Prescription Drug Crime Lawyer in Mesa
Narcotics Possession without a Prescriptions in Arizona
Possessing, distributing, or selling a legal prescription drug can be seen as a serious criminal offense under the right circumstances. If you were surprised to find that you were placed in handcuffs due to prescription drug charges, now is the time to reach out to our Mesa drug crime lawyer for assistance. At Naegle Law Firm, we offer free case evaluations to all prospective clients. Get in contact with us now to begin.
Defining Prescription Drug Charges
Any sort of interaction with a prescription drug can be deemed illegal if the person charged does not have the prescription corresponding to said medication. In most cases, prescription drug charges revolve around a person who was in possession of a drug for innocuous purposes but could not produce the prescription when detained by law enforcement. Despite the nonviolent nature of drug crimes, and the prevailing sense that many arrests are misunderstandings, the consequences upon conviction are high.
While possession is generally charged as a Class 1 misdemeanor, our Mesa drug crime lawyer handles additional charges that can lead to felony convictions. These offenses include, but are not limited to:
- Prescription forgery
- Driving under the influence of prescription drugs
- Identity theft in order to fill another's prescription
- Forging or altering a valid prescription
- Stealing prescription drugs
A person convicted of a prescription drug crime may face numerous penalties, such as:
- Up to a year in prison
- Several hundred or even thousands of dollar in fines
- Hours of community service
- Mandatory drug rehabilitation
The aforementioned penalties are representative of a misdemeanor conviction. The quantity of prescription drugs found, and the types of drugs found, can escalate the charges to a higher level misdemeanor or a felony, which carry worse penalties. In addition, a prescription drug violation can have a profound influence on an individual's life and even an accusation can lead to job termination and a serious negative impact on your personal and professional reputation.
The Definition of "Prescription-Only Drugs"
Under Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-3401, "prescription-only drugs" are not recognized by qualified scientific experts as being safe for use because of their potentially harmful effects unless under the supervision of a medical professional. These drugs are approved via section 32-1962 or the federal act, and are required to include "Rx only" or "Caution: Federal law prohibits dispensing without prescription" on the labels.
Our Experience Is Your Success
Our Mesa criminal defense attorney has recently handled and won a case involving prescription drug charges. Our client was accused of possessing prescription medication without a prescription. He explained to the police that the pills belonged to his ailing mother, for whom he was the only caretaker. They did not listen to his statement and brought the charges against him. Through our legal knowledge and steadfast persistence, we were able to have the case entirely dismissed.
Looking for the right team for your case? Contact us today and let us tell you about our services. You can also schedule your free initial consultation by calling (480) 771-8144.
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