vista DUI lawyer with experience fighting drug-related DUI charges.
Selling Oxycontin is just like selling an illegal street drug and can result in charges -even when the person selling the drugs is a doctor, nurse or pharmacist working outside their medical capacity. While the police and prosecutors often won’t arrest a person or press charges if he or she was simply caught using the drug, the method it was obtained could change that fact. For example, if police discover a prescription drug pad, they will have reason to believe it was used to create fraudulent prescriptions, resulting in a prescription fraud charge.
Alternatively, if the drugs seem to be part of a stash recently reported to have been stolen from a pharmacy, they may arrest the person in possession of the pills for burglary. Each of these crimes requires a different defense approach, which is why you need to fight the charges with the help of a drug crime attorney in Vista with years of experience. In cases like these, charges can often be reduced, or a drug diversion program can be completed in order to clear a person’s record.
Because more and more people are overdosing on these strong prescription medications, police and prosecutors are trying to make an example out of those that abuse Oxycontin and those who obtain it and sell it illegally. If you have been charged for any crime related to Oxycodone, please call Vista drug lawyer Peter M. Liss at (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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