Many people mistakenly believe that prescription drug abuse is safer and less legally risky than using illegal street drugs, but not only is it just as dangerous to abuse prescriptions drugs, using prescriptions not issued to you is also just as illegal as using street drugs. Some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs are Morphine, Adderall, Vicodin and Oxycontin, which all have effects similar to certain street drugs. If you have been accused of illegally using, selling or distributing prescription drugs without a valid prescription, please contact a skilled San Diego criminal attorney like Peter M. Liss.
There are many ways to obtain these drugs without a valid doctor’s prescription. Some people turn to stealing or counterfeiting doctor’s prescription pads and forging prescriptions, others find ways to steal them from the pharmacy, others get them from persons who do have legal prescriptions and yet others buy them from dealers who operate just like any other drug dealer. No matter how you obtain prescription pills, doing so without a valid doctor’s note is illegal.
In some cases, you could only be charged with obtaining or using the drugs without a prescription, but if you forged prescription notes or stole the pills, you could be charged with prescription fraud or burglary. Doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists can also be charged for their role in illegally trafficking prescription drugs. Whatever the case, if you have been accused of illegally obtaining or providing someone else with prescription drugs, you should immediately contact a San Diego criminal lawyer who can help you fight these serious accusations.
Depending on the severity of your particular case, prescription fraud, forgery or abuse may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. If you were caught while driving on the substance, you could also be charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs. Even with a valid prescription, you cannot drive while under the influence of any drug which can affect your ability to drive. Fortunately, San Diego DUI lawyer Peter M. Liss has experience fighting DUI and prescription fraud charges and he can help you no matter what the specifics of your case.
If you have been accused of any crime related to prescription drugs, please call a skilled San Diego defense attorney as soon as possible. A criminal defense lawyer in San Diego can argue for a drug diversion program in some cases in order to keep the charges off your record. Schedule a free initial consultation with Peter M. Liss today by calling (760) 643-4050.
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