Murrieta Prescription Drug Defense Lawyer
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When most people think of
drug crimes, illegal street drugs such as meth, heroin, cocaine, and ecstasy often
come to mind. However, the most common type of drug crime over the past
several years involves prescription drugs. Whether it’s by carrying
a few pills without a legal prescription or misrepresenting your personal
information to obtain a controlled substance, prescription drug crimes
are associated with serious penalties can that cause permanent damage
to your professional reputation and personal life.
Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich, we understand what it takes to obtain the best outcome possible. With
more than 50 years of combined experience, our
Murrieta criminal defense attorneys can perform an investigation into your arrest, obtain evidence, and create
a strong defense strategy to either have your case thrown out or your
Prescription Drugs & Penalties in California
Since prescribed medication is a controlled substance in California, you
must obtain a valid prescription from a doctor or other health care provider.
Unlawful possession of prescription drugs is a misdemeanor which carries
a maximum one-year jail sentence and a fine no more than $1,000. But if
you have been previously convicted of a felony or sex crime, unlawful
possession will be charged as a felony, punishable by a prison term of
up to three years.
If you have been arrested with a significant amount of prescription drugs,
you may be charged with unlawful possession with an intent to sell. This
type of crime is a felony offense, which results in a maximum prison term
of four years and a fine of up to $2,000.
Prescription drug fraud occurs when you gain access to a controlled substance
through dishonest and fraudulent means. Common examples include forging
a doctor’s signature, altering a written prescription, doctor shopping,
and impersonating a health care provider to obtain prescribed medication.
Most offenses of prescription drug fraud are felonies, punishable by a
prison sentence of up to three years.
Additionally, you can get a DUI if you are impaired by prescription drugs.
A first-time DUI is a misdemeanor offense which carries a jail sentence
of up to six months, fines costing thousands of dollars, and a six-month
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Since the penalties from prescription drug crimes are extremely harsh,
you must obtain experienced legal representation to protect your rights,
reputation, and future. We have a comprehensive understanding of the Riverside
County Court system to guide you through the complexities of the legal process.
Contact us and speak with our Murrieta drug crime lawyers for more information today.