Prescription Drug Charges
With the recreational use of drugs becoming more widespread across the country, law enforcement has enacted stricter measures to crack down on drug laws. Even when dealing with small amounts, a charge for possessing or distributing prescription drugs carries the potential for serious consequences. Law enforcement is on the lookout for opportunities to crack down on drug use, and you may be facing charges as a result.
The attorneys of Ciccarelli Law Offices are experienced criminal defense lawyers who have helped dozens of clients throughout Pennsylvania who have faced a wide range of prescription drug charges. We know that you’re up against the overwhelming task of defending you future, and he can aggressively take on that job for you. Call him today at (610) 719-3200 to schedule your free consultation appointment and get started on the right track.
Common Illegal Prescription Drugs in Pennsylvania
The use of certain drugs is regulated or banned through the Federal Controlled Substances Act and the Pennsylvania Controlled Substances, Drugs, Device, and Cosmetic Act. These laws also outlines the specific guidelines for receiving a legal prescription through a licensed physician.
Some of the more common substances that are addressed include:
- Diazepam, or Valium
- Oxymorphone, or Oxycontin
- Oxycodone, or Percocet
- Hydrocodone, or Vicodin
- Alprazolam, or Xanax
- Meperidine, or Demerol
- Amphetamines, such as Adderall
Even if an individual has legally obtained a prescription, there are still certain rules regulating the use of such drugs. For instance, a person may not operate a vehicle while influenced by their medication.
Prescription Drug Offenses and their Penalties
Although simply possessing a drug without a prescription may seem like a minor offense, it still carries heavy consequences. The offense is considered a misdemeanor, which can be penalized by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.
Anyone who distributes a drug to a person without a legal prescription may be charged with possession with intent to distribute (PWID). A pharmacist may even face this charge if they neglect their duty to ensure that a person has a valid prescription. The penalties for this offense vary depending on the drug in question, ranging from a misdemeanor to a felony.
For schedule V drugs, a charge of PWID carries the possibility of up to a year in jail and a fine up to $5,000. For a schedule IV drug, a conviction carries up to 3 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. Schedules I, II, and III may be punished by up to 5 years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines.
Pennsylvania law also outlines in 35 Penn. Cons. Stat. § 780-113(a)(12) that a person may not obtain a drug through falsifying information, fraud, or other misrepresentation. This includes any effort to fake a prescription, either when filing it with a pharmacy or when retrieving the medication.
Chester County Prescription Drug Lawyer
In order to avoid the serious consequences of a Prescription Drug Charge, you need to know that your attorney has your back through tough situations. At Ciccarelli Law Offices, we know what’s ahead of you, and we are determined to aggressively defend your future through every step of the criminal justice process. We are experienced at tackling criminal charges in West Chester, Philadelphia, Lancaster, Malvern, and other areas od Chester County. Call us today at (610) 719-3200 to schedule your free consultation and take the first step in protecting your future.