Aggressive Drug Crime Defense
Prescription drug abuse has become one of the most prevalent types of drug offenses in recent years. Unlawful acquisition of these drugs through prescription fraud has made them some of the most commonly abused types of drugs, and although they are technically considered "legal substances," as they are used to serve a medical purpose, there is a high risk of addiction and physical dependency for many of these drugs over extended periods of usage.
Atlanta criminal defense lawyer Andre Sailers recognizes that many prescription drugs are now being used for recreational purposes, as well as to enable an addiction, and have therefore created an underground market for prescription medications. According to law enforcement agencies, some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs were:
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- Vicodin (hydrocodone)
- Valium (diazepam)
- Xanax (alprazolam)
- OxyContin (oxycodone)
- Percocet (oxycodone/paracetamol)
A defendant who is facing prescription drug crime charges may face imprisonment in state prison, fines, community service and probation. Both State and Federal laws are harsh on drug offenders, including those accused of the unlawful possession, sale and/or distribution, trafficking or possession with intent to sell prescription drugs. Though most people associate drug crimes with illegal street drugs, these offenses also encompass prescription medication.
Prescription drugs, like narcotics and other illegal drugs are regulated by the government and are therefore considered controlled substances. The severity of charges and penalties associated with prescription drug offenses will vary depending on the type of drug and the amount. The nature of the offense will also influence potential penalties. If an individual is found to be selling or distributing prescription drugs, they will face much harsher penalties than someone else would for a possession offense.