Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud
Within the last few years, the frequency of prescription drug abuse has reached an all-time high throughout the U.S. The fact that prescription medications contain highly addictive properties and are easily available to everyone from teenagers to senior citizens contributes to their popularity. While prescription drugs are legal when used as prescribed, if they are obtained by someone through fraud or misrepresentation or by someone who does not have a legitimate prescription then they can be classified as illegal controlled substances.
Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud is a third-degree felony in the state of Florida. The use of fraud to obtain medical prescriptions can carry harsh penalties, including up to five years in prison. In the state of Florida, prosecutors must prove that drugs were obtained through misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge. There are many ways to fraudulently obtain medical prescriptions, including:
- Falsifying prescriptions
- Altering Prescriptions
- Counterfeiting Prescriptions
- Impersonating a Doctor and Calling in Prescriptions to a Pharmacy
- Stealing Blank Prescription Pads
- Using One Prescription for Numerous Fillings
- Traveling from one doctor to the next after exhausting medical prescriptions for treatment (Known as “Doctor Shopping”)
Many Florida residents get caught fraudulently trying to obtain prescription drugs due to heightened security by doctors and medical professionals who are aware of various drug forgery problems. It is important to know that even if you never used or actually obtained prescription drugs you can still be charged with prescription fraud for making the attempt to fraudulently obtain them. If you consciously presented a forged, counterfeit or altered prescription to a pharmacist you can still be convicted of Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud.
It is extremely important for anyone charged with prescription fraud to contact a Florida Criminal Defense Attorney immediately. Typically prescription drug crime offenders are dealing with a serious addiction problem and need help. They are often suffering from serious pain and are prescribed strong medications that often become addictive, which is why they search for other ways to obtain more drugs. These types of cases require the assistance of a compassionate Florida Criminal Defense Attorney that can work towards getting unnecessary charges dropped so the accused can get the help he or she needs.
The Villages Prescription Drug Fraud Defense Attorneys can carefully examine you or a loved one’s case to determine appropriate legal options. If you have been charged with Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud call Whittel & Melton immediately for a free case evaluation at 352-369-5334 or contact us online. Whatever possible defenses are available to you, we will work tirelessly to apply them to your case in order to avoid a conviction.