Prescription Drug Trafficking Attorney
Prescription drug trafficking is defined as the illegal sale, manufacture, purchase, or possession of a prescription drugs. Prescription drug trafficking typically involves very large amounts of drugs. However, individuals can still be charged with trafficking even for smaller amounts depending on the circumstances.
Some of the most common prescription drugs which are illegally distributed include:
If you are being charged with trafficking prescription drugs, you should be aware of the potential seriousness of your situation. Although charges and penalties vary from drug to drug, for most prescription drugs, trafficking is considered a first-degree felony. The exact penalties upon a finding of guilt will vary depending on the state but they are typically quite severe. In Florida, for example, if you are found guilty of trafficking 28 grams or more of morphine, you could face up to 25 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.
Prescription drug trafficking charges can also be subject to mandatory minimum sentencing laws. In addition to any federal mandatory minimums that may apply to your case, most states have drug-related mandatory minimum sentencing laws already in place.
These charges typically go hand in hand with accusations of “doctor shopping.” This term refers to the practice of getting multiple prescriptions for the same drug from different doctors. Oftentimes, this is one of the many ways prescription drug dealers acquire the drugs. Most states have laws in place against doctor shopping. For example, Florida Statute ss. 893.13(7)(a)8 makes it a felony offense “to withhold information from a practitioner from whom the person seeks to obtain a controlled substance or a prescription for a controlled substance when the person making the request has received a controlled substance or a prescription for a controlled substance of like therapeutic use from another practitioner within the previous 30 days.” If you are being charged with prescription drug trafficking, there is also a chance of being charged with doctor shopping.
Only an experienced prescription drug trafficking lawyer can look at your case and determine what the best possible defenses are. Attorney David M Dudley is an experienced lawyer who, on the federal level alone, has handled over 300 cases in the past 15 years. Call David at 800-805-6167 today for a free case evaluation.