Sometimes people may have the misunderstanding that charges for prescription drug fraud are not as serious as other types of drug charges. In reality, prescription drug charges are serious criminal charges that accused individuals should be prepared to defend against.
The truth is that prescription drug charges are no laughing matter and can carry serious penalties and consequences for accused individuals. When many people think of drug charges, they think of drugs like cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana but drug charges can apply to prescription drugs as well. If prescription drugs are illegally obtained, possessed or distributed, accused individuals can face significant penalties and consequences.
In fact, prescription drug charges can apply to illegally possessing, distributing or trafficking prescription medications such as Fentanyl, OxyContin, Morphine, Codeine, Demerol, Adderall or Vicodin. Prescription drugs charges may not only result in criminal penalties but can carry a whole host or personal and professional consequences as well and can result in a criminal record that may follow the accused individual for some time to come.
As a result of the serious nature of prescription drug charges, it is important to build a strong criminal defense strategy to respond to the charges the accused individual is facing. As this blog has discussed in the past, criminal defense options are available to any individual who has been accused of a crime and accused individuals should be familiar with what those options are, as well as their criminal defense rights if they are facing the potential loss of their freedom, future and reputation.