Prescription Drug Crimes
Many people have seen the consequences of the abuse of prescription drugs– in the lives of tabloid celebrities and everyday people that they know. You might call it an epidemic. The tragic part of this situation is that an addiction to prescription drugs usually starts with a genuine illness or injury– one that required the medicine in question.
There are also times when someone with an addictive personality– for example, with existing problems with street drugs or alcohol– leads them to seek out another way to get “high." State and federal government authorities use every possible means to crack down on prescription drug crimes.
Unfortunately, this “catch-all” strategy can sometimes lead to the suspicion and/or arrest of individuals who are not guilty of any offense.
If you find yourself in this frightening situation, you’ll want an attorney like Evan A. Hoffman in your corner. He has the expertise and knowledge to review your rights and secure your freedom.
If you have been charged with a prescription drug offense, call The Hoffman Firm at (305) 249-0090, or complete the online form to schedule your free consultation. This firm serves clients located in Miami-Dade County and surrounding areas.
- Prescription drug crimes defined by Florida code
- Commonly abused prescription drugs
- Penalties for prescription drug crime conviction
- More information on prescription drug crimes in Florida
Prescription Drug Crimes under Florida Law
§893.13 of Florida code states: (1)(a) Except as authorized by this chapter and chapter 499, a person is prohibited from selling, manufacturing, delivering, or possessing with intent to sell, make, or deliver a controlled substance. Controlled substance refers to any substance named in s. 893.03(1)(a), (1)(b), (1)(d), (2)(a), (2)(b), or (2)(c)4.
Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs
The following is a list of prescription narcotics included in §893.03 that are commonly abused:
- Tylenol III
- Anabolic steroids
Most of these drugs have familiar names, and are prescribed to patients suffering from chronic pain, or after an injury. But they can be as dangerous as illicit drugs if misused or abused. Also, keep in mind that an addiction to these substances, the person may be unaware that they need higher and higher dosages to gain the same buzz.
It can lead to “doctor shopping”, going to numerous doctors for treatment without telling them which other prescriptions they may already be receiving. You can see how this behavior would lead to a vicious cycle of overuse in someone dependent on these otherwise beneficial drugs.
Other people who may be suspected of prescription drug offenses might include those working in healthcare settings, or with family members who take medicine for chronic conditions.
These individuals, tempted with a chance, easy access to opiates, may rationalize to themselves that no one will miss “a few pills” if it will make them some money.
Penalties for a Prescription Drug Conviction
According to Florida statutes, the following are second-degree prescription drug felonies, which are punishable by up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, upon conviction:
- A person who knowingly purchases or receives from a person not authorized to distribute prescription drugs in a wholesale distribution transaction;
- A person who knowingly sells or transfers to a person not authorized to purchase or possess prescription drugs, under the law of the jurisdiction in which the person receives the drug, a prescription drug in a wholesale distribution transaction;
- A person who is knowingly in actual or constructive possession of any amount of contraband prescription drugs, who knowingly sells or delivers, or who possesses with intent to sell or deliver any amount of contraband prescription drugs.
In addition, upon conviction, a defendant would be ordered to pay a mandatory fine. The amount ranges from $25,000 to $250,000, depending on the value of the contraband prescription drugs involved. Punitive fines for corporations committing these crimes are substantially higher.
More Information on Prescription Drug Crimes
DRS- Search this organization’s site for resources on drug rehabilitation and therapy sources for addicts.
Recovery.org- Search this organization’s website for information on drug addiction, rehabilitation, and support groups
Regardless of your circumstances, even if the state or federal government might likely get a conviction, the law offices of The Hoffman Firm will fight in your defense. Prison is not the answer for those addicted to prescription drugs.
Your lawyer might be able to argue that a treatment facility would be the best place for you instead. Another possibility, through researching the facts of your case, is that the police may not have followed proper procedure in search and seizure operations or during your arrest.
This could lead to lesser charges or even dismissal. Do not let your prescription drug charge turn into a jail sentence or other penalty. Act immediately; call The Hoffman Firm and defense attorney Evan A. Hoffman at (305) 249-0090. Let him put his knowledge to work for you.
This firm services clients in Miami, North Miami, Palm Beach, and neighboring counties.