Oxycodone, also referred to as Oxycontin or Oxy, is one of the most commonly abused drugs in the US. Though it is legally administered as a prescription drug, it is frequently used as a street drug, bought and sold solely to get people high. If you have been arrested for possession or use of Oxycodone and need serious opioid defense in San Diego County, please call lawyer Peter M. Liss.
California Criminal Charges Related to Oxycodone
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 have a legal prescription) can result in a DUI arrest, which means you will need an attorney with experience fighting drug-related DUI charges.
Oxy Drug Sales Lawyer
Selling Oxycontin is just like selling any other illegal street drug and can result in criminal 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 they were simply caught using the drug, the method it was obtained through 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. This charge could also be applied if investigators believe you were involved with a pill mill or doctor shopping ring.
Possession of Stolen Drugs
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. Alternatively, if police believe you obtained the drugs by stealing them from a person with a proper prescription, you could be charged with theft or even robbery.
Fighting Charges for Oxycontin Use, Possession, Sales, or Theft
Each of these crimes requires a different defense approach, which is why you need to fight the charges with the help of a lawyer with years of experience. In cases like these, charges can often be reduced, or a drug diversion program can be completed 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 who obtain and sell Oxycodone illegally. If you require any type of opioid drug crime defense in San Diego County, please call defense attorney Peter M. Liss at (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation.