Every region of the country is cracking down on recreational use of prescription drugs, and Florida is no exception. Mandatory minimum sentences and harsh consequences make an arrest for prescription drug crimes extremely stressful and nerve-wracking. When facing jail time, fines, and a permanent mark on your record, legal counsel may be the best option for minimizing the penalties you face.
The attorneys at Adkinson Law Firm, LLC are experienced at defending men, women, and juveniles facing prescription drug crimes. Law enforcement has become more diligent regarding these offenses in the past decade, and it can be very difficult to defend your record from these accusations.
Our defense attorneys can aggressively fight to reduce your charges or win a not-guilty verdict. Details are extremely important in drug cases, and we are dedicated to giving our clients personal care to analyze their individual circumstances and develop a customized defense for their needs. For your free consultation on how to fight these serious allegations, call us today at .
According to Florida Statute 499.03, it is illegal to possess, intend to sell, dispense, or deliver any habit-forming, toxic or harmful drugs, unless the possession has been legally obtained by a valid doctor who is licensed to prescribe the substance. Often the illegal possession of prescription drugs can be traced to an addiction rather than criminal intent. A person may suffer a severe injury and legitimately need the medicine, but then may have a difficult time coming off of the drugs.
Some drugs that are often tied to criminal charges include, but are not limited to:
Those found to illegally possess these drugs can face a second-degree misdemeanor. This offense carries a sentence of up to 60 days in prison and / or up to $500 in fines. However, if the offender is arrested on suspicion of intent to sell, dispense or deliver the prescription drugs, the charge increases to a third-degree felony, which carries sentences of up to 5 years in jail and/or a maximum fine of $5,000.
Prescription drug charges include a number of crimes. One of the most common is called "doctor-shopping" and this when a patient receives a prescription for a drug and goes to another doctor to receive the same prescription without the knowledge or consent of another physician.
Other charges commonly associated with prescription drugs include forging prescriptions and falsely obtaining a prescription by faking symptoms. Drug trafficking charges may also be filed if the offender possesses a certain amount of drugs, regardless of whether the individual intended to sell them or not. DUI charges can also be brought against an individual driving under the influence of prescription drugs.
A criminal charge for an alleged prescription drug crime can not only lead to jail time and heavy fines, but it can also leave a permanent mark on your record that can interfere with career, housing, and education opportunities. It is imperative that you act quickly to protect your future.
At Adkinson Law Firm, LLC our DeFuniak Springs criminal defense attorneys will aggressively fight to find weaknesses in the case against you and defend you from harsh consequences that can tarnish your future. We are dedicated to giving each client from Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Shalimar, Crestview, Niceville, and Cinco Bayou personal attention and a customized defensive strategy. Call us today or submit an online form to schedule your free consultation at .