Prescription Fraud Criminal Defense Lawyer in Tampa Bay & Brandon Florida
Under Florida Statute 893.13, it is unlawful for any person to acquire or obtain, or attempt to acquire or obtain, possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception, or subterfuge. Typically, prescription fraud cases involve an attempt to obtain narcotic pain medications by using a forged or altered prescription. In some cases, the number of pills is increased by altering the numbers.
Prescription fraud is charged as third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in state prison, five years of probation, fines and court costs. Some cases can lead to far more severe punishments, however. If you are in possession of the narcotic medications, the amount could lead to a charge of trafficking, which carries a minimum mandatory prison sentence.
Prescription fraud cases can be defended in many ways depending on the particular circumstances of your case. In some cases, the prosecutor may not be able to prove that you forged or altered the document, handwriting experts are often inconclusive in their examinations. In some cases, jail can be avoided by opting for Drug Court intervention programs, especially where addiction has led to the crime. A Tampa Bay prescription fraud defense attorney can discuss your options based on the facts of your case.
Have you been charged with Prescription Fraud in Tampa Bay? A criminal defense lawyer from The Lawler Firm can help.
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