Prescription Drug Possession Defense Attorney

Harrisburg/York PA Prescription Drug Possession Defense Attorney

Prescription Drug Possession Crimes are on the rise. The increased and illegal use of prescription drugs can frequently be linked to painkillers that are being taken for recreational purposes or incident to an addiction originating from a former lawful purpose, for example, a valid prescription for pain management following an automobile accident. Meanwhile, the increase in people being charged with prescription drug crimes can be attributed to more aggressive prosecution and enhanced penalties.

Our Prescription Drug Defense Lawyer understands that the temptations of the effects produced by prescription drugs can cause good people to make poor choices that lead to criminal consequences. Consequently, he works hard to apply his knowledge and experience in handling these types of cases to help those accused of prescription drug crimes obtain a meaningful result before their life and future are destroyed. Our personalized, outcome-based approach takes into consideration the individualized circumstances you present along with the variety of charges and penalties you could face based upon the accusations against you.

Pharmacy Act Violations

Under the Pharmacy Act, it is unlawful for a person to obtain or attempt to obtain any drug by fraud or by the forgery or alteration of a prescription or any written order. As a result, people are often charged under the Pharmacy Act where prescription drugs have been obtained by calling in the prescription on their own while pretending to be someone with the authority to place such order, a prescription form is produced with a forged signature, or the quantity or dosage of the drug has been increased.

Our Drug Crimes Defense Attorney understands the intricacies of prescription drug defense. If you have been accused of prescription drug fraud under the Pharmacy Act, it is important to have an attorney who understands the interplay between the facts, the charges, and the consequences.

In terms of penalties, a benefit can be derived in some cases by proceeding under the Pharmacy Act in order to avoid certain consequences you may face if prosecuted under the Controlled Substance Act or Crimes Code. Alternatively, depending on the specific drug you are accused of illegally possessing, you may be subject to greater penalties under the Pharmacy Act.

The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act

Under the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device, and Cosmetic Act, it is unlawful for a person to obtain possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge. This language is nearly identical to that found in the Pharmacy Act. Accordingly, a person accused of prescription drug possession could be charged under the same factual circumstances as those outlined under the Pharmacy Act. However, depending on the quantity of the prescription drugs and the circumstances under which they are obtained or distributed, you could be subject to greater penalties under the Controlled Substance Act for an accusation of Possession With Intent to Deliver or Drug Delivery.

Our Prescription Drug Defense Lawyer’s in-depth knowledge of these variations in charges and the consequences for each assists him in his efforts to put you in the best possible position based on the personal and legal circumstances presented regardless of whether you intend to litigate through suppression and trial or mitigate the consequences you face.

The Crimes Code

Under the PA Crimes Code, a person commits Forgery if he or she knowingly facilitates a fraud by altering a writing of another without authority or presenting a forged document. Thus, a person accused of falsifying a prescription to illegally obtain possession of drugs could be charged with Forgery under the Crimes Code.

Our Drug Possession Defense Attorney will use his experience in defending prescription drug fraud and possession cases to protect your rights and interests. We will engage in a detailed analysis of the facts, as well as the variations in the laws, to provide you a thorough evaluation of your case including an assessment of your rights and options.

Contact a Prescription Drug Possession Defense Lawyer Today

If you have been charged or contacted by police concerning accusations of prescription drug possession or fraud, the next step you take could determine the outcome of your case. Don’t leave the outcome to chance or place it in the hands of someone that dabbles in criminal defense.

Our Prescription Drug Crimes Defense Attorney has defended people accused of drug crimes throughout Central and South Central Pennsylvania and possesses a comprehensive knowledge of the laws applicable to prescription drug possession and fraud. We will work with you to define your objectives and execute a strategy specific to your needs.

To schedule a free initial, phone consultation, please contact our office at 1-(800) 615-0115 or contact us online.

The Law firm of Colgan & Associates, LLC proudly serves clients throughout Central and South Central Pennsylvania including, but not limited to, Harrisburg, York, Hershey, Camp Hill, Carlisle, Mechanicsburg, Shippensburg, Gettysburg, Cumberland County, Dauphin County, York County, Adams County, Perry County, Mifflin County, and Juniata County.

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