Prescription Drug Crimes in Colorado
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When it comes to drug crimes, most people automatically think of certain offenses involving heroin, cocaine, meth, or ecstasy. However, prescription drug crimes have experienced a dramatic rise in recent years. Whether obtaining prescribed medication without a legitimate prescription or forging a doctor’s signature on their prescription pad without their knowledge, crimes involving these controlled substances are punishable by severe penalties.
If you have been charged with a prescription drug crime in Colorado, our Denver criminal defense lawyer at Gerash Steiner & Blanton, P.C. can provide aggressive and knowledgeable legal assistance. With more than two decades of experience, we can conduct a thorough investigation into your charges, gather evidence, and create an effective defense strategy to protect your rights, reputation, and future. Let us help you obtain the results and justice you desire.
What are the Different Types of Prescription Drug Crimes?
It is illegal to possess prescription drugs without doctor’s orders. While most prescribed medicines are classified as a Schedule II controlled substance (e.g. codeine, OxyContin, morphine, amphetamine, and Vicodin, some also fall under Schedule III, IV, or V.
Unlawful possession of up to four grams of a Schedule II narcotic is considered a level 6 felony, punishable by a prison term no longer than 18 months and a maximum fine of $100,000. Unlawful possession of a Schedule III, IV, or V drug is a class 1 misdemeanor, which carries a maximum jail sentence of 18 months and a fine of up to $5,000.
Illegal distribution or sale of four grams or less of a Schedule II drug is a level 3 felony, resulting in a prison term of up to 12 years and a maximum fine of $750,000. When this crime involves a Schedule III or IV narcotic, it is considered a level 4 felony, punishable by a maximum prison term of six years and a fine no more than $500,000.
Prescription drug fraud is described as gaining access to prescribed medication through fraudulent means. Common types of prescription fraud include altering or forging a prescription, misrepresenting information to obtain a prescription, doctor shopping, or when a doctor provides illegitimate prescriptions. This type of prescription drug crime is a level 4 felony.
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Not only do you face the possibility of serving time in prison and paying costly fines, but a permanent mark on your criminal record for a drug crime can also ruin your personal and professional reputation. Our Denver criminal defense lawyer can help you either get your entire case thrown out or reduce the charges and/or penalties you face. Just because you are arrested, doesn’t mean you are guilty—take legal action immediately.
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