Prescription Drug Crime Defense
Explanation of Charges from a Los Angeles Drug Defense Attorney
heroin, LSD, and other controlled substances are not the only types of
drug offenses. Legal prescription drugs can also be illegal when used for purposes other than their intended use. As this crime is growing is occurrence, the laws are becoming more severe in an effort to stop this from happening. If you were arrested for a crime related to a prescription medication, contact a Los Angeles drug defense lawyer from our legal team. We could review your case and fight to get your charges dropped.
Some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs are:
It is illegal to forge a prescription from a doctor and try to get it filled. It is also illegal to change a valid prescription to a different drug, name, or amount. There have also been cases of individuals stealing prescription pads and writing themselves prescriptions for whatever drugs they want. Fraud can also include calling a pharmacy and posing as a doctor or other medical professional. Doctor shopping refers to a patient visiting several different doctors and obtaining prescriptions from all of them. This can result from a patient's reliance or addiction or for the purpose of selling them.
Prescription Drugs & Driving Under the Influence
You may have been arrested for a prescription drug crime in relation to driving. This is called driving under the influence of drugs (DUID). Although a chemical test can reveal whether or not a drug was in someone's system, the results will still be unclear as to whether or not the individual was under the drug's influence to an extent that it affected their driving.
If you were arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, you might be facing a license suspension in addition to possible criminal penalties. A conviction for DUID is almost identical to a DUI conviction. With the help of an attorney, you could get your charges dismissed outright or reduced to something like reckless driving which would be a mere infraction. If you are not able to get this particular type of charge dismissed, you might qualify for a drug diversion program.
Why hire Martinian & Associates?
It is important to have strong legal defense when facing prescription drug fraud. If convicted, you could be facing up to five years in state prison and heavy fines. If you were a medical professional accused of prescription fraud, you could lose your license to practice. Time is crucial in these cases please do not wait to seek legal counsel from the team at Martinian & Associates Inc.