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Charles Magill

Fresno Defense Attorneys | Fresno Criminal Defense | Central Valley Criminal Defense Law Firm

Prescription Drugs

Prescription Drug Charges in Fresno

Prescription Drug Crime is Taken Extremely Seriously

When people talk about criminal drug charges, they are most frequently referring to the use of “street” drugs including cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, or marijuana. However, certain prescription drugs are also considered controlled substances and their use is strictly regulated. Prescription drug crime is taken extremely seriously by law enforcement.

Prescription drugs are relatively inexpensive and easy to obtain in the state of California because of its proximity to Mexico, where they can be purchased without a prescription. As a result, abuse of a variety of prescription drugs is becoming increasingly common, including:

  • Anti-anxiety medication such as Ativan, Valium, and Xanax
  • Narcotic painkillers such as Hydrocodone, Morphine, Oxycontin, Percocet, and Vicodin

Even if you are taking these medications as prescribed by a doctor, it is possible to become addicted. Once addicted, a person may gradually begin to exhibit abusive behavior without intending to.

Categories of Prescription Drug Crime

The charges associated with prescription drugs include:

  • Possession without a valid prescription
  • Prescription fraud, including altering or forging prescription slips, stealing blank prescription slips, or obtaining a prescription for the same drug from multiple physicians (also referred to as “doctor shopping”)
  • Trafficking, which means selling or giving drugs to people who do not have a prescription

It is absolutely vital that you do not speak to police or the prosecution without a defense attorney present if you have been charged with any prescription drug crime. An experienced drug crimes attorney will answer your questions and defend you vigorously throughout the process.

Drug Crimes Convictions can Lead to Many Life-Altering Consequences

While jail or prison time, fines, and probation are many people’s most common concern, it is important to realize that drug crimes convictions can lead to many life-changing consequences, including:

  • Suspension of your driver’s license
  • Loss of educational opportunities and eligibility for financial aid
  • Loss of your job, or being denied other jobs in the future
  • Loss of certain professional licenses
  • Dishonorable discharge from the military
  • Having mortgage or rental applications denied

We take our clients’ defense very seriously. Our goal is to crafting a thorough defense strategy for prescription drug crimes that will lead to the best possible outcome. If you have been charged with a crime involving prescription drugs in Fresno, we are happy to meet with you for a free consultation.