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Understanding prescription drug criminal charges

On Behalf of | Aug 28, 2023 | Criminal Defense |

Prescription drugs play a big role in treating various medical conditions, but their misuse can lead to serious legal consequences.

Unfortunately, many prescription drugs make it easy for people to get addicted. That makes it important to understand the potential criminal charges and resulting effects that can arise from improper handling of prescriptions.

1. Possession without a valid prescription

In Louisiana, possessing prescription drugs without a valid prescription is illegal. Individuals found to have these medications without a proper doctor’s prescription could face criminal charges. Such charges can result in fines, probation or even imprisonment, depending on the quantity and type of drug in question.

2. Fraudulent activities

Engaging in fraudulent activities related to prescription drugs can lead to severe legal penalties. For instance, forging a doctor’s signature, altering prescriptions or obtaining medications through deceptive means all have potentially serious consequences. Those found guilty of such actions might face charges such as fraud, identity theft or even drug trafficking.

3. Distribution and trafficking

Illegally distributing or trafficking prescription drugs is a grave offense. This involves selling, giving away or transporting prescription medications to others without a valid medical reason. Those caught in the act of distribution can face charges similar to those associated with illegal street drugs. The penalties for drug distribution and trafficking can include substantial fines and long-term imprisonment.

According to the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics, 16.9 million people annually abuse prescription drugs. Like with any addiction, it can lead to poor choices that come with significant legal troubles.